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Galway Film Fleadh 2012, report by David Miller, GB


This film festival has a tremendous buzz. There are lots of guests, excellent films (many of them premiers) and the support team are friendly, very well organised and extremely helpful. Jury duty is concentrated on the last few days.
The FICC jury awards the Don Quixote to a short film. This year the shorts were all of Irish origin. Watching a programme of short films, taking notes and then coming to an agreement on the winner is hugely enjoyable especially when everyone has their own opinion! You do need to concentrate and be able to write in the dark as it is essential to take notes as soon as the short ends otherwise it would be very difficult to remember them all in the detail that is needed to be able to discuss them with the other members of the jury. Judging shorts is not like judging a programme of feature films and is probably a more rewarding experience thanks to the number, diversity and quality of the shorts that we were asked to judge.
In 2013 Galway celebrates its 25th film festival and I am sure it will be something very special. The 24th was special enough and I recommend the festival to all potential FICC jury members. If it is possible, and with the agreement of the festival and Access Cinema, to arrive earlier in the festival than FICC duties require then this is highly recommended as you then have the opportunity to see the programme of feature films, enjoy the hospitality and soak up the atmosphere of this superb festival.

David W Miller ACIS ACIB DMS
Trustee and Programmer Keswick Film Club www.keswickfilmclub.org
Programmer Keswick Film Festival
Chairman British Federation of Film Societies 2002 - 2008 www.bffs.org.uk
Vice President British Federation of Film Societies 2012 -
International Federation of Film Societies Jury Member - Tromso - Tallinn - Kiev - Miskolc- Lucas (Frankfurt) Galway
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