Conquering The Script

-Tickets for this event are €70/€60 and are only available to successful applicants.  To apply, please download the form at the bottom of this page-

Great storytelling lies at the heart of the filmmaking process. Every aspect of the script to screen journey places the story at its core and film professionals refer constantly to how the script is ‘everything’. And this year screenwriting and film story development will receive its own specific focus during the festival.

Over this two-day event, filmmakers from Ireland will be exposed to ideas and insights into the screenwriting process from writers, directors, producers, developers and experts from the domestic and international filmmaking community. 

Sessions will cover topics including ‘conquering the blank page’ with advice from established writers on ideas generation, through to a detailed breakdown by its maker of a feature film either recently released or about to be released. There will be industry sessions with filmmakers and executives in Ireland. 

The event is primarily for writers, directors and producers but if you are a filmmaker in other roles who has written or worked on scripts, we would love to hear from you. 

All participants will receive hand-outs and information on guests and fellow participants.

If you do NOT wish for your details to be included in the hand-out you must let us know in your covering email or we will assume you’re fine with this. 

The event will feature a fantastic range of guests – both international and Irish – and will be curated by Angeli Macfarlane. 

The two days breakdown will consist of the following sessions:


The day will take participants on a journey from the early generation of ideas and into the development of story through the paradigm of conflict and the crisis screen characters need to undergo, to render your film powerful and engaging. There will a story debate with filmmakers about their completed films, the development process and the story choices they made.


In conversation with LENNY ABRAHAMSON. Lenny cannot help but inspire us with his unique voice and eye, from inception of his films through development and into production. 


In conversation with filmmakers whose short films are showing in the festival. They will discuss getting your short film noticed and advancing your filmmaking career.


This hard-hitting session will equip participants with the tools for improving their storytelling techniques; how do you create credible characters, what is conflict and how do you ‘grow’ it? How do you build an escalating narrative, without losing tension or suspense? And that killer ending – how do you deliver it? The session will be conducted with a number of established development specialists including Eoin O’Faolain and Juanita Wilson.


In conversation with development and distribution experts we ask; how do you get a story onto the page that is marketable, make-able and audience-friendly?



The day kicks off with a debate on the current state of storytelling in Irish film and TV drama. As the day evolves we have another session that is devoted to kitting out your development tool box, more story debate with a feature director and the keynote interview to crown the day.


In conversation with key figures from organisations including the Irish Film Board, Element Pictures, Northern Ireland Film Commission, Casarotto and Rocliffe, we will examine the state of Irish film storytelling today; the ambition of the films that are being funded and ways to keep Ireland on the international map.


The art of script development comes under scrutiny in this session. With Irish filmmakers Michael Kinirons and Will Collins we will look at the drafting timeline, how to manage different and possibly conflicting voices in the development process and how to hang onto your own ‘voice’.


The challenge that faces young and emerging talent today is not just telling great stories but also the proliferation of platforms upon which they must hone their craft. Writers and directors from Ireland will join us to discuss how they are managing their careers and working in a broader range of media to make it today.


Writer/director Carol Morley will be in conversation about her work, including her latest film THE FALLING. Carol’s unique insight into the visual and imaginative worlds of her characters set her out as a key talent with a very inspiring approach to screen storytelling. 


For the final session of the event we are delighted to welcome Hossein Amini, who will talk to us about his work as a writer, and more recently a director. Hossein’s extraordinary career to date acts as an inspiration, with his broad range of story material and ability to embrace such a plethora of genres and subject matter.  


Angeli is a freelance development consultant and script editor has worked with notably Film4, Pathe, Carnival, Altered Image Films, Element Pictures, 42 Management, Salon Pictures and Sony TV.

Recent films Angeli has worked on include BORROWED TIME for the Film London Microwave scheme, DEATH OF A PRESIDENT, winner of an Emmy, BANFF and an RTS award, I AM SLAVE which was BAFTA nominated, the More4 feature documentary LITTLE MATADOR and OUTLAW PROPHET for Sony TV. 

With Element Pictures Angeli has supported the writing on several films produced and in development. Previously she has acted as associate producer and script editor for features Europe-wide and also in Australia. 

Angeli provides on-going development consultancy and project assessment to the BFI, Creative England, the MEDIA programme, Screen Australia and Microwave. Angeli teaches the National Film & Television School diploma in Script Development, she is a BA module leader in screenwriting at Central Film School and has lectured worldwide, most recently in the Philippines, Latvia, Lithuania and Malta.

Supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board, Dublin City Council and Screen Training Ireland


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