Venue: KARO 11 October, Novy Arbat 24.

17 March, 12:00-13:00
Paul Young and Damien O’Connor – the art of animation.

Paul Young, co-founder and CEO of Cartoon Saloon, and Damien O’Connor, one of the lead creatives in Ireland’s Brown Bag Films, will walk us through the entire animation project process from script to screen (and all the crazy stuff in between!).

17 March, 13:30-14:30
Festival Fever
Richard Cook, renowned international talent agent (Cillian Murphy, Pierce Brosnan, Danila Kozlovskiy, Aidan Turner, Mihail Krichmann), and founder of 3 international festival, Subtitle European Film Festival, The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, and Kilkenomics comic/economic festival discusses the do and don’ts of festival and event management with Gerard Michael MacCarthy, founder of the Irish Film Festival, H20 Festival, Subtitle Moscow Festivals.

17 March, 15:00-16:00.
Rogues and Wanderers
How Irish film-makers ‘make it’ abroad – a discussion with Juanita Wilson, Aisling Walsh, Barry Ward and Richard Kendrick about how international co-operation distorts or embellishes the native inner (Irish) voice, and the challenges of being the new kind in town, the outsider – «Свой среди чужих, чужой среди своих».

18 March, 17:00-18:00
Harat’s Pub, Pokrovka 6
Life is a festival

Discussion with Naoise Nunn and Maria Schweppe

How Festivals are Born?
Why do human beings want and need festivals?
What are the benefits of Festivals?

Naoise Nunn is a festival and events producer with more than 20 years experience. He developed the MindField spoken word arena at the Electric Picnic festival (Ireland’s Glastonbury) of which he has been director since 2006. He is also the programme director of the Kilkenomics festival of economics and comedy in Kilkenny which he’s helped develop since 2010. Naoise was artistic director of the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival between 2012 and 2016, which has featured such comedians as Bill Murray, Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran, Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson), Louis CK and many more. He is Chairman of Kilkenny Tourism which markets Kilkenny City and County as an international destination. He recently co-founded and produced the Kilkenny Animated festival of visual storytelling with Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon, the three-time Oscar nominated animation studio.

Maria Schweppe is a freelance arts, festival & comedy producer with more than 20 years’ experience working professionally in the arts. Maria was the Fellowships and Operations Co-ordinator at the Clore Leadership Programme, London from 2010 to 2015. Since returning to Ireland, in August 2015, she is now director of the Bram Stoker Festival; producer and programmer of the Vodafone Comedy Tent at Body&Soul and has produced The Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2017 and 2018; a national tour for legendary comedy trio, Apres Match; the Father Ted Experience at Electric Picnic; and was Production & Operations Manager for Turkfest, a micro festival held on the island of Inisturk. In August last year, she was On-site Arts Producer for the Electric Picnic, Ireland’s largest music and arts Festival. She is the founder of the London Irish Comedy Festival. Previously she worked for: Dublin Youth Theatre, where she was also a board member; Axis, Ballymun’s Arts & Community Resource.

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