BAI Screentest at the JDIFF

Screentest is a series of events geared towards those who are at college and/or looking to work in film, television or radio. The events take place daily and feature some of the industry’s leading experts.

FREELANCING FOR BEGINNERS Mon 17 Feb / Filmbase / 1pm

A panel of experts will explore the skills needed to make your start as a freelancer in the Irish broadcasting industry. Leading communications expert Terry Prone will talk you through the networking and interpersonal skills crucial in helping you make connections in the industry. Managing director of Samson Films David Collins will share his knowledge and experience in Irish broadcasting. Gaby Smyth, accountant, chairperson of the festival’s board of directors and expert in business for freelancers in film and culture, will discuss the smooth running of your new enterprise.

CINEMATOGRAPHY Tues 18 Feb / Filmbase / 1pm

In this increasingly popular annual event, the Irish Society of Cinematographers returns to discuss the relationship between the director and their DOP, as well as the right tools to create amazing images. The event will be chaired by John Leahy (ISC Admin).

THE FUTURE OF BROADCASTING Wed 19 Feb / Filmbase / 1pm

With the advent of online media such as video-on-demand, podcasting and TV playback services, the landscape of broadcasting has changed significantly. A panel of industry experts will discuss how broadcasters are adapting to meet audiences’ evolving demands. The panel includes Philippe Brodeur, Director of Aertv; Jill O’Brien, Head of Digital, TV3; Jarlath Regan, comedian and podcaster; and Alan Swan, award-winning RTÉ radio producer.

THE FOUNDATIONS OF FUNDING Thurs 20 Feb / Filmbase / 1pm

Hosted by John Kelleher, award-winning producer, former Controller of Programmes, RTÉ 1 Television, and former Director of Film Classification, this panel will explore the sources of financing available to media professionals in Ireland. The panel includes Jane Gogan, RTÉ Commissioning Editor Drama; Aaron Farrell, Production Executive and Project Manager, Octagon Films; Andrew Hetherington, Project Director, Business to Arts and; Ciarán Kissane, Head of Contract Awards, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland; and project managers from the Irish Film Board.


This panel takes an in-depth look at the creation, development and delivery of new RTÉ drama Amber. Join creators and producers Paul Duane and Rob Cawley alongside director Thaddeus O’Sullivan and writer Gary Duggan as they discuss the factors involved in bringing this show to life.

MAKING YOUR FIRST FEATURE Fri 21 Feb / Filmbase / 3pm

After the success of last year’s event, we are delighted to once again invite the students of Filmbase’s MA in Film-making to screen their latest feature film, which will be followed by a Q&A. Screen Test ticket holders for other events can attend this event for free on a first-come, first- served basis.

Tickets (€10) can be purchased online at, in person at the box office in the Festival Hub at Filmbase, or by phoning: 01-687 7974. Pre-booking is recommended, as spaces can be limited. Ticket holders for other Screen Test events can attend the Making Your First Feature event for free (on a first come, first served basis).