'Shoot' by Rory Conway and 'Wounded' by Helga Bjarnadottir are being screened at the Dublin Animation Film Festival in DLIADT on Saturday 18th October. Both are nominated in the Best Graduate Film category. Rory Conway from CDA2 last year won the Best Animation Film 2014 at the Fingal Film Festival on Sun 28th September with his film 'Shoot.' His film was screened at the festival along with 'Hunted' by Petru Goia. 'Shoot' is also being screened, also on Saturday 18th at the Dublin Film Festival in the Pavilion, Swords and is nominated for an Audience Choice Award.
Internationally acclaimed American game designer Brenda Romero is visiting Ballyfermot College of Further Education to share her expertise with staff and students from Monday Sept 29 - Wednesday October 1st. For decades, Brenda Romero has been a major figure in the field of game design. Famous for her work on the role-playing series Wizardry, she's also known for her work on Def Jam: Icon, Playboy:The Mansion, and Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes. She has worked on 27 commercial titles, including numerous titles on the Xbox 360, Xbox, PS3 and PS2, and five games on Facebook.
BCFE is delighted to host someone of Brenda Romero's standing in the field. Over the three days she will deliver master classes to students and provide staff with advice on course development to reflect current industry needs. Romero has Irish connections and is hoping to trace some of her ancestors during her visit to Ireland. Any help welcome.
Every year, a number of students from the BCFE Music Management and Music Performance courses go to Hammelburg in Germany to attend the Mu:Zone event. You can see what they get up to at these intense workshops here.
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There was a good representation of BCFE animation at this year's Galway Film Fleadh. On Sunday 13th July, two BCFE graduate shorts 'Shoot' and 'Helter Skelter' were screened along with a new short directed by BCFE alumn Robert Cullen from Boulder Media.
Congratulations to all the BCFE students who have been nominated for a Blog Award Ireland 2014. More details to follow.
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After its recent win at the Silk Road Film Festival 2014 (see note and photo for 01/04/14 below), Irish School of Animation short ‘Complicit’ by Gavin Hoffman and Eoin Coakley recently has won the Best Animation Director Peace Award at the Gothenburg Independent Film Festival (Sweden).
The end-of-year Ceoltóir show takes place on Friday 23/5 at 8.15pm at Áras Chrónain on Orchard Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, and will feature students from the HND in Traditional Music Performance programme. The full poster can be viewed here.
BCFE HNDs in Illustration, Graphic design and Fibre Art will hold their graduate exhibitions at the Cow Shed in Farmleigh, the Phoenix Park between 20th and 25th of May from 10am to 5pm daily. The full poster for the event can be downloaded here.
Brown Bag Films have won 3 Emmys and have been nominated for another 5 Emmys for their show Peter Rabbit. A number of BCFE Irish School of Animation (ISA) graduates worked on the show. In more ISA news, this year's ISA students are having their end-of-year show at the IFI on Wednesday the 21st of May at 7pm in the IFI, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2. The flyer can be downloaded here.
The animated TV shows 'Octonauts' by Brown Bag Films and 'Tilly and Friends' by Jam Media picked up IFTA awards on Saturday night. A large number of ISA graduates worked on both shows.
Congratulations to the BCFE students that have been shortlisted in the National Student Media Awards (SMEDIAS 2014). Thumbs up to Mick Staines who was shortlisted in two categories – moodyswings.com for best blog and stayfrost.ie for best website; Rory Conway, Don Carey and Galvin Hoffman for their short animations; Jenny Butler for her blog tattoomeastory.ie; Byron Callaghan for his radio documentary Rhino; the BCFE Eagle for best small college publication, Lisa Haskins for her website womenssportsjournal.com; and Peter Dunne for his short film Reset. Well done to one and all. Wishing them all the best for the upcoming awards on April 9th, when the winners will be announced. Watch this space.
(Image: Attendees at Silk Road Film Festival 2014; Gavin Hoffman is third from right))
ISA short ‘Complicit’ by Gavin Hoffman and Eoin Coakley recently won the best director and best animation categories at the Silk Road Film Festival 2014. The films 'Complicit', 'Curruid' by Adam Kavanagh and 'Innisfree' by Don Carey were all selected for a special screening at the Dingle International Film Festival in Ireland. 'Complicit' was also selected for the following festivals – Athens Animfest (Greece) and the Gothenburg Independent Film Festival (Sweden). ISA short 'Love is Blind' by Niall Byrne has been selected for the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival. Finally, 3 ISA shorts ('Innisfree' by Don Carey, 'Complicit' by Gavin Hoffman and Eoin Coakley and 'The 1798 Rebellion' by Rory Conway) have been nominated for the best animation award at the 2014 Student Media Awards which will be held in Dublin in April. ISA animation students have won this award for the last 4 years running.
The schedule for this year's exams can be downloaded from here.
BCFE Level 6 Tourism students recently visited Rovaniemi, Finland (below). The second image shows the students in Iceland.
To all SHND Graduates - Alumni Night: BCFE are hosting an alumni reunion for Graduates of Social Care in the Anna Brett Hall, Ballyfermot College of Further Education, at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday 2nd April 2014. By now the invitations are on their way, and we would love to hear from you as soon as possible. All graduates are welcome.Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your email address. We are looking forward to seeing you in April.Best regards. Denise Guiney and Joan Condron.
Dutch artist Jasper Mook recently played BCFE as part of the 'DNA on Tour' leg of a European tour he is undertaking with his band. His tour has been organised by the PMH2 Students of the Music Management Course. Tour details above.
RHB Level 6 students are currently on work placement for six weeks in Malta, assisted by EU Project funding. Phots from Iceland and Lapland to follow.
MPM graduate Niall Gaffney (pictured above left) is a member of the five-strong Diet of Worms comedy troupe who have co-written 'The Walshes' with Graham Linehan (The IT Crowd, Father Ted and Count Arthur Strong). The three-part series will first be broadcast on RTE Ten on MArch 6th, and on BBC4 on Thursday, 13 March at 10pm.
Creative, innovative, industry-related courses in a great learning environment. You can still apply to study in BCFE in September 2014. Closing Date for Applications: Friday 7th March 2014. Interviews will take place from Wednesday 12th March 2014. Apply Online Here
The Ceoltóir Folk Club is organized by the traditional music students of Ballyfermot College and is run annually over a number of months. The Ceoltóir web-site will be regularly updated with new video footage and resources.
Two new Animation related evening classes announced:
Rigging 101– Digital Puppet Creation with Darragh Duffy (ex Brown Bag Films). Check the course out here.
Lighting and Look Development for CG with John Huikku (ex Disney and now with Brown Bag Films). Check out the course here.
The courses will be run as a collaboration between Ballyfermot College, BCFE Adult Education and the Animation Skillnet.
RHB Advanced Certificate in Tourism students and Co-ordinator Caroline McKenna-Cooper visiting Santa in Lapland as part of 6 Week EU project funded work placement in Lapland, February 2014.
Never fear, Stay Frostie is here with a seasonally adjusted website providing the best tips on how to stay warm in winter or cool down in summer! The site’s content changes with the seasons; so you’re sure to find something of interest at any time of the year in 4 diverse categories: travel, lifestyle, weather and culture. Stay Frostie is run by a team of weathered MOH and DMH students with sunny dispositions who all share the same mantra: ‘Stay sharp, stay cool, stay frostie!’, and unlike dry skin in the winter, they’ll never flake out on you! While you’re looking around the site, make sure you get your tongue stuck to the poll: ‘Would you rather spoon ice-cream or <insert celebrity name here>?’ To get your very own limited edition Stay Frostie sticker, all you need to do is Tweet the words ‘Stay Frostie’ to @StayFrost_ie or post ‘Stay Frostie’ to Facebook.com/pages/Stay-Frostie. For more information, check out www.stayfrost.ie
Congratulations to ISA graduate Don Carey who last night won the award for Best Animation at the Royal Television Society awards held in RTE.
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Two ISA films, Innisfree (see image for news item on 10/1 below under ISA News) and Complicit have been shortlisted for the RTS (Royal Television Society) awards in the animation category. The awards will be held in RTE on Monday 10th February at 8pm.
Mossy Nolan, a past pupils of the HND in Traditional Music Performance, is performing in the main auditorium in the National Concert Hall this week (Sunday 26th).
Karl Brennan is the overall winner of this year’s competition for his entry ‘Luas Cave Predictions’. The concept for the design is a parody of the cave paintings found in France and Spain, which are one of the earliest forms of visual communications. The idea was to incorporate the symbol for Luas into the style of these paintings, playing on the theme “The Future is Luas”. Karl completed the Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design at Ballyfermot College of Further Education in 2012 and received advanced entry to the BA programme in visual communication at Dublin Institute of Technology where he is currently in his final year. The winning image can be seen below.
Congratulations to BCFE Animation graduates Don Carey (Innisfree, see still above), Eoin Coakley and Gavin Hoffman (Complicit). Their films have been selected as two of only 16 films in the Animation category at this years PIFF Festival in India.