GAZE Workshops – Telling Your Story

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Screen Skills Ireland, the skills development unit within Screen Ireland, is delighted to partner with GAZE Film Festival on a new educational and training opportunity especially for filmmakers — a special workshop on developing LGBTQ+ stories in documentary and narrative film. These interactive, virtual classes will explore the challenges in telling LGBTQ+ stories and the ways to overcome them. Tutors will use well-chosen visual examples of what works in storytelling, as well as techniques to draw from personal experience.

The tutors, Anna Rodgers and John Butler, bring unique expertise. Explore Anna’s methods of telling other people’s stories in an honest and respectful way through documentary, and John’s experience shaping his own story through narrative film. This course will examine the many different journeys a writer, director or producer must go through to put their story on screen, including the tools you need and the questions you must ask to tell another person’s story. Learn to identify and dismiss cliché and bias, and find new and engaging ways to approach storytelling on screen.

These courses are aimed at both early-stage and established writers and directors. Please apply through here.

Documentary​: Saturday 3rd October  – 3pm

Anna Rodgers is an IFTA award-winning director and producer. She directed the recent feature documentary When Women Won, as well Somebody to Love and Hold on Tight. She produced The Story of Yes and Growing Up Gay for RTE. She is currently directing a feature documentary for the Arts Council about HIV stories called How to Tell a Secret with theatre and film director Shaun Dunne.

Narrative Film: Sunday October 4th – 3pm

John Butler wrote and directed The Stag, Handsome Devil and Papi Chulo. He’s also written a book, and made TV sketch shows and documentaries. He’s currently making a TV show with Stephen Merchant.