Mayo County Council Arts Service is launching Film Mayo tonight at 6pm in Knockranny House Hotel in Westport. The events guest of honour will be renowned director Pat O’Connor. Mr. O’ Connor is a BAFTA and Jacob’s Award winner and has worked with internationally renowned actors/ actresses including Meryl Streep, Kenneth Brannagh, Colin Firth, Helen Mirren and Joaquin Phoenix.
Film Mayo is a new website, dedicated to the development of film in the county, which will act as a primary contact point for anyone interested in working in the county, be they directors, producers, actors, T.V professionals or young film makers.
The new project is an initiative of Mayo County Council’s Arts Service, working with the former County Development Board, E.U. Creative Industries Projects: Cisnet and CINEW, Mayo Ideas Lab, Westbic, and Mayo County Council departments of Community & Integrated Development, Enterprise & Investment Unit and the Local Enterprise Office, all of whom will work in partnership to further the opportunities for the film sector within the county.
The launch will be preceeded by the inaugural Film Mayo Networking Event at 2.30 pm, for film and TV industry professionals. This will provide an opportunity for local, regional and national neworking in the beautiful La Fougére restaurant in Knockranny House Hotel, surrounded by stunning views of Croagh Patrick.
Following the Networking session, an illustrious panel of film experts will take part in a conversation/ Q&A about their extensive experience in the world of film. The panel includes Pat O’Connor, Anthony Foutz, Mike Cockayne and Tim Palmer.