“Resilience” and other dirty words: Empowering emerging creatives

15/07/2023 - 15/07/2023
Shauna Kelly

Join CFA at Galway Film Fleadh for a special panel talk.

“Resilience” and other dirty words: Empowering emerging creatives

Join Creative Futures Academy at Galway Film Fleadh for a panel that explores industry expectations on emerging filmmakers. Expect eye-opening insights and honest confessions about how skillsets align—and sometimes clash! —with “the way things are done.” Our panel of practitioners and educators at various career stages will critically engage with questions such as:


  • How are expectations for skillsets changing?
  • Is the industry reaching out in the right places?
  • What are the relative benefits of top-down education vs peer mentoring?
  • How are new communities of film-making effecting change?


Panellists: Aisha Bolaji, Katie Holly, Mark O’Halloran, Rachel Wren

Chair: Dr Nicolas Pillai


This is a free event. Registration is required. Register HERE.


Date, time and venue: Saturday July 15 | 14:00 – 16:00 | Veranda Bar, Galmont Hotel



CFA is excited to partner with Galway Film Fleadh for its 35th Anniversary. The Galway Film Fleadh will run from 11-16 July and will feature 21 World Premieres, 6 European Premieres and 60 Irish Premieres from 43 countries, featuring 95 feature films in all. Find out more at