Last June we held our biggest event to date in The Twisted Pepper. We had seven fantastic screening and were delighted to welcome some of the cream of the Irish film industry who gave a range of amazing talks and workshops. All this, free popcorn and all for free! Check out the full line up below and click here for some photos and video of the day. We can’t wait for next year!

The morning will be kicking off with workshops on special effects, screenwriting, film music and more tba. These will be followed by an information and discussion panel on funding and the day will be peppered with over 50 short films, submitted from all over the world!


Secrets of Successful Scriptwriting 11.30 - 13.00

Screenwriter and script consultant Mary Kate O’Flanagan reveals the secrets of getting your short film from page to screen, avoiding the common pitfalls and how to rewrite, examining what makes a short film successful. Participants are invited to bring along works in progress at any stage, from ideas to drafts. While not all work brought along can be looked at, Mary Kate will discuss and advise on several selected scripts/ideas.

Creating Special Effects 13.30 - 15.00

Join the brains behind Bowsie Workshop for a crash course in the processes involved in creating special effects, from script and concept, pre-production, production and post-production. They’ll be revealing their process while screening behind the scenes clips of shorts, features & music videos they’ve worked on including some previously unseen footage.

find out more about Bowsie Workshop here

Film Music 13.30 - 15.00

The Secret School of Sound join us to give a taster course in the role of music in visual media. Participants will develop a sensitivity for the what, why and when of film music, it’s emotional and dramatic functions and the professional opportunities available for people wishing to pursue a career in the area.

Find out more about Secret School of Sound here

Funding Q&A 15.30

Join veteran producers, funders and filmmakers as they thrash out the issues about funding your short film in Ireland. Get some advice straight from the horses mouth about the common pitfalls of applying and how to avoid them. We also invite you to pitch in with your experiences and questions.

Panelists include Ailish Bracken (Blinder), Clare Creely (Filmbase), Martin McNicholl (Fund it) & Ged Murray (director), John McKeown (Storyland’s The Begrudgers, Hysteria, Trouble Times Three). Discussion will be chaired by producer Conor Barry (Savage, Gualainn le Gualainn)


We’ll be screening more than 50 short films over the course of the day submitted to us from all over the world. The Box Cinema will feature all different types of short film, from animation to international and documentary to experimental. We’ll also have 2 major screenings during the day, a matinee in the afternoon and the main screening in the evening.

NEW SCREENING! Foreign Cities Music Film Project

We’re thrilled to be adding James Cooper’s Foreign Cities Music Films Project to the programme. James has collaborated with 10 directors and film-based creatives (mostly Irish) creating the Foreign Cities Music Films Project. The concept behind these films are 10 music films of any nature using the songs James has written and produced as either the audio bed on which the director tells their story or uses the song in a more traditional way for a promo style film. The collaborating director’s were able to use James to work with closely or do their own thing. The release of the films coincided with the album’s release as a live screening on the big screen on Thursday May 17th at Dublin’s Sugar Club. We’ll be screening all 10 films in the order the songs appear on the album as part of EMS 2012! You can find out more about James and Foreign Cities here. And the collaborators here.


We’re thrilled to be including the charming Storymap and it’s creators to the programme. Storymap is a web based multimedia project run by two Dublin filmmakers Andrew Flaherty and Tom Rowley.

The project tries to capture the personality of Dublin city by filming a wide variety of true stories where they happened- from historical stories to personal anecdotes, from romantic meetings to drunken antics.

These short stories are than integrated into an online map of the city to create a charming and layered collective vision of Dublin city made by the people of the city.

The site is expanded by a story a week to create a ‘storymap’ of the entire city - a vision of the city as lived, across nationalities, generations, and centuries.

Storymap are delighted to collaborate with Eat My Shorts and will be screening their eclectic collection of stories on the morning of Eat My Shorts Festival 2012.