Directors Masterclass with Najwa Najjar

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Screen Training Ireland are delighted to support a masterclass with Writer/ Director Najwa Najjar at Galway Film Fleadh 2016. The masterclass will be facilitated by director Kieron J. Walsh.

Najwa Najjar received her BA in Political Science and Economics, MA in Film/Video Production (US). She has worked in both documentary and fiction since 2000. Her critically acclaimed debut was the feature film POMEGRANATES AND MYRRH (2009) picked up 10 international awards, sold worldwide and was released theatrically and screened at over 80 international festivals.

Her latest film, EYES OF A THIEF, has already won Best Director and Best Actor awards, and was the Palestinian nomination for the 2015 Oscars. Previous work includes several award-winning films also shown worldwide (Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Hamptons,): YASMINE TUGHANI (2006), NAIM AND WADEE’A (2000), QUINTESENCE OF OBLIVION Quintessence of Oblivion (2001), BLUE GOLD (2004), A BOY CALLED MOHAMAD (2002), and THEY CAME IN FROM THE EAST which opened the 2004 European Academy Awards.

Najjar produced a collection of short films by international filmmakers GAZA WINTER (2009) and is in preproduction on her third feature, a road trip: SON OF A VERY IMPORTANT MAN.

A speaker on numerous panels on cinema, and a Jury member of several International Film Festivals, Najjar has also reviewed books, and her articles on Palestinian cinema have been published. She has been a reader for the Rawi Sundance Lab for Arab scriptwriters and most recently an advisor on the Rawi Sundance Scriptwriter’s Lab.

The masterclass costs €25 and will take place on Friday the 8th of July from 11am – 1pm in the Radisson Hotel, Galway. Applicants are invited to attend the screening of EYES OF A THIEF (Thursday the 7th of July at 4pm) as reference material for the class. To apply for a place, contact Brónagh Keys at masterclasses@filmfleadh.ie

THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED: The closing date for application is: 5pm Wednesday 6th of July 2016.