John Ford Ireland Film Symposium a massive success – VIDEO

Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Jim Sheridan, John Boorman, Brian Kirk & Kim Newman, pictured at the Ford Directors Hub panel discussion, as part of  the 1st John Ford Ireland Film Symposium

As screenwriting was debated at the Symposium, editing supremo and long-time Clint Eastwood collaborator Joel Cox (Million Dollar Baby/Gran Torino) then held a Masterclass in Dublin’s Project Arts Centre. The sold-out event, attended by a host of Irish and international editors, saw Cox discuss his working relationship with Eastwood and offer advice to would-be film editors.

The Symposium concluded last night with the Dublin premiere screening of Sé Merry Doyle’s ‘John Ford: Dreaming The Quiet Man’ and a 60th Anniversary screening of ‘The Quiet Man’ (presented in partnership with the IFI) as talk among the guests and attendees turned to next year’s event.

Set to be an annual event, the Symposium and celebration of Ford’s work will continue next year with plans already underway for the second edition of John Ford Ireland.

 Looking ahead to 2013, IFTA Chief Executive Áine Moriarty said: “The Academy is so proud that the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium will now be held in Ireland each year. The huge enthusiasm and high level of debate, discussion and re-engagement with Ford’s work over the past four-days has reemphasised the importance of learning from this master-filmmaker. The Academy would like to thank all the guests, attendees, Ford enthusiasts, filmmakers and film fans who helped make the first John Ford Ireland Film Symposium such a success.”

Here’s a promo video for the event -