Disappointed at Film Fleadh screening problems
Being a resident of Galway and its connection to the arts is an honour. I am a keen supporter of the arts and for the past 20 years of my life I have participated in numerous local theatre groups and I sometimes participate with some short films made by some of the local students in NUI and GMIT, however due to commitments to work and family etc. I am unable to participate as much as one would desire.
In anticipation of viewing some of the local talent, friends on screen and local spaces that might appear on screen I attended the Galway Film Fleadh ‘s Way out West screening on July 11. To my utter disappointment it seems to me that the pride and support of the arts that is renowned for in Galway, especially the local arts seemed to be neglected completely.
Housed in the legendary Town Hall Theatre I found myself taken aback to this fine setting. I paid my ticket with a fee of €15 for a seat for my wife and I we sat down to enjoy our experience. But this is where our experience turned from enjoyment to disappointment, and I would like to take note that this is not with the content shown, as each film shown was to the highest quality and professionalism.
But where the quality and professionalism lacked was in how they were screened. Missing audio, audio just disappearing, the beginning of films missing and credits cut off. Heads were turning throughout the screening as to whether this was part of the film or a technical issue. Two films had to be repeated due to these issues but as they did the audience were already walking out. Artists had their heads in their hands in shame of their own hard work due to the disrespect of true art.
But even after all these issues a simple apology for the technical issue at the end of the screening would have been sufficient but not even that was warranted.
Outside the confusion in the crowd was unforgettable, questions were asked but none was answered.
I am not looking for my money back, but to put it this way, with people paying 7.50 to view and the artists submitting paying €20 to submit to supposedly the second most prestigious film festival in Ireland where is the professionalism? Where?
From a very disappointed supporter of the arts,