If you find yourself in Galway this week then check out the Super 8 Shots festival…

Super 8 festival is not to be confused with the upcoming JJ Abrams & Steven Speilberg movie of the same name. No, Sir…

Super8 Shots it is a Galway based independent Film Festival, with objectives in promoting film as a small medium format. It is aimed at the film makers, enthusiasts, artists and musicians as well as the community. The festival takes place between the 23rd and 27th of June around various locations in Galway city.

Super8 Shots consists of film screenings, master classes, comedy and live entertainment. Master classes will be given by area professionals Vivienne Dick (who is set to showcase her own Super8 work in the Tate Modern Gallery later this year), Moira Tierney, Alan Crowley and Julien Dorgere. Live acts include music by Donal Dineen, Mr. Weasel, Patrick Kelleher, Chequerboard and Niwel Tsumbu and comedy will be provided by Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon.

The Festival launched for the first time this year on the 11th of June, upstairs in Kelly’s in the heart of Galway City. As this is the first festival of its kind dedicated solely to Super8 in Ireland and indeed Europe, it is generating a large amount of interest with film submissions received from as far as France, Germany and even Australia and the USA!

Many people share family memories on 8mm film and are only discovering and re-discovering this fantastic format. Through a variety of events (film projections, workshops, exhibitions, comedy events, dj /visuals) the festival is designed to attract a wide range of people of different ages and backgrounds with super8 as a common denominator. The majority of events have no entry fee meaning this unique festival is accessible to all. Recessionary times in Ireland are proving to be creative ones also.

The Super8 Shots Festival Director, Julien Dorgere, is the founder of Super8Ireland, the leading experts in Irish 8-mm film, specializing in Super 8 film equipment (cameras, projectors, accessories), Super8 film and Super8 to DVD conversions. Super8 Ireland, one of the main sponsors of the festival, was founded in 2001 and caters for 8-mm film enthusiasts wishing to shoot/transfer super8 film, as well as for customers seeking to convert old cine reels to digital format. His company is renowned internationally for the quality for its work, and Dorgere’s passion for film and music has led him to work with some of the largest art galleries and festivals in Ireland.

For more on the festival visit www.super8shots.com