May Newsletter

Welcome to the SGI May Newsletter, where we will be filling you in on all the latest news, straight from your crew and guilds!

IFTA Winners

Congratulations to the following crew who won awards at this years IFTA’s, and of course congratulations to all the nominees too!

SGI Research – Have Your Say

SGI will be sending out a survey in June as part of our ongoing research on crew working hours. The last research (which can be found HERE) focused on Working Hours in Ireland, this follow on research explores different working models which could be implemented to support crew wellbeing. Keep an eye on your inbox and please have your say in this survey. There will also be a focus group held for those crew who wish to discuss this in further detail.

West Cork Film Studio

We were delighted to hear that a brand new studio has opened up in Cork – West Cork Film Studio! We’re sure many of you will get the chance to work there soon.

Oireachtas Report on Section 481

SGI attended the Oireachtas for the launch of the Report on Section 481, this follows on from October’s meeting where SGI represented crew in these discussions.

The summary is below:

SGI Engage with Financial Institutions to Discuss the Unconventional Working Model of the Screen Sector

Wicklow Local Enterprise Office Hosted a Roundtable discussion which SGI were delighted to participate in. The aim was to start a conversation with financial institutions and gain advice as to how those working in the sector can better represent themselves and demonstrate their ability to pay/repay loans and/or track savings. The meeting allowed for interesting dialogue between representatives from the screen sector and financial institutions, such as the pillar banks and local credit unions.

We’ll keep you posted but it’s great to see some recognition of this for our hard working crew!

Crew Members – In Focus

We know you love our Crew Members In Focus over on our Instagram page, here’s who we had for the month of May.

Galway Film Fleadh

11th – 16th July

Keep your eyes out for SGI at the Galway Film Fleadh this year, more details will follow on the exciting crew events we’ll have there.

Skills News

The Director’s Village is a 5 day on-site European residence training program taking place in the Netherlands from September 13th – 17th. The participation fee is covered by NFAFT & Ardán, so this is a great opportunity for emerging writer/directors who are developing a new fiction project!

Director’s Village – Apply Here by 1st June

Book yourself in for some training…

Final Draft, 15th June – Apply by 2nd June
Transferring Creative Writing Skills into Film & TV Drama, 20th June – Apply by 2nd June

Have your say on what courses should be put on:

Expression of Interest – Introduction to Extras Coordinating
Expression of Interest – Introduction to AI Technology; exploring its potential for workflows in the Screen Industry
Expression of Interest – Best Practices for Sustainability Practitioners

Shadowing Opportunities

Shadow Producers
Shadow Directors
Shadow Writers, Development Executives/Script Editors

We encourage crew members to complete these free, self-led online courses:

Addressing Unconscious Bias
Tackling Bullying and Harassment in the Arts and Creative Sectors
Being an Active Bystander in the Arts and Creative Sectors

If you have any training requests please get in touch with your training rep or email our Skills Development Liaison, Dave, HERE

Irish Releases

406 DAYS - The Debenhams Picket Line Official Trailer - Exclusively In Cinemas on May 26th


In Irish Cinemas now, this documentary tells the story of the 1,000 Irish Debenhams workers who took to the Picket Line for a record 406 days.

Say Hello to SGI

We know how busy you are out there, so if you want us to drop down to your production for a chat, simply reply to this email.

And if you see us on set, say hello!

You can also check out our website HERE for useful resources like the competency framework, research and the SGI strategy.

Crew Resources

MCM Counselling HD H264

Minding Creative Minds has launched a 12 session counselling model to the entire Irish Creative & Arts Sectors.

Minding Creative Minds also offers support on many day-to-day issues; including legal, finance, career and much more. All services are confidential and free to the user; no enquiry is too small.

Find more information HERE or text “Hi” to 087 369 0010 (standard rate applies)

Safe to Create is another great resource for crew, promoting dignity at work for the Arts and Creative Sectors. Read all about their Code of Behaviour HERE, or undertake some online training HERE.