Mary Raftery Journalism Fund announces details of annual ‘Investigative Documentary Filmmaking’ Seminar


Mary Raftery Journalism Fund announces details of annual ‘Investigative Documentary Filmmaking’ Seminar

MRJF in association with IFI / BAI / RTÉ / STI


Irish Film Institute, Eustace St. Dublin 2

11.00 – 17.00, Friday 13th October, 2017

The fourth annual investigative documentary filmmaking seminar organized by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund, “Investigations 2017: Beyond Borders”, takes place in the Irish Film Institute from 11am to 5pm on Friday, 13th October. The day-long seminar, which is open to the public, will feature screenings, conversations and discussions chaired by leading journalists and broadcasters: Keelin Shanley, Richard Crowley and Tanya Sillem.

This year’s seminar will explore the challenges and opportunities which arise for investigative filmmakers when working outside their native culture. Through in-depth interviews, seminar attendees will learn about the on-the-ground challenges faced by journalists when filming beyond borders.

With a backdrop of the development of digital and online technologies over the past decade, the seminar will look at the potential of cross-border collaboration, examine the responsibilities to participants which the filmmaker must consider and discuss the breadth of outcomes which emerge when filmmakers look beyond borders.


Session One – Under Fire-Filming in Conflict Zones

The morning session will commence at 11am, with an opportunity to see Mozambique – The Scene of a Crime, a documentary by Mary Raftery for RTÉ’s Today Tonight in 1988. The screening will be followed by a discussion with award winning Director of Photography, Cedric Culliton, who filmed the documentary and was Mary Raftery’s long-time collaborator. Cedric will talk with broadcaster Keelin Shanley about his experiences over five decades working in investigative filmmaking.

Session Two – Sean McAllister in conversation with Richard Crowley

The afternoon session will kick off at 2pm with a rare opportunity to hear from award-winning documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister.  This session will offer a unique opportunity to get an insight into working under extreme conditions. Sean will be in conversation with journalist and broadcaster Richard Crowley.

Session Three – Working Beyond Borders

The second afternoon session, commencing at 3.45pm, will be chaired by producer and broadcaster Tanya Sillem. The discussion will explore the full breadth of challenges and opportunities faced by a filmmaker when making a documentary outside their own environment and will feature journalists, Paola Totaro and Ziad Ghandour as well as filmmaker, Alan Gilsenan.


For tickets & event details, see Tickets (€5 per session / €10 for 3 sessions) are available from the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477 (€10 offer not available online or via email).