Ablevision Film Festival LineUp

We are delighted to have so many interesting films to show and people who are volunteering their time to come and talk to us. The schedule of events is available here at Ablevision Film Festival Workshop Brochure 17th May 2013. Please come along on the day to take part in a workshop or to watch the six finalists in our competition. We are promising a day of learning, interaction and fun. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Closing Time!

The closing date for the Ablevision Film Festival is fast approaching. The cut off for final entries is Tuesday the 23rd at 5p.m. We will then be getting our judges to work on selecting the finalists whose piece will be shown on Friday 17th May in the Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda. The finalists are all in with a chances of winning the prestigious “Rory Staunton Memorial Award”. Everyone needs to get those potential prize winners edited and into the post by this Monday at the very latest. Good luck to all entries and watch out here for more details of our Film Festival.

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Schedule for Film Festival 17th May 2013

Ablevision will host its inaugural international film festival on Friday the 17th May in the Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Lane, Drogheda. In the morning there will be workshops on the independent film making process by local film director Frank Kelly. Grainne Tinney and team from Prosper Fingal services will deliver a very interesting workshop on communication. In the main theatre we will be showing films made by people with intellectual disability from Ireland and beyond. The morning session will run from 10.00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Entry is €2 and proceeds go to Ablevision Ireland.

We are delighted to welcome the cast and crew from Sunbeam House in Wicklow who will host an afternoon workshop on building collaborative partnerships in film making. They will also be showing their most recent production and will be available afterwards for questions and answers. The crew of Ablevision Ireland will also be on hand to discuss their experiences so far in the film making world and show their first documentary “Through the same lens”. The afternoon session will run from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. and will be of interest to people with intellectual disabilities, their supporters and media students who are interested in working in collaboration to produce films.

We hope to have visitors from every county and beyond and we also have a very special guest Alisa Carbone, executive producer, with Ablevision USA. If you are interested in coming on the day to watch a film, take part in a workshop or even perhaps show a film that your group has worked on then please contact Audrey on . More details on the schedule will be available in the coming weeks on the website and on our Facebook Page . Keep an eye out and get in touch if you want to take part!

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Date for your Diary – 17th May

Ablevision Ireland is hosting its very first film festival on Friday the 17th May in Drogheda. There will be lots of interesting activities on the day. We are inviting people from all aspects of the film industry to come in and speak about their craft. We will also be showing lots of interesting pieces of film from Ireland and abroad. The day will finish in style with the competition and awards ceremony. There is €500 for the first prize and the closing date is the 12th April. More details on the schedule for the day to follow. Watch this space!

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Ablevision Holds Open Auditions

Ablevision are holding open auditions for their new film “Joe and Sarah” which will be filmed in Drogheda over the coming weeks. The casting call is on Thursday 14th March in Drogheda town from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More details on location will follow. The parts are for one male (50’s – dad), one female (30’s – group leader), one female (45-55 – mum) and one male (45-55 – priest).


The filming will take place in Drogeda town from Monday 25th March to Thursday 28th March inclusive. As Ablevision Ireland is a not for profit organisation all parts are unpaid. We are looking for people who are interested in collaborating with our crew members, all of whom have an intellectual disability. This is a very exciting opportunity not to be missed!

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AbleVision Ireland to hold Film Festival

We are delighted to announce the first annual AbleVision Ireland Film festival. The festival will be held in Drogheda in May 2013. Further details are available on the application form AbleVision Ireland 2013 Film Festival Application Form. You can also contact Audrey on 086 1744994 for more details. So for all you budding directors and movie stars you had better get filming. Good Luck!

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Ablevision Ireland Live on Sky 212 & Freesat 401

The crew of Ablevision Ireland, all of whom have an intellectual disability, will have their first taste of fame. Our first documentary “Through the same lens” is to be aired on the Information TV Sky Channel 212 and Freesat 401 at 12.30 next Sunday 27th January. The premiere of the organisation’s first documentary introduces us to the crew and explains the idea behind Ablevision. The premiere is a major achievement for the crew and is the first of many entertaining television programmes which will be coming our way!

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Ablevision Ireland DKIT Video

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“Dragon” Rewards Students

All the crew outside Millmount Museum

The Crew and Staff Outside Millmount Museum

“Dragon Rewards Students”Gavin Duffy, of Dragons Den fame, awarded 12 students with Certificates of Achievement this week in the Drogheda Institute of Further Education.  The Ceremony took place on Friday 20th July and marked the achievements of 12 students with Intellectual Disabilities who have completed the inaugural Ablevision Ireland two week intensive Basic Media Studies Summer Camp in the DIFE entitled “Looking through the Same Lens”.

The students came from all over the north-east of Ireland including Midway Services in Meath, Malta Services and St John of Gods in Louth, and Steadfast House in Monaghan.  The students completed modules in Camera Work, Presentation Skills, Sound and Lighting, Film Production and Directing.  They made 3 short films on various subjects including Millmount Museum, Drogheda Fire Station and Boyne River Rescue.  These shorts will be released later in the year on our website,, and aired on SKY Channel 212 along with Tony Breen from Switch DP’s documentary on the Summer Camp.

This innovative and unique course was devised and organised by Ablevision Ireland and is the first in a series of 10 to be held over the next year.    Ablevision Ireland is a not for profit organisation set up to enable people with disabilities to participate on media studies courses in order to learn about making television and radio programmes together.  The objective is to produce television and radio programmes for broadcast that will be made by and for people with intellectual disabilities.  The programmes are wholly scripted, shot and hosted by the participants themselves.  The focus is on the participants using their abilities and talents to unleash their creativity and on working together to deliver real results.  The project hopes to enable participants to communicate with confidence about their abilities as opposed to their disabilities.

John Delany, CEO of Ablevision Ireland, said “We are very impressed with the enthusiasm and skill shown by the students.  The results have been inspirational!”  Ablevision would like to thank all their staff and volunteers for their hard work, Davy Mc Donnell and all the staff in the DIFE for the use of their facilities and Julianne Lawler of Local Heroes for providing us with office facilities.

Michael O’Dowd, a Director of Ablevision Ireland, thanked the Drogheda Fire Service, Boyne Rive Rescue and Millmount Museum for hosting the participants during the fortnight.

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People with disabilities to shine on-screen at DkIT

A groundbreaking programme is getting underway at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) that sees people with intellectual disabilities team up with students from the School of Informatics & Creative Arts and the School of Health & Science to make television programmes and documentaries.

Partly based on an award-winning US project of the same name, Ablevision Ireland will offer participants access to the state-of-the-art digital technology used by students and the staff at the former PJ Carroll & Co building where DkIT’s Department of Music & Creative Media is based.

The longer term objective of the programme is to produce television programmes for broadcast that will be made by and for people with special needs.

Already, several months of preparatory work has been done by a multidisciplinary team advised by Ablevision in the United States.

“We are very pleased that this innovative project is getting underway and it is a very exciting concept,” said Denis Cummins, President, DkIT. “It is particularly valuable that different faculties are working together and that will make for a richer learning experience for all of those involved from across the wider Institute community.”

Ablevision Ireland is being established as a not-for-profit company by John Delany, an entrepreneur and advocate of rights for the disabled who himself has a special needs daughter. John is being supported by Cllr Michael O’Dowd who also has a special needs child and advised on television production by Orlaith Carmody, director of Meath-based

“We are really excited that this has come together so smoothly and that we will very shortly see the fully integrated crews in action planning and filming their programmes,” says John. “It is fantastic that both the students and staff really liked the idea from the very start and are going to help successfully bring it to reality. DKIT is leading the way in integrating special needs students into higher education and Ablevision Ireland is set to demonstrate integration at its best with an innovative ‘buddy’ system in operation.”

Ablevision Ireland will be officially launched at the DkIT graduation ceremony on Saturday, November 5 when special needs students graduate with Further Education & Training Awards Council (FETAC) awards.

Media contact: Brian Nolan, Bance Nolan Ltd,; 086-8191730.

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