Dec 14 2016 Posted: 10:21 GMT

Huston Guest series returns in Semester 2 with a focus on graduates who will share their experiences. 

Thursday January 12th, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main    Julian Ulrichs

Julian Ulrichs, completed an undergraduate degree in Law in 2006 (LLB, NUI Galway) before getting an MA in Production and Direction in 2008 (NUI, Huston School of Film & Digital Media). He started out as an     Assistant Editor (BEGIN AGAIN, FOYLE'S WAR) before progressing to Assembly Editor on the multi award-winning Irish crime drama LOVE/HATE (Series 3, 4 and 5) and the Justus Von Dohnanyi film DESASTER (2015). Since then he has edited a number of projects that include JACK TAYLOR: SHOT DOWN (2014), John Carney's critically acclaimed musical-dramedy SING STREET (2016), which had it's world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and, the soon to be released, SANCTUARY (Dir. Len Collin, 2016) and AN KLONDIKE SERIES 2 (Dir. Daithi Keane, 2016). He is currently working on BLACK 47, Lance Daly's new film set during the Great Irish Famine.

Thursday January 19th, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main                           Dearbhla Glynn


Dearbhla Glynn is an award-winning artist, documentary filmmaker and teacher, specializing in explorations of conflict and its effect on women and children. Among her films are Gaza: Post Operation Cast Lead (2010) which offered a personal insight into the day-to-day living conditions faced by the Gaza Strip's 1.5 million conflict-stricken inhabitants. Her 2013 feature film The Value of Women in The Congo documents the issue of rape and conflict in Eastern Congo and explores the experience of the victims as well as the perspective of the perpetrators behind these appalling crimes. Film maker Kirsten Sheridan described the film as "a brave and delicately handled piece of war reportage. It is hard-hitting, while showing many sides of the story. It avoids sensationalism, while never shying away from the very difficult themes. It is an important, devastating piece of human rights documentary filmmaking”. Both films won Grand Prize at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties Human Rights Film Awards.

In this session at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Dearbhla will screen her films and discuss her process including the considerable challenges she has faced as a documentary filmmaker.

Some of Dearbhla’s films can be found here:

 Thursday January 26th, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main               Leon Butler


Leon Butler has worked across a broad range of positions in the media industry as a visual narrative designer, filmmaker, and educator. He graduated from Huston’s MA in Digital Media in 2009 and his final project animated film, Ghosts Before Dawn (2009), won the Gold Medal at the National Digital Media Awards. Since setting up his practice in 2010, he has worked with high-profile clients including the Galway International Arts Festival, who commissioned him to produce the iconic Festival Poster in 2011. He has also worked with clients as diverse as Starbucks on their global holiday campaign, Druid Theatre on a promotional film for their iconic productions, and musician Macklemore, who commissioned Leon to document his 2014 visit to Dublin’s O2 for two sold out shows. He has also developed many personal projects in animation, typography, children’s illustration and documentary. His research interest areas include adaptive interactions and experiences using available data in the public sphere and generative typography and in 2015 he completed a residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York in this field. In 2016, Leon received a ‘Certificate of Typographic Excellence’ from the Type Directors Club in New York. The Design and Craft Council of Ireland listed Leon as one of their ‘Future Makers’ for 2016. Leon has recently completed a 12-week residency in Los Angeles with digital agency 72andSunny in their 72u program. In September 2016 he was appointed as a design innovation research fellow on the Techinnovate program at NUI Galway for 2016-17.

 Thursday February 2nd, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main            Will Collins

Will Collins is a screenwriter whose credits include the Oscar-nominated SONG OF THE SEA, the acclaimed follow-up feature to Tomm Moore's, The Secret of Kells; Will received an ANNIE AWARD nomination for his ‘Achievement in Writing for an Animated Feature’. Will also wrote, MY BROTHERS, his award-winning live-action debut feature which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was the opening film of the Galway Film Fleadh 2010. Will won the Pitching Award at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2007 and was nominated for Best Film Script IFTA, 2015 & 2011. Will has also written for television. He has lectured in Screenwriting in NUIG and has worked as a Script Editor. Will graduated from the Huston School’s MA in Screenwriting in 2006.


Thursday February 9th, 2017, 2.30pm Huston Main         Paul Webster

Paul Webster Guest Speaker

Paul Webster is an award winning director from Navan, Co. Meath. He is a graduate of the MA in Production and Direction at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media (NUIG). Paul was the winner of the Físín Pitching Award at the Dingle International Film Festival 2012 from which his film 'Stuama' received its funding. Paul directed the drama which won Best Irish Film at The Cork Underground Film Festival 2013. Paul went on to work in production for Element Pictures and later as script editor and writer on “Fair City”. Let Those Blues In, Paul’s documentary about Irish Blues musician, Paddy Smith, was the winner of Best Short Documentary in association with RTE at The Sky Road Film Festival, Clifden, Co. Galway in October 2015 and it was chosen as the closing short film at The Craic Fest Irish Film Festival in New York, March 2016. Paul received a €35,000 production fund from Science Foundation Ireland and The Galway Film Centre as part of their Science On Screen documentary scheme. Also in 2016, Paul co-directed Borderland, a 26 documentary exploring the refugee crisis along Europe's Borders which will be screened during this guest session.