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Dublin / 1 December 2007

Photograph of the Oska Bright team

Photograph of the Oska Bright team

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By Andy Kee and Stephen Firshman

We had a warm welcome after a bumpy flight and stayed in a hotel in Temple Bar.

On 3rd December we went to Filmbase to prepare for the festival. The first thing we did was run the master class with 16 students from Trinity College. They had lots of questions and lots of ideas for new films. The group made a film about Max the dog.

In the evening we launched Oska Bright in Ireland. We showed films and had a question and answer session about Oska Bright. People asked interesting questions and we talked for a long time. Afterwards people could talk to us as we had wine and snacks.

On 4th December it was Stephen’s Birthday. The students who were helping us to run the Festival gave Stephen a present and sang Happy Birthday. Afterwards we introduced the films to over 150 people who said it was good to have such a range of films shown together.

Afterwards we had a meal with people from Arts and Disability Ireland. We talked about future of Oska Bright in Ireland and coming back to develop the Oska Bright and film making opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

In the evening we went to a pub called The Porterhouse where we drank Guinness and cider to celebrate.