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Potter director to share secrets of movie magic here

Harry Potter director David Yates will be revealing the secrets of movie magic at the Science Gallery in Trinity College later this month.

The director will be joining other film experts including Jim Sheridan at the new Digital Biscuit symposium; a three-day event focusing on "Ireland's capabilities as a creative and technological leader in film and television production".

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland launched the festival which will include interviews, talks and product launches.

The SDGI hope the event will increase Ireland's global profile in the film and TV industry and encourage creativity in Ireland's next generation of film and TV makers.

Oscar winner Richard Baneham -- who created the luminous and idyllic world in Avatar; Gareth Edwards, the bright spark behind Monsters; and Pixar top dog Pete Doctor, who brought Toy Story to life, will also be at the event.



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All the high profile filmmakers will discuss Irish capabilities in the realm of TV and Film Production.

The event hopes to help Irish directors. Birch Hamilton, the Executive Director of the Guild said: "Directors are the lifeblood of the screens, big and small. Irish directors are embracing the global opportunities that new technology is bringing to the industry, leading us into an exciting age of film-making.

"We have a huge amount of creative talent here and this really puts us on a global platform."

Digital Biscuit will open on Thursday, January 24 with the Irish premiere screening of Side by Side, a new documentary produced by Keanu Reeves, at the IFI.

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