Born in 1922, Margaret ‘Peggy’ Walsh was an amateur filmmaker who observed and documented her life and times in Co. Wexford and further afield in the 1950s and 60s. She also found time to be a housewife and mother to nine children.
Before her death in Dec 2021, her film legacy was discovered in the form of a rich archive of beautiful Kodachrome films of subjects ranging from Irish rural life to John F. Kennedy’s historic visit to Wexford in 1963, just five months before his assassination. This footage now resides with the Kennedy Book and Research Archive in New Ross.
Although Peggy Walsh exercised her creativity in many ways – including painting and architectural drawing – it is her filmmaking talent and craft that we now honour.
Screen Wexford is proud to announce the Peggy Walsh Award for Female Camera Talent.
This mentorship programme is aimed at supporting female cinematographers and camera operators by arranging a key mentor from the Irish film and television industry to advise on professional career advancement through development of technical and creative skills over a period of six months. This programme will run for three years and is open to Wexford based female camera talent or those who are originally from the county.
The total value of the award is €4000.
The successful applicant will be chosen by Wexford native Jessica Drum – camera op and Chief Executive of the Screen Guilds of Ireland. The Irish Society of Cinematographers will be involved in recruiting the Cinematographer who will provide mentorship, with the mentor receiving a fee of €1000 to cover their time. The mentee will receive a bursary of €2000 to support the making of work during the mentorship. They will also receive €1,000 in support from 24-7 Drama kit rental company as well as a sponsored annual membership with Women in Film & Television Ireland who promote greater representation of women on screen and behind the camera.
To apply for the Peggy Walsh Award for Female Camera Talent,
please SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION HERE with:
– A short bio
– 1-3 min showreel
– Outline of personal objectives and what you hope to achieve from the mentorship (max 300 words).
Deadline: 22 February 2022