The first Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar, an initiative of Dr Kevin Rockett, Trinity College Dublin, and Professor John Hill, University of Ulster, Coleraine, took place at Trinity College on 11 – 12 April 2003. Professor Tom Gunning of the University of Chicago gave the inaugural keynote address to the Seminar and eighteen postgraduate students presented papers. A selection of the conference proceedings was published in Kevin Rockett and John Hill, editors, National Cinema and Beyond, Studies in Irish Film 1, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004. Both the Seminar and publication were supported by the Higher Education Authority’s North South Programme for Collaborative Research, 2003 – 06.