Archive for January, 2008

Irish Theatre Awards Shortlist

21st January 2008 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ reports that the nominees for the 2008 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards have been announced.

The playwrights nominated in the Best New Play category are: Sebastian Barry (The Pride of Parnell Street), Michael Harding (The Tinker’s Curse), Sean McLoughlin (Noah and the Tower Flower) and Mark O’Rowe (Terminus).

The winners will be announced in Dublin on Sunday 24 February.

Frameworks Deadline

21st January 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Film Board has announced the deadline for the short animation scheme Frameworks as Wednesday, March 12th.

Frameworks is an established scheme for the making of animated short films which has been incredibly successful in stimulating ground-breaking new work from Irish animators. Projects selected for funding will combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a broad audience.

Recent successes of this scheme include Blind Man’s Eye directed by Matthew Talbot-Kelly made Official Selection at the prestigious Venice Film Festival 2007 while it was announced earlier this week that The Crumblegiant, directed by John McCloskey has been nominated for a BAFTA for Best Short Animation.

The scheme is co-funded by BSÉ/IFB, the Arts Council and RTÉ.

IFB in Berlin

18th January 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Film Board will have a presence at this year’s Berlin Film Festival (February 7th – 17th) in the European Film Market. The IFB will be sharing a stand with Film Holland, and will be distributing promotional material about Irish films and festivals.

The IFB will also be distributing promotional Irish film flyers detailing the times of all Irish films screening in the festival and market. If you would like the screening details of your film to be including please forward all details to me ASAP.

The IFB will be distributing lists of Irish delegates attending the festival. If you would like to be listed as one of the Irish delegates please fill out the attached form and return to Suzanne Murray (

The IFB is also organising a networking reception again this year at the Movenpick Hotel on Sunday 10th February. Irish delegates are invited to attend. Again please send us your details if you are traveling to the festival so that we can forward invitations early next week.

Future Planning

18th January 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Guardian has an interesting article on how entertainment companies are planning on making money in the future with the advent of new technologies and the establishment of on-demand television.

Mobile Comedy

18th January 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Stage reports that ITV has created 50 two-minute episodes of a new comedy series called The Gym specifically for mobile phone platforms.

The Gym is being made by multi-platform production company Hub TV and is designed to be watched on all mobile phone networks through ITV Mobile, the broadcaster’s mobile portal that can be accessed on all WAP-enabled phones.

The new series will be available for download to mobile phones daily from Monday, and a week later it will appear on ITV’s website.