Archive for February, 2008

Short Shorts 2008

26th February 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Film Board has issued its call for submissions for its Short Shorts scheme.

The new deadline for this scheme is Friday, April 18th 2008.

The successful scheme, which will fund up to seven, 3-5 minute films aims to encourage the making of ultra short films which are innovative, provocative or in some other way risky and rule-breaking.

In order to update this established scheme, it has been modified so that films now have to conform to a particular genre. This year the shorts, whether live-action or animated, should now ‘tell a story’ within the genre of musicals. This does not include, however, music videos. It is hoped that having the shorts packaged together under this specific genre will allow the IFB to market the Short Shorts more effectively.

Details about the application process are on the web site.

Writers Guild Awards 2008

25th February 2008 by Maura McHugh

Announced with little fanfare a couple of weeks ago while the WGA strike was ongoing, the list of winners of the Writers Guild Awards 2008 is worth reading through.

It honours dramatic writing across a comprehensive range of categories such as film, television, documentaries, radio, video games, and even promotional writing. It’s voted upon by WGA members, and thus is a strong indication of the type of writing that writers admire.

Irish Theatre Awards 2008

25th February 2008 by Maura McHugh

Theatre Forum Ireland posted a complete list of the winners from the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2008. Of interest is:

Best new play
Seán McLoughlin for Noah and the Tower Flower, produced by Fishamble.

Highlights of last night’s ceremony will be screened on RTÉ 1 tonight at 11.20pm.

Spirit Awards 2008

25th February 2008 by Maura McHugh

Award season breaks into a gallop towards the end. Last night the Film Independent Spirit Awards were handed out. I’ve cherry-picked the winners of most interest to our members:

Best First Screenplay
Diablo Cody for Juno

Best Foreign Film
Director/Writer: John Carney for Once

Best Screenplay
Tamara Jenkins for The Savages

Theatregoers Choice 2008

25th February 2008 by Maura McHugh

The British Theatregoers Choice Awards were announced at the weekend. Guild members will be interested in the following award:

The NICK HERN BOOKS Best New Play
All About My Mother by Samuel Adamson – at the Old Vic

The other nominees in the category:

A Disappearing Number
by Complicite – at the Barbican
Joe Guy by Roy Williams – at Soho Theatre
Landscape with Weapon by Joe Penhall – at the NT Cottesloe
That Face by Polly Stenham – at the Royal Court Upstairs
War Horse by Nick Stafford – at the NT Olivier

Irish actress Fiona Shaw also picked up the Best Solo Performance Award for Happy Days at the NT Lyttelton.