Archive for May, 2008

Darklight 08

28th May 2008

This year’s Darklight Festival will run from June 26 – 29, 2008 in Temple Bar, Dublin.

The Guest Of Honour of the festival is actor, writer, and filmmaker Crispin Hellion Glover, who will perform his Big Slide Show live alongside screenings of his films It is Fine. Everything is Fine! and What is It?

There will be a focus on award-winning British filmmaking company Warp Films, and a workshop with actor Paddy Considine, who will present a screening of Shane Meadows’ Dead Man Shoes and his own directorial debut Dog Altogether.

Lenny Abrahamson (Garage, Adam and Paul) will curate the festival over the weekend, and help a group of filmmakers construct the Darklight’s Closing Night presentation, an experimental documentary portrait of Dublin, in only 72 hours.

The Light House Cinema will feature the 15 Second Film Festival Picture Palace, running at for the duration of the Festival. Darklight ‘08 also presents a retrospective of work by Irish artist and filmmaker Paddy Jolley, who will be present for a Public Interview with curator Aileen Corkery, and the premiere of a brand new work, Fall, which will screen at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar.

Other Darklight Highlights include:

  • A screening of the 1982 cult classic Tron, preceded by a workshop with Tron FX guru Ken Perlin
  • A presentation from legendary cinematographer Chris Doyle
  • The Straylight outdoor visual art trail
  • The debut of the Irish Film Board’s Virtual Cinema shorts scheme
  • An exhibition of classic computer games
  • A special children’s screening of classic Irish animation, along with a ‘Morphathon’ claymation workshop for the whole family

DLR Residencies

27th May 2008

The Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Public Library Service is launching a Writer in Residence programme, and writers in any genre are invited to make submissions for the part-time residency.

The 2008-2009 residency will create opportunities for the Writer to:

  • Develop his/her own work
  • Foster an environment in and through the libraries, where writers can meet local communities
  • Create opportunities for communities to meet writers
  • Provide access for library staff to creative process

The budget for the residency is €15,000, which includes the writers’s fee of €13,000, materials and other related costs of €2,000.

Closing Date for application is Friday 20th June. For further information contact Mairead Owens, Senior Executive Librarian, at or 353-1-2781788

The DLR Arts Office and the IADT, with the support of the Arts Council, are also seeking submissions for the Writer in Residence programme in the IADT from September 2008 – June 2009.

The total budget for the residency is €22,000. This amount is to be fully
inclusive of the writers’s fee – €20,000, and materials and other related costs of €2,000.

The Writer in Residence initiative in collaboration with IADT has been in place since 2002. Previous collaborations between IADT and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Arts Office include writers in residence, poet Caitriona O’Reilly, poet Peter Sirr and poet Katie Donovan.

Closing Date for application is Friday 20th June. For further information contact Carolyn Brown, Acting Arts Officer, at or 353-1-2719508.

Hunger at Cannes

26th May 2008

The Cannes Film Festival has announced the winners of the festival competition.

The Caméra d’Or for the best first feature film in compeition was awarded to Hunger, directed and co-written by Steve McQueen, and co-written by Edna Walsh. The film focuses on the last six weeks of the life of the Irish republican hunger striker Bobby Sands.

Without Words Wins

23rd May 2008

In the Irish Times Michael Dwyer reports on the Babelgum Online Film Festival’s first awards ceremony in Cannes, which was presided over by jury chairman Spike Lee.

Writer/director Brian Deane, from Cork, and a recent graduate of Galway’s Huston School of Media and Digital Media, won the Babelgum Social/Environment Award for his short “Without Words”. Without Words

New Screenwriting Competition

22nd May 2008

The Irish Film Board reports on the Irish Reception at Cannes, which includes a mention of the launch of the new Irish screenwriting award, Write Here, Write Now.

The DIFF website offers the following information:

The Dublin International Film Festival in association with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (Ireland) have come together to recognise the centrality of the writer to the filmmaking process in a brand new screenwriting award, Write Here, Write Now.

“Ireland is rightly famed world wide for its storytelling ability – and for its love of cinema.The Dublin International Film Festival’s innovative work is vital to the growth and development of writers and filmmakers in Ireland. The Walt Disney Studios have shot many fine films in Ireland. We have also acquired and distributed many Irish-originated films, which gives us particular pleasure in the Irish office. In teaming with DIFF, WDSMP Ireland is happy to have found a new and exciting way to further encourage quality Irish screenwriting and filmmaking with this award”.

Trish Long, Vice President & General Manager. WDSMP

This substantial award will acknowledge and support the creation of original and innovative scripts, through a combination of development funding, as well as extensive promotion withinthe film industry.

The winning script will receive a cash prize of €7,500 / $12,000.

The prestigious jury includes John Hurt, Lenny Abrahamson, Trish Long (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Ireland), Sue Bruce Smith (Film Four) and US Agent David Flynn.

Submissions will be accepted between July 7th and September 19th. Applicants must be Irish citizens or residents. The entry form is available to download, and each application must be accompanied by a €100 fee.