Archive for June, 2008

Archivist Scholarship

25th June 2008 by Maura McHugh

The IFI in association with the School of History and Archives, University College Dublin, is offering a full-time one-year Studentship for the period 1st September 2008 to 28th August 2009.

The post is intended to provide relevant work experience for a graduate who intends to apply for the MA (Archives and Records Management) at U.C.D.

The post will require the student to work on the paper and photographic collections of the Irish Film Archive with tasks selected to familiarise the student with basic archival theory and practice.

Candidates should have a third level qualification or expect to obtain one this year. The value of the Studentship will be €15,000.

Information on how to apply is on the web site and the deadline is Friday 18th July 2008.

Summer Challenge

24th June 2008 by Maura McHugh

RISE films and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, together
with Sight &amp Sound, have issued a Summer Film Challenge: write a script during the summer, and have it made.

We will bring your film from the page to the screen and give you the opportunity to secure representation from a leading literary agency.

Whether it’s comedy, action, horror, sci-fi, or thriller, we want to read your work. So, if you’ve been carrying around that big idea but don’t know where to put it, unburden yourself this summer.

We will select one script and develop it further with the writer, eventually to be financed and produced.

Writers must have the right to work in the UK on the project, and should not have literary representation. The script needs to be feature length (70+ pages), and there is no entry fee.

The application form can be downloaded from the web site, and the deadline for entries is 26th September 2008.

Signatures 2008

24th June 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Film Board has announced that its deadline for its short film scheme, SIGNATURES, is August 15th.

SIGNATURES is a short film scheme for the making of live-action, fiction films that act as a proving-ground for Irish creative talents which aims to encourage strong, original storytelling, visual flair, and production values appropriate to the big screen. Films can be made in Irish or English.

The scheme is a fantastic opportunity for producers, directors and writers to work in a professional environment that will allow them to further their experience.

The successful short films will premiere at the Corona Cork Film Festival next year.

Details on how to apply for the scheme are available on the IFB’s web site.

Fleadh Writers Masterclass

20th June 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Galway Film Fleadh has announced details about its Screenwriter’s Masterclass with Martin Daniel & Ted Braun on Thursday 10th July.

Martin Daniel is a professor at the University of Southern California, on what is regarded as America’s most prestigious screenwriting programme. He combines his American education and professional experience with a European sensibility derived from his Czech origins and decades of work as an international script consultant. In this session, he will share his unparalleled experience with Irish professionals at the Fleadh.

He will present a specially designed masterclass, which offers an overview of the Frank Daniel approach to storytelling on the screen, followed by a detailed, practical session on constructing and rewriting scenes. This masterclass is designed to be of benefit to experienced screenwriters, producers and script editors.

Martin Daniel says he is delighted to be returning to Galway this year. “I always enjoy working with Irish writers; I see a lot of parallels between the Irish and the Czechs, not least that they are natural writers and storytellers. They have both used language and creativity to survive with a strong cultural identity despite centuries in the shadow of a neighbouring empire.”

The session will be moderated by Irish screenwriter and script consultant Mary Kate O Flanagan and will include opportunities for Q&A.

Martin Daniel Biography

Martin Daniel is a script development expert and teacher. He is a member of the faculty of the University of Southern California School of Cinema/Television (Writing Division), where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses since 1996.

Martin is also a founding faculty member of the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and was a core faculty member of the international screenwriting program North by NorthWest. He has taught screenwriting workshops and classes all over the world for over twenty years, including a one-year Fulbright lectureship at FAMU, the film school in his native Czech Republic. His students’ many critical and professional success stories include an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

For the past fifteen years, Martin has been on the script development team of European Audio-Visual Entrepreneurs, a European Union Media Program Initiative for the training of independent producers. He has consulted independent producers on the development of over two hundred feature film scripts.

If you would like to attend this Masterclass, download the application form from the web site, and return it with the payment to the Fleadh. Places are limited so please book early.

Frameworks 2008

19th June 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Film Board has announced this year’s successful applicants for the Frameworks short animated film project:

  • “Donkey”, writer/director Louise Bagnall, and producer Niamh O’Donoghue in Barley Films.
  • “Monsieur Critique”, writer/director Teemu Auersalo, and producer Nicky Gogan at Glimpse Digital.
  • “Twas a Terrible Hard Work”, writer/director David Quin, and producer Steve Woods in Cel’ Division.
  • “The Polish Language”, writer/director Alice Lyons, and producer Steve Woods in Cel’ Division.
  • “Guns, Bees and Tadpoles”, writer/director John McCloskey, and producer Pearse Moore in Raw Nerve Productions.
  • “Old Fangs”, writer/director Adrien Merigeau, and producer Ross Murray in Cartoon Saloon.