Archive for July, 2008

Screenwriting for Children

28th July 2008

FÁS Screen Training Ireland is running a screenwriting for children course on two weekends (2nd – 4th Sept; 29th Sept – 1st Oct 2008) at the Adelaide Chambers, Peter St, Dublin 8. The course costs €400.00.

Participant Profile:
Professional writers writing for children’s television animation/live action, or children’s books/theatre writers who wish to enhance their scriptwriting skills for programmes aimed at the 6-11 age group.

Course Profile:
This course provides practical training in scriptwriting for six to 11 years-targeted programmes. Through project-based course work, the course enhances participants’ ability to develop character, story, humour and dialogue suitable for a six to 11-year-old market in live action and animation. Participants will enhance their understanding of these issues through intensive, practical work on their own projects with the course tutors.

The deadline for applications is August 21st, 2008. Information on how to apply is available on the web site.

Classify not Censor

24th July 2008

The Irish Film Censor’s Office has been renamed to the Irish Film Classification Office, and the offical film censor will henceforth be known as the Director of Film Classification.

Other changes:

  • The phrase “likely to cause harm to children” is introduced into the legislation for the first time.
  • Lower fees will be charged for classifying specialty interest DVDs. This initiative is similar to the highly successful ‘limited release initiative’ for cinema films, which was introduced in 2004.
  • It will now be an offence to supply a DVD to a person who is under the IFCO-designated age rating.
  • Fines for certain offences are updated.

Welcoming the changes and IFCO’s modernized remit as an open and transparent agency, the Minister said: ‘The role of the Film Censor has evolved to reflect changed times. In a mature society, I think most of us believe that adults should be free (subject to the law) to decide for themselves what they may see, and the primary role for IFCO should be what we call age-related classification’.

The Director of Film Classification said: “Today, we don’t censor, we classify. We don’t decline to explain or justify our decisions. Rather, we welcome the fact that we can provide the public, and parents in particular, with age-related classification and consumer advice. We have gone from stop sign to sign post. This is a very special occasion for all of us here at Harcourt Terrace. For me, on both a professional and personal basis, it’s a really special and symbolic day.

Peg Bar

23rd July 2008

Filmbase reports that the first Peg Bar event will take place upstairs in Murray’s Bar on O’Connell Street on the 7th August 2008 at 7.30pm.

It’s a gathering of animators, who plan to discuss and view new and innovative animation. It’s organised by Daniel Spencer, Ben Hennessy, Ben Harper and Anna O’Sullivan who are all highly motivated animation artists and filmmakers. All are welcome.

BCI Opt for Boxer

22nd July 2008

The Broading Casting Commission of Ireland (BCI) announced its decision with regard to the award of the three national Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) multiplex contracts.

The Commission considered the applications received from three consortia and has awarded the contracts in principle to Boxer DTT Limited.

RTÉ reports that the Boxer consortium includes the Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp and BT. They beat the other hopefuls: Easy TV — composed of RTÉ and UPC — and One Vision, which involved TV3, Setanta, and Eircom.

Applying for the licences, Boxer had said it would offer prices below €10 a month and will allow viewers to top up their channel selections ‘a la carte’. It said there will also be a ‘pay as you go’ option for its pay channels.

‘We are delighted to have been awarded the licence and look forward to rolling out a world class broadcast network in Ireland over the coming months,’ commented Boxer DTT chairman Lucy Gaffney.

‘As an independent operator formed with the sole purpose of providing these services, our offering provides consumers with excellent choice and simple, flexible and affordable access to a wide range of TV channels’, she said.

Boxer DTT will launch its offering in January 2009.

GAZE On

21st July 2008

GAZE, the Dublin International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (31st July – 4th August), has announced its entire programme.

Martina Niland, producer of the Oscar winning film Once, will officially open this year’s festival prior to the screening of Breakfast with Scot on Thurs 31st in the IFI.

This year more venues than ever will host the festival – you can catch GAZE at Project Arts Centre and The Winding Stair as well as our home venue, the IFI.

We’re also delighted to announce the GAZE/IFI Audience Award. By voting for your favourite film of the festival, you could win a pair of tickets every month for a year in the IFI.