Archive for September 24th, 2008

Free Theatre for Youth in UK

24th September 2008

The Stage reports that in the UK Culture secretary Andy Burnham has announced a new £2.5 million scheme that will give out a million free theatre tickets to under 26-year olds in 95 venues across England over a two-year period.

Launching the programme, Burnham said that it would mean “a whole new audience will get the chance to enjoy the best our theatre has to offer”. He added: “Theatres up and down the country will get the chance to work with us to provide a million free tickets to productions over the next two years. So it will be good for theatres, who will see their audience broaden, and it will be good for actors, who play at their best when performing to a full house.”

The programme, which has been developed from initial proposals for a free week of theatre suggested by the McMaster Report into excellence in the arts, will be operated by ACE.

Cartoon Saloon Wins

24th September 2008

The Irish Film Board reports that Irish animation company Cartoon Saloon won the Europe Cartoon Tributes, which is the Best Production Company Award, at the Cartoon Forum in Ludwigsburg, Germany this weekend.

The European Association of Animation Film selected Cartoon Saloon as their Producer of the Year over stiff competition from production companies from the UK, Germany and France. The Cartoon Tributes recognizes companies that have had a positive influence on the European animation industry over the last year.

Cartoon Saloon is a multi-award winning animation company based in Kilkenny. Their television series Skunk Fu!, directed by Aidan Harte has been sold to television stations all over the world, while their next project, a feature film called The Secret of Kells, will be released in Irish cinemas by Walt Disney Studios Ireland early next year.

The Cartoon Forum is neither a fair nor a festival, but rather a co-production forum, where European producers can negotiate financing for new animation projects. The purpose of the Cartoon Forum is to foster co-productions and accelerate financial arrangements.