Archive for October, 2008

BAFTA Nom for Skunk

31st October 2008 by Maura McHugh

Skunk Fu!, the children’s animated television show, produced by the Irish company Cartoon Saloon with Telegael and Cake Entertainment, has been nominated for a Children’s BAFTA in the Animation category.

The writers of the series are: Greg Grabianski, Thomas Krajewski, Eric Shaw, Aimee Keillor, and Scott Sonneborn.

The awards ceremony will place on 10 November in London.

Austin Round-Up

31st October 2008 by Maura McHugh

IFTN has posted the diary of new screenwriter, Eilis Mernagh, from her time pitching and networking at the Austin Film Festival.

Screenwriters who are considering attending Austin’s four-day conference — which provides access to A-list producers, studio executives, agents and managers, screenwriters, and filmmakers — will find the article useful.

Arts Council Bursaries

31st October 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Arts Council, in its latest newsletter, has announced a new closing date for its first round of Bursary Awards in 2009: Thursday 27 November 2008 at 5.30pm.

The purpose of an Arts Council bursary is to support professional artists at all stages in their careers and in the development of their arts practice. The aim of the award is to allow artists, working in any context or in any artform, to buy space and freedom to concentrate on a body of work and provide the equipment, facilities and third party expertise to develop practice. Recipients can receive up to a maximum of €15,000 per year through the Bursary award. A number of multi-annual bursaries, which offer artists funding for up to a three-year period, are available each year.

Applications can be made using the online application system or by completing a paper form. The Arts Council encourages all those with internet access to apply using the online application process. Applicants using the online system will have an additional week – up to Thursday 4 December 2008, 5:30pm – to provide supporting documentation for their application.

All information on how to apply is available on the web site

SIOL Picks Six

31st October 2008 by Maura McHugh

SÍOL, an initiative to promote new screenwriting in the Irish language, has announced the six writers whose projects will progress into production:

Fiona Ní Eidhin ­- “Cinneadh”
Louise Ní Fhiannachta – “Crochta”
Medb Johnstone ­- “Ab initio”
Clíona Ruiséil – “Náire”
Kevin Lavelle agus Diarmuid Goggins ­ – “Papa Joe”
Fiona Ní Dhuibhir ­- “Ena”

SÍOL is supported by the Broadcast Commission of Ireland, Údaras na Gaeltachta, Gréasán na Meán and TG4.

The initiative will assist the chosen Irish language writers to develop and produce a television script that will be broadcast as a part of a major drama series on TG4.

The writers will develop their projects under the direction of series script Editor, Paul Mercier. The development will take place during writing masterclasses commencing at the end of November.

The series will be broadcast on TG4 for the Autumn/Winter schedule of 2009.

IFTA Nominations Open

30th October 2008 by Maura McHugh

IFTA has issued a call for nominations for the 6th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards.

The deadline for entries is Monday 17th November 2008 at 5.30pm.

The guidelines and criteria for nomination are available on the web site.