Archive for October 21st, 2008

Wednesdays Shortlisted

21st October 2008

The Irish Film Board reports that the Irish short film, “The Wednesdays”, has been selected as one of six finalists for the TCM Classic Shorts Competition.

The short was co-written by Luke Clancy and Conor Ferguson, and directed by Conor Ferguson.

The winners will be announced at an awards night on 29th October at London’s National Film Theatre following a screening of all six shorts in contention for &pound10,000 in prizes. The shorts will later be broadcast on the TCM channel during a special Classic Shorts weekend.

This year’s judges include directors Wolfgang Peterson (Perfect Storm, Troy) and Agnieszka Holland (The Wire), and legendary actor Rutger Hauer (Bladerunner, Batman Begins).

Ferguson’s second short film, “Atlantic”, which he wrote and directed, was also Highly Commended in the competition.

Virtual Cinema 2

21st October 2008

The Irish Film Board is looking for applications for another round of its Virtual Cinema project.

Virtual Cinema is a new scheme for the making of high-quality short films that are suited to the new forms of digital video consumption. Films made under the scheme can be live-action or use any kind of animation technique. The deadline for Virtual Cinema 2008 is November 21st. The scheme aims to encourage exploration of fresh filmmaking ground, with no creative holds barred. Deliberately, no guidelines are offered at this stage with regard to content or style, though material likely to give serious offence is unlikely to be funded.

Films may be made in Irish or English.

Parameters of the Scheme

  • Number of films: up to 10 per year
  • Duration: maximum 2 minutes
  • Budget per film: maximum €2,000


  • Origination on any digital format or flash animation
  • Delivery on digital format suitable for distribution/exhibition

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