Archive for December, 2008

Thornton Wins Euro Award

8th December 2008 by Maura McHugh

The European Film Awards were announced at the weekend.

Irish writer/director Darren Thornton won the European Film Academy Short Film Award, the Prix UIP, for his short film “Frankie”.

The European Screenwriter 2008 was awarded to Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso & Roberto Saviano for Gomorrah. The film is adapted from the novel by Roberto Saviano.

Gomorrah, which won this year’s Cannes Grand Prix, was also named European Film of the Year, and nabbed European Director for Matteo Garrone.

A full list of all the winners is available on the web site.

NI Screenwriter Will Pitch

5th December 2008 by Maura McHugh

Northern Irish screenwriter David McCrea has won one of ten places in the Son of the Pitch competition organised by the Screenwriters’ Festival (SWF) in conjunction with 4Talent, according to Northern Ireland Screen. His pitch for the feature film entitled Lottery was selected from over 900 entries.

David will be pitching his idea in front of a live audience and to a panel of industry experts who will ask about his pitch and, in a cunning twist for SWF’09, the audience will also get to ask questions.

The prize includes a free four day ticket (worth £300) to the Screenwriters’ Festival 2009 taking place Monday 26th to Thursday 29th October in Cheltenham courtesy of SWF and 4Talent.

As one of the 10 finalists David also gets a private masterclass in pitching from Julian Friedmann of the ‘Blake Friedmann Agency’. Three winners will be chosen but the real prize is the industry professionals listening to the pitch in the audience who could feel that your idea is exactly what they are looking for.

This Son of the Pitch event is one of the most prestigious opportunities for screenwriters, in particular undiscovered talent, in the UK to breakthrough and be discovered.

David recently wrote, produced, and directed his debut short film, “The Carnival Queen”, and is developing several feature film scripts, his second short film, an online drama series, and a television sitcom.

The full shortlist of winners is:

  • Philippa Langley – The Council
  • Steve Moore – OneFourSeven
  • Tim Clague – Delete Friend?
  • Khalid Shamis – Chilli Chilli Bang Bang
  • Martin Keady – The First Man
  • David McCrea – Lottery
  • David Turner – In the Name of Light Entertainment
  • Stavros Pamballis – Saving Abeo
  • Tim Telling – Office Gothic
  • Zenon Texeira – Maddogs and Indian Men

NI Conference Fund

4th December 2008 by Maura McHugh

Northern Ireland Screen is looking for applications for its Markets, Festivals & Conference Fund.

This element of the Screen Fund is designed to assist NI talent with financial support to attend appropriate markets, festivals and conferences. A key principle of the fund is that a visit should lead to activity in a range of areas including sales, promotion, co-production, advancement of skills and expertise and should have a positive impact on the film, television and new media sectors.

Single grants can be awarded of up to 50% of the total eligible costs or £1,500, whichever is the lesser amount. However, from 2007 Northern Ireland Screen has introduced a new strand to this fund whereby we will make a contribution against a company’s annual marketing plan of up to £5,000 or 50% of the total cost of the annual marketing plan, whichever is the lesser amount. Multi-event applications must be for attendance at 3 or more events.

All applications for Northern Ireland Screen funding must be matched in cash from the applicant company or from another private source. Please note that Northern Ireland Screen funding cannot be matched with other grant funding from either Northern Ireland Screen or other public sector

Foyle Winners 08

4th December 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Foyle Film Festival announced the winners of the Light In Motion (LIM) Film Awards last Saturday.

As usual, the writers of the films were omitted in the press release, so I’ve hunted down that information and ensured all the details are correct.

Best Feature Film: Kisses
Written and directed by Lance Daly

Special Mention: Hounddog
Written and directed by Deborah Kampmeier

Best Documentary: One Water
Directed by Sanjeev Chatterjee

Best Irish Short: “The Door”
Written and directed by Juanita Wilson

Special Mention: “The Silver Bow”
Written and directed by Robert Manson

Special Mention: “Martin”
Written and directed by Sean Branigan

Best International Short: “Veglia” (“Wake”)
Written and directed by Michele Rho

Special Mention: “Love You More”
Written by Patrick Marber
Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood

Best Animation: “French Roast”
Written and directed by Fabrice O. Joubert

Special Mention: “En Agosto” (“In August”)
Written and directed by Andrés Barrientos and Carlos Andrés Reyes

Special Mention: “La Vita Nuova”
Written by Arnaud Demuynck
Directed by Christophe Gautry and Arnaud Demuynck

McDonagh Gets BIFA

3rd December 2008 by Maura McHugh

The winners of the 11th British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) were announced in London recently.

The Best Screenplay award went to Irish screenwriter Martin McDonagh for In Bruges.

A full list of all the winners is available on the BIFA web site.