Archive for February 2nd, 2009

Listowel Competition 2009

2nd February 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Listowel Writers’ Week (May 27 – May 31) has announced the details of its array of writing competitions, all of which have a deadline of 27 February 2009.

Of particular interest to our members is:

The Eamon Keane Full Length Play
Plays submitted should be for stage presentation only and should not have previously been staged. One act plays are not eligible. Plays can be submitted only once for this competition. The entry fee is €20. The Prize is €1,000, and the adjudicator is Christian O’Reilly.

Details on how are apply are available on the web site.

Busy Awards Weekend

2nd February 2009 by Maura McHugh

There were a slew of other awards were handed out over the weekend:

The regional 2008 British film critics’ awards, called the Richard Attenborough Film Awards, were announced, and the Best Screenwriter went to Irishman Martin McDonagh for In Bruges, along with four wins – including Best Film and Best Director – to Slumdog Millionaire.

The 2008 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards were awarded in numerous categories for film and television, including Best Feature Film, which went to Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire.

The 36th Annual Annie Award (2008), which recognises superior achievement in film and television animation, were also announced. Some of the winners included Kung Fu Panda for Best Feature, and Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death for Best Short.

2009 Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Goya Awards were handed out last night. Best Original Screenplay went to Javier Fesser for the feature film, Camino, and Best Adapted Screenplay was won by Rafael Azcona and José Luis Cuerda for Los Girasoles Ciegos, which was adapted from the novel by Alberto Méndez.

The BBC Four World Cinema Awards 2009 were handed out. The winner of Best Film was 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days, written and directed by Cristian Mungiu. The inaugural World Cinema Achievement Award was given to German writer/director/producer Werner Herzog.

Irish Wins at British Awards

2nd February 2009 by Maura McHugh

The 2009 Evening Standard British Film Award winners were announced last night.

Irish writer Martin McDonagh, beat fellow Irishman Mark O’ Halloran (Garage) and Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon), to cinch the Best Screenplay Award for his film In Bruges.

Irish actor Pat Shortt (Garage) tied with Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon) for the Best Actor category.

Best Film went to Hunger, directed by Steve McQueen, and co-written by Steve McQueen and Irish screenwriter Enda Walsh.

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