Archive for February 26th, 2009

Writing Contemporary Ireland

26th February 2009

Filmbase, in partnership with Create – the national development agency for collaborative arts – are hosting the Continuing Professional Development Workshop: Writing Contemporary Ireland, on Wednesday 11th March 2009, from 10am-3pm, in Filmbase.

The workshop is aimed at emerging and established writers, theatre makers and filmmakers who are interested in exploring approaches to representing culturally diverse communities and creating new work that reflects the diversity of contemporary Ireland.

The workshop is co-hosted by actor, writer and filmmaker Mark O’Halloran, and writer/director for theatre and film Madani Younis.

Please note places are limited. Please ensure booking is made by Friday March 6th to ensure a place. The cost for the workshop is €40. To reserve a place please contact events[AT] at Filmbase. Please put ‘Writing Contemporary Ireland’ in the subject line of the email.

Virtual Cinema 2009

26th February 2009

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board has announced the recipients of this year’s Virtual Cinema short film scheme.

Over 150 applications were received, and from them the following filmmakers have been awarded €2,000 for their project:

  • Satellite of Love / Director – Bill Tyson
  • Paranoid Fat Chick goes swimming / Director – Cecilia McAllister
  • Alley Cat / Director – Niamh Kennedy
  • Someone Not like You / Director – Traolach O Murchu
  • One Hundred Happy Faces / Director – Robin Murray
  • Action Evader / Director – Padriag Mannion
  • The True Story of Bono and my Ex / Director – Ross Whitaker
  • Club Foot 2020 / Director – Claire Roche
  • Solo Duet / Director – Sophie Merry
  • Smugglers / Director – Liam Nolan and Agnieszka Reczkin

There is no information available that indicates who wrote these projects.

The finished films will screen at the Darklight Film Festival in October and will be available online immediately.

Frameworks 2009

26th February 2009

The deadline for submission to the short animation scheme Frameworks, co-funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, the Arts Council and RTÉ, is Friday, April 24th.

Frameworks is an established scheme for the making of animated short films which BSÉ/IFB considers to be so successful in stimulating ground-breaking new work from Irish animators that it intends to continue the scheme in its present form.

Projects selected for funding will combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a broad audience.

Further information on the scheme, as well as guidelines and application form, are available from the web site.

New IFB Board

26th February 2009

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) had announced the new IFB Board members, as appointed by Martin Cullen, the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism.

The Minister has re-appointed current Chairman of the Board, James Morris, to this position for a twelve month period. Current board members Lesley McKimm, Kevin Moriarty, Tristan Orpen Lynch and Kirsten Sheridan have been reappointed to the Board for the next four years.

In addition Minister Cullen has appointed two new Board members, composer Barry Grace who has worked on a range of TV commercials and TV programming including DEAR DAUGHTER for RTE and film director/producer Johnny Gogan, whose credits include THE LAST BUS HOME and MAPMAKER.

Welcoming new board member appointments Simon Perry IFB Chief Executive said “In these uncertain times, it is tremendously reassuring that our Chairman James Morris is remaining with us for another year. We are also delighted to welcome two new Board members and to welcome back the majority of a Board which has always been nothing but supportive of the IFB’s work to date.”