Archive for March, 2009

April is Vampire Month

31st March 2009 by Maura McHugh

This year Dublin City Council has chosen to celebrate Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula for its annual One City One Book festival.

There will be a variety of events going on in Dublin city for the month of April, and there is a good overview of them in The Irish Times.

Of particular interest to our members will be an outdoor screening on Sunday April 5th at 8.30pm of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula in Meeting House Square. The screening is free and not ticketed, but a coat and scarf are recommended.

On the weekend of 17-19 of April the IFI is hosting Bram Stoker’s Dracula on Screen, which includes screenings of several adaptations of the novel, as well as a panel discussion, and a talk by Kim Newman on “Dracula as a Screen Character”.

Home Run

31st March 2009 by Maura McHugh

Irish filmmaker Alan Cooke won the Emmy for Best Writing for his documentary Home at the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards last weekend.

The documentary was also nominated for Best Documentary (Producers Dawn Scibilia and Alan Cooke) and Best Photography (Dawn Scibilia).

Pavilion at Cannes 2009

30th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced that registration for membership of the Irish Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May 2009) is now open.

This year, the Irish Pavilion will retain its central position at the heart of the international village and will continue to offer vital business services to its members for the duration of the festival.

To register:

  1. Simply download and complete the IP Members Registration Form.
  2. Return the form by email or fax to Niamh O’Reilly
    Email: niamh.oreilly@irishfilmboard.ie
    Fax: +353 (0) 91 561 405
  3. DEADLINE: Thursday 9th April 2009

Linehan up for BAFTA

27th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

The full list of nominees for the 2009 British Academy Television Awards has been posted. The ceremony will take place in London on Sunday 26 April.

Irish screenwriter Graham Linehan’s show The IT Crowd has received a nomination in the Best Situation Comedy category. This year Linehan has already won the IFTA for Best Television Script and an International Emmy Award for Best Comedy for his Channel 4 series.

Smedias 2009

27th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board has announced its involvement in this years 3 Student Media Awards

For the second year running the IFB is the official sponsor of the Film Script of the Year category, which is awarded to the most original, well-written, imaginative script showing the most insight to the cinematic form. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Mansion House on Thursday, April 2nd.

Entrants were asked to submit a short film script which has been subjected to the same rigorous process as scripts submitted to the IFB for funding. Each entrant will receive a reader’s report which will deliver professional and constructive feedback.

The IFB has continued it’s sponsorship of the category in order to offer budding screen-writers the opportunity to experience the development process that film scripts go through and to recognise young screen writing talent who may pursue writing as a future career.

The Student Media Awards recognise and celebrate young Irish talent in all aspects of media ranging from the conventional Editor and Paper of the Year awards to multimedia awards, such as Short Animation Feature and Website of the Year and of course Film Script of the Year.
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