Archive for March 10th, 2009

Irish 3D Cinema

10th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

Yesterday the news was announced that Irish Multiplex Cinemas (IMC) will add RealD 3D capabilities to each of its multiplex locations for a total of fourteen RealD 3D-enabled screens. The roll-out will be completed by April in time for the release of the children’s animated feature Monsters vs. Aliens (DreamWorks Animation).

Paul Ward, director of IMC said, “The RealD 3D technology being installed in all IMC Cinemas shows IMC’s commitment to providing not only the best in customer service, but also the best customer enjoyment of the cinema going experience by the early introduction of the newest technological advances available.”

Bob Mayson, managing director of RealD Europe Ltd. said, “Ireland is an important market for us in Europe and we’re extremely pleased to be working with IMC to outfit all of their multiplex locations. Paul Ward and his team understand the potential of RealD 3D and are grasping the opportunity with both hands.”

RealD’s next-generation technology is deployed across the world’s largest 3D platform in more than 34 countries with over 8,000 screens under contract and nearly 2,600 RealD 3D screens today.

TV Drama Forum

10th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

The TV Drama Forum conference is take place on the 12th of March in the Barbican Centre, in London.

The TV Drama Forum enables you to hear from the heavyweight commissioners, network with the leading lights in drama production and learn who else is funding content in this highly competitive field.

Drama has always been competitive, and with commissioning budgets squeezed across the broadcasting spectrum, now more than ever you need to know who is funding content, what they are looking for, and how to make compelling content that fulfils commissioners’ – and audiences’ – requirements.

At the Drama TV Forum you will:

  • Hear the top TV commissioners outlining what they will be looking for in future
  • Learn how to tap into other sources of funding, both public and private
  • Debate the way drama needs to evolve in order to remain relevant in the multiplatform environment
  • Discover ways to create opportunities in foreign markets, including the US
  • Meet new contacts from across the field to develop meaningful business relationships

You can register for the conference via the web site.

Human Rights Short Films

10th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

The ICCL Human Rights Film School is organising an original short film competition with a focus on human rights-related issues relevant to Ireland.

The aim of the Human Rights Film School is to provide film students, filmmakers and those working in human rights with an opportunity to contribute to human rights discourse in Ireland, grappling with issues which affect some of the most vulnerable members of Irish society through the medium of film.

Through the Human Rights Film School Competition, the ICCL hopes to raise public awareness about human rights in an Irish context, bringing attention to inequalities which exist today and inspiring others to work towards solutions, creating in a more equitable society.

The deadline for receipt of entries is Friday 17 April 2009, and further details on how to apply are available on the web site.

Short Shorts 2009

10th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board has announced its call for submissions for the next round of the Short Shorts scheme. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 8th 2009.

Short Shorts funds up to seven, 3-5 minute films and aims to encourage the making of ultra short films which are innovative, provocative or in some way risky and rule-breaking. The scheme was modified last year so that the films have to conform to a particular genre each year.

The theme for this years short films, whether live action or animated is ‘Films with No Dialogue’. This does not mean silent films, but rather films where the soundtrack can contain anything except audible dialogue. The Mr Bean television series is a good example of this type of genre. It is hoped that having the shorts packaged together under this specific genre will allow the IFB to market the Short Shorts more effectively internationally.

The Short Shorts scheme has been funding short films for a number of years. Some of the more recent successes include Declan Cassidy’s Whatever Turns You On which picked up the Best Film awards at the Florence Film Festival in Italy and Filmstock Film Festival in Britain last November. Atlantic, directed by Conor Ferguson, starring Liam Cunningham which was released in cinemas nationwide in front of the feature film 32A last year while the short horror film Shapes directed by Alan Brennan, starring Mark Huberman was officially selected for the renowned Palm Springs International Film Festival 2008.

The successful short films will premiere at the Cork Film Festival in October.

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