Archive for April 22nd, 2009

2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

22nd April 2009 by Maura McHugh

The 2009 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced.

The Drama category — which is a $10,000 award to a distinguished play by an American author — went to Ruined, by Lynn Nottage, a searing drama set in chaotic Congo that compels audiences to face the horror of wartime rape and brutality while still finding affirmation of life and hope amid hopelessness.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, a jarring comedy that examines family and romantic relationships with a lacerating wit while eschewing easy answers and pat resolutions; and In The Heights, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, a robust musical about struggling Latino immigrants in New York City today that celebrates the virtues of sacrifice, family solidarity and gritty optimism.

FSTI Bursaries

22nd April 2009 by Maura McHugh

FÁS Screen Training Ireland supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann / Irish Film Board is pleased to announce that the Bursary Award Scheme 2009 is now opened for applications.

In particular there are two special bursaries of €9,450 for the 2009 Entertainment Master Class. The participation fee for the Entertainment Master Class is €13,500 including didactic material, hotel accommodation and full board. Please note that the fee does not cover travel costs.

The deadline for applications for the Entertainment Master Class is the 23rd of April 2009. Applicants who are successful in securing places on the Master Class will be considered for bursaries. The application deadline for bursaries is also the 23rd of April.

Participants are advised to apply for both concurrently. The applications are separate, and participants who only apply to the Entertainment Master Class will not be considered for a bursary. Both applications must be completed.

All information about applying for bursaries is available on the web site, or contact Emer MacAvin at 01 4830840 for details.

IFTA Open

22nd April 2009 by Maura McHugh

Membership to the Irish Film and Television Academy is now open to all industry professionals.

Those who apply for membership before the 31st of May will receive a 10% discount on their fees.