Archive for May, 2009

Filmbase Shortlist 2009

29th May 2009

Filmbase and RT&Eacute have decided on the final ten projects for the January round of the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Award scheme.

343 scripts were submitted for the award, so the panel had a difficult job whittling it down to a shortlist of ten.

The shortlisted projects are:

  • An Incident in Room 307 – writer/director John Mulvaney
  • Cold Turkey – writer/director Gavin Keane, producer Ruth Coady
  • Cured – writer Louise Ní Fhiannachta, director Mary Redmond
  • No Lies – writer Nora Windeck, director Eoin Heaney
  • The Corporate Support Superstar – writer/director Anthony Garvey
  • The Early House – writer Derek O’Connor, director Danann Breathnach
  • The Letter – writer Pól Ó Conghaile
  • The Nation Held Its Breath – Writer/Director Emmet Vincent, Producer Charlene Lydon
  • Warmth – writer John Sheahan
  • Windows – writer/director Ken Walshe

Three awards will be made in this round, each consisting of €10,000 in cash and a matching level of production equipment and editing facilities supplied from Filmbase.

Arts Council Cuts

29th May 2009

The latest Arts Council newsletter contained this statement about its recent cut in funding, and how it will impact the organisation and its funding decisions in the coming year:

You may be aware that the Arts Council grant-in-aid from Government has been reduced twice in recent months – in February and again in April. The combined effect of these cuts is a loss of €2.35m on the sum originally provided in the October 2008 budget.

This means that, at the time of writing, the Arts Council’s grant-in-aid for 2009 is €73.35m.

The Arts Council has given careful consideration to how it will manage this altered allocation. It has taken account of the fact that, if implemented this far into the year, budget cuts would cause great difficulty for organisations. Accordingly, at its meeting on 28 April, the Council decided that it will not revisit grants to organisations for 2009.

The impact of these recent cuts, however, will be reflected in reduced funds available for 2010 grant allocations.

The Council is now turning its attention to planning for 2010 and beyond. We would alert you to the likelihood that the funding context next year will be extremely difficult. We will be in touch again after we have considered further our strategy, to advise you of our approach and to allow you to plan accordingly.

We will also advise you separately of the application deadlines this year for funding in 2010. These deadlines are likely to be set for later in the year than usual.

The intention of the approach outlined in this article is to support you in the immediate term to realise the activities planned for this year and, most importantly, to assist you in planning your organisation’s future in what will be very challenging circumstances.

Filmbase Award Advice

29th May 2009

Film Ireland has published a podcast – on their re-vamped web site – with Alan Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of Filmbase, who sits on the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Awards judging panel.

Ahead of the next application deadline of Friday 26th June, Alan gives an overview of the scheme, the application procedure, the process of whittling the applications down to a short list of 10 and some advice should you reach the short list interview stage.

Writers/Directors Speed Dating

29th May 2009
On Wednesday the 27th writers from the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild and directors from the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland were “fixed up” in a random series of dates to pitch ideas and make connections.

There was a strong turnout, and a lively exchange of contact details and information. Feedback from members indicates that everyone enjoyed themselves and found it a useful way to meet their colleagues and industry professionals.

Google Settlement Seminar

28th May 2009

CLÉ is offering an information seminar on the Google Book Settlement Deal on Friday 29th May at 2pm in the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

How many hours have you now spent trying to figure out the Google Settlement? Opt in? Opt out? Feel informed enough to make the decision? Informed enough to advise your authors? Informed enough to answer their questions?

This is the kind of issue where talking with each other and listening to experts can save you oodles of time and brain power! Dedicate the afternoon of 29th May to sorting this baby out!

Sam Holman, ICLA, Olga Martin Sancho, FEP, and Fergal Tobin, Gill & Macmillan, Vice-President FEP and CLÉ representative to FEP and IPA, will discuss the important aspects of the settlement and consider the various decisions available to Irish publishers and stakeholders and their consequences. The floor will also be open to questions and discussion.

This event is open to all but registration is compulsory, please RSVP to Brendan at

SAMANTHA HOLMAN is the CEO of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency which represents authors’ and publishers’ rights in relation to reprography. Samantha is also on two national voluntary boards, the Copyright Association of Ireland and the Irish Visual Artists’ Rights Organisation.

OLGA MARTIN SANCHO is a qualified lawyer and is currently working as the legal advisor of the Federation of European Publishers, focusing particularly on EU copyright issues. Her main areas of expertise are Protection of Intellectual and Industrial Property in the EU and in the WIPO, Competition Law, and European and German Media Law.

FERGAL TOBIN (CHAIR) is Vice President of the Federation of European Publishers. Fergal has been the Publishing Director of Gill & Macmillan since 1995 and has published, among many books, the monumental Encyclopaedia of Ireland. Fergal also served as President of CLÉ from 2002 to 2004.