Archive for May 6th, 2009

Writer/Director Speed Dating

6th May 2009

The Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild, in association with the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, will host a Writer/Director ‘Speed-Dating’ event on Wednesday May 27th in the upstairs meeting room of the Irish Film Institute, in Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

The evening will start at 6pm with some light refreshments, and the business of the event will start promptly at 6.30pm with each writer and director matched for a five-minute meeting before moving on to another ‘fix-up’.

There was great demand for this event when it was last run, so we expect intense interest from both writers and directors again.

Numbers will be limited due to the size of the venue, so early booking by email ( is advised to guarantee your place.

LIFF Screenplay Winners

6th May 2009

The winners of the London Independent Film Festival Feature Screenplay Competition have been announced.

Best Screenplay
Devi Snively for Paige and Hadley’s Prom From Hell

Best Short Screenplay
Ragnar Olssen for My Life, In Brief

Best Screenplay (UK)
Shane Perez for Blood and Sand

Best Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay
Zach Nelson for The Void

Best Film Pitch
Debbie Milspaugh for Janeen

Shane Perez is a resident of Galway city, and a member of the IPSG’s screenwriting workshop.

Autumn eQuinoxe

6th May 2009

éQuinoxe Germany has announced that its autumn International Screenwriters’ Workshop & Masterclasses will take place from the 8th to the 17th of October 2009 in Germany.

The International Screenwriters’ Workshops are geared towards writers with experience who have had a script produced and less towards writers at the beginning of their career. The workshops deal with screenplays for the cinema. Scripts should be at an advanced stage of development in order to get the full advantage out of the one-on-one meetings with the advisers.

Applicants must send the following via by mail AND E-Mail:

  • script in classic script form – 4x / 3 bound, 1 unbound (English or original language). Note: 1st drafts and more than 135 pages are not accepted.
  • synopsis (1 page) in English – 4x
  • log-line in English (ca. 5 sentences)
  • CVs of the screenwriter and the producer (if relevant) in English
  • motivation letter in English
  • notes about the production, funding
  • status in English (ca. 1/2 page)
  • tape or DVD of previous work

The deadline for entries is 29th May 2009. Further information on the workshop is available from the web site.

Gender Conference in UK

6th May 2009

The Stage reports that the Sphinx Theatre Company in London is hosting a conference entitled “Vamps, Vixens and Feminists – The Elephant in the Room” to debate issues around the employment and representation of women in theatre, film and television.

It’s funded by the Arts Council England, and is being organised in collaboration with industry bodies, including Equity and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

Sue Parrish, artistic director of Sphinx, said the introduction of the Gender Equality Duty in 2007 – which states that public bodies must take steps to pro-actively promote equality between women and men – had presented an “opportunity to raise these issues and be heard”.

She said two years since the directive came into force, ACE was still in the process of implementing the Gender Equality Duty, and added: “The event seemed like a wonderful opportunity for professionals from different parts of the industry to get together and really discuss what is going on and what might be done.”

The conference will feature contributors such as playwright Tanika Gupta and Katherine Rake – the chief executive of gender equality campaigning body the Fawcett Society.

Parrish said that she had deliberately avoided inviting political figures, including Equality and Human Rights Commission chair Trevor Phillips, because she did not want to hear “a lot of empty rhetoric from politicians who are having to make a fairly bland statement”.

The conference will be made up of a number of panels, including one that will address cultural and historical female stereotypes, led by Manchester University professor Vivien Gardner. Other panels will focus on writers, with contributions from Writers’ Guild president David Edgar and screenwriter Tracy Brabin, and actresses, led by Kate Buffery, who has been at the forefront of an Equity campaign to address the inequalities faced by older female performers.

The conference will take place in the Olivier Theatre at the National on Tuesday, June 16 from 10am until 1.30pm. Places are free and can be booked by emailing or by calling 020 7401 9994 by Friday June 5.