Archive for May 19th, 2009

Drama Desk Awards

19th May 2009

The 54th Annual Drama Desk Awards have been announced.

The following awards should be of particular interest to our members:

Outstanding Play
Ruined by Lynn Nottage

Outstanding Musical
Billy Elliot The Musical

Outstanding Revival of a Play
The Norman Conquests by Alan Ayckbourn

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

Outstanding Ensemble Performances
The cast of The Norman Conquests and the cast of The Cripple of Inishmaan

Young Wicklow Filmmakers Bursary

19th May 2009

IFTN reports that Wicklow County Council has launched its 2009 Bursary Awards for Young Wicklow Filmmakers.

The awards for film makers, aged between 18 and 25 years, will be presented to the applicants who are deemed “Best Short Filmmaker” across two age categories.

This initiative, which was started in 2007, alongside Wicked Young Filmmakers Festival will award a total of €2,750 will be awarded in the following categories:

Category One – Best short for age category 22 – 25 years – €1,000
Best runner up in age category 22 – 25 years – €500

Category Two – Best short for age category 18 – 21 years – €750
Best runner up in age category 18 – 21 years – €500

The successful applicants will be selected by a panel of judges including film practitioners and representatives of Wicklow County Arts Office and County Wicklow Film Commission.

A selection of successful shorts will be screened in the Greystones Theatre at the Wicked Young Filmmakers Festival (August) and awards will be announced and presented at this event.

Closing date for receipt of completed application form is 5.00pm on Friday 26th June 2009. Details from Wicklow County Arts Office at 0404 20155 or

GFC Awards 2009

19th May 2009

The winners of the Galway Film Centre / RTÉ Short Script Awards have just been announced. Each of the recipients will receive €9,500, as well as access to the Galway Film Centre’s equipment and facilities.

The winners are:

  • “The Toll”, by first time writer/director Medb Johnstone
  • “Tarp” by writer/director David Freyne
  • “The Ottoman Empire” by writer/director James Phelan

Declan Gibbons of the Galway Film Centre commented; “These awards have been running for over ten years and to date we have completed more than thirty short films. This year we had over one hundred submissions and the standard of short-listed finalists was very high. It remains a very competitive award scheme and a vital fund for aspiring film-makers to get the chance to make a short film.”

The Commissioning Editor Drama in RTÉ, Jane Gogan agreed: “This has been a long standing gratifying partnership and is indicative of RTÉ’s support for the development of new film talent. The awards are not just an acknowledgement of writing, producing and directing talent in Ireland; the films also demonstrate the talents of a diverse range of television and film craftspeople and actors. They are therefore an important showcase for creative skills within the industry in Ireland.”