Archive for May 21st, 2009

Fastnet Winners

21st May 2009 by Maura McHugh

The winners of the inaugural Fastnet Short Film Festival were announced at the weekend.

Best of Festival
‘An Cosc’ – written by Hugh Travers and directed by Vincent Gallagher

Best Drama
‘Penny’ – written and directed by Paddy O’Shea

Best Cinematography
‘Tart’ – written and directed by Mairtin De Barra

Best Comedy
‘Hammerhead’ – written by Andrew Yerlett and directed by Sam Donovan

Best Director
‘Play’ directed by Muriel d’Ansembourg

Best Documentary
‘The Stolen Generation’ by Kim Houghton and Pól O Conghaile

Best Experimental/Animated Film
‘Tomato Soup’ written and directed by Paul O’ Brien

Best Screenplay
‘The Escort’ – by Clare Holman

Best Use of Music
‘Of Best Intentions’ – written and directed by Brian Durnin

Best of Workshop
‘How Does The Heart Know What The Eyes Can’t See’ – written and directed by Alan Tobin

One-Week Workshop

21st May 2009 by Maura McHugh

The New York Film Academy is hosting an intensive one-week screenwriting workshop in Dublin from 27-31 July 2009. Tuition costs €742.

The workshop will be taught by Simon Hunter, senior lecturer with the New York Film Academy, and a screenwriter who has worked for NBC USA, Columbia Tristar, Fox Family Channel, and the Nine Network Australia.

The NYFA One-Week Intensive Screenwriting Course is designed to focus your creative energies so you can design and define your screenplay idea, your characters, and your theme enabling you to leave the program with a clear outline, ready to jump into your first draft.

Students will design individual stories from concept to detailed outline. Three-dimensional characters are created to explore the premise of your story. Narrative structure is presented to find the best way to tell your story. Over the course of the week you will search for your story’s theme and complete the week leaning how to format your screenplay and start writing your first draft.

This course is designed for screenwriters wanting to clarify their story before launching into the first draft.

Further details about the workshop, and how to apply for a place, are available from the web site.

Signatures & Reality Bites

21st May 2009 by Maura McHugh

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is looking for entries for its short film scheme SIGNATURES (deadline Friday, July 17th) and the short documentary scheme REALITY BITES (deadline Friday, August 7th).

SIGNATURES is a short film scheme for the making of live-action, fiction films that act as a proving-ground for Irish creative talents which aims to encourage strong, original storytelling, visual flair, and production values appropriate to the big screen.

The scheme is an opportunity for producers, directors and writers to work in a professional environment that will allow them to further their experience.

REALITY BITES aims to encourage experimentation and a fresh approach to short non-fiction filmmaking. We are looking for something new in the use of the documentary form, whether the projects are journalistic or creative, observational or aesthetic, objective or personal.

The IFB actively encourages submissions in Irish as films for either scheme can be produced in either the English or Irish language. The successful short films will premiere at the Corona Cork Film Festival next year.

For more information on making an application, and to download an application form, visit the Funding Programmes section of the website.