Archive for June, 2009

Galway Film Commission?

29th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Galway Advertiser reports that in the current tough economic climate some politicians are turning to the Arts to attract investment.

Galway Labour councillor Billy Cameron is urging the Galway City Council to establish a film commission to promote the county as a film location.

“Great film and television drama continues to be made in Ireland year after year,” said Cllr Cameron, “but I am convinced we could be losing out due to the fact that we do not have a office under the auspices of the city council.”

Cllr Cameron points out that Galway is a “unique centre of culture and creativity” with an office of the Irish Film Board in the city, the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at NUI, Galway, Studio Solas, and the Galway Film Fleadh.

“All of this infrastructure along with the fact that we possess producers, directors, writers, cast and crews in abundance leaves me in no doubt that Galway can become a centre for film making in the west,” he said. “A multi agency film commission is pivotal and the cog in the wheel to put Galway on the map for future film making.”

Little Bird Goes Under

29th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

IFTN reports that Dublin production company, Little Bird – which was involved in films such as Bridget Jones Diary and Into the West – has folded with debts of over €3.5 million.

The company that were in the process of producing a film about the life of convicted murder Catherine Nevin went into liquidation after failing to restructure in receivership. Kieran Wallace the receiver is in negotiations with a British film company to sell the on-going productions and back catalogue rights to Irish television series ‘On Home Ground’ and ‘The Irish RM’.

The company which holds offices in Dublin, London and Johannesburg commented: “We made significant losses in movie production and development during the period 2000 to 2004, in recent months a number of challenges – some our own – others not, like the collapse in international equity markets, have made it difficult to refinance Little Bird’s business.”

Guild Events at Fleadh

25th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

During the Galway Film Fleadh the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild will be involved in two events:

At 10.30am on Thursday 9th July at the Radisson Hotel the Guild will present the 2nd Annual ZeBBies Report.

The report, which covers the period July 2007 to June 2008, will provide detailed information on the amount of work which was available to writers, the number of writers who developed projects and produced work, and the rates of pay involved therein. This meeting is open to all.

Immediately following, at 12.00pm at the Radisson Hotel, Irish Equity in conjunction with The Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild, will hold a meeting for actors and writers in relation to on-going problems with contracts.

This meeting will be of special interest to actors and writers working in the industry, but all are welcome to attend.

His & Hers Launch

25th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, in association with the Directors Guild of America, have announced that the winner of the Directors Finders Series 2009 is Ken Wardrop and his feature documentary His & Hers

The feature will be showcased in the Director’s Guild of America Theatre, Sunset Boulevard, L.A, on 7th August 2009 to an audience of American distributors and industry personnel with a view to securing a U.S distribution deal for the film.

Before the L.A Screening the SDGI will launch His & Hers at a special Industry Awards Ceremony on Thursday 16th July in Dublin in The Morrison Hotel.

This event will be officially opened by the Minister for Arts, Sport & Tourism, Martin Cullen, TD.

The awards will be co-hosted by acclaimed directors Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan, and the guest speaker will be from Pathe! UK.

For further information or to confirm your place contact the SDGI at guestlist[at]sdgi[dot]ie

Filmbase/RTE Short Film Award

25th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

Filmbase and RTÉ have announced the winners of the first round of the 2009 Filmbase/RTÉ Short film award scheme.

This round was the most competitive yet with over 340 applications being submitted. Each of the three winning teams will receive &Euro;10,000 along with matching equipment and/or post-production facilities at Filmbase to realize their individual projects.

Cold Turkey is written and to be directed by Gavin Keane with producer Ruth Coady on board from Parallel Films. Cold Turkey concerns the misadventures of a frustrated Foley artist, curious children and petrified poultry.

Cured, an unconventional love story with a meaty twist, was written by Louise Ní Fhiannachta and will be directed by Mary Redmond and produced by Laura Ní Cheallaigh.

Windows, which is written and to be directed by Ken Walshe, is the story of a local misfit whose attempts to save a beautiful girl from a ruthless criminal ends in tragedy. Windows will be produced by John Wallace of Blacksheep Productions.