Archive for June, 2009

Abbey Job Losses

24th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Stage reports that there are likely to be job losses at the Abbey theatre in Dublin, as negotiations on redundancies get underway.

The spokeswoman was keen to stress that the job cuts do not signal a new financial emergency at the Abbey.

“We are not in crisis – the action we are taking is to avoid being forced into a crisis next year or the year after,” she said. “We are simply taking precautions in what is a difficult economic climate for everyone.”

Abbey director Fiach MacConghail echoed that sentiment in a message to staff, in which he praised the “highly skilled workforce” and called the proposed job cuts regrettable.

“The theatre itself is now a well managed organisation and we are not currently in deficit,” he said. “However, the times we are living in compel us to take action sooner rather than later to avoid an otherwise inevitable financial crisis in the coming years.”

Theatre Forum Videos

24th June 2009 by Maura McHugh


Theatre Forum has its own YouTube Channel, which includes videos of interviews, discussions, and panels from its annual Conference last month, which had as its subject “The Way Through”.

Writers and Directors Seminar

24th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

FÁS Screen Training Ireland is organising a half-day seminar on the 11th of July, in Galway during the Film Fleadh, on the collaboration between Directors and Writers.

The Writer/Director Collaboration is one of the most vital aspects of filmmaking. The Writer envisions and creates a Story. The Director brings the Story to life on the screen. In this seminar we will explore how Writers and Directors can work together more effectively and efficiently and how they can employ the talents and imagination of Actors in the Story and Character development process.

The tutor for the course is Mark Travis, a director of television shows like The Facts of Life, Family Ties, Capitol and the Emmy Award-winning PBS dramatic special, Blind Tom: The Thomas Bethune Story.

The seminar costs €40.00, and apply via the website by June 30. Email Grainne Bennett at grainne.bennett[at]fas[dot]ie with any queries.

Virtual Cinema 2009

24th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board has announced the new deadline of the short film scheme Virtual Cinema. Applications will be accepted until Friday 14th August

Virtual Cinema aims to encourage the exploration of fresh filmmaking ground with no creative holds barred. We are looking for creative ideas which will exploit interesting, new and traditional filmmaking techniques but can hold the attention of the YouTube audience.

The scheme is dedicated to the making of high-quality short films that are suited to the new forms of digital video consumption. Films made under the scheme can be live-action or can use any kind of animation technique and can be fiction or non-fiction. We are looking for new, imaginative, quirky and original ideas.

Films may be made in Irish or English with Irish language applications actively encouraged.

The first round of Virtual Cinema shorts, which premiered last summer can be viewed on a number of websites including the IFB website and YouTube with a number of the shorts receiving a huge number of hits due to viral marketing.

This round the IFB are funding up to 10 films with a duration of approximately 2 minutes and a maximum budget of €2,000.

More information and the application form can be obtained from the web site.

Films Attract Tourists

23rd June 2009 by Maura McHugh

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board reports that foreign tourists spent €4.9 billion in Ireland in 2007, and a remarkable 15% of visitors cited “film” as a factor that influenced them to travel here. The IFB reckons that equates to €735 million in direct foreign investment.

The article implies that with the recent success of Once, The Tudors, and The Secret of Kells in international markets Ireland may continue to see an influx of tourists inspired to visit by celluloid fiction.