Archive for July, 2009

Introduction to Moon

31st July 2009 by Maura McHugh

In a surprise visit to Dublin, writer/director Duncan Jones will be introducing his new film, Moon at the IFI this Saturday, August 1st, for the 6.50pm screening. Jones directed the film and came up with the story for the low-budget science fiction film, while Nathan Parker wrote the screenplay.

If you can’t make the Saturday screening, Jones will be introducing the 8.50pm screening of Moon at the Light House Cinema on Sunday, August 2nd.

NI Ultra Low-Budget Fund

31st July 2009 by Maura McHugh

Northern Ireland Screen is open to submissions for its Ultra Low-Budget Fiction Fund 2010-2011 (ULBFF).

The ULBFF intends to support one production each year.

Only Northern Ireland resident writers new to feature film or television drama should apply. A producer does not need to be attached to the project at this stage.

Up to five scripts will be chosen for development between November 2009 and March 2010, with the intention of selecting one for further development and production between April 2010 and March 2011.

The deadline for receipt of applications: 30th September 2009

Further details on the application process are available from the web site.

Green Spotlit

30th July 2009 by Maura McHugh

Filmmaker magazine has announced its annual survey of new talent entitled “25 New Faces of Independent Film”, which this year includes Steph Green, whose short film “New Boy” – written and directed by Steph and adapted from a short story by Roddy Doyle – was nominated for an Oscar last year.

Dublin Theatre Festival 09

29th July 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Times reports that the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival has launched its festival programme. It will feature 221 performances of 26 shows from 12 different countries taking place between September 24th and October 11th.

The festival’s artistic director Loughlin Deegan pointed out the contribution the festival makes to the economy.

“If people are looking for green shoots, I have 221 of them here,” he said, in reference to the number of performances scheduled for this year’s festival, adding that such a programme would inspire confidence as well as galvanising spending.

“It’s what’s going to contribute to driving this city, and this irritating and strangely lovable country of ours back on to the straight and narrow.”

His words were echoed by festival chair Peter Crowley, who called the festival a “good news story”, paying tribute to the “multiplier” effect of its high quality programme on the city and the country. He also said the programme, and continuing quality of the festival even in straitened times “reinforces the importance of having a Minister” for Arts.

Speaking at the programme launch, Arts Council chairwoman Pat Moylan reiterated the link between a thriving economy and a vibrant arts scene.

“If we hope to be a society with a vibrant economy, we need the arts,” said Ms Moylan.

She added that “the role of the arts is to lift and inspire the spirit of a nation”.

AIB SEEDS 4

28th July 2009 by Maura McHugh

Rough Magic invites applications for AIB SEEDS Programme 2010-11

The AIB SEEDS Programme is a structured development initiative for emerging theatre practitioners. Since 2002 the AIB SEEDS Programme has introduced a new generation of theatre-makers to the professional Irish theatre. Participants have the opportunity to observe and contribute to Rough Magic’s work and to gain exposure to the working methods of international artists through mentoring and placements.

THE PROGRAMME

Funded by the Arts Council, and Rough Magic’s Corporate Partner, AIB, participants on the AIB SEEDS Programme will participate in an 18-month programme, individually curated to provide the artists with the support they need to develop their craft and advance their careers. Mentoring by established and highly experienced artists will lie at the heart of the process, as well as international research trips, an international placement with a leading practitioner and hands-on experience assisting on Rough Magic productions. AIB SEEDS Programme participants will be paid a weekly salary while on placement with the company and internationally. Rough Magic will also cover all travel and accommodation expenses for international research trips and placements.

Each playwright will receive a full commission to deliver an original play over the course of the Programme and will be mentored by an experienced playwright throughout the process. The AIB SEEDS writers will receive support and feedback from Rough Magic’s Literary Department and will participate in a structured development programme involving one-on-one script meetings, workshops and private readings. The playwrights’ programme will remain separate from the other individual programmes, but the AIB SEEDS writers will participate in a number of combined activities including workshops and international travel.

Participants on the AIB SEEDS Programme will be required to make themselves available as required for programme-related activities but as the programme does not involve a full time engagement we encourage participants to develop their own projects alongside the programme.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS & PROCEDURES

The AIB SEEDS Programme is open to emerging playwrights, directors, designers (lighting, set and costume), composers and sound designers, production managers and producers whose work has previously been staged on a semi-professional, professional (including staged or rehearsed readings), student or fringe basis or have completed accredited professional training in their specialism.

PLAYWRIGHTS

Playwrights wishing to be considered for the Programme should submit the following:

1. One example of previous writing for the stage (screenplays or radio plays will not suffice).
2. A CV detailing writing experience and production history (indicating whether professional, semi-professional, student, fringe or amateur).
3. Writers invited to attend for interview will be asked to present a one-page outline of an idea for a new play.
4. A small SAE for acknowledgement of receipt
5. A large SAE for the return of the script if required.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 23 October 2009.

If you are planning to apply, please let us know about any work you will be presenting between now and the closing date and we will do our best to see it.

Please send applications to: AIB SEEDS Programme, Rough Magic Theatre Company, 5-6 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2.

Short-listed artists will be required to attend for interview in Dublin in the week beginning 23rd November 2009.

For further information about the programme please contact Cian O’Brien, Associate Producer, on 01 671 9278 or email cian@rough-magic.com.