Archive for August 6th, 2009

Dublin Bursaries

6th August 2009 by Maura McHugh

Dublin City Council invites applications from artists who wish to be considered for a Bursary of €4,000 towards studies at an advanced level or the development of work/professional skills.

Artists, resident in Dublin City Council’s administrative area, can apply for a Bursary in Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Drama and Literature. One Bursary will be awarded in each discipline.

Application forms, guidelines and criteria may be obtained by contacting:

The Arts Office,
Dublin City Council,
Foley St,
Dublin 1

Tel: 222 7850 or email:

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday, September 7, 2009.

Hotel Darklight

6th August 2009 by Maura McHugh

As part of the Darklight Festival (8-11 October, 2009) this year a lo-no budget filmmaking project will be taking place called ‘Hotel Darklight’

The Brief

In Smithfield, Dublin there exists a mysterious hotel. Think of it as Dublin’s very own Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits, where the magical, the impossible and the terrifying all co-exist alongside one another.

The producers are looking for story outlines for 3 – 7 minute short films that revolve around Hotel Darklight.

Successful participants will be short-listed to develop their ideas into short films that will be shown at the upcoming Darklight Festival.

The writers who are selected will collaborate with producers and directors to work their creative vision into a portmanteau narrative that will feature several other short films with the same uniting vein: some or all of the story must take place in this mysterious location. If the story does not take place directly in the hotel it should have a strong link to the hotel.

Genre Suggestions

Mystery, sci-fi, horror, thriller, fantasy, supernatural or a combination of one of the above with other more traditional genres such as comedy, romance, etc. Anything weird, imaginative, or terrifying is welcome. Challenge your imagination and prepare to take your audience on a roller coaster ride into the unknown.

Submission requirements

The producers do not want finished scripts. Please send a one-page outline of the story. Each applicant can submit a maximum of three ideas.

Please remember to supply your contact details – email and mobile phone number – with your application.

Email submissions to:

Update: please note the submission date has been moved back.

The deadline for submissions: Midnight on Friday 21st August 2009.