Archive for September, 2009

MEDIA New Talent Info

25th September 2009

Filmbase, in association with MEDIA Desk Ireland and FÁS Screen Training Ireland, is hosting an information session for audiovisual professionals. The session is aimed at emerging talent within the film and digital media sectors (particularly emerging producers, directors, writers and writer/directors).

The session intends to give those unfamiliar with the full range of supports for Irish audiovisual professionals available under the EU MEDIA Funding Programme a better understanding of relevant opportunities. This will be a strong focus on the variety of Training opportunities provided under the MEDIA Programme as these have been particularly successful for Irish talent in the past.

The session will take place at Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin on Wednesday 14th October from 1.30 – 3.00 pm.

Places are free but must be reserved in advance. To register your interest in attending please RSVP to

StoryLand II

25th September 2009

RTÉ is seeking submissions for 6 new pilot drama series to go online via its StoryLand site from January to June 2010.

We don’t mind if you’ve made dozens of TV series or have never made anything before, as long as you have a good idea that will engage our over 18 audience for 6 episodes and can convince us that you have a team behind you to pull it off, then we want to hear from you.

RTÉ is hosting an information session at 7pm, Wednesday 30th September 2009 about the competition, in RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

Places are limited, so please RSVP to to guarantee your place.

The application form, and details on how to apply, are available online.

The closing date for submissions is 1 November 2009.

ZeBBie Nominations Open

25th September 2009

ZeBBie AwardsMembers of the Guild are asked to nominate Irish writers for the third ZeBBie Awards in the following four categories:

  • Best Radio script
  • Best Film script
  • Best Television script
  • Best Theatre script

Please take the time to nominate, and acknowledge, the hard work of Irish playwrights and screenwriters over the past year.

A master list of qualifying work is available on the Guild website. Members of the Guild are invited to nominate a maximum of three nominations in each of the four categories, however members can offer fewer, or no nominations in any of the categories.

The closing date for receipt of nominations is Monday 5th October at 17.30.

Nominations can be made by post, by hand, or by email. All members – full or associate – of the Guild are entitled to nominate.

The short-list of nominated scripts will be made available to all current members for reading and voting via the guild website.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 26th November at the Sugar Club on Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

BBC Increases Drama Budget

24th September 2009

The Stage reports that BBC2 is raising its drama budget by 50% over the next three years. At the BBC Vision Forum, director Jana Bennett announced the changes.

She added: “I believe the genre needs support. It will be targeted at distinctive, authored series that continue the great tradition of BBC2, with the aim of providing the next generation of television classics.”

In addition, Bennett said investment in BBC children’s programmes would be increased by at least £25 million over three years. …

“It’s our duty to take more risks with new forms and ideas. To commission home-grown content for British audiences. To offer different windows on the world. To be committed to a wide range of genres and subjects – and not just those with guaranteed mass appeal,” Bennett said.

Ireland could do with some of this focus on the importance of home-grown drama.

Arts Campaign Launched

24th September 2009

The National Campaign for the Arts was officially launched yesterday, and was supported by many famous artists, such as singer Mary Black, actress Sara Bolger, comedian Risteard Cooper, singer/songwriter Damian Dempsey, singer Lisa Hannigan, actress and novelist Amy Huberman, writer and director Neil Jordan, and composer Bill Whelan.

During a week in which the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival is kicking off its fifty-first year and an expected half million people around the country will enjoy Culture Night, the Campaign aims to put the importance of the arts centre stage. It calls for the retention of Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide and the Irish Film Board, both of which face closure following the recent recommendations of the McCarthy Report. It also calls for the maintenance of existing levels of arts funding for the Arts Council as well as full representation at senior cabinet level.

The National Campaign for the Arts was established as the first ever umbrella organisation for the diverse arts’ sectors in Ireland and provides a voice for the country’s artists and arts organisations. It petitions to ensure that the arts are on local and national government agendas and welcomes an open debate on the arts as a vital part of contemporary Irish life. Its membership has a national reach that includes major festivals, venues, producers and representative organisations in visual arts, theatre, film, dance, music, literature, architecture and collaborative arts.