Archive for 2010

Become a Laughing Stock

21st December 2010

BBC Writersroom

BBC Writersroom and BBC Comedy Commissioning are joining forces in a nationwide competition to find new comedy gold. If you can invent characters that make them laugh out loud, tell stories that keep them on the edge of their seats, and tease the audience to come back for more, then they want to hear from you.

Write it, send it in – and you could be in line not just for a comedy masterclass but also an intensive week away developing your idea hand in hand with BBC comedy producers and established comedy writing talent. This is an opportunity not to be missed – if your idea leaps every hurdle then you may even get the chance of having your work performed at our Sitcom Showcase in the newly opened Studio in Media City, Salford.

The challenge is to write an original comedy script with series potential. They’re looking for new comedy voices that have not yet been heard and talent that’s just bursting to get out.

You will need to send them a script between 15 – 30 minutes long and a one page outline of how your series would develop. The work must not have been previously commissioned, optioned or produced and this opportunity is for writers who have not yet had a network commission.

Cheryl Taylor (Controller, Comedy Commissioning for the BBC)
Kate Rowland (Creative Director of New Writing for the BBC)
Writer, Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin, Doctor Who)

To enter, send your script and one page outline to:

Laughing Stock
BBC writersroom
Grafton House
379 Euston Road

CLOSING DATE: Monday February 21st 2011

MASTERCLASS: Tuesday 5th April in Manchester 2011

WINNERS ANNOUNCED on or before Tuesday 31st May 2011

RESIDENTIAL: w/c 6th June 2011

SITCOM FESTIVAL (in Salford): Autumn 2011

SPACE Programme 2011

20th December 2010

Performance CorporationThe Performance Corporation is now inviting applications for The SPACE Programme 2011.

This unique international artists residency offers an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to collaborate, experiment and innovate in an inspiring environment.

The residency which takes place over a two-week period at Castletown House Co. Kildare is an open-ended process hosted by The Performance Corporation. The programme facilitates artists from diverse backgrounds to collaborate and explore their artistic process while removing the pressure to come up with an end product.

The SPACE Programme will run from 7th – 18th March, 2011. The chosen participants will receive a stipend of €1,000 for their participation to cover their costs. Participants are selected by a panel of leading arts practitioners following a wide-ranging submission process. Submissions are welcome from Irish and International practitioners in all disciplines.

Applications are welcome from artists who applied in previous years and were unsuccessful due to the high demand.

The programme has been created by Ireland’s The Performance Corporation with support from The Arts Council, Kildare County Council, OPW and Irish Landmark Trust.

Details on now to apply are on the web site.

Closing Date for applications: 10th January, 2011.

Cinema On Demand Available

10th December 2010

Curzon on demandThe Artificial Eye cinema group, Curzon Cinemas, has launched Curzon On Demand, which will enable Irish and UK viewers to watch the latest cinema releases in HD at home.

Home audiences will be able to order the films they would like to watch on their laptops, mobiles or television and will have the film on their different screening media for seven days.

Starting today the service will launch with Mathieu Amalric’s burlesque comedy On Tour (co-written with Philippe Di Folco, Marcelo Novais Teles and Raphaëlle Valbrune) and Brian Welch’s drama In Our Name (which he wrote and directed) being made available to home audiences on the same day as their theatrical release.

Curzon On Demand will offer audience members new cinema releases, as well as a selection of other contemporary and classic films.

Forced Entertainment Workshop

8th December 2010

Project Arts CentreProject Arts Centre in association with the British Council Ireland are offering a unique opportunity to take part in a two day workshop with leading UK theatre company Forced Entertainment this January.

The Workshop
Steered by Richard Lowdon and Cathy Naden, co-founding members of Forced Entertainment, Moves in the Game will be a hands-on and practical investigation into beginnings and starting points for devised performance.

Using improvisation, discussion, text, movement and visual composition as principal devising tools, the 10-hour workshop over two days will spin through the possibilities and pitfalls that arise from generating and structuring material. With an emphasis on collaboration and group work, the participants will make short pieces in response to both specific instructions and more exploratory, open-ended proposals.

By setting a few ground rules about the process of making, Moves in the Game aims to inspire, question and challenge.

How do you apply?
If you are interested in participating in the workshop email Project Arts and tell them a bit about yourself and why you would like to take part. Applications are welcomed from individuals living in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and should be sent to with Moves in the Game in the subject line.

The Deadline for applications is 6pm on Friday 17 December 2010 and places are limited to 16.

When is it happening?
The workshop will take place over two days on Wednesday 12 January (10am to 6pm) and Thursday 13 January (10am to 1pm) in DanceHouse, Dublin. The price of the workshop also includes a ticket to see Forced Entertainment’s Void Story followed by a post show discussion at Project Arts Centre at 8pm on Thursday 13 January 2011.

How much will it cost?
The cost of participation including a ticket to see Void Story is €90.
Members of our PROJECTFAN scheme are entitled to a discounted rate of €80.

If you have any questions about participating in the workshop please email

4.4% Cut for Irish Film Board

7th December 2010

Irish Film BoardThe capital budget for Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) has been announced as €16 million for 2011, which represents a 3% cut from the 2010 budget allocation. The administration budget has been reduced by 12.3% to €2,4 million, bringing the total budget cut for the IFB to 4.4%.

Commenting on the 2011 budget recommendations IFB Chairman James Morris said

“The combination of ambitious creatively driven Irish projects and high profile international productions all working in Ireland in the last year is set to continue into the year ahead on the basis of today’s budget. Irish producers, directors, writers, actors, and technicians not only benefit from the employment this level of activity represents, their growing international reputation for professionalism, creativity and energy lays the foundation for sustainable future growth.”

In a year which calls for unprecedented funding cuts across all sectors, a 4.4% cut in the IFB budget represents an endorsement from the Government in the Irish film and television sector and what it can deliver to the Irish economy. This sector presents opportunities for job growth and international investment and is a central contributor to the digital creative economy.

Despite the downturn in the economy, 2010 has been a very successful year for the Irish film and television industry on a number of levels. With five Academy Award nominations, three of which were for IFB funded projects, together with representation at many of the A-list international film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, and Toronto, positive images of our cultural creativity and images of Ireland have been projected around the world this year.

It was also a very busy year for film and television production, with projects including Steven Soderberg’s Haywire, This Must be the Place starring Sean Penn, the major TV drama series Camelot and a host of local Irish films. These incoming and local productions translate into increased international investment in the Irish economy, increased employment and positive spin-off effects for promoting Ireland as a tourist destination.

2011 will also start off the year on a high note with Albert Nobbs starring Glenn Close in production in Dublin and Wicklow and there are three Irish films in Official Competition at the Sundance Film Festival which will begin a specific focus on utilising film to promote Ireland in a positive light throughout the US in 2011, in partnership with Culture Ireland.