Archive for January 11th, 2010

2010 Filmbase Awards

11th January 2010 by Maura McHugh

The next deadline for the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Awards 2010 is 5pm Friday 5th February.

Award Details:

  • A maximum of two awards will be made per round with two rounds per year.
  • Applications will only be accepted 2 weeks prior to the deadline, please see below for application dates.
  • Awards are open to drama, animation and experimental works to be completed on film or broadcast quality video.
  • The award will comprise of a cash award of approximately €10,000. Successful candidates will also receive a production package with up to 5 days of production equipment hire and 3 weeks of post-production hire. (For more information on the facilities available at Filmbase please visit the website’s Equipment Section).
  • Some awards may be higher or lower at the discretion of the panel.
  • Projects submitted should be pitched at the award scheme, with a duration and production values so that the film can be completed with the finance and production package available.
  • Awards are made to the Production Company.

Application guidelines and information on how to apply are available on the web site.

Writing a Radio Play

11th January 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Writers Centre has announced its Weekend Courses for the Spring.

Our members might be interested in “Writing a Radio Play“, which will be taught by John Maher, and will take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th March from 10.30am-4.30pm.

This two-day course will look at the format, style and content of the radio play. We will explore how to build a radio play by focusing on background themes, narrative framework and characters. We will listen to examples and undertake analysis of radio scripts. The course will include practical writing tasks, including dialogue drills and exercises.

The objective of the course will be to enable writers to work towards completing their own radio play. Although not essential, participants are free to bring along work in progress.

The course costs €140, and can be paid for online.