Archive for January 20th, 2010

Blackburn Prize Nominees

20th January 2010 reported yesterday that the short-list for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has been announced.

This international award is given each year to a woman who has written an outstanding new work for the English-speaking theatre.

The ten nominees are:

  • The Aliens by Annie Baker (U.S.)
  • The Language Archive by Julia Cho (U.S.)
  • This by Melissa James Gibson (U.S.)
  • it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now. by Lucy Kirkwood (U.K.)
  • The Shipment by Young Jean Lee (U.S.)
  • The Nature of Love by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (U.K.)
  • East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch (Canada)
  • The Swallowing Dark by Lizzie Nunnery (U.K.)
  • Enron by Lucy Prebble (U.K.)
  • Strandline by Abbie Spallen (Ireland)

The 2010 Blackburn Prize will be marked with a ceremony in New York in early March, honouring all finalists. The winner will be awarded $20,000, and will also receive a signed and numbered print by renowned artist Willem De Kooning, created especially for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. A Special Commendation of $5,000 may be given at the discretion of the judges, and each of the other finalists receives $1,000.

GFC Short Film Award

20th January 2010

The Galway Film Centre invites applications for the 2010 RTÉ/GFC Short Film Award. The award will be given to the best original script for a short drama. Designed to promote filmmaking throughout the regions, the scheme, funded by RTÉ, is open to filmmakers from all over Ireland. The winner will receive a production fund of €9,500 as well as the use of facilities from the Galway Film Centre. The winning film will be screened twice by RTÉ.

Only one script per applicant is acceptable so please submit your strongest choice and all applicants must be members of the Galway Film Centre.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 26th February, 2010.

For further information and an application form contact the Galway Film Centre on 091 770 748 or email