Archive for July, 2010

Gothic Competitions

30th July 2010 by Maura McHugh

In the lead-up to the Bram Stoker Centenary in April 2012, the Stoker Dracula Organisation is incorporating its 20th International Summer School into a Halloween Horror Festival to be held at Clontarf Castle during October 27th- 31st, 2010.

As part of the event it’s running competitions in Gothic Horror.

  • The Stoker Academy Short Horror Film Competition. Films must be of no more than 15 minutes duration – in film, documentary or animation – and deal with a subject of the gothic/horror genre. First Prize €1000.
  • The Stoker Academy Gothic Horror Writing Competition. The format can be a prose piece, a short story, a poem, a play (drama) or a song/ballad. The theme must be gothic/horror with a maximum of 2000 words. First Prize €500; Second Prize €100; Third Prize €50.
  • The Stoker Academy Gothic Horror Photography Competition. Photos should concerning a time, place, event, building, person etc. of a gothic/horror nature. Photos must be titled and mounted – minimum size 8 inch x 12 inch. First Prize €500; Second Prize €100; Third Prize €50.

The closing date for entries to all competitions is October 1st, 2010. More information on how to apply is available on the web site.

Real Deal Podcasts

29th July 2010 by Maura McHugh

If you missed out on attending the Real Deal at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, which took place in the Radisson on Thursday 8th July, you can now listen to the podcasts on Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board’s Media Hub.

This year’s Real Deal comprised of two separate sessions:

  • A Morning Debate – What’s Your Story?  And Why?

The morning session of the Real Deal was a free-for-all, round table debate among producers and anyone working in independent film discussing a wide range of topics such as genre, adaptation, auteurism, 3-D, edginess and how our choices are changing in the face of new realities.

Chaired by: Simon Perry (IFB)
Presented by the IFB in association with Ateliers du Cinéma Européen

  • An Afternoon Conversation – Drawing From The Script

This session discussed the content of animated films with special guests, world-class animators, Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson of Pixar Animation.  Lee is the director of Toy Story 3; he also co-directed Monsters, Inc and Finding Nemo and worked as editor on Toy Story and A Bug’s Life.  Meanwhile Darla produced Toy Story 3 and previously produced A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc and Cars.

Chaired by: Darragh O’Connell (Brown Bag Films)
Presented by the IFB in association with Animation Ireland

Free Your Film

29th July 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Darklight Festival has announced the details of this year’s challenge: Sony Ericsson’s ‘Free Your Film’.

Sony Ericsson are collaborating with Darklight to find three aspiring filmmakers. They’re offering a budget of €3000 to make a short film, which will be premièred on the opening night of the Darklight Film Festival. The films will also be given additional exposure by Darklight and Sony Ericsson.

Darklight will provide invaluable support from their expert guest producer, Katie Holly from Blinder Films. She has produced projects such as The Savage Eye, 100 Mornings and Sensations.

Sony Ericsson will also provide a HD video camera to make the film – a Vivaz, the world’s smallest HD video camera phone – which the filmmakers get to keep.

Applicants should submit their ideas for a short film as a one page outline, which should include information on the theme, style and directorial approach.

Entries must also include a link to a showreel of previous work – links to YouTube/Vimeo/personal website are all acceptable.

The submission deadline is Monday, 23rd August 2010.

The three finalists will be announced a week later on Monday, 30th August, and will have the month of September to shoot their film, which must be submitted for editing by Friday, 1st October 2010.

All information on how to apply is available on the web site.

Theatre Artist Residency Scheme

28th July 2010 by Maura McHugh

The deadline for applications for the Arts Council’s Theatre Artist Residency Scheme is 5.30pm Thursday 12 August 2010.

The purpose of this scheme is to offer theatre artists the opportunity to create a year-long work programme in partnership with venues and local authorities. The specific contents of the work programme will be designed by the theatre artist in collaboration with the local authority and/or venue.

The aims of this scheme are:

  • to offer opportunities to theatre artists across the country to engage in a programme of artistic work relevant to their own practice;
  • to offer opportunities to venues and local authorities to develop theatre practice in their area;
  • to encourage the development of long-term planning and sustainability of independent theatre activities;
  • to encourage a co-ordinated approach between key arts providers at local/regional level.

Priority will be given to proposals based on:

  • the relevance of the theatre artist’s track-record/experience to the content of the residency;
  • the clarity of the proposed activities as part of a coherent artistic programme;
  • the extent and quality of engagement with local communities where relevant;
  • the suitability of the artistic and administrative resources available to the residency;
  • the positive level of engagement and reciprocal support between all parties involved in the residency.

This scheme requires the committed support of local authorities and venues to the proposal.

Priority will be given to those applications where Arts Council funding is matched by venues/local authorities.

The maximum amount awarded to each successful application will be €20,000.

Applications must be submitted using the Arts Council’s online services website. More information on guidelines and the submission process are available on the web site.

Galway Arts Festival Earns €19m

28th July 2010 by Maura McHugh

According to a press release on the Arts Council web site, the Galway Arts Festival is on target to repeat the success of last year’s event and contribute €19 million to the local economy.

Arts Council Chairman Pat Moylan said the Galway Arts Festival represented an excellent example of the important financial contribution the arts make to Ireland’s economy. The Arts Council provides funding of €500,000 for the event and more than €2.5 million to the arts in Galway each year.

“The Galway Arts Festival is the defining event in Galway’s cultural calendar with the 2010 festival offering the most exciting, most imaginative explosion of arts yet,” Ms Moylan said.

“The Arts Council is delighted to be associated with such a notable event which is of great importance in terms of economic investment and job creation. We are glad to be able to financially support the event and the broader arts initiatives taking place in Galway every year,” she added.

“The importance of the arts to economic, social and cultural life in the west and to all of Ireland is immeasurable,” Ms Moylan said.

The Galway Arts Festival, which ran from 12 July until 25 July, has become a vital showcase for Irish and international arts over its 32 year history, and is now firmly established as one of the country’s leading arts festivals. Over 150,000 people attend the Festival annually with hundreds of writers, artists, performers and musicians creating theatre, spectacle, street art, music, comedy, literature and music to produce a stunning fortnight of cultural activity and celebration.

The latest Galway Arts Festival has been another success, with organisers estimating from tickets sales and attendance at events throughout the city that its economic impact would match the €19 million measured by studies of the 2009 event.