Archive for August, 2010

IFB Notice Board

27th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board has created an online Notice Board service on its website:

The Irish Film Board Notice Board is a free and easy service for those in the Irish film industry. Looking for cast or crew? Want to sell film equipment? Want to see what film festivals are looking for submissions? Check out the Notice Board!

With this online bulletin board you can post notices to advertise or announce items such as festivals, screenings, upcoming events, training course details, jobs available, equipment for sale or required, deadlines for funding schemes or festival submissions and much more.

All notices will be reviewed by the Irish Film Board before appearing on the notice list.

Filmbase ShortSpace

26th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

Filmbase ShortSpaceHosted at Filmbase on the first Thursday of every month, ShortSpace is a new place for filmmakers and film fans to get together, screen and discuss short films and short filmmaking. Each month Filmbase will select a variety of short films based around a specific theme or topic. These films will be screened and then the filmmakers behind the films will be asked to talk about their experience in making each film.

The first ShortSpace will take place at 7pm on Thursday 2nd of September at Filmbase. The films selected for the first ShortSpace are all first short films from a number of Irish filmmakers. The night will kick off with a screening of short films including ‘The Crush’ by Michael Creagh, ‘Corduroy’ by Hugh O’Conor, ‘The Door’ by Juanita Wilson, ‘The Confession’ by Thomas Hefferon and ‘An Cosc’ written by Hugh Travers and directed by Vincent Gallagher. Joining us on the night filmmakers Hugh O’Conor, Juanita Wilson and Vincent Gallagher will take to the floor to discuss their experiences of making their first short film.

In order to open up ShortSpace to the widest range of Irish short films, Filmbase is calling on filmmakers to submit their short films for consideration for future instalments. ShortSpace is open to all forms of short film including drama, animation, experimental works, music videos, documentary and everything in between. Please visit www.filmbase.ie/shortspace for details on how to submit your film.

Tickets for ShortSpace are €5 for Filmbase members and €8 for non-members and can be bought through Filmbase reception by calling 01 679 6716 or by dropping by in person during office hours (9.30 – 5.30, Mon – Fri).

Storyland III

25th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ is searching for applications for the third year of its online video competition, Storyland:

We are looking for interesting, original, thoughtful drama series that people will want to watch and vote to see more of. We want ideas that are of the moment and respond to the experiences people have of living now or in the future.

To hear more about your chance to make a drama series for StoryLand 3 rsvp to: storyland3@rte.ie to come to our information session at 7pm on Wednesday 1 September 2010 in RTÉ.

For healthy and safety reasons we can only accommodate 90 people so make sure you secure your place by sending your name and email address to storyland3@rte.ie If you are unable to attend don’t worry we will video the event and post it here.

London Theatre Festival 2012

24th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

According to The Stage eight of London’s leading theatrical venues are uniting to create a £3 million city-wide theatre festival for 2012, celebrating the multicultural nature of the capital in its Olympic year.

The venues involved are: the Royal Court, Battersea Arts Centre, Young Vic, the National Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Lyric Hammersmith, Somerset House and Sadler’s Wells, and collectively it is being termed World Stages London.

The initiative, featuring new works based on traditional global stories, has received £67,375 of seed funding from Arts Council England and is being overseen by Young Vic artistic director David Lan and arts consultant Nicola Thorold.

Lan said the consortium would produce around five pieces of work that the venues might not be able to create independently.

“If we work together, it’s possible we will be able to produce something which in other circumstances we would not be able to,” he told The Stage. “We are looking at new ways of working and collaborating, and we hope to find new sources of finance, because of the way we are working to put this world-class group of theatres in a position to produce work-class work.”

He added that the consortium wanted to find a way of “expressing the complexity” of London in terms of its diversity.

Druid and Walsh Bag Third Edinburgh Fringe First

23rd August 2010 by Maura McHugh

Penelope by Edna Walsh

Irish theatre company Druid and playwright Enda Walsh have won their third Edinburgh Fringe First Award in four years for Penelope, which is currently running at the Traverse Theatre as part of Culture Ireland’s annual showcase at the Edinburgh Festivals. The award-winning duo’s previous collaborations, The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom, were both recipients of the prestigious award [in 2007 and 2008 respectively] for outstanding new writing.

Minister for Culture Mary Hanafin, who saw the production at its première in the Galway Arts Festival, said:

“When I was in Edinburgh at the Irish showcase this week, I saw just how competitive the largest arts festival in the world is. Warmest congratulations to Enda Walsh, Druid and the wonderful cast and creative team – to win one Fringe First is a major success; to win three in a row is extraordinary.”

Eugene Downes, Chief Executive of Culture Ireland, said: “Once again, Edinburgh is proving the perfect global showcase for Enda’s distinctive brilliance, vividly realised in Druid’s staging. And there’s been a very strong overall response so far to the productions in our Edinburgh showcase this year, with several break-out hits in addition to Druid.”

Penelope was a sell-out hit when it premièred in Druid Lane Theatre at this year’s Galway Arts Festival and received rave reviews and standing ovations. Following its current run at the Traverse Theatre, the production will then run at the Stage Theatre Festival in Helsinki, marking Druid’s debut on mainland Europe. It returns to Galway and Dublin before it transfers to New York this autumn and to London and Washington in early 2011.

Pat Moylan, Chairman of the Arts Council, said: “The Arts Council is delighted to congratulate Druid, one of the key theatre companies it supports, on winning yet another international award for its work. Once again, this demonstrates Irish Theatre’s international standing, and shows that Ireland still enjoys a deserved reputation for excellence when it comes to the arts.”

Garry Hynes, Artistic Director of Druid said “Edinburgh was the city for Druid’s first international tour in 1980. Thirty years ago, on that visit, we won the Fringe First and today it is just as thrilling as it was back then, it’s a real testament to Druid, Enda, Mikel and the cast that we’ve won our third award in four years performing these extraordinary plays.”