Archive for September, 2010

Evolution of Storytelling

30th September 2010

FAS Screen Training IrelandFÁS Screen Training Ireland and The Darklight Film Festival are seeking participants for The Evolution of Storytelling, which is a half-day seminar taking place in Dublin on the 30th October 2010, and costs €25.00.

Participant Profile:
Industry professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of the impact of changing technologies on the art of storytelling.

Course Profile:
Technology is impacting the art and craft of storytelling. As the industry shifts and audiences move from passive to active collaborators, how does the art of storytelling change? How does one develop stories and characters that can travel across screens and devices? What will emerge as new formats and how will they be funded and distributed? Lance Weiler, director of The Last Broadcast and Head Trauma, details the story architecture that he employs to build story worlds around his film, TV and gaming projects.

Lance Weiler is the Chief Story Architect of Seize the Media. He’s also a critically acclaimed award winning writer / director. Recognized as a pioneer because of the way he makes and distributes his work – Wired magazine named him “One of twenty-five people helping to re-invent entertainment and change the face of Hollywood” and Business Week recognized Lance as one of the “18 people who Changed Hollywood.” Lance has successfully self distributed his films THE LAST BROADCAST and HEAD TRAUMA to more than 20 countries while grossing over 5 million dollars in the process.

Apply online by the 15th of October 2010.

Fighting Words Needs Volunteers

29th September 2010

Fighting Words, founded by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love, is a new creative writing centre open to all who want to write – and it’s free.  It is located on Behan Square, Russell Street, Dublin 1 – in the shadow of Croke Park.

What does Fighting Words do?
Opened in January 2009, the Centre offers free story-writing workshops for primary school students in the mornings and creative writing tutoring for secondary students in the afternoons.  We have occasional workshops for adults in the evenings and at weekends and will launch a more extensive evening/weekend programme in 2010. The creative writing workshops at Fighting Words are designed by, and students are mentored by, our volunteer tutors.

What kind of opportunities do you have for volunteers?
We need writers and aspiring writers as well as anyone who just enjoys working with creativity.  Below is a list – but it’s not exhaustive:

Primary Level Tutors: Imagine that you are 6-12 years old and you enter a colourful, magical place and spend two hours writing your very own book.  Fighting Words runs workshops in the mornings led by teams of volunteers. They work with a class of primary school students who produce a book together. There are opportunities for people who like to write stories, people who like to draw (all our books are illustrated) and people who like to work with small groups of students to encourage their creativity.

Secondary Level Tutors: Fighting Words runs workshops in all types of creative writing, e.g. short stories, script writing, poetry, journalism – to name a few – for second level students.  We need volunteers to help us run these two-hour workshops as well as providing one-to-one tutoring support to students working on individual projects. Imagine being that person who inspires and encourages young people to express themselves in ways they did not think they could.  At Fighting Words, you can.

Evenings, Weekends and Holidays:We run evening/after school and weekend creative writing workshops for students of all ages.  We also run summer schools for children and young people. We need volunteers to help us run these workshops and summer camps.

When do you need volunteers?  At what times?
Volunteering with Fighting Words is completely flexible – we use a secure online calendar so you sign up for the sessions that suit your schedule. We run programmes in the mornings and afternoons, Monday to Thursday.

We provide training for volunteers and this will run throughout the year, usually twice per month.

As many of our programmes take place during the school day, we need people who are available on weekdays. Even if you only have a few hours to spare per week or per month, we’d like to hear from you.

How can I find out more?
If you want to join us – to volunteer or take part or just to get more information, visit or email us on or ring Sara Bennett, Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 01 894 4576.

Inspired by Science

28th September 2010

London Screenwriters' FestivalThe London Screenwriters’ Festival has launched the ‘Inspired by Science’ Treatment Award, a new competition for TV and film screenwriters in association with the Wellcome Trust.

The competition is aimed at encouraging the development of film or TV drama, which engages the audience with issues around biomedical science, in an innovative, entertaining and accessible way.

“Writers have an amazing ability to bring ideas, thoughts and knowledge to life in a way that’s exciting and entertaining as well as being informative,” explains David Chamberlain, Manager of the London Screenwriters’ Festival. “This new award recognises their talent and encourages them to look to biomedicine as a source for fresh, exciting and distinctive ideas.”

“Biomedicine offers an embarrassment of riches in terms of inspiration for screenwriters,” says Daniel Glaser, Head of Special Projects at the Wellcome Trust. “We look forward to building links between the winning screenwriter and experts in fields as diverse as global pandemics, the ethics of genetics and consciousness and the human brain.”

The award will enable a drama idea to be developed into a high impact, well-researched proposal – known in the business as a ‘treatment’ – to be utilised in securing further development.

The winner of the award will be announced at the inaugural London Screenwriters Festival. The winning writer will receive £5,000 and will be assisted over a period of six months by the Wellcome Trust Broadcast team in developing their proposal. They will be given access to some of the UK’s leading scientists to aid their research and fulfil the promise of their best ideas.

Ten shortlisted finalists will each receive complimentary invitations to the Festival, which runs from the 29-31 October 2010.

The deadline for entries is midday on 15 October 2010. Application forms can be found on the website for the London Screenwriters’ Festival.

Simpler is Better

27th September 2010

7Up and Mofilm are looking for filmmakers to create a TV advertisement for 7Up based on the theme ‘Simpler is Better’. The winning filmmaker will receive $10,000 as well as a trip to the Rome Film Festival, and the runners-up will receive cash prizes.

They are looking for films of 30-60 seconds in length which can potentially be used in a large scale national TV campaign in Ireland and Portugal. Further details on the competition are available at their web site. The submission deadline is 12:00 pm GMT on Oct 11 2010.

7Up are hosting a filmmaker meetup with MoFilm to answer questions abut the competition on Thursday 30th September in Dublin city (venue to be announced), and ask those attending to RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Roscommon Individual Artists Bursary

23rd September 2010

Roscommon Arts Office is seeking applications for its Individual Artists Bursary, which is designed to further the development of individual artists, from any discipline, for any purpose that will demonstratively contribute to an artist’s development.

Among such purposes, the scheme may be used to offset the expenses of the following –

  • Participation in ad-hoc education such as mentoring, research or short-term courses.
  • Development of new work for exhibition, publication or presentation.
  • Participation in conventional part-time or full-time education where other sources of public funding are unavailable.
  • Contribute to the removal of existing barriers to an artist’s development.

The value of the awards rises to a maximum of €1,000.

While there is no fixed number of awards, there is generally a larger number of lesser value bursaries and a small number of maximum value ones. Bursary amounts depend on available resources, number of applicants and the quality of applications.

  • The activity for which the artist wishes to apply must commence between October 2010 and 31 December 2011.
  • The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm, Thursday 25th October 2010. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Applicants must have been born or currently live in County Roscommon.
  • Assistance will be given only in respect of activity that would, in the opinion of the Council, demonstratively contribute to the artist’s development.
  • Bursaries will be paid only after proof of activity commencing has been submitted. This may take the form of copy of receipt of course fees, letter from host of course/activity or other more appropriate verification agreed with the Arts Office.
  • Retrospective applications will not be considered.
  • Completed application forms must be accompanied by artists C.V. details of previous work and details and supplementary information about the activity being applied for.
  • Information submitted will only be returned if a stamped addressed envelope is submitted along with the application. If an SAE is not supplied, it is presumed that the information supplied is not required to be returned.
  • Artists are discouraged from submitting work on slide. Photographic images should either be hardcopy or be on disc in jpeg format and all multimedia work should be PC or DVD accessible.

Application details are available on the web site.