Archive for September 23rd, 2010

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.

Talking Documentary

23rd September 2010

Galway Film CentreGalway Film Centre and MEDIA Antenna, in association with Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, are hosting a two-day seminar, Talking Documentary: Finance, Form & Future.

The seminar will take place on 15 – 16 October in the Radisson Hotel in Galway and will include IFB Production Executive Alan Maher as one of the speakers.

The seminar is divided into a number of sessions which will explore different aspects of documentary making. This free event is aimed at filmmakers, film students and film fans and will be an invaluable insight for experienced and aspiring documentary makers.

Friday morning will focus on Documentary in Europe and will feature European Sales Agents, Distributors and Commissioning Editors giving their views on European market trends for Documentary Films. Speakers will include Tue Steen Müller, -Former Head of European Documentary Network, Christina Müller – DRTV Denmark, and Gitte Hansen – First Hand Films, Switzerland.

The international panellists will also be available for one on one meetings with selected filmmakers over the lunchtime period.

The Friday afternoon session will be chaired by Tue Steen Müller who will lead a panel of key Irish Commissioning Editors in a discussion and questions and answers session. All the main Irish Documentary funding bodies will be represented and speakers will include Niamh O’Connor, RTÉ, Fintan Maguire, TV3, Michael Ó Meallaigh, TG4, Alan Maher, Irish Film Board, Fionnuala Sweeney, Arts Council and Ciarán Kissane – Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

There will also be screenings of films by this year’s Oscar nominated director Anders Østergaard (Burma VJ) and the 2009 Hot Docs Winner, Geoffrey Smith (The English Surgeon), and both directors will attend the seminar.

Saturday morning will explore the question: Where is Documentary going? Is Feature the Future or is the Reality TV? This will take the form of a panel discussion in front of an audience which will be chaired by Margo Harkin (Producer of Waveriders) and include practitioners Donal Haughey, (Hawkeye Films & Film Lecturer, GMIT), Geoffrey Smith – The English Surgeon, Anders Østergaard – Burma VJ and Richie O’Donnell – The Pipe.

On Saturday afternoon a Masterclass will run with Anders Østergaard interviewed by Donal Haughey in front of a small audience of selected filmmakers. This Masterclass is funded by FÁS STI.

This event is free but places are limited so participants must register to ensure a place. To receive a registration form please email There is more information about the event on the web site.