Archive for November, 2010

Reality Bites Awarded

30th November 2010

Reality BitesThe BSÉ/IFB has announced the teams for the fourth round of the ‘Reality Bites’ short documentary scheme, which aims to encourage experimentation and the realisation of fresh approaches to non-fiction filmmaking.

The BSÉ/IFB received over 40 applications to the scheme and the following four teams have been awarded funding for their projects:

  • Within 3 Miles to be written by Patrick Bolger, directed by Tom Burke and produced by Shane Hogan
  • Joyriders to be directed by Ross McDonnell and produced by Morgan Bushe
  • Quarantine to be co-directed by Tadhg O’Sullivan and Feargal Ward and produced by Pat Collins
  • Home Turf to be written and directed by Ross Whitaker and produced by Aideen O’Sullivan

The Sitcom Mission

30th November 2010

The sitcommission

Every 1’s A Critic has launched The Sitcom Mission 2011.

With an emphasis firmly on script development, The Sitcom Mission is a showcase of 15-minute sitcom scripts at The New Diorama Theatre in London. For the 2010 showcase the top 16 scripts were picked from a pool of over 500 entries, and presented in front of a public audience and representatives from the industry. The Sitcom Mission 2010 was judged by comedy commissioners from the BBC, ITV, C4, Sky & Comedy Central.

This year producers from Avalon, Baby Cow, Hat Trick, Big Bird Films, Rough Cut, So TV, Talkback Thames, Tiger Aspect and BBC Radio Comedy will be in attendance. The winner from 2010, Thunderer, had a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival and its author, Brynn Mills, is in talks with Hat Trick about further development.

The deadline for entries: 14 February 2011.

Information on how to apply is on the web site.

Adrienne Benham Award 2011

29th November 2010

Theatre CentreThe Theatre Centre has announced it’s seeking applicants for the TC Adrienne Benham Award 2011.

In its 3rd year, this writing Award is intended to spotlight promising writing talent and steer gifted writers towards young audiences.

The Award is a £2,000 Seed Commission/Attachment.

The award is made to a writer who satisfies the following criteria:

  • an interest and enthusiasm for young people’s theatre
  • a professional commitment to playwriting
  • imagination, skill, personality and adventure in his/her writing to date

TC’s Artistic Director and independent advisers will select, short list and choose the winner.

Deadline for submissions: 11 January 2011. The winner will be announced in April 2011.

The criteria for the competition and the application form can be downloaded from the web site.

National Demo: 27 Nov

26th November 2010

Better Fairer WayA national demonstration, organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), as part of its A Better, Fairer Way campaign, is taking place from 12:00 – 15:00 on Saturday, the 27th November in Dublin.

The ICTU invites everyone to join in making the people’s voice heard before Budget day in Ireland.

Assemble at 12 noon, on November 27th at Wood Quay in Dublin. A route-map for the demonstration is available on the ICTU’s web site.

The IPSG applauds the ICTU’s decision to organise this demonstration and we urge our members to march in solidarity with the ICTU on November 27th.

The future of MEDIA

25th November 2010


Funding for the MEDIA Programme is secure until the end of 2013, but the future of the MEDIA Programme after 2013 needs to be decided.

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the future of EU funding for the audiovisual sector after 2013. The deadline for contributions to the consultation is 30 November 2010.

In 2011, the Commission intends to adopt a draft Decision of the European Parliament and Council establishing a post-2013 funding programme. This new programme will help achieve the objectives of the new Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The purpose of the public consultation is to gather views from all relevant stakeholders of the audiovisual sector in Europe: distributors, producers, exhibitors, sales agents, training providers, public organisations and others. Views are sought regarding the objectives, activities, and types of support within the new programme.

One area of particular interest in the consultation concerns how the MEDIA Programme’s objectives and action lines should be revised in the light of technological, financial, social and other recent developments in order to ensure that they remain as relevant, clear and focused as possible.

The Commission is also interested in consulting on management aspects of the programme in this context.

The consultation is available online and only takes a few minutes to complete, so it could not be easier to submit your views.