Archive for December 7th, 2010

4.4% Cut for Irish Film Board

7th December 2010 by Maura McHugh

Irish Film BoardThe capital budget for Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) has been announced as €16 million for 2011, which represents a 3% cut from the 2010 budget allocation. The administration budget has been reduced by 12.3% to €2,4 million, bringing the total budget cut for the IFB to 4.4%.

Commenting on the 2011 budget recommendations IFB Chairman James Morris said

“The combination of ambitious creatively driven Irish projects and high profile international productions all working in Ireland in the last year is set to continue into the year ahead on the basis of today’s budget. Irish producers, directors, writers, actors, and technicians not only benefit from the employment this level of activity represents, their growing international reputation for professionalism, creativity and energy lays the foundation for sustainable future growth.”

In a year which calls for unprecedented funding cuts across all sectors, a 4.4% cut in the IFB budget represents an endorsement from the Government in the Irish film and television sector and what it can deliver to the Irish economy. This sector presents opportunities for job growth and international investment and is a central contributor to the digital creative economy.

Despite the downturn in the economy, 2010 has been a very successful year for the Irish film and television industry on a number of levels. With five Academy Award nominations, three of which were for IFB funded projects, together with representation at many of the A-list international film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, and Toronto, positive images of our cultural creativity and images of Ireland have been projected around the world this year.

It was also a very busy year for film and television production, with projects including Steven Soderberg’s Haywire, This Must be the Place starring Sean Penn, the major TV drama series Camelot and a host of local Irish films. These incoming and local productions translate into increased international investment in the Irish economy, increased employment and positive spin-off effects for promoting Ireland as a tourist destination.

2011 will also start off the year on a high note with Albert Nobbs starring Glenn Close in production in Dublin and Wicklow and there are three Irish films in Official Competition at the Sundance Film Festival which will begin a specific focus on utilising film to promote Ireland in a positive light throughout the US in 2011, in partnership with Culture Ireland.

BBC Radio Play Competition 2011

7th December 2010 by Maura McHugh

BBC Radio Play

The BBC is taking entries for its International Radio Playwriting Competition, which is now in its twenty second year.

It is a competition for anyone resident outside Britain, to write a 60-minute radio drama for up to six characters.

There are two categories: one for writers with English as their first language and one for writers with English as their second language.

The two winners will come to London and see their play made into a full radio production, which will then be broadcast on the BBC World Service. They will also each receive a £2,500 prize and there are also prizes for the runners-up.

The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium.

Entries must be received in London by midnight GMT on 31 March 2011.

The full list of terms and conditions are on the website.