Archive for 2011

First Feature Script to Screen

27th September 2011

The IPSG is pleased to annouce a half-day seminar called First Feature Script to Screen, organised in conjunction with FÁS Screen Training Ireland and the IADT.

It will take place on Monday 24th October 2011 in Dublin (location TBC).

Participant Profile

This free seminar is aimed at screenwriters seeking to enhance their understanding of the process of getting a feature script produced.

Course Profile

The Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild, FÁS Screen Training Ireland and IADT present a seminar for writers focusing on the development of first features from script to screen.

This seminar will explore the various methods through which writers have had their first features produced. The journey from script to screen can be long and difficult; writers will describe the different ways in which they have successfully navigated the development process.

The seminar will cover the following:

  • In the Beginning – brief summary of the kind of stories and genres each writer has written; what stage of development their scripts had reached
  • Creative realisation – how to find creative mentors, script-editors, a producer, a director
  • Collaboration – what’s the ideal amount of collaboration on a script? Who to collaborate with and when? Considerations involved in co-writing
  • Where to send your draft – understanding the market – audience, production companies, distributors
  • Developing multiple projects
  • Negotiating and signing contracts, redrafts, polishes, payments
  • Funding – the various avenues for funding, pros and cons, control of work, implications etc.
  • Overall pros & cons of funding options – of low-budget/catalyst/no budget!/ development & shoot time etc
  • The writer’s involvement in the whole process and their ultimate satisfaction or otherwise with the finished film
  • Regrets I’ve Had a Few – three bits of advice to writers of first features
  • Q & A – from the audience

Speaker Profiles

Terry McMahon – writer-director-producer, Charlie Casanova
Ciaran Creagh – writer, Parked
Lauren Mackenzie – writer, The Daisy Chain
Conor Horgan – writer-director, One Hundred Mornings
David Keating (Chair) – director, The Wake Wood, Last of the High Kings
*other speakers TBC


Apply online at

Deadline for applications: Monday 17th October 2011.

2011 ZeBBie Awards Video

24th June 2011

Here is a video of the highlights of the 2011 ZeBBie Awards Ceremony, which took place on May 12th in the Sugar Club in Dublin.

Sixty Second Stories

23rd June 2011

Sixty Second Stories

Sixty Second Stories is a global survey of cinematic storytelling from a new generation of filmmakers. Emerging filmmakers from all over the world are being asked to produce Sixty Second Stories – the best ninety stories will become a feature film. The feature will premiere at the 2012 Berlinale, before playing festivals around the world.

Deadline: 3rd October 2011

To find out more, download an entry form and preview some of the other films submitted so far, visit the Sixty Second Stories website

2011 AGM

22nd June 2011

IPSG LogoThe 9th Annual General Meeting of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild will take place on Saturday June 25th at 2.30 pm at The Connection Suite, The Morgan Hotel, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

We’re delighted to announce that James Hickey, the new CEO of the Irish Film Board, will be giving a talk at the AGM, which I’m sure our members will find beneficial.

The AGM is also an opportunity for our members to discover the range of advocacy work in which the IPSG is engaged, as well as understanding more about the situation in Ireland regarding opportunities for playwrights and screenwriters.

We hope to see many of our members at the event.

It’s your Guild, so please participate in it!

New Director Wanted for Kerry Film Festival

21st June 2011

Kerry Film FestivalThe Kerry Film Festival is looking for a new full-time Festival Director. The role of the Kerry Film Festival Director is to maximise the impact of Kerry Film Festival. The new director will be charged with leading Kerry Film Festival forward and will have ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the festival including its planning, programming, marketing and financial well being.

The Kerry Film Festival Director will be employed in the Kerry Film Festival office in The Windmill, Blennerville, Tralee. This is a full-time position and salary will be in the region of 30K per annum.

A full job spec is available via email from

To apply please send a CV and cover letter via email to by July 1st citing KFF Director Position in the subject heading.

A shortlist of applicants will be drawn up and interviews will take place on Friday July 8th. Interviewees will be asked to present a 10 minute presentation on “The Future of Kerry Film Festival” at interview. The presentation will be followed by a 30 minute interview.