Archive for January, 2011

Greenlight Award 2011

31st January 2011

Greenlight Award

The London Screenwriters’ Festival 2011 (Oct 28-30) has announced details about its annual script competition: the Greenlight Award.

The winner will receive the following:

  • £500 for the purchase of the script by ScriptPlus Limited
  • Production of the script into film by ScriptPlus Limited using a professional cast and crew
  • Script development with industry professionals prior to filming
  • A première as part of the closing ceremony at the London Screenwriters’ Festival 2012
  • Lunch with a top writers’ agent in London. (or phone call if you can’t make it to London)
  • A free pass to London Screenwriters’ Festival 2012

The competition is open to anyone: applicants do not need to attend the Festival to enter.

Your script should be:

  • Ten pages or under
  • Using up to a maximum of five characters
  • Featuring only one major location
  • All genres are considered

Deadlines and costs

Earlybird: May 1, 2011; Fee £15
Regular: Aug 1, 2011; Fee £20
Late: Sept 1, 2011; Fee £25
Withoutabox only (online): Oct 1, 2011; Fee £25

Entries can be processed online or sent via mail.

The Green Light Awards will take place at the London Screenwriters Festival. Shortlisted screenwriters will be invited to the award ceremony on the evening of Saturday 29th of October 2011 in London.

Terms and conditions are available on the web site.

Focus on Jim Sheridan

28th January 2011

Jim Sheridan In FocusThe Irish Film Institute in Dublin is organising a season of films focusing on the work of writer/director Jim Sheridan, called Jim Sheridan: In Focus.

IFI Director Sarah Glennie announced the season saying “Jim Sheridan’s exceptional body of work has not only been recognised domestically but has proven itself on the international stage many times. He has become a key figure in shaping the world’s perception of Ireland and its diaspora. We are thrilled and honoured to be working so closely with him and so many of his collaborators in presenting this season focusing on the highlights of his career.”

In addition to screenings of Sheridan’s film Jim Sheridan: In Focus will feature a special public conversation with Jim and his brother Peter on February the 5th at 4.30pm. Many of the film screenings will be attended by, introduced by or feature discussions with Jim and some of his key collaborators including Peter and Kirsten Sheridan, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh O’Conor and Brenda Fricker.

Information on the schedule is available on the web site.

Filmbase/RTÉ Awards 2011

27th January 2011

FilmbaseDetails of the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Awards scheme, the longest running short film award scheme for filmmakers in Ireland, have been announced.

This year the awards will provide funding for four short films to be made.

Applications are initially assessed on the basis of anonymous scripts; this means that these awards provide an equal chance to all. In each round a shortlist of approximately ten projects is drawn up. Applicants are then asked to put together a production package and bring together a team for interview. Following the interviews up to two successful applicants will be offered an award per round.

With two rounds in the year, this will lead to up to four new short films being produced in 2011.

The deadline for applications: 5pm on 25th March 2011.

More details on how to apply are on the web site.


26th January 2011

UpStart is a non-profit arts collective which aims to put creativity at the centre of public consciousness during the Irish General Election Campaign in 2011. It plans to do this by reinterpreting the spaces commonly used for displaying election campaign posters in Dublin City and are calling on all artists to submit work for this exhibition.

The objectives of UpStart are to encourage a debate on the role of the arts in this state. It hopes to highlight the importance of creativity and ingenuity when society is in need of direction and solutions, and to emphasize the value of the arts to public life. It believes that the future development of the country requires a healthy cultivation of the Arts.

Upstart is asking for submissions to this project from the full range of artistic disciplines. Its aim is to receive 500 submissions from writers and visual artists, photographers, painters and graphic designers. These works will be duplicated and 1000 pieces will be printed as election size posters and be erected throughout Dublin city. It is also accepting works from musicians and film makers which will be hosted and exhibited through its website which will be launched on the day of the electoral poster campaign.

UpStart comprises artists and writers from Ireland and abroad and are non-aligned to any political party. UpStart respects and follows Dublin City Council litter regulations and operates within the requirements of Irish law.

Information on how to submit work to UpStart is on the web site.

New Signatures

26th January 2011

SignaturesBord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced the latest teams selected for the fourth round of Signatures projects.

Signatures is the IFB’s flagship scheme for the making of short live-action fiction films that act as a proving-ground for Irish creative talents.  It is an opportunity for producers, directors and writers to work in a professional environment that will allow them to further their experience.

The following five teams of filmmakers have been awarded funding for their project.

  • Two Hearts to be written by Colin Thornton, directed by Darren Thornton and produced by Colette Farrell for Calipo Pictures.
  • Mikayla W.M.D. to be written and directed by Ciaran Foy and produced by Macdara Kelleher for Fastnet Films.
  • Foxes to be written by Garret Shanley, directed by Lorcan Finnegan and produced by Brunella Cocchiglia for Lovely Productions.
  • The Hatch to be written and directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman and produced by Gary Moore for Red Rage Productions.
  • Cluck to be written and directed by Michael Lavelle and produced by Rory Dungan.