Archive for January 26th, 2011

Upstart

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.

JDIFF 2011

26th January 2011

JDIFF

The programme for the 2011 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival was announced last night, and will present 130 films plus special events, panel discussions, public interviews and industry masterclasses, with special guests at the festival including Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen, Kevin Spacey, Richard Ayoade, Ken Loach, Jim Loach, Guillaume Canet, Harry Shearer, Timothy Spall, Aiden Gillen, Eva Birthistle, George Nolfi, Fiona Glascott and Andrew Scott.

Commenting on the programme, Festival Director Grainne Humphreys said: “I’m incredibly honoured to unveil this years’ film festival programme – It’s a world class line up, with premières of the best of international cinema, seasons of new work from Romania and Latin America, a fantastic line up of new Irish cinema, some classic films back on the big screen and a very special line up of guests.”

Events of interest to our members include a Screenwriting Panel on the 19 February, which will feature Brendan McCarthy (Wake Wood), Thomas Hefferon (The Pool), Brian O’Malley (Crossing Salween), Carmel Winters (Snap), and will be chaired by Barry Dignam of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (DLIADT). There is also a Masterclass on Approaches to Interactive Storytelling given by Charles Cecil on 23 February, which looks at the intersection between computer gaming and filmmaking, which will be chaired by Hugh McAtamney, the Course Chair MS c in Digital Games at Dublin Institute of Technology.

The festival programme can be downloaded from the web site.