Archive for January, 2011

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.

Oscar Nominees 2011

25th January 2011

The short list of nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards have been announced, and includes the following writing categories:

Adapted screenplay

  • 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • True Grit (Paramount), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Original screenplay

  • Another Year (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh
  • The Fighter (Paramount), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • Inception (Warner Bros.), Written by Christopher Nolan
  • The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
  • The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler

Irishman Michael Creagh’s short documentary ‘The Crush’ has been nominated in the ‘Best live action short film’ category.

A full list of all the nominees is available on the web site.

Fair Deal for Arts in NI

25th January 2011

Culture Northern Ireland and The Nerve Centre have produced a film to support a ‘Fair Deal For The Arts’ in Northern Ireland.

They have a campaign site on Facebook that supporters can join to keep updated of what’s happening and how they can help.

Table Quiz for DGTF

24th January 2011

Table Quiz

The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is holding a fundraising Table Quiz on Wednesday February 2nd, in Pantibar @ 8pm, which will be hosted by RTÉ‘s Aengus MacGrainna.

To pre-book a table email quiz@gaytheatre.ie. Tables are €40 / €10 per person.

All proceeds will be used to develop the Festival, which is a fully voluntary, not-for-profit community organisation.

The festival is also looking for volunteers for its 2011 programme.

Script Space

24th January 2011

Script Space

The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, in association with the Bristol Festival of Ideas, is on the hunt for new theatre writing and for writers who could benefit from a range of new, nurturing initiatives supported by the theatre. The scheme is called Script Space.

They are looking for playwrights who are open to collaboration, with an engaging message and the creative talent to put this across in a unique way.

Send new, unperformed scripts (one per applicant), from 15 minutes to an hour in length, to Sophie Lomax at scriptspace@tobaccofactory.com.

Please submit single attachments of one Word or PDF document (no titles, CVs or synopses on separate documents) with your name and play title in the subject box.

Deadline: Mon 31 January 2011.

More information about the competition is available on the web site.