Archive for March, 2011

Hope and Vachon Masterclass

31st March 2011 by Maura McHugh

FAS Screen Training IrelandTutors:

Date: 06/04/2011
Duration: 1 Day
Venue: Dublin
Cost: €40.00

Application Procedure:
Applicants for this course should apply on the website. Please email grainne.bennett@fas.ie with any queries.

The deadline for course application is Monday the 4th of April at 14:00.

Participant Profile:
This masterclass is highly recommended for all filmmakers.

Course Profile:
Two of America’s most acclaimed Independent producers, Ted Hope (21 Grams, In The Bedroom, Happiness) and Christine Vachon (Far From Heaven, Boys Don’t Cry, One Hour Photo), will give a unique masterclass in Independent film development, financing, production and distribution. With an emphasis on getting your first feature film produced, the masterclass will cover such topics as:

  • Challenges and opportunities for Independent Producers in the film industry
  • Independent Film Finance
  • Developing projects for the budget
  • Marketing and distribution strategies for independent films
  • Costs of marketing and distribution
  • Strategies for engaging with US festivals, agents and distributors
  • Audience Q&A

This masterclass gives unique access to two of Independent Cinema’s most experienced and respected champions. Between them they share over 100 feature film credits and have been instrumental in starting the careers of some of cinemas most individual talents, including Ang Lee, Todd Solodnz, Michel Gondry, Hal Hartley, Todd Haynes, Mark Romanek and many others.

Cuirt Playwright Discussion

30th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Cúirt 2011

As part of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature playwrights Stacey Gregg and Nancy Harris will discuss their work with Dr Patrick Lonergan at 18:00 13 April, 2011 in the Town Hall Theatre in Galway.

Dr. Lonergan lectures at NUI Galway, and writes about Irish theatre for many publications, including The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. In 2008, he won the Theatre Book Prize for Theatre and Globalization: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era. He is also director of the Synge Summer School for Irish Drama, which takes place this year in County Wicklow from 30th June to 3rd July.

Stacey Gregg’s first play was shortlisted for the Royal Court Young Writer’s Festival. Since then she has written for Tinderbox Belfast, The Bush London, Rough Magic, The Abbey in conjunction with the Goethe Institut, and was part of Paines Ploughes Come to Where I’m From season. She was previously on attachment at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London and is currently on attachment at the National Theatre Studio, London. Her first full production, PERVE will open in 2011 at The Peacock, Dublin. Stacey also writes for TV and is currently developing a series for the BBC.

Nancy Harris was born and raised in Dublin. In 2004, she completed the M.Phil on Playwrighting Studies at Birmingham University. She is currently the Pearson Playwright in Residence 2011 at the Bush Theatre, London. Theatre credits include The Kreutzer Sonata, (Gate Theatre, London), Little Dolls (Bush Theatre Broken Space Season), Love in a Glass Jar (Abbey Theatre 20 Love Season). She has also been a writer on attachment at the Soho Theatre and National Theatre Studio, London, respectively. Her radio credits include Love in a Glass Jar and the five-part Woman’s Hour drama series Blood in the Bridal Shop, co-written with Louise Ramsden, both for BBC Radio 4. Nancy has also written for television. Her latest play, No Romance, currently running at the Abbey Theatre, is receiving excellent reviews.

Admission: €8.00/€6.00

London Comedy Writers Festival

30th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

London Comedy Writers Festival

The London Screenwriters’ Festival team is running a Spring Genre Comedy Festival for TV, Film and Radio Professionals, called the London Comedy Writers Festival.

It will comprise of an entire weekend dedicated to writing comedy for the screen with one day of seminars and one day of networking.

It will feature:

  • 400 professional delegates
  • 50 expert speakers
  • 30 empowering events

Dates: 9 – 10 April
Ticket price: £149
Venue: The London College of Film, Media and Performance at Regents College.

More information about the festival is available from the web site.

P.S. If you’re looking for a discount then courtesy of Irish screenwriter Danny Stack and his Scriptwriting in the UK blog, you can get £25 off the ticket price by using discount code: ScriptwritingUK.

Inside Applicants

29th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Inside Pictures 2011Inside Pictures, one of the leading film industry business training and leadership skills development programme has launched its 2011 programme and is now looking for applicants.

In this, its eighth year, there are exciting new developments and for the first time Inside Pictures will be open not only to applicants from the UK but also from across the whole of the European Union. In a further new phase, Qwerty is also forming an exciting new partnership with the National Film and Television School, the UK’s national centre of excellence for postgraduate education, in order to deliver the ambitious new programme.

This year FÁS Screen Training Ireland and Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board are collaborating with Inside Pictures to offer support of 80% of course fees for up to two eligible and experienced Irish applicants. The successful applicants will be executives and producers who display determination to succeed. They will have at least five years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry such as television.

Application forms can be downloaded from http://www.inside-pictures.com/, or requested from the Inside Pictures office via 01494 731 402 or e-mail insidepictures@nfts.co.uk. The deadline for applications is 4th April 2011.

For more information, criteria and full application details, go to http://www.inside-pictures.com/, or contact Sorcha Loughnane at FÁS Screen Training Ireland – email sorcha.loughnane@fas.ie; ph: 01 6077468.

FilmOffaly Award 2011

28th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

FilmbaseFilmOffaly in association with Filmbase present the FilmOffaly Award 2011.

FilmOffaly has announced the 3rd FilmOffaly Award developed to foster creative, resourceful filmmaking in Offaly. They are looking for unique, original stories by talented new filmmakers, professional and novice alike. The only stipulation is that the filming must take place in Offaly!

There will be one award to one successful applicant.

The winning applicant will receive

  • €8,000 towards the cost of their production
  • 1-year’s Filmbase membership to the Writer, Producer and Director of the winning film
  • A 50% discount on production equipment and/or editing facilities from Filmbase for the project
  • Filmbase’s production insurance to cover the shoot
  • A premier in Tullamore Omniplex Cinema

The award will be based on a two stage application process.

Download the application form and guidelines on www.filmoffaly.ie

Stage One
Please submit a script including 500 word synopsis of the film project.

Screenplays/treatments from any genre, style, topic or perspective will be considered and judged on its merits regarding the quality of the material along with interviews and re-writes with/by the Applicant/s

Closing date: 3pm on Friday, 6 May 2011.

FilmOffaly
Offaly County Council
Charleville Road
Tullamore
Co. Offaly
Phone: 057 935 7400
Email: filmoffaly@offalycoco.ie