Archive for March, 2011

Listowel Workshop 2011

25th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Listowel 2011The Listowel Writers’ Week (1 – 5 June 2011) is offering a number of workshops during its festival, one of which will be of interest to our members.

Writing for Screen with Mark O’Halloran
Mark is a writer/actor from Ennis, Co. Clare. His first screenplay Adam & Paul was shot in 2004. He also wrote the screenplay for the movie Garage which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2007 and was awarded the CICAE award for best film. Mark has also written the television series Prosperity which was broadcast in 2007. He has been nominated for numerous awards including a European Film Award for Adam & Paul, Irish Film and Television Awards for best screenplay and best TV writer 2007. He also won the London Evening Standard Award for best screenplay in 2005. He currently has a number of projects in development.

Course Theme:
A series of workshops intended for both beginners and the more experienced writers, which will focus on character exploration and development. From a number of simple exercises, the participant will learn to produce a database of stories and fully rounded characters, effortlessly building over the following days toward the development of story arcs and scene exploration. These workshops are intended as a forum for debate, exploration and practical empowerment.

Workshop Information:
Each three-day Workshop will run from 9.00am – 1.00pm on: Thursday 2nd June, Friday 3rd June and Saturday 4th June 2011.

Places are limited to 15 per workshop.
Workshop Fee: €175.00 for each three-day workshop

Information on how to apply is on the web site.

Script Frenzy 2011

24th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Fancy a challenge for the month of April?

For the annual Script Frenzy the aim is to write 100 pages of original scripted material in the 30 days of April. (Screenplays, stage plays, TV shows, short films, and graphic novels are all welcome.)

Writers can join the web site, find other writers who are striving toward the same goal and thus encourage each other. Script Frenzy is a donation-funded non-profit and doesn’t charge a fee for participation.

There are also no valuable prizes awarded or “best” scripts singled out. Every writer who completes the goal of 100 pages gains the satisfaction of finishing his or her project within the parameters and on deadline.

So get writing in April!

Blue Teapot Project

23rd March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Blue TeapotAs part of the innovative Arts and Disability Networking Pilot in Galway, the Blue Teapot Theatre Company is offering professional playwrights/screenwriters a unique opportunity to create a new work to be performed by an ensemble group of eight actors with intellectual disabilities.

Integral to this project, will be the writer’s ability to absorb the actors’ unique connection to the spoken and written word. Although, this is not a devising project, we require that the writer be able to attend and lead developmental workshops with the company in Galway to explore this connection.

Ultimately we wish to see a work developed for the screen, but as a first stage, the premiere of the piece will be presented as a live performance reading in September & October 2011.

It is our intention to see this work developed into a short film in 2012, subject to future funding.

This project is also supported by Fishamble: The New Play Company. Gavin Kostick, Literary Manager, will provide developmental and dramaturgical support to the writer and Blue Teapot Theatre Company.

CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY

  • Be an established, professional writer based in Ireland
  • Attend and participate in a series of meetings & development workshops with Blue Teapot company actors and director and dramaturge, May/June 2011
  • Attend rehearsed public readings of new work – September & October 2011
  • The script to be of forty minutes duration, maximum (25 pages).
  • Rehearsal draft of script to be delivered by 15th September 2011.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Statement of Interest
Please answer, briefly, the following two questions in your statement for consideration.

  1. Why does this project appeal to you?
  2. In what way might your own artistic practice be enhanced by working with theatre practitioners with intellectual disabilities?

Please email Statement of Interest, short sample of previous work & CV to admin@blueteapot.ie .

Deadline 15th April 2011

DECISION & FEES

Blue Teapot may invite a limited number of writers to meet the group as part of the decision making process.

The selected writer will receive a fee in line with professional theatre standards.

Blue Teapot will provide for travel, accommodation and a per diem as part of the workshop process.

For further information, please contact Petal Pilley, Director, Blue Teapot Theatre 091 520 977 or email director@blueteapot.ie

This new writing project is being funded through the Arts & Disability Networking Pilot (Phase 2), a partnership between Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland and Galway City and County Councils.  The initiative is to pilot a new model of developing local capacity in the area of arts and disability in Ireland.

Angel Road Screenplay Competition

22nd March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Setouchi icff

The SETOUCHI International Children’s Film Festival in Japan is running the ANGEL ROAD Screenplay Competition 2011.

Purpose

  • To find and support promising directors and writers around the world.
  • To promote the SETOUCHI area to the world through filmmaking.

Eligibility

  • Any writer who has passion for filmmaking. Age, sex, nationality, profession and experience are irrelevant.

Rules

  • The screenplay must be an unpublished original feature-length story. (Any screenplay that has won an award in any other competition is not eligible. No adaptations of an existing stories or books either.)
  • We accept any genre, as long as it meets the following two conditions. 1) It must include the SETOUCHI area in at least one of the locations and also 2) more than one scene where children are featured.
  • The entrant must be the writer him/herself. No substitute entry is accepted. Co-writing by a group of writers is accepted. One representing writer must submit for the group in the case of co-writing.
  • The screenplay must be in Japanese or English. If it’s in Japanese, please follow the Japanese guidelines.
  • The screenplay should be numbered and approximately 90 – 120 pages in length. (for 90 to 120 minute movie).
  • Print your screenplay on A4 or letter size papers and submit a copy. Handwriting scrip is not eligible.

A completed entry must include the following:

  1. Cover: 1 page (Title, Name)
  2. Contact information: 1 page (Name, address, TEL, occupation, age, birthday, brief profile) *In the case of co-writing, include all the writer’s information.
  3. Character sheet: 1 page (write all the characters and their age)
  4. Synopsis: 2-3 pages
  5. Screenplay: 90-120 pages

Secure 1 to 5 together on top and submit 2 copies.

If you have written, directed or produced a movie, submit a copy of DVD that has your works. (Public release, length, recording format irrelevant. The DVD must be finalized. Write your name, title of the movie, year and length on the disk and attached a one-page synopsis.)

Send the complete entry by registered mail at Japan Post Service or any equivalent method. Entrants must pay the shipping cost. Please do not bring in to our office. Send to:

Angel Road Screenplay Competition
NPO SETOUCHI Entertainment Association
5 Fl., 3-19 Hayabusa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0092 Japan

Deadlines
April 30, 2011 (as indicated by the postmark on the envelope)

Result
The result will be made public on our website and/or public media such as newspapers and magazines.

  • The first selection will chose 10 screenplays (to be announced around mid June,2011)
  • The second selection will chose 3 screenplays (to be announced around mid July, 2011)
  • The final selection will chose the Grand Prize. (to be announced on 28 Aug, 2011)

The entrants of the 3 screenplays chosen in the second selection will be invited to the ceremony at the festival in Kagawa prefecture.

Prize Grand Prize
1 screenplay JPY 1,000,000 and local specialties of SETOUCHI

Honorable Mention
2 screenplays JPY 100,000 and local specialties of SETOUCHI

More details are available on the web site.

Fleadh Pitching Award 2011

21st March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Galway Film Fleadh 2011The Galway Film Fleadh (5th – 10th July 2011) has announced that its Pitching Award is now open for submissions.

This is a live event at the festival where five short-listed applicants pitch an idea for a film to a panel of industry experts. The winner receives €3,000.

Applicants write and submit a 500-word story idea for the screen. All applications are read by a panel selected from the Irish film industry – and the best five are shortlisted. The five writers are contacted and invited to present their pitch in front of an audience and a panel of judges on the Sunday of the Galway Film Fleadh.

The deadline for submissions is the 10th June 2011.