Archive for March, 2011

Bruntwood Prize 2011

18th March 2011

Bruntwood Prize 2011The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is searching for great new plays and great writers. It is Britain’s biggest playwriting competition and has so far awarded £80,000 in prize money.

The Bruntwood is open to anyone aged 16 or over living in the UK or Ireland. Scripts are submitted anonymously to ensure fair judging.

Entries are accepted between 31 January 2011 and 6 June 2011, and submissions are via the web site.

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

Short Shorts 2011

16th March 2011

Short shortsBord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board is looking for submissions for its Short Shorts scheme.

Short Shorts is an established and successful short film scheme that BSÉ/IFB will maintain in a slightly modified form. Films made under the scheme can be live-action or animated; they should ‘tell a story’ but need not use conventional narrative methods.

The scheme aims to encourage the making of films which, in their content or style or both, are innovative, provocative, idiosyncratic, audacious, or in some other way risky and rule-breaking. Projects selected for support are likely to be considered capable of playing in commercial cinemas as effective, if unconventional, adjuncts to the main programme.

Films may be made in Irish or English.

Each year projects submitted for the SHORT SHORTS scheme will be required to conform to a genre chosen for that year by BSÉ/IFB, e.g. love story, thriller, musical, horror, etc.

The genre for 2011 is FOOD.

As a central theme in all of our daily lives, food means different things to different people but there is no doubt that for most it is a passionate love affair. There have been many great films based around lifes gastronomic pleasures, think Babette’s Feast, Chocolat, Mystic Pizza and Waitress to name but a few. This year we want filmmakers to inspire audiences with their take on FOOD.

The deadline for Short Shorts applications is Friday 6th May 2011.

More information on how to apply is available on the web site.

MFA in Playwriting

15th March 2011

The LirThe Lir, the new National Academy of Dramatic Art at TCD, is seeking applicants for its Master in Fine Art (Playwriting).

Full-time and part-time students will take three concurrent modules in the first two semesters. The fourth module will be taught in the third semester and subsequent summer months (for full-time students) or in the second year of the course (for part-time students. Further, the fourth module will be supplemented by an ongoing series of masterclasses from professional writers and script editors.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2011.

More information about the course and the application process is available from the webs site.

Shaping a Scene

14th March 2011

FAS Screen Training IrelandThis FÁS Screen Training Ireland free half-day course will take place on the 6th of April, 2011 and the course tutors are Paddy Breathnach and Mark O’Halloran.

Application Procedure:
Please apply online at For further details contact Birch Hamilton at the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, Ph: 01 6337433, Email:; or Sorcha Loughnane at FÁS Screen Training Ireland. Ph: (01) 6077468, Email: Deadline for applications: Wednesday 23rd March 2011.

Participant Profile:
This masterclass is aimed at emerging directors and writers seeking to enhance their understanding of the drama development process – in particular the creative collaboration between director and writer.

Course Profile:
FÁS Screen Training Ireland and the Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland are seeking participants for “Shaping a Scene – The Creative Collaboration between Director and Writer”.

This half-day masterclass will explore the creative process between director and writer at script development stage. Focusing on feature films, the course will provide directors and writers with insight into successful development techniques and ways to collaborate fruitfully with each other.

Analysing key scenes in a workshop with actors, the masterclass will offer participants the opportunity to observe a director and writer working on a script at an advanced stage of active development.

The course will cover the following:

  • Exploring a scene
  • Understanding tone
  • Rewriting
  • Managing Creative tensions and the journey from script to screen
  • Bringing research to a script

The tutors will be workshopping a current project in development, and will also discuss their previous work and how it has affected their approach to the development process.

Golden Blasters 2011

11th March 2011

Golden blastersOctocon, the Irish National Science Fiction Convention (15-16 October, 2011), has announced details of this year’s Golden Blasters Short Film and Short Script Festival.

The Golden Blasters Short Film competition is now open to short film submissions from filmmakers from anywhere in the world. The science fiction, fantasy or horror films should be 12-15 minutes long, and can be live action, animation or a mixture of media. The shorts can be filmed on 35mm, 16 mm or video but entries must must be on DVD. Two copies will be required.

A short-list of films will be selected prior to Octocon and will be screened for the attendees of the festival.

There are two awards: The Golden Blaster for Best Film, which is selected by a jury, and the Silver Blaster Audience Award which is voted by the festival attendees.

The Golden Blaster Short Script Competition is looking for science fiction, fantasy of horror scripts no longer than 20 pages. Submissions should be formatted in the standard script style, and submitted via Withoutabox.

The winning script will awarded €100.

Submission Deadlines

Early Bird Entry Deadline: 30th April 2011
Standard Deadline: 30th June 2011
Final Deadline: 31st July 2011

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

The winners of the three competitions will be announced at the convention’s closing ceremony.