Archive for April, 2011

2011 ZeBBie Awards Short-list

20th April 2011

ZeBBie AwardsThe IPSG is delighted to announce the short-list of nominees for the 2011 ZeBBie Awards:

Best Television Script

  • Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate
  • Eugene O’Brien for Pure Mule: The Last Weekend
  • Antoine Ó Flatharta for An Crisis

Best Radio Script

  • Alan Archbold for The Eulogy of Harry Brogan
  • Maeve Ingoldsby for A Proper Da
  • Tom Murphy for A Whistle in the Dark

Best Theatre Script

  • Amy Conroy for I ♥ Alice ♥ I
  • David Ireland for Everything Between Us
  • Michael West for Freefall

Best Feature Film Script

  • Tom Hall for Sensation
  • Conor Horgan for One Hundred Mornings
  • Ian Power for The Runway

Best Short Film Script

  • Louise Bagnall for Donkey
  • Michael Creagh for The Crush
  • Andrew Legge for The Chronoscope

Congratulations to all the nominees!

The ZeBBie Awards are annual awards created by the IPSG — named in honour of O. Z. Whitehead — to acknowledge the best script(s) written by Irish playwrights and screenwriters during the previous year.

ZeBBie Awards Ceremony

It will take place on Thursday the 12th of May, at the Sugar Club, in Dublin.


Ticket(s) for the awards ceremony may be purchased online. Tickets cost €10 each.

Purchased tickets can be collected at the Sugar Club door on the evening of the Awards Ceremony.

Numbers are limited, so please book tickets quickly. Tickets may be available for purchase at the door on the night, subject to availability.

No one will be admitted to the Awards Ceremony without a ticket.

Dress Code: writer chic.

A special thank you to the agents, producers, broadcasters, publishers, and nominees, for their assistance.

Interaction with the City

15th April 2011

Dublin city public art

Dublin City Council’s Public Art Programme offers opportunities for artists to engage with the city, making new work that responds to the context of Dublin as the capital of Ireland, international city, and a city of communities and localities. The Programme intends to create connections and collaborations between different areas of Dublin City Council’s work as well as interconnections between art, city and the public.

This is the first formally conceived Public Art Programme for Dublin City. The programme builds on the work of the Open Spaces programme initiated by the Dublin City Arts Office in 2007. Open Spaces explored the making and production of art in open spaces in the city through partnered events, talks and critical responses. The Public Art Programme also builds on previous public art commissions initiated by Dublin City Council under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. These commissions included permanent artwork and also temporary and processed based commissions.


It is the intention of the Dublin City Public Art Programme to offer opportunities across many art forms, such as architecture, dance, film, literature, music, opera, theatre, verbal arts, and visual art; including all aspects of contemporary arts practice such as performance, live art, multimedia, video art, sound art, etc. The focus will be on new work and on an openness towards different ways of art-making and expression. In addition to the work of individual artists there is scope for collaborations, collective responses and interdisciplinary practices. There is also respect for different forms of art expression and their duration, encompassing temporary, time-based or permanent work.

The Programme

Four strands have been devised to deliver the Dublin City Public Art Programme. Individually, these strands have distinct characteristics but when combined are intended to offer a cohesive approach to the Dublin City Public Art Programme. They are designed to offer artists opportunities to respond to the city in different ways that are reflective of the breath of artistic practice and that offer the public many different kinds of opportunities to relate to and engage with the programme. The Strands are:

  • Strand 1 – Dublin
  • Strand 2 – Interaction with the City
  • Strand 3 – Connecting with the Public
  • Strand 4 – City Contexts

Briefing and Information

A briefing meeting will be arranged for interested artists, curators and artistic directors. A question and answer session will form an important part of this meeting. The meeting will take place in The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1 at 1.00 pm on Tuesday 3rd May. Booking for this event is essential. To book email The Arts Office at

The closing date for initial proposals for Strand 2 – Interaction with the City is 4.00 p.m. on Monday June 27th June, 2011.

More information on guidelines and the application process is available online.

Treatments and Outlines

14th April 2011

Galway Film CentreThe Galway Film Centre is running this short four-hour course on Friday May 13 (11am – 3pm), tutored by Mark McIlrath

What are Treatments and Step Outlines? Why are they necessary? What they are not? The workshop will look at how the Industry uses Treatments and Step Outlines and what producers and funders expect. Is there an Industry standard or is it about what works? What about length?

This workshop is aimed at scriptwriters who feel they’d like to understand these formats better. This workshop will involve in class exercises.

To apply or for more info, contact Mary at or phone 091-770748.

Fee: €65 unwaged/€75 waged. Those that have done a course with us within the last year: €58.50 unwaged/€67.50 waged

The course is limited to 8 places.

Arts Advisers Needed

13th April 2011

The Arts Council has issued a series of requests for proposals from experienced practitioners wishing to provide services as Arts Advisers in a broad range of artforms and arts practice areas.

While the specification of each role is unique, many include assisting in the appraisal and assessment of funding applications and provision of critical advice on artistic work. The call has been issued via and potential applicants are advised to check this site for full information on the roles and how to tender.

The deadline for receipt of completed proposals will be Monday 18 April 2011.

The full list of Arts Adviser services being sought are:

  • Film Adviser
  • Architecture Adviser
  • Arts and Health Adviser
  • Circus Adviser
  • Dance Adviser
  • Irish Language Arts Adviser
  • Literature Adviser (English Language)
  • Music Adviser
  • Opera Adviser
  • Public Art Adviser
  • Street Arts and Spectacle Adviser
  • Theatre Adviser
  • Traditional Arts Adviser
  • Visual Arts Adviser
  • Young People, Children and Education Adviser

Visual Screenwriting Course

12th April 2011

Galway Film CentreThe Galway Film Centre is running this course, tutored by Mark McIlrath, aimed at writers with treatments or screenplays. This is an excellent opportunity to look at your story from a completely new perspective. The tutor will work with you by email prior to the course to develop your idea.

The first step will be to look at your story in terms of Sequences. Next, the Dramatic Structure and the key images in your story will be examined. This will include looking at the motifs, symbols and metaphors and asking why they are necessary, how you’re using them, and how you can develop a coherent Image System which layers the themes of your film. Participants will be asked to take basic digital photos, and present the story through stills using Power Point (similar to Chris Marker’s La Jetée). Help will be given, if needed, in the use of Power Point.

Dates: 3 Days, May 14 – 16.

Fee: €295 unwaged/€315 waged. Prices include membership for year. Members who have done a course within the last year: €225 unwaged/€234 waged. Members who haven’t done a course with us in the last year: €250 unwaged/€260 waged

To apply or for more info, contact Mary at or phone 091-770748.

The course is limited to 8 places.