Archive for May 6th, 2015

On Winning a ZeBBie: Ailbhe Keogan

6th May 2015

A screenwriter and a novelist, Ailbhe has made a name for herself through works like Raggsy and the Runner and Molly and the Cyclops. In 2014, Ailbhe won the ZeBBie award for Best Feature Film Script along with Oscar-nominated Steph Green for their comedy-drama Run & Jump.

‘I was delighted to win the 2014 ZeBBie with Steph for Run & Jump,’ Ailbhe said. ‘The screenplay is a thing onto itself, separate to the end film in many ways. Every word has been deliberated. It’s proper order that these little beasts should be honoured as an art form onto themselves.’

Run & Jump, her first feature film, was selected as of part of the 2010 Berlin Talent Campus Script Station and the Sundance Institute’s June 2010 lab. Directed by Green, it premiered at Tribeca in 2012 and the film went on to win numerous awards including a 2014 IFTA screenplay nomination along with her ZeBBie.

‘I had a great night at the ZeBBies,’ Ailbhe said. ‘I live in the sticks. I don’t often meet other writers. It was good to be in a room full of them. Other writers understand why you do what you do, even when you’re not making a living from it. Most of us aren’t. In place of financial encouragement come nights like these.’

In 2014, she was commissioned by the National Youth Film School to write a short film which became Whole in the Head. Ailbhe has several screenplays in development including a coming of age comedy for Film Four, an on-the-road drama for the Irish Film Board, a thriller set against the Saharawi Occupation and a fantastical love story set in Dublin. She lives in Kerry with her husband and two kids where she works with youth outreach programs to help young people write and make films about issues that matter to them.