FSE Online Meeting on Audio

19th April 2021 by admin

The Federation of Screenwriters in Europe are proposing a discussion on writing for audio (radio writers, audio drama, fiction podcasts…) by Zoom on Thursday, 27th May at 10:30 Brussels time and have invited WGI members to participate.

Any interested members can drop us a line at info@script.ie with the subject line ‘FSE Writing for Audio discussion’

Creativity Wanted

18th April 2021 by admin

WGI has joined an international campaign to improve and standardize the writer contracting practices of multi-national streaming platforms globally organised by the International Association of Writers Guilds (IAWG). We need a snappy, clever name for the initiative, and we hope that you – our members – can help. Let us tell you a little more and see if inspiration strikes. The objectives of the campaign are to

  • Provide member guilds with a set of minimum remuneration standards to communicate to companies for inclusion in contracts/agreements: payment stages, residuals, royalties
  • End secretive practices such as Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) on contracts and obligate the SVODs to provide universally-accepted metrics for determining the value of intellectual property on SVOD platforms. It’s impossible to establish ‘fair remuneration’ if you don’t know how successful your work has been
  • Obtain viewer data for both determining value and creator feedback
  • Stop buyouts
  • Share the profit

So, over to you! Drop us a line at info@script.ie with the subject line ‘SVOD Campaign Name’ – see, it just doesn’t trip off the tongue, does it?

Shortlisted Finalists for Screenplay Award at Catalyst International Film Festival

19th March 2021 by admin

The Catalyst International Film Festival in association with the Writers Guild of Ireland (WGI) are delighted to announce the shortlisted finalists for the inaugural Screenplay Award for short film.

The shortlisted screenplays and writers are:

Sherry Trifle – Graham Molloy and Mo O’Connell

Focail Baile Croí – Katie McNeice

High Tea – Miriam Devitt

Abide With Me – Róisín Kearney

Shadow – Aisling Corristine

Divine Interventions – Shannon Welby

Butterfly Mountain – Helen Adams

The shortlisted screenplays will be considered by the jury of award winning screen winning writers:

Mark O’Halloran, Ailbhe Keogan, Paddy Slattery and Juanita Wilson

There will be a cash prize of €1,000 for the winner along with membership of WGI for a year, a trophy and book voucher. The runner up will receive a cash prize of €200 and membership of WGI for a year along with a trophy.

Jennifer Davidson, Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland said, “I was delighted that we were able to support the Catalyst International Film Festival Screenwriting Award. It’s so important to see festivals champion screenwriting and screenwriters, and particularly a festival like Catalyst that has equality and diversity at its core. Awards like these are so important to writers, at any stage of their career, and I’m excited to see the talent that this award will highlight.”

Speaking about the award Festival Founder, Susan Liddy; “We are delighted with the response to Catalyst’s first Short Script Award and grateful to an outstanding jury in Mark O’Halloran, Juanita Wilson, Paddy Slattery and Ailbhe Keogan. Our thanks also to the Writers Guild of Ireland and particularly its chair, Jennifer Davidson, for supporting this inaugural award.”

The Catalyst International Film Festival will host the 2nd edition of the festival from Limerick via Eventive on 19th/20th March 2021, presenting a film programme that celebrates diverse stories and storytellers currently under-represented on screen and behind the camera.

UPDATE:

Best Short Screenplay:

Winner – Focail Baile Croí  (Katie McNeice)

Runner Up – Butterfly Mountain (Helen Adams)

Special Mention – High Tea (Miriam Devitt)

WGI Membership Fees for 2021

3rd March 2021 by admin

Given the difficult financial circumstances of this past year for our members, the Guild have taken the decision to defer requesting the membership fee for 2021 from members, until the second quarter of this year. Members who can afford to pay this year’s membership fee now, please do so via this link: http://script.ie/join/renewing-members/

For those of you who cannot currently pay the fee, please do not worry about this for the moment as we will contact all members in relation to this at a later date.

Equality, She Wrote

3rd March 2021 by admin

The Writers Guild of Ireland invites you to join us online on 8th March @ 12pm for a special webinar to celebrate International Women’s Day. Discussing their careers and their experiences as female writers with WGI Chair Jennifer Davidson will be Ursula Rani Sarma and Miriam Devitt. Dr Susan Liddy, Chair of WGI’s Equality Action Committee, will also join the panel to discuss the work being done to bring us closer to gender equality. As well as discussing their own careers, and their advice on how to navigate industry as a woman, the panel also will talk about their aspirations for the industry post the 50:50 by 2020 campaign and where the debate around equality and inclusion needs to go next.

This WGI Webinar is part of a series of webinars supported by Screen Skills Ireland through their Stakeholder Funding Scheme. WGI gratefully acknowledge the support of SSI for this event.

Register in advance for this webinar here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Panellist Details

MIRIAM DEVITT


Photo Credit – Ste Murray

Miriam Devitt graduated from IADT with a First Class Masters in Screenwriting having won the Warner Bros Scholarship. Miriam has written and produced short films BarryRunning Commentary and The Space in Between, which she also co-directed. She was a regular writer and presenter for RTÉjr with such programmes as Pic-a-story, Shhh… Itʼs Quiet Time, and Storytime. She also wrote and presented the radio documentary The Last Picture Show for Raidio Corca Baiscinn. She is currently in development writing six-part TV crime drama Trace (Wildfire Films, with Screen Ireland funding) and dark comedy feature Dead Wrong (John Kelleher Media with the support of Sources 2/Creative Europe MEDIA). Miriam has been nominated for the Aer Lingus Discovery Award 2021 with Dublin International Film Festival.

URSULA RANI SARMA

Photo Credit – Helen Warner

Ursula Rani Sarma is an award-winning writer of Irish and Indian descent. She grew up in West Clare and is a graduate of University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin. She began writing, directing and producing plays while still a student. Since then she has written for The Abbey Theatre, The National Theatre London, the American Conservatory Theatre SF, Ambassador Theatre Group UK, Traverse Theatre, Paines Plough, BBC Radio and RTÉ Radio amongst many others. She began writing for the screen in 2010 with Raw (RTÉ) and since then has worked on other Irish series Red Rock and Smother. She was lead writer and Executive Producer on Series 3 of Delicious for Sky One in 2019 after joining the team and writing episode 3 for Series 2. Her award-winning short films include Robot and ScarecrowAnywhere But HereImpact, Gloria and Prodigal.

Ursula is currently writing numerous projects for the Abbey Theatre, the BBC, Channel 4, Film 4 and RTÉ, amongst others. Some of these include developing The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters for Tiger Aspect/BBC (6×60″) and All That Remains for Dancing Ledge/BBC (6 x 60″). She is adapting the Sci Fi horror novel Outpost for Carnival Films and developing musical drama Something Happened at Lilipoint with 42. For film Ursula is adapting Erotic Stories by Punjabi Widows for Scottfree/Film4 and the true story of Ramla Ali, In the Shadows, for Sleeper Films/Film4. She is also adapting the novel The Survival Game into a feature for Blazing Griffin. Ursula ran the MA in Scriptwriting at Bath Spa University for ten years and continues to feed into the education of emerging scriptwriters whenever possible.

DR SUSAN LIDDY

Dr. Susan Liddy is chair of the WGI Equality Action Committee. She is also chair of WFT Ireland and a board member of Women in Film and Television International and Raising Films Ireland. She lectures in the Department of Media and Communication Studies in MIC, University of Limerick.

Susan’s work includes Women in the Irish Film Industry: Stories and Storytellers (ed. 2020) and Women in the International Film Industry: Policy, Practice and Power (ed. 2020). She is currently co-authoring two industry reports: for the BAI and Raising Films Ireland. Her co-edited collection Media Work, Mothers and Motherhood: Negotiating the International Audio Visual Industry will be published by Routledge in April 2021. She is currently working on a collection about ageing women in the international screen industries.

Susan is the founder and co-director of Catalyst International Film Festival, Limerick – a festival that prioritises films from underrepresented groups, in front of and behind the camera.

JENNIFER DAVIDSON


Photo Credit – Alecia Hoyt

Currently writing for Ireland’s national soap opera, Fair City, Jennifer is an experienced screenwriter with a background in documentary production and development. She has a high-end TV series in development with Port Pictures and has originated a number of other TV series pitches and pilots which are currently available. Her work tends towards relationship drama and intergenerational conflict, and as a writer from North Mayo, with a strong west of Ireland flavour. Her short film Waiting For Tom was named Best Short Film at the London Irish Film Festival in 2015, while another short which she also directed, A Single Woman’s Guide To Life, was awarded a festival prize at the Chicago Irish Film Festival in 2016. In 2015, she attended the prestigious European TV Drama Lab in Berlin. In 2016 she was awarded Film Mayo’s inaugural Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary. Having served as the Guild’s Deputy Chair, she was elected Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland in September 2020. Jennifer also sits on the Equality Action Committee and the Board of Raising Films (Ireland).