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Frameworks 2011

21st February 2011

FrameworksBord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced the deadline for its short animation scheme Frameworks. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 25th.

Frameworks is an established scheme for the making of animated short films which has been incredibly successful in stimulating ground-breaking new work from Irish animators. Projects selected for funding will combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a broad audience.

The Frameworks scheme is co-funded by BSÉ/IFB, the Arts Council and RTÉ.

Films may be made in Irish or English with Irish applications being actively encouraged.

For more information on making an application and to download an application form visit the Funding Programmes section of the website

ISA Con 2011

5th January 2011

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An animation and games conference for Students and Industry Professionals, called ISA Con 2011, will be taking place tomorrow and Friday:

Date: Thursday 6th January and Friday 7th January
Time: Daytime Sessions 9am – 4pm; Evening Session 7pm – 10pm
Venues: Daytime Sessions Anna Brett Hall, Media Building, Ballyfermot College of Further Education; Evening Session The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
Cost: Daytime ticket €20; Evening ticket €10; Combined €25
Ticket Sales: Administrative Offices, Ballyfermot College of Further Education

Daytime Schedule
Thursday 6th January – Talks and Workshops

9 – 10am: Niall de Burca – Storytelling

10 – 12pm: Marec Fritzinger (Production Designer and Art Director) – Layout Workshop

1 – 3pm: Tony White (Animator and Author) – Workshop on Walks – ‘Generic’, ‘Stylized’ and ‘Personality-based’

3 – 4pm: Graham Gallagher (Animation and Concept Supervisor) – The Production Pipeline, what companies expect from you and what’s your day-to-day role

Friday 7th January – Talks and Workshops

9 – 10.30am: Tobias Schwarz (Independent Story Artist) – The Budget is Tight, dealing with the business side of working as an animation artist

10.30 – 12.30pm: Marec Fritzinger – Art Direction Workshop

12.30 – 1.30pm: Greg Maguire (CEO, Zoogloo; Prof of Visual Communications, University of Ulster) – 3D Creature Development

2 – 3pm: Tony White – Jumping Through Hoops – Guidelines on getting into the animation industry

3 – 4pm: Adam Burke (Animator, Pixar Animation Studios) – The Making of Pixars ‘Day & Night’

Evening Schedule
Thursday 6th January – Talk and Panel Discussion

7 – 8pm: Adam Burke, The Pixar Experience

8 – 10pm: Panel Discussion chaired by Tomm Moore (Creative Director, Cartoon Saloon); Panel guests: Adam Burke, Tony White, Marec Fritzinger and Graham Gallagher

For more information contact

Martina Reid –
Gareth Lee –

Whackala seeks new writers

28th October 2010

Whackala writersWhackala is looking for new writers for a comedy/action-adventure animation series for 7-11 year old children.

Writers need to have some experience at writing for children’s animation, have a knack for comedy (especially slapstick) and action-adventure.

Interested writers should get in touch by writing to hello [at]

UK Film Council Plans

7th April 2010

Northern Ireland Screen reports that the UK Film Council published its three year plan and launched its new £15m Film Fund.

In developing the final plan, the UK Film Council spent three months consulting on the proposals, engaging with hundreds of people from across the film sector, facilitating more than a dozen consultation sessions and attracting almost 1,000 responses. The plan specifically:
  • opens up for business a £15m-a-year Film Fund (topped up further by film recoupment) for emerging, experimental and world class filmmakers;
  • ring-fences money for development;
  • confirms production companies will for the first time automatically receive a significant share of the UK Film Council’s recoupment from all feature film investments they are involved in, following State Aid approval of the measure by the European Commission;
  • sets up a think tank chaired by Tim Bevan to identify new policy initiatives to grow independent UK film companies of scale;
  • proposes a national web-based talent showcase, to be launched in Autumn 2010, to unearth fresh talent and to broaden the diversity, reach and the opportunities available to all filmmakers who are keen to engage with one another in a national filmmaking community;
  • confirms £5m is allocated to the new Innovation Fund, which will launch in Autumn 2010 (more details to follow);
  • provides £500,000 for film exports for each year of the plan;
  • confirms that 100% of recoupment from the Prints & Advertising Fund – which widens and supports the distribution of selected specialised films and British films – will, like the Film Fund, top up that fund’s budget.

Alongside this plan, the DCMS have been leading merger discussions between the UK Film Council and the BFI. These discussions have been underway since August 2009 and continue.

Launching UK Film: Digital innovation and creative excellence, Tim Bevan CBE, Chairman of the UK Film Council, said, “We’ve set out a renewed mission, a new set of priorities, and a new way of working. With the right level of support, a successful British film industry can continue to help get the UK out of recession, drive innovation and create more highly-skilled jobs. Further tough choices probably lie ahead, but having reduced our overheads by 20% and positively responded to the needs of British filmmakers we’re now in the best place we can be to support and promote UK film in the years ahead.”

John Woodward, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council, announced that the new £15m-a-year Film Fund had opened its doors for business. Managed by a new team of experienced senior production and development executives, the fund has introduced a brand new online application process in which applicants will set out their creative and strategic visions for their film.

Woodward commented: “The new Film Fund’s primary focus is creative excellence. Tanya and her team will support filmmakers who want to put British filmmaking at the centre of our national culture and on the international map. The aim is for the Film Fund to attract the best talent, encourage creative risk taking, and deliver great films to audiences.

“Joining Tanya in the search for creative excellence will be a team of three Senior Production and Development Executives with an impressive and broad range of film industry expertise. Natascha Wharton, Lizzie Francke, and Chris Collins each have big production successes under their belts – together, it’s a team that will provide a wide range of expertise and tastes as well as a supportive, energetic and ambitious home for British filmmaking talent.

“The team will all work across the full range of projects in production and development, but individually they will also have specific responsibilities.”

  • Natascha Wharton (starting 4 May 2010) will focus on development;
  • Lizzie Francke will focus on experimental feature length films, national engagement and showcasing new talent;
  • Chris Collins will focus on ideas for future film practices for both emerging and established filmmakers, from micro/low budget features and shorts, through to 3D blockbusters.

The Film Fund is open for applications from 1 April, but it will be presenting a more detailed strategy to the UK Film Council Board in the coming months. It has already been agreed that a portion of the £15m budget will be ring-fenced for development – although there will be no automatic assumption that projects developed will become films that the fund would then invest in at the production stage. The remaining budget will be safeguarded for the Film Fund’s own production investments. Further details will be announced in the coming months, in addition to details of the Film Fund’s non-London investment target and how the new online showcase will operate.


18th March 2010

FRAMEWORKS is an established scheme for the making of animated short films which BSÉ/IFB considers to be so successful in stimulating ground-breaking new work from Irish animators that it intends to continue the scheme in its present form.

Projects selected for funding will combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a broad audience.

The scheme is co-funded by BSÉ/IFB, the Arts Council and RTÉ and the new deadline for applications is April 23rd 2010.

Parameters of the Scheme

  • Number of films: up to 6 per year
  • Duration: maximum 6 minutes
  • Budget per film: maximum €50,000
  • Format:

    • Origination using any technique or format
    • Delivery on digi-beta and HD Cam
    • Further funding to cover costs of 35mm prints may be provided where a film obtains a bona fide theatrical release in Ireland or is invited to a major international film festival, subject to BSÉ/IFB regulations in force at the time

Information on the scheme’s guidelines and how to apply are available on the Irish Film Board’s web site.