Archive for the ‘competition’ Category

5 Untitled Finalists

18th February 2011 by Maura McHugh

UntitledThe five short-listed projects for the UNTITLED comedy script competition were announced at the opening night of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival:

  • Rob Cawley for Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Gavin Burke for Brave New Movie
  • Ailbhe Keogan and Michael Kelly for Found
  • Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman (D.A.D.D.Y) for The Bogman King
  • Mark Cantan for The Good Kind

Selected from 348 entries the five teams have been be invited to write the opening scenes of their film over the duration of the festival and present their projects to the selection panel at an public interview chaired by Andrew Meehan (Development Executive, IFB) on Sunday 27th February 2011.

The selection panel is comprised of: Jameson Dublin International Film Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys; Cheryl Taylor, BBC’s Controller, Comedy Commissioning; Irish film director Paddy Breathanach; and comedy agent Caroline Chignell.

ICCL Human Rights Film Awards

17th February 2011 by Maura McHugh

ICCL Human Rights CompetitionApplications are now open for the third annual Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Human Rights Film Awards, marking the competition as a firm fixture in the Irish film calendar.

The 2011 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards invites individual film students, filmmakers, and/ or those with a strong interest in human rights to submit an original short film focusing on a particular human rights issue in or related to Ireland.

The aim of the Human Rights Film Awards is to provide film students, filmmakers and those working in human rights with an opportunity to contribute to human rights discourse in Ireland, grappling with issues which affect some of the most vulnerable members of Irish society through the medium of film.

The Awards jury boasts such names as actress Victoria Smurfit and filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan. Ken Wardrop has also been announced as the newest addition to the Jury.

Over the past two years, the competition has produced shortlisted films of outstanding quality which cast light on a range of human rights issues in new and creative ways. The 2011 competition aims to continue this trend, while also widening its reach to younger people in second-level education, incorporating a new “Human Rights in Under a Minute Challenge” and Human Rights Film Awards Schools Project.

Applications are now open, and the deadline for entries is Friday 15 April 2011.

Full details of how to apply, prizes, and shortlisted films from past competitions, are available on the competition website. For more information, please contact Walter or Karen at

Greenlight Award 2011

31st January 2011 by Maura McHugh

Greenlight Award

The London Screenwriters’ Festival 2011 (Oct 28-30) has announced details about its annual script competition: the Greenlight Award.

The winner will receive the following:

  • £500 for the purchase of the script by ScriptPlus Limited
  • Production of the script into film by ScriptPlus Limited using a professional cast and crew
  • Script development with industry professionals prior to filming
  • A première as part of the closing ceremony at the London Screenwriters’ Festival 2012
  • Lunch with a top writers’ agent in London. (or phone call if you can’t make it to London)
  • A free pass to London Screenwriters’ Festival 2012

The competition is open to anyone: applicants do not need to attend the Festival to enter.

Your script should be:

  • Ten pages or under
  • Using up to a maximum of five characters
  • Featuring only one major location
  • All genres are considered

Deadlines and costs

Earlybird: May 1, 2011; Fee £15
Regular: Aug 1, 2011; Fee £20
Late: Sept 1, 2011; Fee £25
Withoutabox only (online): Oct 1, 2011; Fee £25

Entries can be processed online or sent via mail.

The Green Light Awards will take place at the London Screenwriters Festival. Shortlisted screenwriters will be invited to the award ceremony on the evening of Saturday 29th of October 2011 in London.

Terms and conditions are available on the web site.

UNTITLED Competition

13th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

UntitledThe Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) in partnership with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board (IFB) are delighted to present UNTITLED: a unique comedy screenwriting competition where writers can win €12,000 towards the development of their film.

The competition will take place during the festival and follows 2010’s Give Me Direction comedy-themed screenwriting conference. Writers are invited to submit a one page summary for a comedy feature film by Monday January 31st. A shortlist of five entries will be announced at the opening ceremony of the festival. Each of the shortlisted writers will be invited to write the first few scenes of the script over the course of the festival. They will then take part in a public interview, presenting their screenplay to an independent panel of industry professionals. The panel will select the winning project which will be announced at the Closing Gala of the festival.

To be in with a chance of being the UNTITLED winner you must complete the following:

1. ENTRY: Submit a one-page summary of your comedy film along with a completed entry form and your CV to by MONDAY JANUARY 31st 2011.

2. SCRIPT: Five shortlisted projects will be announced at the opening night of the 2011 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival onTHURSDAY FEBRUARY 17th. The successful applicants will be invited to write the first scenes of the screenplay (up to 25 pages in industry standard format) by FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25th. The five shortlisted projects will be selected by IFB and JDIFF representatives along with an independent assessor.

3. INTERVIEW: The five shortlisted writers (or teams of writers) will take part in a public interview with an independent panel of industry professionals (tba) on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 27th. The winner will be announced at the festival Closing Gala.

The winning project will receive a First Draft development loan of €12,000 (€16,000 for a writing team) from the IFB. The four runners-up will win a season pass to Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2012. The competition is open to writers or teams of writers.

UNTITLED is a continuation of the successful 2010 Give Me Direction comedy screenwriting conference, presented by the IFB, in partnership with JDIFF. The conference was curated by Lenny Abrahamson (Garage), Sharon Horgan (Pulling) and Pat McCabe (Breakfast on Pluto) and featured major US filmmakers Bobby Farrelly (Dumb & Dumber) and Nicole Holofcener (Please Give).

The competition is subject to terms and conditions which are outlined on the entry form which can be downloaded from the Irish Film Board website.

For more information please contact Sarah Dillon or Joanne O’

The Irish Film Board is a proud sponsor and industry partner of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

Verity Bargate Award 2011

23rd November 2010 by Maura McHugh

Soho TheatreSoho Theatre has announced the return of the Verity Bargate Award – Soho’s competition for the best new play by an emerging writer.

They are looking for a new play that will stand out from the crowd- it might be your first script, it might be set in a kitchen or on the moon. The only limit is your imagination.

Be bold, brave, and entertaining.

The winner will receive:

  • £5000
  • The chance to have their play produced by Soho Theatre

Recent VBA winners have included In-Sook Chappell for This Isn’t Romance, Matt Charman for A Night at the Dogs and Shan Khan for Office.


The closing date for submissions is 11 March 2011.

The winner of this year’s award will receive £5000 and a residency at Soho Theatre. The prize money is in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the winning play according to the Company’s standard license agreement.

The award is open to writers resident in the British Isles and Republic of Ireland.

Writers may submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (not shorter than 70 minutes). There is no restriction to subject matter.

The play must have a title page with the author’s name, address and telephone number as well as two SAE’s for acknowledgement letter and return of script. In addition, writers must include a CV including listing of all works written/produced, when and where. Plays will not be accepted by email.

The winner of this year’s award will be expected to attend a ceremony later in the year.

The judges’ decision is final and we cannot enter into correspondence concerning the result.

The following are not eligible: playwrights with three or more professional productions to their credit (defined as those produced under ITC/TMA/WGGB contracts), plays commissioned by Soho, previous Verity Bargate Award winners, plays that have already been rejected by Soho’s literary department.

Please send submissions to: Verity Bargate Award, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE.