Archive for the ‘French’ Category

Residencies in Paris

2nd December 2009 by Maura McHugh

Irish artists can apply for a number of artistic residencies at the Centre Culturel Irlandais/Irish College in Paris.

Artists-in-residence have been appointed on an annual basis since the Centre Culturel Irlandais opened in the Irish College in October 2002. Residency gives the recipient the chance to spend time in Paris and engage with one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.

Through the residencies and its own cultural programme, the Centre Culturel Irlandais showcases Ireland’s dynamic contemporary culture and strong historical traditions on an international stage.

Guidelines for Applicants for Residency Bursary
The Centre Culturel Irlandais is a resource for Irish artists and the artist-in-residence is given the opportunity to tap into all that the Centre and Paris has to offer. The combination of living and working in these historic and atmospheric surroundings, in one of the most cultured cities in the world, helps to channel a rich influence towards Ireland and its artistic community, as well as providing a benefit to each individual who resides in the Centre.

Eligibility
Applicants must be either:

  1. Irish citizens with full-time professional involvement in creative practice.
  2. French professional artists whose work demonstrates an Irish dimension, who are resident in Ireland or have another clear link.
  3. Artists with a body of work with a distinct Irish element, and who would benefit from a connection with France and Paris.

Information on how to apply is available from the web site.

For a residency between September 2010 and July 2011, the deadline for applications is Friday 29 January 2010.

Virtual Cinema 2009

24th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board has announced the new deadline of the short film scheme Virtual Cinema. Applications will be accepted until Friday 14th August

Virtual Cinema aims to encourage the exploration of fresh filmmaking ground with no creative holds barred. We are looking for creative ideas which will exploit interesting, new and traditional filmmaking techniques but can hold the attention of the YouTube audience.

The scheme is dedicated to the making of high-quality short films that are suited to the new forms of digital video consumption. Films made under the scheme can be live-action or can use any kind of animation technique and can be fiction or non-fiction. We are looking for new, imaginative, quirky and original ideas.

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

The first round of Virtual Cinema shorts, which premiered last summer can be viewed on a number of websites including the IFB website and YouTube with a number of the shorts receiving a huge number of hits due to viral marketing.

This round the IFB are funding up to 10 films with a duration of approximately 2 minutes and a maximum budget of €2,000.

More information and the application form can be obtained from the web site.

Cannes Winners 2009

25th May 2009 by Maura McHugh

The winners of Cannes Film Festival were announced last night, and of particular interest are the following awards:

Palme d’Or
Das Weiße Band (The White Ribbon)
Written and directed by Michael Haneke

Grand Prix
Un Prophète (A Prophet)
Written by Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, & Abdel Raouf Dafri, and directed by Jacques Audiard.

Jury Prize
Fish Tank
Written and directed by Andrea Arnold

Bakjwi (Thirst)
Written by Jeong Seo-Gyeong & Park Chan-wook, and directed by Park Chan-wook

Best Screenplay
Spring Fever
Written by Lou Ye

A full list of all the winners is available from the web site.

Cannes Irish Pavilion ‘09

8th May 2009 by Maura McHugh

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) had announced the details of its 2009 Irish Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Irish Pavilion functions as the focal point for the Irish film industry at the festival, and aims to promote Irish film and facilitiate the needs of Irish producers. It will provide the following services:

  • Information Desk (staffed by IFB personnel)
  • providing information on Irish companies and delegates, Irish films and co-productions screening during the festival.
  • Bar & Terrace serving beverages and light snacks
  • Meeting facilities.
  • Messaging service for IP registered delegates
  • Multiple internet points / WiFi (priority given to IP members)
  • Storage facilities (subject to availability)
  • Business facilities: Phone charging / Fax / Photocopier

The IFB will also be organising three events:

Friday May 15th
17.30 – 18.30 “Screen Producers Ireland hosted Section 481 Panel”

Sunday May 17th
16.00 – 17.00 “The Changing Role of International Film Festivals”
17.15 – 18.15 “Death of a Salesman? A debate on the international distribution landscape for independent film”

The Pavilion’s opening hours, and a full list of all Irish delegates attending the festival, are available from the web site.

Autumn eQuinoxe

6th May 2009 by Maura McHugh

éQuinoxe Germany has announced that its autumn International Screenwriters’ Workshop & Masterclasses will take place from the 8th to the 17th of October 2009 in Germany.

The International Screenwriters’ Workshops are geared towards writers with experience who have had a script produced and less towards writers at the beginning of their career. The workshops deal with screenplays for the cinema. Scripts should be at an advanced stage of development in order to get the full advantage out of the one-on-one meetings with the advisers.

Applicants must send the following via by mail AND E-Mail:

  • script in classic script form – 4x / 3 bound, 1 unbound (English or original language). Note: 1st drafts and more than 135 pages are not accepted.
  • synopsis (1 page) in English – 4x
  • log-line in English (ca. 5 sentences)
  • CVs of the screenwriter and the producer (if relevant) in English
  • motivation letter in English
  • notes about the production, funding
  • status in English (ca. 1/2 page)
  • tape or DVD of previous work

The deadline for entries is 29th May 2009. Further information on the workshop is available from the web site.