Archive for the ‘Irish language’ Category

Playography na Gaeilge

20th May 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Theatre Institute recently launched Playography na Gaeilge, a comprehensive online database of Irish language plays premièred from 1975 – 2009.

The database currently contains detailed information on a total of 256 plays by playwrights including Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Liam Ó Muirthile, Alan Titley, Antoine Ó Flatharta, Darach Ó Scolaí and Joe Steve Ó Neachtain.

The freely accessible and searchable website includes translations and adaptations by writers such as Seán Mac Mathúna, Gerard Humphreys, Michael Harding and Gearóid Ó Cairealláin and includes work produced by companies past and present specialising in Irish language plays including Aisling Ghéar, Branar, An Damer and An Taibhdhearc.

The launch of Playography na Gaeilge marks a significant development for Irish Theatre Institute’s Irish Playography resource.

ILBF Drama Development Proposals

13th May 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Language Broadcast Fund is extending its deadline for receipt of drama development proposals to Friday the 28th of July.

(Deadline for receipt of applications for the second ILBF funding round 2010 in all other genres remains 12 noon Friday the 28th of May.)

ILBF development funding is available for a new drama series (6 -10 half hour episodes). The series should be character driven with strong storylines, a contemporary setting consisting of a realistic situation where Irish would be used. The series should be aimed at as wide an audience as possible.

Production companies with suitable experience in drama production – experience in production of Irish language and/or low budget drama especially welcome – should contact commissioning executives at BBC NI (Antaine Ó Donnaile) & TG4 (Máire Ní Chonláin) and the Head of the ILBF ahead of the deadline to discuss potential ideas and the commissioning process before submitting applications.

Please include in your application a brief synopsis of the proposed series including the following details:

  • The setting
  • Character outlines for main characters
  • Style of storytelling
  • Proposed cast and crew
  • Details of company’s previous experience in drama production
  • Proposed production model
  • Proposed production schedule
  • Proposed estimated production budget

Please note that decisions on funding for drama development will be made at the third ILBF funding round in October.

Cuireann an CCG síneadh leis an spriocdháta do Mholtaí d’Fhorbairt Drámaíochta.

Tá an CCG ag cur síneadh leis an spriocdháta do mholtaí d’fhorbairt drámaíochta go dtí an Aoine an 28iú Iúil.

(Fanann an sprioc d’iarratais don dara bhabhta maoinithe 2010 i ngach réimse eile de chláir mar an gcéanna – 12 meán lae Aoine an 28iú Bealtaine.)

Beidh maoiniú forbartha ar fáil ón CCG sa bhabhta maoinithe seo do shraith nua drámaíochta ( idir 6 agus 10 gcláir leath uair a chloig). Scéalta láidir, le béim ar phearsantacht na gcarachtair, suite i suíomh comhaimseartha réalaíoch ina bhfuil an Ghaeilge mar theanga beo ann atá de dhíth. Ba chóir díriú ar lucht féachana leathan.

Beidh fáilte roimh iarratais ó chomhlachtaí léiriúcháin le taithí sa réim drámaíochta – go háirithe iad siúd le taithí i léiriúcháin drámaíochta Ghaeilge agus/nó drámaíocht ar bhuiséad íseal.

Ní miste teagmháil a dhéanamh roimh an spriocdháta leis na feidhmeannaigh coimisiúnaithe de chuid BBC TÉ (Antaine Ó Donnaile), TG4 (Máire Ní Chonláin) agus Ceannasaí an CCG (Áine Walsh) leis na tograí agus an próiseas coimisiúnaithe a phlé leo sular chuirtear iarratas maoinithe chugainn.

Beidh na riachtanais seo de dhíth:

  • Cur síos gairid ar an togra, agus trácht a dhéanamh air
  • An suíomh
  • Mion cur síos ar na príomh carachtair
  • Stíl na scéalta
  • Moltaí do foireann léirithe agus aisteoireachta
  • Sonraí de thaithí an chomhlachta i léiriúcháin drámaíochta
  • Córas léiriúcháin molta
  • Sceideal léiriúcháin molta
  • Meastachán aer an bhuiséad léiriúcháin

Beidh cinntí ar mhaoiniú d’fhorbairt drámaíochta déanta ag an 3iú bhabhta maoinithe de chuid an CCG i mí Dheireadh Fómhair.

TG4 Drama Competition

9th October 2009 by Maura McHugh

Údar is a new development scheme that offers Irish-speaking writers/directors an opportunity to adapt a well-known piece of work for television and to bring it from the basic script stage to the broadcasting stage.

The scheme, which is co-sponsored by TG4 and Skillnet, is open to Irish language writers from all over the country, whether they have screen experience or not, and to directors who wish to gain experience in television drama through Irish.

To start the process each applicant must choose an original piece of work in Irish, for example a recognised short story. The applicant can arrange the work in his or her own way by building on the outline of the original work (adhering to the time in which it is set) or by bringing it up-to-date. The most important development, however, is to make the work suitable for the television screen.

The outline of the story and 12 pages of sample script (a number of scenes) must be enclosed when sending the application form to us.

Additional information is available by ringing 091-558492 or by emailing

Applicants will be competing in a script competition. From this competition nine will be selected to attend craft master-classes conducted by a script editor where each proposal will be developed further.

6 dramas will be chosen for television production from the nine proposed scripts. These will be developed in the directing workshop before being produced and broadcasted on TG4 in 2010.

Application forms are available from the web site, and the deadline is midday, 16 November 2009.

IWC Courses

21st August 2009 by Maura McHugh

The following courses should be of particular interest to our members, and are only two among many that the Irish Writers’ Centre is offering in the coming months:

From Story to Screenplay taught by Michael O’Loughlin
Many features films are based on short stories or novels. But the process of turning one into the other is often more complex than it might appear. In this ten-week course we will look at the techniques needed to turn the story into the screenplay, breaking down each into its key components. We will be analyzing the different kinds of structure in story and screenplay, as well as characterization and plot, using some well-known examples. This is a practice-oriented course, particularly suited to writers who have a completed story they want to turn into a screenplay. The workshops will be weekly, on Wednesdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm, starting September 23, and costs €300.

Screenwriting Workshop taught by Ailbhe Ní Ghiolla Bhríde
A one-day workshop on Saturday, the 19th September, as part of the week-long IMRAM Irish language literature festival.

Further information on the courses is available from the IWC web site.

Signatures & Reality Bites

21st May 2009 by Maura McHugh

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is looking for entries for its short film scheme SIGNATURES (deadline Friday, July 17th) and the short documentary scheme REALITY BITES (deadline Friday, August 7th).

SIGNATURES is a short film scheme for the making of live-action, fiction films that act as a proving-ground for Irish creative talents which aims to encourage strong, original storytelling, visual flair, and production values appropriate to the big screen.

The scheme is an opportunity for producers, directors and writers to work in a professional environment that will allow them to further their experience.

REALITY BITES aims to encourage experimentation and a fresh approach to short non-fiction filmmaking. We are looking for something new in the use of the documentary form, whether the projects are journalistic or creative, observational or aesthetic, objective or personal.

The IFB actively encourages submissions in Irish as films for either scheme can be produced in either the English or Irish language. The successful short films will premiere at the Corona Cork Film Festival next year.

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