Archive for the ‘short films’ Category

Sixty Second Stories

23rd June 2011

Sixty Second Stories

Sixty Second Stories is a global survey of cinematic storytelling from a new generation of filmmakers. Emerging filmmakers from all over the world are being asked to produce Sixty Second Stories – the best ninety stories will become a feature film. The feature will premiere at the 2012 Berlinale, before playing festivals around the world.

Deadline: 3rd October 2011

To find out more, download an entry form and preview some of the other films submitted so far, visit the Sixty Second Stories website

Write and Pitch a Short Film

3rd December 2010

FilmbaseFilmbase is running a course entitled Write and Pitch your Short Film. It takes place over two weekends: 18th & 19th December and 8th & 9th January, and costs €260 waged / €220 unwaged.

This course, perfect for new and emerging Screenwriters and Writer/Directors who want to develop strong visual scripts and their pitching skills, will help writers and writer/directors develop scripts that are visually and structurally clear. Participants will identify the selling points in their scripts and give practical experience in pitching their work. This is a practical course where each participant will develop a short script project and pitching strategy for that project.

PLEASE NOTE: Each applicant must have a strong idea for the script they wish to develop over the two weekends or ideally have a first draft.

TUTOR: Cecilia McAllister, award-winning screenwriter and director, has written and directed scripts which received Filmbase, Irish Film Board and RTE funding. Her Irish Film Board Short ‘Feileacan’ won Best Irish Short Film at the Cork International Film Festival and showed in competition at over 30 International Film Festivals. She has written for BBC Doctors and sold feature scripts to Danish producers Thura Films and Magnolia Films in Germany.

She teaches the screenwriting for the Film Studies department in Trinity College Dublin and supervises Masters students on the Television and Film Management masters for the University of Ulster. She has attended the EU script development courses, North by Northwest which utilizes the Frank Daniel method, and Pitch and Script where participants pitch to ten European producers.

To book contact Filmbase reception on 01 679 6716 or drop in to Filmbase (Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2) during office hours (9.30am – 5.30pm).

Reality Bites Awarded

30th November 2010

Reality BitesThe BSÉ/IFB has announced the teams for the fourth round of the ‘Reality Bites’ short documentary scheme, which aims to encourage experimentation and the realisation of fresh approaches to non-fiction filmmaking.

The BSÉ/IFB received over 40 applications to the scheme and the following four teams have been awarded funding for their projects:

  • Within 3 Miles to be written by Patrick Bolger, directed by Tom Burke and produced by Shane Hogan
  • Joyriders to be directed by Ross McDonnell and produced by Morgan Bushe
  • Quarantine to be co-directed by Tadhg O’Sullivan and Feargal Ward and produced by Pat Collins
  • Home Turf to be written and directed by Ross Whitaker and produced by Aideen O’Sullivan

Gearrscannain Wanted

24th November 2010

Irish Film BoardBord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board is delighted to announce that applications are being sought for the new short film scheme ‘Gearrscannáin’. Applications will be accepted until 17th December 2010.

‘Gearrscannáin’ is a new short film scheme to produce Irish language short films that will appeal to a general audience. The scheme aims to encourage fresh, new directorial voices willing to take risks, challenge audiences and introduce them to interesting themes which will move them. Whilst aiming to engage a diverse viewership, the films should also be able to be rated for an under 15 audience. Applications must be original stories written in the Irish language. Short films already submitted to the IFB in English will not be eligible. This scheme will be primarily distributed on-line.

The deadline for Gearrscannáin is Friday 17th December 2010

Number of films to be funded: 2
Duration: Approx. 8 minutes
Budget amount: Maximum €10,000 per film
Format: Any high quality digital format
Language: Irish language

All applications should be sent to: Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, Queensgate, 23 Dock Road, Galway

More information about the scheme along with detailed guidelines and application forms are available on the web site.

Please read guidelines carefully before making an application.


Tá áthas ar Bhord Scannán na hÉireann iarratais a éileamh don chéad bhabhta eile den scéim an-rathúil ‘Gearrscannáin‘. Is é an Aoine 17 Nollaig 2010 an spriocdháta nua don scéim.

Scéim nua í ‘Gearrscannáin’ a bhfuil sé mar sprioc aici gearrscannáin as Gaeilge a sholáthar, a mbeidh tarraingt acu do lucht féachana ginearálta. Tá sé mar chuspóir ag an scéim go spreagfaí stiúrthóirí úra chun dul i bpriacal, chun dushlán a thabhairt don lucht féachana agus chun téamaí suimiúla a rachaidh i bhfeidhm orthu a chur os a gcomhair. Cé gur chóir go mbeidh sé mar aidhm ag na scannáin freastal ar lucht féachana fairsing, ba chóir go mbeidh siad in ann grádú ‘faoi 15′ a bhaint amach. Ní mór gur bunscéalta as Gaeilge atá sna hiarratais. Ní ghlacfar le gearrscannáin a cuireadh chuig BSÉ/IFB i mBéarla cheana. Déanfar an scéim a sholáthar ar-líne den chuid is mó.

S’é an Aoine 17 Nollaig 2010 an spriocdháta do ‘Gearrscannáin’

Líon na scannán: 2
Fad: Timpeall 8 nóiméad
Buiséad: Uasmhéid de €10,000 in aghaidh an scannáin
Formáid: Aon fhormáid dhigiteach d’ardchaighdeán
Teanga: Gaeilge

Ba chóir gach iarratas a sheoladh chuig: Bord Scannán na hÉireann, Geata na Banríona, 23 Bóthar na Duganna, Gaillimh.

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Short Steps Announced

17th November 2010

Northern Ireland ScreenNorthern Ireland Screen has announced the filmmakers who have been selected for its inaugural Short Steps short film project.

Writer/Director: Will Maloney

Writer/Director: Kristiina Kriisa

Writer/Director: Caoimhe McLaughlin McIvor

Writer/Director: Andrew Parkhill

Writer/Director: Caroline Brennan

Writer/Director: Gerard McKeown

Writer/Director: Lucy Caird

Writer/Director: Colin Graham

Writer/Director: Laura Graham

The scheme provides filmmakers with the resources and knowledge to make either a no-low budget short film or a financed short film. The scheme encourages a collective approach to short filmmaking, collaboration and networking amongst the peer group.