Archive for the ‘short films’ Category

Underground Cinema Returns

27th October 2010 by Maura McHugh

Underground CinemaSeason II of Underground Cinema has returned. The first screening will take place at 7.30pm on Friday November 5th in the Kingston Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.

Once a month, for the next ten months, Underground Cinema will screen a programme of short films, animated films, documentaries and music videos. All the short films screened are eligible for nomination for the Underground Cinema Awards.

The timetable:

  1. Screenings from November to July
  2. The Underground Cinema Nominations in August 2011
  3. The 2nd Underground Short Irish Film Festival in the Screen Cinema, Dublin on 15-16 September 2011
  4. The 2nd Underground Cinema Awards in Fitzpatricks Castle on 17 September 2011

A twelve-month membership to the Underground Cinema costs €50.

Irish Short Film at Bewley’s

19th October 2010 by Maura McHugh

Bewley's Cafe Theatre

Experience a selection of award-winning Irish short films for free at Bewley’s Café Theatre, Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s most popular venues for lunchtime and afternoon drama.

Every Thursday in October and November from 15.00-18.30. There will be two sessions so don’t be disappointed if you don’t get a seat first time round.

Session 1: 15.00-16.30hrs
Session 2: 17.00-18.30hrs

October: Thursdays the 21st and 28th
November: Thursdays the 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th

Writing Short Films

13th April 2010 by Maura McHugh

Filmbase is running its popular “Writing Short Films That Get Funded” course again from 23rd – 25th April.

Making a successful short film is very often a springboard to a career in feature films, documentaries and TV drama. Competition for short film funding under the various Irish schemes, including the Filmbase/RTÉ Awards, is incredibly high.

To give writers and producers expert guidance in crafting their short film scripts to the standards required by Filmbase/RTÉ and other funders and to improve the quality of entries for Irish short film schemes.

Mary Kate O Flanagan is an award-winning screenwriter and experienced tutor and script consultant. She regularly reads and shortlists projects for schemes across the European film industry.


  • Finding a visual correlative for the theme of a short film
  • Develop an idea from conception to production-ready script
  • Avoiding the most common pitfalls and how to rewrite
  • Examining what makes short films effective

Cost: €220 waged / €180 unwaged
Deposit: €60 required (non-refundable)

2010 Digital Shorts in NI

8th April 2010 by Maura McHugh

Northern Ireland Screen has announced the recipients of this year’s Digital Shorts scheme:

  • A Cross to Bear – written and directed by Ryan Tohill
  • Hardy Hands – written and directed by Chris Baugh
  • Of The Sea – written and directed by Paul Hamilton
  • Ring Theory – written and directed by Joe Campo

The four films will be produced by Villi Ragnarsson of RedRay Films in Summer 2010.

Northern Ireland Screen and The UK Film Council’s Digital Shorts scheme is a year long programme which aims to seek out and develop new filmmaking talent and enable them to make innovative short films using digital technology.

UK Film Council Plans

7th April 2010 by Maura McHugh

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.