Posts Tagged ‘development’

On Winning a ZeBBie: Ailbhe Keogan

6th May 2015

A screenwriter and a novelist, Ailbhe has made a name for herself through works like Raggsy and the Runner and Molly and the Cyclops. In 2014, Ailbhe won the ZeBBie award for Best Feature Film Script along with Oscar-nominated Steph Green for their comedy-drama Run & Jump.

‘I was delighted to win the 2014 ZeBBie with Steph for Run & Jump,’ Ailbhe said. ‘The screenplay is a thing onto itself, separate to the end film in many ways. Every word has been deliberated. It’s proper order that these little beasts should be honoured as an art form onto themselves.’

Run & Jump, her first feature film, was selected as of part of the 2010 Berlin Talent Campus Script Station and the Sundance Institute’s June 2010 lab. Directed by Green, it premiered at Tribeca in 2012 and the film went on to win numerous awards including a 2014 IFTA screenplay nomination along with her ZeBBie.

‘I had a great night at the ZeBBies,’ Ailbhe said. ‘I live in the sticks. I don’t often meet other writers. It was good to be in a room full of them. Other writers understand why you do what you do, even when you’re not making a living from it. Most of us aren’t. In place of financial encouragement come nights like these.’

In 2014, she was commissioned by the National Youth Film School to write a short film which became Whole in the Head. Ailbhe has several screenplays in development including a coming of age comedy for Film Four, an on-the-road drama for the Irish Film Board, a thriller set against the Saharawi Occupation and a fantastical love story set in Dublin. She lives in Kerry with her husband and two kids where she works with youth outreach programs to help young people write and make films about issues that matter to them.

Hope and Vachon Masterclass

31st March 2011

FAS Screen Training IrelandTutors:

Date: 06/04/2011
Duration: 1 Day
Venue: Dublin
Cost: €40.00

Application Procedure:
Applicants for this course should apply on the website. Please email with any queries.

The deadline for course application is Monday the 4th of April at 14:00.

Participant Profile:
This masterclass is highly recommended for all filmmakers.

Course Profile:
Two of America’s most acclaimed Independent producers, Ted Hope (21 Grams, In The Bedroom, Happiness) and Christine Vachon (Far From Heaven, Boys Don’t Cry, One Hour Photo), will give a unique masterclass in Independent film development, financing, production and distribution. With an emphasis on getting your first feature film produced, the masterclass will cover such topics as:

  • Challenges and opportunities for Independent Producers in the film industry
  • Independent Film Finance
  • Developing projects for the budget
  • Marketing and distribution strategies for independent films
  • Costs of marketing and distribution
  • Strategies for engaging with US festivals, agents and distributors
  • Audience Q&A

This masterclass gives unique access to two of Independent Cinema’s most experienced and respected champions. Between them they share over 100 feature film credits and have been instrumental in starting the careers of some of cinemas most individual talents, including Ang Lee, Todd Solodnz, Michel Gondry, Hal Hartley, Todd Haynes, Mark Romanek and many others.

Talking Documentary

23rd September 2010

Galway Film CentreGalway Film Centre and MEDIA Antenna, in association with Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, are hosting a two-day seminar, Talking Documentary: Finance, Form & Future.

The seminar will take place on 15 – 16 October in the Radisson Hotel in Galway and will include IFB Production Executive Alan Maher as one of the speakers.

The seminar is divided into a number of sessions which will explore different aspects of documentary making. This free event is aimed at filmmakers, film students and film fans and will be an invaluable insight for experienced and aspiring documentary makers.

Friday morning will focus on Documentary in Europe and will feature European Sales Agents, Distributors and Commissioning Editors giving their views on European market trends for Documentary Films. Speakers will include Tue Steen Müller, -Former Head of European Documentary Network, Christina Müller – DRTV Denmark, and Gitte Hansen – First Hand Films, Switzerland.

The international panellists will also be available for one on one meetings with selected filmmakers over the lunchtime period.

The Friday afternoon session will be chaired by Tue Steen Müller who will lead a panel of key Irish Commissioning Editors in a discussion and questions and answers session. All the main Irish Documentary funding bodies will be represented and speakers will include Niamh O’Connor, RTÉ, Fintan Maguire, TV3, Michael Ó Meallaigh, TG4, Alan Maher, Irish Film Board, Fionnuala Sweeney, Arts Council and Ciarán Kissane – Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

There will also be screenings of films by this year’s Oscar nominated director Anders Østergaard (Burma VJ) and the 2009 Hot Docs Winner, Geoffrey Smith (The English Surgeon), and both directors will attend the seminar.

Saturday morning will explore the question: Where is Documentary going? Is Feature the Future or is the Reality TV? This will take the form of a panel discussion in front of an audience which will be chaired by Margo Harkin (Producer of Waveriders) and include practitioners Donal Haughey, (Hawkeye Films & Film Lecturer, GMIT), Geoffrey Smith – The English Surgeon, Anders Østergaard – Burma VJ and Richie O’Donnell – The Pipe.

On Saturday afternoon a Masterclass will run with Anders Østergaard interviewed by Donal Haughey in front of a small audience of selected filmmakers. This Masterclass is funded by FÁS STI.

This event is free but places are limited so participants must register to ensure a place. To receive a registration form please email There is more information about the event on the web site.

Elliot Grove Seminar

21st September 2010

FilmbaseFilmbase is organising a book launch and seminar with Elliot Grove, writer of How to Write a Screenplay that Sells and founder of Raindance UK, from 6 – 8 pm on Thursday September 23rd. Tickets are €5 each.

There are two kinds of people who have to love your script. Agents, and Producers.

Why? Because they have the cash to buy it.

Raindance founder Elliot Grove takes screenwriters through the basics of writing a screenplay that producers will pick up and won’t be able to put down.

Elliot Grove has worked with writers and filmmakers at London’s Raindance Film Festival since 1992. He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written 8 scripts, one of which is going into production late this year.

Screencraft at the IWC

14th September 2010

From 10.30am – 4.30pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September screenwriter Viko Nikci will be teaching Screencraft at the Irish Writers Centre. Cost: €150.

The Screencraft Method clearly reveals and breaks down the structure beneath almost every successful cinematic story. The Screencraft Method is divided into three main sections; Three Areas of Conflict, Four Stages of Character and Twelve Sequences of Story. Together, these form a writing method that will enable a writer to complete a draft of a feature screenplay in as little as twelve days and focus that screenplay into a high-caliber, character-driven story.

Over the two days, participants will focus on, amongst other things, character, spine, the four essential elements of a screen story, areas of conflict, treatments, the consequence of sequence and the twelve sequences of a screenplay.

Places are limited so please book early.