Posts Tagged ‘documentary’

ICCL Human Rights Film Awards

17th February 2011

ICCL Human Rights CompetitionApplications are now open for the third annual Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Human Rights Film Awards, marking the competition as a firm fixture in the Irish film calendar.

The 2011 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards invites individual film students, filmmakers, and/ or those with a strong interest in human rights to submit an original short film focusing on a particular human rights issue in or related to Ireland.

The aim of the Human Rights Film Awards is to provide film students, filmmakers and those working in human rights with an opportunity to contribute to human rights discourse in Ireland, grappling with issues which affect some of the most vulnerable members of Irish society through the medium of film.

The Awards jury boasts such names as actress Victoria Smurfit and filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan. Ken Wardrop has also been announced as the newest addition to the Jury.

Over the past two years, the competition has produced shortlisted films of outstanding quality which cast light on a range of human rights issues in new and creative ways. The 2011 competition aims to continue this trend, while also widening its reach to younger people in second-level education, incorporating a new “Human Rights in Under a Minute Challenge” and Human Rights Film Awards Schools Project.

Applications are now open, and the deadline for entries is Friday 15 April 2011.

Full details of how to apply, prizes, and shortlisted films from past competitions, are available on the competition website. For more information, please contact Walter or Karen at

IFTA Nominees 2011

11th January 2011

IFTA 2011The nominees for the 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards have been announced.

The entire list of nominees in every category is available on the web site, but here are the writer nominees:

Script Film
Will Collins – My Brothers (Rubicon Films)
Conor McDermottroe – Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne (Zanzibar Films)
Mark O’Rowe – Perrier’s Bounty (Parallel Film)
Juanita Wilson – As If I Am Not There (Octagon Films)

Writer Television
Darach Ó Scolaí & Lauren Mackenzie – Na Cloigne (ROSG)
Stuart Carolan – Love/Hate (Octagon Films)
Lisa McGee -RAW (Octagon Films / Ecosse Films)
Hilary Reynolds – Fair City (RTÉ)

Imagine Ireland 2011

10th January 2011

Image IrelandIreland’s cultural ambassador, actor Gabriel Byrne launched the largest-ever promotion of Irish arts events across the US this weekend.  People in more than 40 states across the US will experience world-class arts from Ireland in 2011 as part of Imagine Ireland, a year-long season of Irish arts in America.

This first-time unprecedented celebration of Irish arts will see over 1,000 artists and producers from Ireland create over 400 events across 40 states in the US from January to December in all art forms including film, theatre, music, literature, visual arts and dance.

Film highlights of the Imagine Ireland programme include:

  • Two Irish feature films THE GUARD and KNUCKLE are in official selection at the Sundance Film Festival
  • Irish Film Festivals will take place in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Seattle
  • A celebration of Ireland in documentary film will screen at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
  • A retrospective curated by Gabriel Byrne in association with the Irish Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) which will take place in MOMA

Imagine Ireland received an investment of €4 million from the Irish Government in Budget 2011 which will enable Irish artists to strengthen the bonds which exist between Ireland and America, to generate new relationships and opportunities with key partners and presenters and to build new audiences and interest in Ireland across the cultural, business and heritage sectors.

Speaking at the launch, Ireland’s Minister for Culture Mary Hanafin said:

“Culture is the means by which most Americans encounter Ireland.  It connects with the deep sense of pride and belonging of more than 40 million Irish-Americans and also with the man millions of Americans who love great art.  We have invested in Imagine Ireland because the arts and culture are so vital to Ireland’s recovery and it will bring Irish culture to new audiences and generations across America”.

Gabriel Byrne commented on the evolving Irish arts, saying:

“The creative Irish mind has always found some of its richest inspiration in America – think today of the music of U2 or the writing of Colum McCann. Think too of the plays of Eugene O’Neill and the films of John Ford, whose film The Quiet Man is one of the most memorable and influential responses by an Irish American to the challenge to ‘imagine Ireland’.”

Imagine Ireland is an initiative of Culture Ireland.

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

Call for entries for IFTAs

10th November 2010

IFTA 2010The Irish Film and Television Academy has issued a call for entries for the 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 19 November 2010.

The Awards, presented annually by the Academy, are a platform to honour and celebrate outstanding Irish creativity, talent and achievement; to encourage a high standard of arts and technique in work produced.

The Awards are open to all talented Irish people working in the film and television industries in Ireland and internationally.

The guidelines for entries are available on the web site.