Posts Tagged ‘events’

2018 GFF Special Events

4th July 2018

There are two special events taking place at next week’s 2018 Galway Film Fleadh that will be of interest:

What do European Screenwriters Earn?
2 pm on Friday, 13 July in The Camus Suite, The Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway

David Kavanagh, Chief Executive of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland, will give a presentation about the results of a FSE/FERA recent survey detailing the income and working life of screenwriters across Europe.

Please RSVP to info @

All welcome and join us for a drink afterwards!

Accelerating Gender Equality
2 pm on Saturday, 14 July in The Galway Rowing Club, 10 Waterside, Galway

This Accelerating Gender Equality discussion panel is organised by the Equality Action Committee (EAC) of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland & Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, and Women in Film and Television Ireland.

There will be introductory remarks by filmmaker Liz Gill (Goldfish Memory), followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr Susan Liddy (Lecturer, MIC Limerick). Members of the panel will include David Collins (Producer, Samson Films), Dr Annie Donna (Chair of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland), Orla O’Connor (Director of National Women’s Council of Ireland) and Michael O’Keefe (CEO of Broadcasting Authority of Ireland).

All welcome!

First Feature Script to Screen

27th September 2011

The IPSG is pleased to annouce a half-day seminar called First Feature Script to Screen, organised in conjunction with FÁS Screen Training Ireland and the IADT.

It will take place on Monday 24th October 2011 in Dublin (location TBC).

Participant Profile

This free seminar is aimed at screenwriters seeking to enhance their understanding of the process of getting a feature script produced.

Course Profile

The Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild, FÁS Screen Training Ireland and IADT present a seminar for writers focusing on the development of first features from script to screen.

This seminar will explore the various methods through which writers have had their first features produced. The journey from script to screen can be long and difficult; writers will describe the different ways in which they have successfully navigated the development process.

The seminar will cover the following:

  • In the Beginning – brief summary of the kind of stories and genres each writer has written; what stage of development their scripts had reached
  • Creative realisation – how to find creative mentors, script-editors, a producer, a director
  • Collaboration – what’s the ideal amount of collaboration on a script? Who to collaborate with and when? Considerations involved in co-writing
  • Where to send your draft – understanding the market – audience, production companies, distributors
  • Developing multiple projects
  • Negotiating and signing contracts, redrafts, polishes, payments
  • Funding – the various avenues for funding, pros and cons, control of work, implications etc.
  • Overall pros & cons of funding options – of low-budget/catalyst/no budget!/ development & shoot time etc
  • The writer’s involvement in the whole process and their ultimate satisfaction or otherwise with the finished film
  • Regrets I’ve Had a Few – three bits of advice to writers of first features
  • Q & A – from the audience

Speaker Profiles

Terry McMahon – writer-director-producer, Charlie Casanova
Ciaran Creagh – writer, Parked
Lauren Mackenzie – writer, The Daisy Chain
Conor Horgan – writer-director, One Hundred Mornings
David Keating (Chair) – director, The Wake Wood, Last of the High Kings
*other speakers TBC


Apply online at

Deadline for applications: Monday 17th October 2011.

2011 AGM

22nd June 2011

IPSG LogoThe 9th Annual General Meeting of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild will take place on Saturday June 25th at 2.30 pm at The Connection Suite, The Morgan Hotel, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

We’re delighted to announce that James Hickey, the new CEO of the Irish Film Board, will be giving a talk at the AGM, which I’m sure our members will find beneficial.

The AGM is also an opportunity for our members to discover the range of advocacy work in which the IPSG is engaged, as well as understanding more about the situation in Ireland regarding opportunities for playwrights and screenwriters.

We hope to see many of our members at the event.

It’s your Guild, so please participate in it!

2011 ZeBBie Awards Short-list

20th April 2011

ZeBBie AwardsThe IPSG is delighted to announce the short-list of nominees for the 2011 ZeBBie Awards:

Best Television Script

  • Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate
  • Eugene O’Brien for Pure Mule: The Last Weekend
  • Antoine Ó Flatharta for An Crisis

Best Radio Script

  • Alan Archbold for The Eulogy of Harry Brogan
  • Maeve Ingoldsby for A Proper Da
  • Tom Murphy for A Whistle in the Dark

Best Theatre Script

  • Amy Conroy for I ♥ Alice ♥ I
  • David Ireland for Everything Between Us
  • Michael West for Freefall

Best Feature Film Script

  • Tom Hall for Sensation
  • Conor Horgan for One Hundred Mornings
  • Ian Power for The Runway

Best Short Film Script

  • Louise Bagnall for Donkey
  • Michael Creagh for The Crush
  • Andrew Legge for The Chronoscope

Congratulations to all the nominees!

The ZeBBie Awards are annual awards created by the IPSG — named in honour of O. Z. Whitehead — to acknowledge the best script(s) written by Irish playwrights and screenwriters during the previous year.

ZeBBie Awards Ceremony

It will take place on Thursday the 12th of May, at the Sugar Club, in Dublin.


Ticket(s) for the awards ceremony may be purchased online. Tickets cost €10 each.

Purchased tickets can be collected at the Sugar Club door on the evening of the Awards Ceremony.

Numbers are limited, so please book tickets quickly. Tickets may be available for purchase at the door on the night, subject to availability.

No one will be admitted to the Awards Ceremony without a ticket.

Dress Code: writer chic.

A special thank you to the agents, producers, broadcasters, publishers, and nominees, for their assistance.

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.