Posts Tagged ‘funding’

Arts Council’s Project Award

24th February 2011 by Maura McHugh

The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council’s Project Award is 5.30pm on Thursday, 31 March.

In advance of this deadline, the Arts Council will hold a number of information clinics, to offer advice and information on the application process.

There will be one information clinic each in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway at the following dates and times:

Dublin: 1 March from 11.00 – 13.00
at Project Arts Centre (Cube)

Galway: 2 March from 11.30 – 1.30  
at Nun’s Island Theatre

Limerick: 7 March from 14.30 – 16.30    
at Belltable

Cork: 10 March from 11.30 – 13.30             
at Half Moon Theatre, Cork Opera House

Artists and organisations from all art-forms and arts practice areas that are eligible to apply are welcome to attend. No booking required. Each clinic will cover the following topics:

  • The purpose of project awards
  • Who and what is eligible
  • The application process – online services
  • The application form
  • Essential supporting material
  • Budgets
  • The assessment process
  • Terms and conditions
  • Common mistakes to avoid
  • Questions and answers

The Arts Council is offering the following project awards with a deadline of 31 March 2011:

  • Architecture Project Award
  • Arts Participation Project Award
  • Circus Project Award
  • Dance Project Award
  • Film Project Award
  • Music Project Award
  • Street Arts and Spectacle Project Award
  • Theatre Project Award
  • Traditional Arts Project Award
  • Visual Arts Project Award

For more information on each of the above awards visit the available funding section of the Arts Councils web site.

You can contact the Arts Council on 01 6180200 or email

Frameworks 2011

21st February 2011 by Maura McHugh

FrameworksBord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced the deadline for its short animation scheme Frameworks. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 25th.

Frameworks is an established scheme for the making of animated short films which has been incredibly successful in stimulating ground-breaking new work from Irish animators. Projects selected for funding will combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a broad audience.

The Frameworks scheme is co-funded by BSÉ/IFB, the Arts Council and RTÉ.

Films may be made in Irish or English with Irish applications being actively encouraged.

For more information on making an application and to download an application form visit the Funding Programmes section of the website

5 Untitled Finalists

18th February 2011 by Maura McHugh

UntitledThe five short-listed projects for the UNTITLED comedy script competition were announced at the opening night of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival:

  • Rob Cawley for Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Gavin Burke for Brave New Movie
  • Ailbhe Keogan and Michael Kelly for Found
  • Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman (D.A.D.D.Y) for The Bogman King
  • Mark Cantan for The Good Kind

Selected from 348 entries the five teams have been be invited to write the opening scenes of their film over the duration of the festival and present their projects to the selection panel at an public interview chaired by Andrew Meehan (Development Executive, IFB) on Sunday 27th February 2011.

The selection panel is comprised of: Jameson Dublin International Film Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys; Cheryl Taylor, BBC’s Controller, Comedy Commissioning; Irish film director Paddy Breathanach; and comedy agent Caroline Chignell.

Papatango New Writing Award

16th February 2011 by Maura McHugh


Papatango have teamed up with London’s Finborough Theatre to create a competition that offers four playwrights the opportunity to have their plays professionaly produced in 2011. One winner will receive a four week run at the Finborough Theatre and three runners-up will receive one week each.

The winning play will be picked by a panel of judges that will include, amongst others: Howard Davies (Director), Catherine Johnson (Writer), Neil McPherson (Artistic Director of the Finborough Theatre) Van Badham (Literary Manager of the Finborough Theatre), and Tanya Tillett (Rod Hall Agency).

The play must be an original, unproduced work, no longer than 90 minutes in length.

Please send submissions via email to:

Deadline: 1st March 2011

Details on how to enter are on the web site.

New Chief Executive at IFB

10th February 2011 by Maura McHugh

Irish Film BoardBord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced the appointment of James Hickey to the role of Chief Executive of the agency.

James Hickey is a Partner of and Head of the Media and Entertainment law group of Ireland’s largest law firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice. James is recognised internationally as a leading expert in the field of film and television production. He is well known for representing many leading Irish film and television production companies as well as actors, writers, directors, composers and for working in the field of media and entertainment law. He was formerly Chairman of the Projects Arts Centre and the Abbey Theatre and has had a lifetime commitment to the Irish film industry.

Welcoming the announcement Chairman James Morris said:

‘On behalf of the Board I am delighted that someone of the calibre and experience of James Hickey has agreed to serve as the Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board for the next five year period. James will be joining and leading a team of staff at the agency of the highest dedication and professionalism. His challenge will be to continue to build on the achievements of a growing group of Irish directors, writers, actors and producers while at the same time ensuring, with the support of the industry and Government, that the growth and employment potential of the whole audio visual sector is achieved.

We are working in a very different environment to the one we faced five years ago and we see this appointment as an important step in the ongoing review of the Board’s functions in order to ensure that the organisation meets the needs of Irish film makers and the industry as a whole for the next 5 years.’

James Hickey said

‘I am deeply honoured to have been given the opportunity to take up the post of Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board. All my working life I have been involved in various roles in the world of the arts and film and television production and I look forward very much to working with all the staff of the Board in my new role. I would like to thank my partners in Matheson Ormsby Prentice for their friendship and support over the years. I hope, in taking up this position, that I will be able to make a contribution to the promotion of the culture of film making and the development of the industry of film production in Ireland in my new position.’

James Hickey will formally assume the full time position on the 1st of June 2011. He will be working in a consultative basis with the Board prior to taking up the full time position.