Posts Tagged ‘low-budget filmmaking’

Pink and Green Storyland

22nd February 2011

Storyland 2011RTÉ has launched the first round of voting in StoryLand, a competition for the best online drama series voted for by the public.

The first episodes from the four entries in the Pink group are now online, and voting is open until 2pm, Tuesday 1 March . Only one series can be voted for in each round.

Next Wednesday 2 March the first episodes from the four entries in the Green group will go online.

Each round the series with the least number of votes will be eliminated and the three remaining series will be commissioned to make episode two.

After two episodes the remaining series from both groups will go head to head.

The Pink Group short-list is:

  • The Outlaw Concy Ryan. Writer – Molly O’Driscoll; Director/Co-Producer – Ivan McMahon; Co-Producer – Francis Ryan
  • Street Cobra. Writer/Director – Joseph Burke; Producer – Cian Hallinan
  • Lucky Run. Writers – Colm Cafferkey, Michéal Donnellan & Eamon de Staic; Director – Colm Cafferkey; Producers – Deirdre de Grae and Eamon de Staic
  • Free House. Writer/Director – Eoin Cleland; Producers – Jessica Duggan and John McKeown.

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

Storyland 3

18th November 2010

RTÉ StorylandThis year’s projects for Storyland, RTÉ’s Online Video competition, have been announced:

  • Rent A Friend from Kilkenny-based Thankless Films: YouTube
  • Free House from Holywood-based Waddell Media: YouTube & Facebook
  • Street Cobra from Dublin-based Load Productions: YouTube & Facebook
  • Lucky Run from Galway-based Catchyname Productions: YouTube
  • The Outlaw Concy Ryan set in Limerick from Two Hungry Fish Productions: YouTube
  • Standards set in Newbridge from Faidra Films: Vimeo
  • The Last Security Man from Dublin-based Odyssey Media: YouTube
  • The Masterplan from Dublin-based Rank Outsider: YouTube

Short Steps Announced

17th November 2010

Northern Ireland ScreenNorthern Ireland Screen has announced the filmmakers who have been selected for its inaugural Short Steps short film project.

Writer/Director: Will Maloney

Writer/Director: Kristiina Kriisa

Writer/Director: Caoimhe McLaughlin McIvor

Writer/Director: Andrew Parkhill

Writer/Director: Caroline Brennan

Writer/Director: Gerard McKeown

Writer/Director: Lucy Caird

Writer/Director: Colin Graham

Writer/Director: Laura Graham

The scheme provides filmmakers with the resources and knowledge to make either a no-low budget short film or a financed short film. The scheme encourages a collective approach to short filmmaking, collaboration and networking amongst the peer group.

Simpler is Better

27th September 2010

7Up and Mofilm are looking for filmmakers to create a TV advertisement for 7Up based on the theme ‘Simpler is Better’. The winning filmmaker will receive $10,000 as well as a trip to the Rome Film Festival, and the runners-up will receive cash prizes.

They are looking for films of 30-60 seconds in length which can potentially be used in a large scale national TV campaign in Ireland and Portugal. Further details on the competition are available at their web site. The submission deadline is 12:00 pm GMT on Oct 11 2010.

7Up are hosting a filmmaker meetup with MoFilm to answer questions abut the competition on Thursday 30th September in Dublin city (venue to be announced), and ask those attending to RSVP to the event on Facebook.