Posts Tagged ‘screenplay’

2012 ZeBBie Awards Short-List

13th April 2012

ZeBBie AwardsThe IPSG is delighted to announce the short-list of nominees for the 2012 ZeBBie Awards:

Best Television Script

  • Ronan Bennett for Hidden, Episode 1
  • Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate, Episode 6
  • Damien Owens for Trivia, Episode 1

Best Radio Script

  • Carlo Gébler for Charles and Mary
  • Joe O’Byrne for The Blue Hyacinth
  • Karl O’Neill for Think Well, O Singer

Best Theatre Script

  • Nancy Harris for No Romance
  • Pat Kinevane for Silent
  • Mark O’Halloran for Trade

Best Feature Film Script

  • Ciarán Creagh for Parked
  • Terry McMahon for Charlie Casanova
  • Juanita Wilson for As If I Am Not There

Best Short Film Script

  • Claire Dix for Downpour
  • Phil Harrison for Even Gods
  • Colin Thornton for Two Hearts

Congratulations to all the nominees!

ZeBBie Awards Ceremony

The winners will be announced at the ZeBBie Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 10th May 2012, at the Sugar Club, in Dublin. Doors open at 7.30pm, and the ceremonies begin at 8.00pm.


Ticket(s) for the awards ceremony may be purchased online. Tickets cost €15 for IPSG members, and €25 for non-members. Ticket price includes food and entertainment.

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.


Voting is now open on the short-list and IPSG members should have received an email with details on how to vote.

Voting closes at 5pm on Monday the 23rd of April 2012.

Blue Teapot Project

23rd March 2011

Blue TeapotAs part of the innovative Arts and Disability Networking Pilot in Galway, the Blue Teapot Theatre Company is offering professional playwrights/screenwriters a unique opportunity to create a new work to be performed by an ensemble group of eight actors with intellectual disabilities.

Integral to this project, will be the writer’s ability to absorb the actors’ unique connection to the spoken and written word. Although, this is not a devising project, we require that the writer be able to attend and lead developmental workshops with the company in Galway to explore this connection.

Ultimately we wish to see a work developed for the screen, but as a first stage, the premiere of the piece will be presented as a live performance reading in September & October 2011.

It is our intention to see this work developed into a short film in 2012, subject to future funding.

This project is also supported by Fishamble: The New Play Company. Gavin Kostick, Literary Manager, will provide developmental and dramaturgical support to the writer and Blue Teapot Theatre Company.


  • Be an established, professional writer based in Ireland
  • Attend and participate in a series of meetings & development workshops with Blue Teapot company actors and director and dramaturge, May/June 2011
  • Attend rehearsed public readings of new work – September & October 2011
  • The script to be of forty minutes duration, maximum (25 pages).
  • Rehearsal draft of script to be delivered by 15th September 2011.


Statement of Interest
Please answer, briefly, the following two questions in your statement for consideration.

  1. Why does this project appeal to you?
  2. In what way might your own artistic practice be enhanced by working with theatre practitioners with intellectual disabilities?

Please email Statement of Interest, short sample of previous work & CV to .

Deadline 15th April 2011


Blue Teapot may invite a limited number of writers to meet the group as part of the decision making process.

The selected writer will receive a fee in line with professional theatre standards.

Blue Teapot will provide for travel, accommodation and a per diem as part of the workshop process.

For further information, please contact Petal Pilley, Director, Blue Teapot Theatre 091 520 977 or email

This new writing project is being funded through the Arts & Disability Networking Pilot (Phase 2), a partnership between Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland and Galway City and County Councils.  The initiative is to pilot a new model of developing local capacity in the area of arts and disability in Ireland.

Angel Road Screenplay Competition

22nd March 2011

Setouchi icff

The SETOUCHI International Children’s Film Festival in Japan is running the ANGEL ROAD Screenplay Competition 2011.


  • To find and support promising directors and writers around the world.
  • To promote the SETOUCHI area to the world through filmmaking.


  • Any writer who has passion for filmmaking. Age, sex, nationality, profession and experience are irrelevant.


  • The screenplay must be an unpublished original feature-length story. (Any screenplay that has won an award in any other competition is not eligible. No adaptations of an existing stories or books either.)
  • We accept any genre, as long as it meets the following two conditions. 1) It must include the SETOUCHI area in at least one of the locations and also 2) more than one scene where children are featured.
  • The entrant must be the writer him/herself. No substitute entry is accepted. Co-writing by a group of writers is accepted. One representing writer must submit for the group in the case of co-writing.
  • The screenplay must be in Japanese or English. If it’s in Japanese, please follow the Japanese guidelines.
  • The screenplay should be numbered and approximately 90 – 120 pages in length. (for 90 to 120 minute movie).
  • Print your screenplay on A4 or letter size papers and submit a copy. Handwriting scrip is not eligible.

A completed entry must include the following:

  1. Cover: 1 page (Title, Name)
  2. Contact information: 1 page (Name, address, TEL, occupation, age, birthday, brief profile) *In the case of co-writing, include all the writer’s information.
  3. Character sheet: 1 page (write all the characters and their age)
  4. Synopsis: 2-3 pages
  5. Screenplay: 90-120 pages

Secure 1 to 5 together on top and submit 2 copies.

If you have written, directed or produced a movie, submit a copy of DVD that has your works. (Public release, length, recording format irrelevant. The DVD must be finalized. Write your name, title of the movie, year and length on the disk and attached a one-page synopsis.)

Send the complete entry by registered mail at Japan Post Service or any equivalent method. Entrants must pay the shipping cost. Please do not bring in to our office. Send to:

Angel Road Screenplay Competition
NPO SETOUCHI Entertainment Association
5 Fl., 3-19 Hayabusa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0092 Japan

April 30, 2011 (as indicated by the postmark on the envelope)

The result will be made public on our website and/or public media such as newspapers and magazines.

  • The first selection will chose 10 screenplays (to be announced around mid June,2011)
  • The second selection will chose 3 screenplays (to be announced around mid July, 2011)
  • The final selection will chose the Grand Prize. (to be announced on 28 Aug, 2011)

The entrants of the 3 screenplays chosen in the second selection will be invited to the ceremony at the festival in Kagawa prefecture.

Prize Grand Prize
1 screenplay JPY 1,000,000 and local specialties of SETOUCHI

Honorable Mention
2 screenplays JPY 100,000 and local specialties of SETOUCHI

More details are available on the web site.

Oscar Winners 2011

28th February 2011

The results of the 83rd Academy Awards were announced last night from Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre.

Here are the writing awards:

Writing: Adapted screenplay

  • 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Screenplay by Michael Arndt Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • True Grit (Paramount) Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions) Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing: Original screenplay

  • Another Year (Sony Pictures Classics) Written by Mike Leigh
  • The Fighter (Paramount) Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • Inception (Warner Bros.) Written by Christopher Nolan
  • The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features) Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
  • The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Screenplay by David Seidle

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.