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Venice Declaration

3rd September 2018

165 European screenwriters and directors call on the European Parliament to adopt the Copyright Directive

On the occasion of the 75th Venice International Film Festival, 165 screenwriters and directors across Europe have come together in the “Venice Declaration” to call on the European Parliament to adopt legislation that puts authors at the heart of copyright and of the European cultural and creative industries, including online.

On 12 September, the members of the European Parliament will adopt the Parliament’s position on the draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. After several delays, this vote is the last chance for a final adoption of this much-needed Directive before the European elections. It will determine the future for audiovisual authors; if they will have a chance to receive fair and proportionate remuneration for the use of their works across the EU in a near future or if will they be left behind for another decade.

Filmmakers in Venise selections Jacques Audiard, Joachim Lafosse, Mike Leigh, Laszlo Nemes and Pierre Schoeller, EP LUX Film Prize finalists Benedikt Erlingsson, Wolfgang Fischer and Mila Turajlic, as well as Iciar Bollaín, Costa-Gavras, Matteo Garrone, Agnieszka Holland, Daniele Luchetti, Laura Morante, Cristian Mungiu, Sir Alan Parker, Stefan Ruzowitzky, Lone Scherfig, Volker Schlondörff, Paolo Sorrentino, Paweł Pawlikowski, Bertrand Tavernier, Paolo Taviani, Fernando Trueba, Margarethe von Trotta and many others across Europe signed the Venice Declaration. Most of them already signed the FERA/FSE/SAA petition supported today by more than 18,700 signatories from over 100 countries worldwide.

“We, audiovisual authors, absolutely need this Directive to be adopted on time: to ensure freedom of expression and independence of creators as well as authors’ rights. The principle of fair and proportionate remuneration, improved measures on the transparency of the exploitation and contract adjustment mechanism will make a big difference. With these provisions, the Directive will improve our position in the industry.”

2018 ZeBBie Awards Winners

27th June 2018

The Writers Guild of Ireland is delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 ZeBBie Awards at an Awards Ceremony at the Sugar Club in Dublin tonight.

Best Television Script

  • Sharon Horgan (and Rob Delaney) – Catastrophe (Series 3, Ep. 6)

Best Radio Script

  • Veronica Coburn – Kinsey One Through Five

Best Theatre Script

  • Iseult Golden and David Horan – CLASS

Best Feature Film Script

  • Frank Berry – Michael Inside

Best Short Film Script

  • Niamh HeeryPause

Best Game Script

  • Sarah Baylus, John Corcoran, Devin Doyle, Charlene Putney, Stephen Rooney – Divinity: Original Sin II

Congratulations to all the winners!

A huge thank you to Senator David Norris for being a mighty MC, and to the presenters for their time and contribution to the ceremony.

And kudos to our staff and volunteers for all their efforts throughout the year and during this gorgeous evening!

About the ZeBBie Awards

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

2015 ZeBBie Awards Short-lists

7th April 2015

The Writers Guild of Ireland is delighted to announce the short-lists of nominees for the 2015 ZeBBie Awards:

Best Television Script

  • Colin Bateman for Scúp – Series 2, Episode 1
  • Oliver Callan & James Cotter for Callan Kicks the Year
  • Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate – Series 5, Episode 4

Best Radio Script

  • Shay Healy & Austin Kenny for Quarks, Quavers and a Pea in the Gods
  • Louise Lewis & Simon Manahan for The Churching of Happy Cullen
  • Daithí McMahon & Fred O’Connor for William Melville: The Queen’s Detective

Best Theatre Script

  • Mark O’Rowe for Our Few And Evil Days
  • Noni Stapleton for Charolais
  • Michael West for Conservatory

Best Feature Film Script

  • Brendan Heery & Niall Heery for Gold
  • John Michael McDonagh for Calvary
  • Terry McMahon for Patrick’s Day

Best Short Film Script

  • Ronan Blaney for Boogaloo and Graham
  • James Fitzgerald for Skunky Dog
  • John Kennedy & Ruairí O’Brien for Cutting Grass

Best Game Script

  • Kevin Beimers for Schrödinger’s Cat And The Raiders Of The Lost Quark
  • Eoghan Dalton & Stephen Kelly for Ship Antics
  • Llaura McGee for Curtain

Congratulations to all the nominees!

ZeBBie Awards Ceremony

The 2015 ZeBBie Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 in The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, and it will be hosted by Senator David Norris.

Doors open at 7.30pm, and the ceremonies begin at 8.00pm.

This year entry to the ceremony is free to fully paid up members of the Guild, along with their guests (up to two per member).

There is limited seating, so if you wish to attend don’t leave it to the last minute and risk disappointment. Please email your name, and the number of guests you are bringing to: info [at]

Only those who are on our list at the door will be admitted to the event.

Dress Code: writer chic.


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

Voting closes at 3pm on Thursday, 23 April 2014.

2014 ZeBBie Awards Short-lists

14th April 2014

ZeBBie AwardsThe Guild is delighted to announce the short-list of nominees for the 2014 ZeBBie Awards:

Best Television Script

  • Oliver Callan & James Cotter for Callan Kicks the Year
  • Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate – Episode 3
  • Ted Gannon for Deception – Episode 3
  • Shane Mulvey, Jason Butler, Chris Tordoff, Kevin McGahern, Demien Fox, Stephen Shields, & Luc O’Cincella for Republic of Telly – Episode 1

Best Radio Script

  • Kevin Barry for Maybe The Night
  • Philip Doherty for A Golden Triangle
  • Donal O’Kelly for Hairy Jaysus

Best Theatre Script

  • Dylan Coburn Gray for Boys and Girls
  • David Ireland for Summertime
  • Mikel Murfi for The Man in The Woman’s Shoes

Best Feature Film Script

  • Donal Foreman for Out of Here
  • Ailbhe Keogan & Steph Green for Run and Jump
  • Brendan Muldowney for Love Eternal

Best Short Film Script

  • Antoin Beag Ó Colla for Rúbaí
  • Eoin Duffy for The Missing Scarf
  • Tom Sullivan & Feidlim Cannon for Mechanic

Congratulations to all the nominees!

ZeBBie Awards Ceremony

The 2014 ZeBBie Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, 15 May 2014 in The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

Doors open at 7.30pm, and the ceremonies begin at 8.00pm.


Ticket(s) can be purchased online, via PayPal. Tickets cost €10 for Guild members, and €20 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: austerity chic.


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

Voting closes at 3pm on Thursday, 24 April 2014.

Sky Arts Ignition

7th June 2011

Sky Arts IgnitionSky has opened applications for Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund – a new bursary which will offer five young artists £ 30,000 each to fund their work for a full year.

The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund is open to applications from young artists aged 18-30 living in the UK and Ireland. The fund is designed to bridge the gap between formal education and becoming a working artist.

The fund is run in association with IdeasTap, an arts charity, funding body and network of nearly 40,000 young creative people at the start of their careers. The scheme will also provide each artist with a mentor from Sky, who will help develop their skills and knowledge in the arts and commercial sector.

The Futures Fund is part of the Sky Arts Ignition Series, Sky’s recently announced initiative which will see Sky Arts collaborate with six arts organisations over the next two years to create brand new works, and expands on Sky’s commitment to developing and nurturing young talent.

“Talent and creativity is thriving in the arts today, but we recognise that people can’t fulfil their potential and pursue their artistic ambitions without support,” comments James Hunt, Director of Sky Arts. “Sky has long been one of the UK’s biggest investors in the arts, both on and off screen, but we think it’s vital to uphold that commitment right across the board – individuals who are just starting out are equally as important as organisations with a wealth of experience behind them. This is why we’ve launched Futures Fund as part of Sky Arts Ignition – we’re hoping that we will be able to support and nurture the next generation of Bussells, Kennedys, Emins and Cumberbatches.”

“IdeasTap is delighted to be partnering with Sky Arts on the Ignition Futures Fund, which epitomises IdeasTap’s ethos of investing in talented young people at the start of their careers to launch them into the professional world,” adds Peter De Haan, Chief Executive of IdeasTap. “At IdeasTap we’re reimagining the way that emerging creative talent is funded, nurtured and showcased in the digital age and we’re thrilled to have Sky Arts on board.“

The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund is open to individual artists working in visual art, theatre, performance art, music, film, dance or literature. Applicants must be aged 18-30 on 19 September 2011 and be based in either the UK or Ireland. To apply, applicants need to explain how the bursary would help support their career and enhance and extend their work. For details click on the Futures Fund tab at To download an application, visit Applications will close on Wednesday 19 September 2011.