Dingle Film Festival offers €5,000 in cash prizes for Irish language Short Film Proposal

Dingle Film Festival offers €5,000 in cash prizes for Irish language Short Film Proposal

The Dingle Film Festival is delighted to announce ‘Físín’, a call to filmmakers to submit a short film proposal in the Irish language. The competition has a cash prize fund of €5,000 and €1,000 worth of lighting equipment hire sponsored by Cian de Buitléar’s company Teach Solas.

Five filmmakers will be selected to travel to the next Dingle Film Festival which opens on St. Patrick’s day 2011. Each of the five will be treated as festival guests and will be given the opportunity to pitch their proposal to a panel and a live audience in The Phoenix Cinema during the festival. A wonderful panel has been put together, including the iconic Eamon de Buitléar, local writer Louise Ní Fhiannachta, who now writes for TG4, local writer Marina Ní Dhubháin and head of Ealain Na Gaeltahta, Micheál Ó Fearraigh.

The opportunity has been put together by the festival to encourage the writing of film scripts in the Irish language. Tor Cotton, one of the festival sponsors came up with the idea:

“As an ardent supporter of the Dingle Film Festival I asked Maurice (the festival director) why he wasn’t screening much, if ever, ‘as gaeilge’ in order to reflect the festival’s location in the Corcha Dhuibhne Gaeltacht. The reply I got saddened and alarmed me, it couldn’t be true. Were there really virtually no films being shot through Irish? There must be some and I am sure there are some, only a few mind.” Tor went on to say “Just as I am shy to speak and thus progress my Irish, it may be that others are cautious about taking the risk to develop their films through Irish. However unlike my toe in the water of the language, the risk of making a bad film is equal in either tongue, I hope to speak more Irish and to see more films ‘as gaeilge’. It seemed a logical conclusion to be constructive rather than critical and set up a competition to encourage film making through Irish.”

The competition is aimed at people who combine a special interest in film alongside a commitment to the Irish language. The festival is keen to see proposals from all local dialects. This opportunity is open to any individual or group from transition year students right through to professionals. The application form is available to download at www.dinglefilmfestival.com or you can email fisin@dinglefilmfestival.com. The closing date for entries is January 31st 2011.

The winning pitch at the festival will receive €3,000 cash prize and €1,000 worth of rental lighting equipment and will return to Dingle with their finilised film in 2012. . Four of the pitches will receive a cash prize of €500 and each filmmaker will receive a personalised commemorative leather notebook designed by Conor Holden.

The Dingle Film Festival, home to The Gregory Peck Award and who’s guests have included Gabriel Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Jim Sheridan, Sir Alan Parker, Saoirse Ronan & Sarah Miles, will have its 5th edition next March opening on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th and running until Sunday March 20th 2011.

For further information please contact Festival Director, Maurice Galway:

on 00 353 (0) 87 9139962 or email maurice@dinglefilmfestival.com.



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