Irish Film Board announce Frameworks and Short Shorts Funding Winners

| August 22, 2011 | Comments (0)


(Give Up Yer Aul Sins)

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board is pleased to announce that the latest round of successful Frameworks and Short Shorts teams have been selected.

This is the 16th year of the Frameworks short film scheme, which is dedicated exclusively to the production of animated films.  The scheme was established to develop new talent and skills in the field of animation and has been extremely successful in encouraging innovative and novel work from Irish animators.

Previous Frameworks success stories include Brown Bag Films’ Give Up Your Aul Sins and Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty which were both nominated for Oscars in the Best Animated Short Film category and Cartoon Saloon’s Old Fangs which was officially selected for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.  Kealan O’Rourke’s The Boy Who Lived in a Bubble also picked up two awards at its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh last month.

The successful projects selected for funding this year combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a broad audience. This year’s successful projects are:

  • Coda to be written and directed by Alan Holly and produced by Ciaran Deeney for And Maps and Plans. Alan previously directed the Frameworks project The Red Ball.
  • Trid an Stoirm to be written and directed by Fred Burdy and produced by Sean McGrath for Windmill Lane Studios.
  • The Nonexistent Thoughts to be written and directed by Eoin Duffy with Alan Doherty producing.
  • Fear of Flying to be written and directed by Conor Finnegan. It will be produced by Brunella Cocchiglia and Lovely Productions who previously produced the short The Invention of the Light Bulb.

Frameworks is co-financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board, RTÉ and the Arts Council. 

The Short Shorts scheme provides funding for up to seven, 3-5 minute films and aims to encourage the making of very short films that are innovative, provocative or in some way risky and rule-breaking. A unique feature of the scheme is that the films must conform to a particular genre or theme chosen for each year. This year’s Short Shorts, whether live action or animated, had to adhere to and explore a theme of food.

Some of the recent successful Short Shorts projects include the IFTA-nominated Headspace, directed by Patrick Semple, Ian W.Davis’ The Night-Nurse, which was selected for a host of international festivals such as the Short Short Film Festival Japan and the Irish Film Festival Boston to name but a few.  David O’Sullivan’s colourful Bollywood musical Moore Street Masala which was selected for the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival and Ian Power’s Dental Breakdown, which scooped the Best Comedy Short at the Fastnet Film Festival and the Award of Excellence at the LA Movie Awards. 

This year’s successful projects are:

  • Bird Food to be written and directed by Richard Keane.  It will be produced by Laura Roche for Brown Bag Films, the two times Oscar® nominated animation production company. 
  • Pet Hate to be written and directed by Andy Clarke and produced by Sean McGrath.
  • Brown Bread to be written by Matt Roche, directed by Luke McManus and produced by Annemarie Naughton.  Annemarie previously produced the short films The Wednesdays and Atlantic.
  • Barry’s Bespoke Bakery to be written and directed by Denis McCardle and produced by Ben Keenan for Songway Films.
  • Seagull Wants to Fish to be written and directed Teemu Auersalo and produced by Nicky Gogan and Still Films, the same team behind the Frameworks short Trolley Boy.
  • The Tree to be written and directed by David Freyne and produced by Rachael O’Kane for Tilted Pictures. David and Rachael previously worked together on the two shorts The Man in 301 and The Mill.
  • Juste un Peu Plus to be written and directed by Conor Ferguson, produced by Ailish Bracken and Blinder Films, with Katie Holly as Executive Producer. Conor also directed the award-winning The Wednesdays and Atlantic.

Both the Frameworks and Short Shorts projects will premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012.


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