Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board (IFB) and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival are delighted to announce the shortlist for the second UNTITLED public screenwriting competition. The competition invited writers to submit an idea for a feature film with the theme of ‘1916’, for the chance to win a First Draft Development Loan of up to €16,000.
Jamie Hannigan & Michael Kinirons – Come Monday, We Kill Them All
Hugh Travers – The Players
Virginia Gilbert – The Boys
Joseph O’Connor & Anne Marie Casey – Grace 1916
Jasmina Kallay – Das Irland
The five shortlisted writers will present the first few scenes of their script to an independent panel of industry professionals, in a unique public event during the 2012 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The winner will be announced at the Festival Closing Night.
Commenting on the theme, IFB Development Executive Andrew Meehan said: “This year’s brief—to make history come alive in surprising ways—was a challenge, so we were delighted to receive nearly 200 inventive takes on this fascinating period of our history. The diverse and distinctive shortlist views 1916 through the windows of noir, drama, romance, comedy and one very intriguing ‘what if…?’; and we’ll be delighted to take the winner into active, funded development early in 2012.”
The inaugral year of UNTITLED saw an overwhelming response to the 2010 comedy theme, with over 340 submissions. The writing duo of Enda Loughman and Mike Ahern took home the prize of a €16,000 loan towards the development of their comedy screenplay The Bogman King. The winning pair presented their script to a panel, chaired by IFB Development Executive Andrew Meehan and comprised of Jameson Dublin International Film Festival Director Grainne Humphreys, BBC’s Controller for Comedy Commissioning Cheryl Taylor, Irish film director Paddy Breathanach and comedy agent Caroline Chignell, in front of a public audience of their peers.