It Goes to Eleven Distribution Launches

 It Goes to Eleven today launches a brand new international sales and distribution company, specialising in independent feature films and theatrical documentaries.

For its first feature, It Goes to Eleven Distribution partnered with Snackbox Films (Older Than Ireland) to distribute their award-winning feature documentary Under The Clock. The feature was shown at cinemas across Ireland and festivals around the world earlier in the year and will be airing on RTÉ ONE on Monday 17th June at 9.35pm for its TV premiere.

Offering full Irish, British and international distribution and sales capabilities, I It Goes to Eleven Distribution aims to provide filmmakers with the best platform to reach the right audience each and every time.

With decades of experience working across production, distribution, exhibition, marketing and PR for some of the world’s biggest film and broadcasting companies, the team are in a unique position to support independent film and filmmakers, whilst providing a personal, fresh and collaborative approach to film distribution.

George Fields,  It Goes to Eleven Distribution, Director of Technical Management & Theatrical Sales, said: “A lot of time, effort and resource goes into making a film so it’s our commitment to make their film work hard for them at the distribution stage, giving their project the best possible exposure and opportunity for critical and commercial success.”

James Elms,  It Goes to Eleven Distribution, Director of Marketing, Publicity & Theatrical Sales, said: “We’re in a unique position to combine our industry-leading expertise across all areas of film distribution with a personal and collaborative approach to become a true and loyal partner for filmmakers.”

Garry Walsh,  It Goes to Eleven Distribution, Director of Group Distribution & Theatrical Sales, said: “Our aim is to support independent film and filmmakers, giving them the right distribution so their film can find an audience. Now, we’re welcoming filmmakers to get in touch with us and see how we can work together for a successful film launch”

Colm Nicell, Director of Under The Clock, said: “As filmmakers, it’s important for our distribution partner to connect with the type of films we make and who we’re making them for. With some larger distribution companies. you hand over your film and it gets lost in a slate of other distribution content that that company happens to be releasing at the same time. It Goes to Eleven Distribution is the ideal fit for us as they are as passionate and committed to our content as we are and this ensures that we get our films in front of our target audience each and every time. They understand the filmmaking business but more importantly they get the business of filmmaking. 

Award-winning documentary Under The Clock premieres on RTÉ ONE on Monday 17th June at 9.35pm

All filmmakers are encouraged to contact It Goes to Eleven Distribution, at hello@itgoestoeleven.ie

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In Production: ‘My Other Suit is Human’

Andrew Paul Montague’s short film My Other Suit is Human is about dealing with grief in an unconventional way.

A bereaved mother, Zoe, struggles to overcome the death of her young son, Noah. Inspired by his favourite TV show, she decides to make and dress in a robot suit to keep the reminders of the sadness of her world out. Something her husband, Stephen, doesn’t understand thinking she is having a breakdown. Her actions drive a wedge further between them and alienates them as a couple even more. My Other Suit is Human is a short film about loss, grief and ultimately, love.

Written and to be directed by Bray native, Andrew Paul Montague and produced by Kira Fitzpatrick from Santry, My Other Suit is Human is the MA graduation film for Andrew from the London Film School, one of the top film schools in the world (Variety 2019). Already an award-winning script, the film will be supported by Genera Films, a company in the UK that invests in short films. Andrew and Kira have also attached several professional members of crew including Zeta Spyraki, an award winning DP and runner up of the Panalux award for cinematography in 2017. The film is to be shot in Kent at the end of July with a view to submitting to major short film festivals from the end of August.

Their Kickstarter can be found here: http://kck.st/2QmeoT4

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‘Misty Button’ New York City Premiere

Misty Button will be making its New York City premiere at the Soho International Film Festival later this month. This is fresh off taking home an award for “Best Feature Film” at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in California last March.

 

The screening is on Saturday, June 22nd at 6:30 p.m at the Village East Cinemas on Second Avenue.

 

Misty Button was written and directed by Kerryman, Seanie Sugrue. A native of Tralee who currently resides in Los Angeles. The film was also produced by another Traleeman, Bertie Brosnan.

 

It stars Corkmen, Cillian O’Sullivan (Vikings, Taken Down) and Shaun Kennedy (American Ripper, Monsters Inside Me) and also stars John Keating (Boardwalk Empire, Ray Donovan) from Tipperary.

 

The film also co-stars Irish-Americans, Kevin Breznahan (Billions, Superbad), Gerard McNamee (The Following, The Get Down) and Julia Nightingale who can now be seen on Broadway’s The Ferryman, directed by Sam Mendes. Bret Lada, fresh off the set of Orange is the New Black also stars in the film.

 

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Screen Ireland Funding for First Quarter of 2019

Screen Ireland has announced the successful applicants for funding for the first quarter of 2019 for fiction, animation, and documentary. Projects are given funding at development, production and distribution stages.

1st Quarter

Development

Project Development

Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
Starlight Alan Brennan Alan Brennan Marcie Films/Cowtown Pictures €24,800
Bi Bi Baby John Butler John Butler Treasure Entertainment €37,000
L.O.L.A Andrew Legge Angeli MacFarlane, Andrew Legge Cowtown Pictures €17,500
Four Mothers Darren Thornton Darren Thornton, Colin Thornton Port Pictures Ltd. €35,950
Heron Island Carmel Winters Carmel Winters World 2000 €27,800
The Wurzburg Effect Alex Fegan Alex Fegan Kennedy Films €26,900
Famine Gerard Barrett Gerard Barrett Blank Page Productions €24,670
Young Skins Gavin Scott Whitfield Eugene O’Brien Blinder Films €23,800
The Sparrow Michael Kinirons Michael Kinirons Tiger Darling Films €23,600
The Smaller I Am Saela Davis, Anna Rose Holmer Shane Crowley Sixty Six Pictures €20,100
The Cancer Bus Kelly Warburton Savage Productions €19,300
In/Visible Fran Harris Vico Films €18,300
Monto David Turpin Tailored Films €15,300
Crooked Steve Kenny Steve Kenny Forty Foot Pictures €8,100

Animation Development

Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
Ghost Town Alan Foley Alan Foley Dear Will €20,000
Piece Alan Holly Alan Holly And Maps and Plans €25,000

Documentary Development

Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
The Blue Hole Laura McGann Motive Films €15,000

Screenplay Development

Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
Lambs Mike Cockayne Mike Cockayne, Vince Cleghorne Hardy Films €16,000
Haul Rebecca Daly Rebecca Daly €12,000
A High Place Rebecca Daly Rebecca Daly, Glenn Montgomery €16,000
My Refugee Leticia Agudo Leticia Agudo Whackala €12,000

New Writing Development

Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award

International Development

Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award

International Television Drama Development

Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
Caherduin Gary Duggan 925 Productions €27,400
The Year of the Beast Brian Kirk Matt Charman Parallel Films €50,000
Spartacus Rising Mary Kate O’Flanagan, Gavin Ryan Treasure Entertainment €38,000
Darkened Room Tamara Maloney, Maeve McQuillan Blinder Films €27,900
ZOM-B Robin Hill Fantastic Films €23,652

Distribution

  • Direct Distribution

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Cellar Door Viko Nikci Samson Films €12,500
    An Engineer Imagines Marcus Robinson Igloo Productions €12,500
    The Man Who Wanted to Fly Frank Shouldice Loosehorse Ltd. €15,000
    Don’t Go David Gleeson Wide Eye Films Ltd. €12,500
  • Distribution Support

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    The Hole in the Ground Lee Cronin Wildcard Distribution €75,000

Production

  • Fiction Irish Production

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Herself Phyllida Lloyd Clare Dunne, Malcolm Campbell Element Pictures €750,000
    L.O.L.A Andrew Legge Angeli MacFarlane, Andrew Legge Cowtown Pictures €Unquantified Offer of Support
    The Restoration of Grayson Manor Glenn McQuaid Glenn McQuaid Fantastic Films €Unquantified Offer of Support
    The Night I got Shot by Santa Michael Lennox Ronan Blaney Calico Pictures €Unquantified Offer of Support
    TWIG Marian Quinn Marian Quinn Metropolitan Films International Ltd. €Unquantified Offer of Support
    Boys from County Hell Chris Baugh Chris Baugh Blinder Films €550,000
  • Fiction Creative Co-Production

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    I Never Cry Piotrek Domalewski Piotrek Domalewski Mk1 Productions €125,000
    Kensuke’s Kingdom Kirk Hendry, Neil Boyle Frank Cottrell Boyce, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Morpurgo Brennus Film Productions €250,000
  • Animation Television Production

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Freddy Buttons Graham Holbrook Shane Perez, Fiona Dillon, Alan Keane Treehouse Republic €Unquantified Offer of Support
    Ollie Anton Setola Ink And Light €175,000
  • Documentary Production

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Stokely Kim Bartley Kim Bartley Underground Films Limited €Unquantified Offer of Support
    Screamers Ciaran Cassidy Ciaran Cassidy Cowtown Pictures €Unquantified Offer of Support
  • Completion

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
  • Fiction: Live Action International Production

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
  • Additional Production

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
  • Cine4

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
  • POV: Production & Training Scheme for Female Talent

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
Source: https://www.screenireland.ie/funding/funding-decisions
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Four Films Selected for the Next Stage of POV

POV Scheme

Screen Ireland has announced that four films have been selected to go forward into production from the POV scheme.  You Are Not My Mother, Knowl, It Is In Us All and Sunlight will be entering their next phase of production under this programme.

About POV

The aim of POV is to enable distinct Irish female voices with a passion to tell stories on the big screen through the development and production of feature films. Entries were open to live action fiction feature films that will be produced at the required budget level of €400,000.

Six projects were selected for an intensive development process which included mentorship, workshopping and story development. In this next phase, four projects, instead of the original three,  have been selected for production.

The four POV projects are: 

  • Knowl: written by Elisabeth Gooch (Nightbird, Finalist 2015 NYWIFT Writer’s Lab), directed by Lisa Mulcahy (‘The Legend of Longwood’), and produced by Ruth Carter (‘Damo and Ivor: The Movie’) for Blue Ink Films. Based on Sheridan Le Fanu’s Gothic thriller, Uncle Silas, Knowl is a period adaptation with a modern twist. Forced to fight her guardian for her inheritances — and her life — an orphaned heiress must embrace her family’s dark legacy to survive.
  • It Is In Us All: written and directed by Antonia Campbell-Hughes (‘Q4L (quest for love)’ – Screen Ireland Short Story) and produced by Conor Barry (‘Pilgrimage’) for Savage Productions. Hamish is a fast-living, successful media type from London. He has it all, yet he is deeply unsatisfied. After a near-fatal car crash, he is unable to shake off the mysterious pull of the boy racer who almost took his life.
  • Sunlight: written by Ailbhe Keogan (‘Take Me Swimming’ – Screen Ireland Focus Short), directed by Claire Dix (‘Take Me Swimming’) and produced by Roisín Geraghty (GAZE Film Festival) for Blinder Films. In this compassionate comedy, Leon, a recovering addict cares for Iver, his terminally ill sponsor with a bonded devotion. Leon interrupts Iver self-euthanizing with an exit-guide, Maria, in attendance. A betrayed Leon refuses to let his hero die until Iver sees the tribute show Leon has created in his honour.
  • You Are Not My Mother: written and directed by Kate Dolan (‘Catcalls’ – Screen Ireland Focus Short) and produced by Deirdre Levins (‘Nails’) for Fantastic Films. In a North Dublin house estate, Char’s mother goes missing. When she returns, Char is convinced something or someone has replaced her.

 

 

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Ireland & Luxembourg Launch Women-Focused Development Fund

Ireland & Luxembourg Launch Women-Focused Development Fund

Film Fund Luxembourg and Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland have just announced a new Co-Development Fund for Female Filmmakers at the Cannes International Film Festival.

The signature of this new Fund will also be marked by the presentation of the Luxembourg “Order of the Oak Crown” badge by Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, to James Hickey, Chief Executive of Screen Ireland,  for his efforts to foster cultural and audiovisual relations between the Irish and Luxembourgish film industry.

This dedicated Co-Development Fund aims to co-develop a range of new feature film projects written and/or directed by women. The fund will support the careers of female writers and directors during the crucial development stage of a project.  It aims to reduce gender disparity in the film industry and marketplace and improve female representation in the screen industry. The fund is also intended to encourage further co-production opportunities between Ireland and Luxembourg.

Commenting on the new fund James Hickey, Chief Executive, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland said “This new development partnership with Luxembourg is part of a wide range of programmes that reflect our commitment to addressing the issue of gender inequality in Irish filmmaking and screen content, in particular the roles of writers and directors. Luxembourg is a long term co-production partner of Ireland and we are very excited to be launching a new co-development fund with them.”

“It is no secret that women in the film industry are underrepresented, also in Luxembourg. This incentive is specifically designed to tackle this issue. I am looking forward to this collaboration with our Irish friends and to seeing exciting projects from our two countries”, said Guy Daleiden, CEO of Film Fund Luxembourg.

This new co-development fund will contribute €40.000 per project. The total value of the funding available is €120.000 for the pilot year (to be continued for two years if both parties agree) and will be allocated on a 50-50 basis from both funding bodies.

Projects must have producers attached from Ireland and Luxembourg to allow them to access development funding in both countries.

The first call of projects will be launched in May 2019. A selection committee composed of representatives of Film Fund Luxembourg and Screen Ireland, who may consult international experts, will assess the submitted projects.

Successful co-productions between Ireland and Luxembourg include the recent hit Black ’47, and the academy award nominated films The Breadwinner and Song of the Sea to name a few.

For more information on how to apply visit: www.screenireland.ie and http://www.filmfund.lu/

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8 Irish Film Festivals Sign Pledge for Gender Parity and Inclusion

Women in Film and Television Ireland (wft.ie) a chapter of Women in Film and Television International, has announced that to date 8 Irish Film festivals have accepted their invitation to sign up to the 5050×2020 Gender Parity and Inclusion Pledge which was launched by Cannes Festival chiefs at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

These are: Animation Dingle, Cork Film Festival, Dublin Feminist Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, GAZE LGBT Film Festival, Kerry Film Festival, Still Voices Short Film Festival and Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.
Founded in 2003, the Dublin International Film Festival sets the agenda of the year with its programme of outstanding Irish and international film.

The official Irish festival signing was held yesterday at The Lighthouse Cinema with John Rice (Co-Founder & Director Animation Dingle), Aoife O’Toole (Director Dublin Feminist Film Festival), Fiona Clark (Producer & CEO Cork Film Festival), Ronan O’ Toole (Director Still Voices Short Film Festival) and Gráinne Humphreys (Festival Director Dublin International Film Festival) in attendance alongside Dr. Susan Liddy, (Chair of Women in Film & Television Ireland).

 

Dr Susan Liddy Chair of Women in Film and Television Ireland, Fiona Clark Producer & CEO Cork Film Festival, Aoife O’ Toole Director Dublin Feminist Film Festival, Grainne Humphreys Festival Director Dublin International Film Festival, John Rice Founder Animation Dingle and Ronan O Toole Director Still Voices Short Film Festival. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

It’s heartening that so many Irish film festivals have joined forces with us to formally commit to the principle of gender parity and inclusion in festivals. We warmly welcome their enthusiasm and solidarity and we hope this initiative will mark the beginning of a supportive partnership between us. We need more women in the film industry at every level. While girls’ and women’s voices are not heard and their stories are not told, our culture is the poorer for it. Film festivals are a hugely important part of any conversation about equality. They are an important link in the journey of a film and filmmaker. This is why we need greater transparency about what films are submitted, what films are selected and who is making the decisions. As with anything, information must be the starting point and we commend these festivals for agreeing to track that. This is an initiative that WFT Ireland will be building on over the coming months and we call on other festivals to join with us and embrace the challenge.
Dr. Susan Liddy, Chair – Women in Film & Television Ireland

Initiated by the 5050 Pour 2020 Collective, a charter was signed in 2018 by Cannes’ festival chiefs to work towards gender parity and inclusion.

The charter invites film festivals across the world to make the following commitment to gender parity and inclusion:

  • To compile statistics of gender of the directors of all the films submitted to selection (and when possible, to also compile statistics of the cast and crew when mentioned in the registration process).
  • To make public the gender of the members of selection committees, programmers and programming consultants.
    To make public the gender of executive boards and/or boards of directors and/or to commit to a schedule to achieve parity in these bodies.
    All Irish festival signatories have committed to giving a full update to Women in Film & Television Ireland, who will make public their progress during their respective 2020 festivals.
  • Women in Film & Television Ireland will also update the 5050 Pour 2020 Collective about the new signatories in time for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

As Ireland’s first and largest film festival, Cork Film Festival (CFF) is pleased to join WFTV in partnering with the 5050×2020 Cannes Collective to pledge our commitment to the 5050×2020 Charter, alongside the first Irish signatories. CFF supports increased transparency and gender-focused change across the Irish film landscape. CFF actively advocates for equality and inclusion in our industry by creating opportunities for meaningful public and sector dialogue as part of the Festival and by monitoring gender parity across our programme, submissions, jurors, panelists, programmers, staff, Board and volunteers.

The 63rd edition of the Festival in 2018 demonstrated that the Festival is actively making steps towards achieving its gender parity commitment. For example, 42% of our Shorts Programme was directed, co-directed and/or produced by women and 72% of our award-winning films were directed, co-directed and/or produced by women, with 47% female awards jurors. While this demonstrates CFF’s commitment to achieving greater representation for women in our programme, we recognise the need to focus our collective energy on advocating for gender equality in the sector. We welcome the opportunity to participate in the 5050×2020 Cannes Collective to strive for equal representation for women’s voices in film.
Fiona Clark, Producer & CEO – Cork Film Festival

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is proud to be part of the first group of signatories to the 5050×2020 Charter. The festival puts the films and filmmakers at its heart and understands the importance of nurturing new and experienced talent alike.

In 2019, of the over 100 feature length films screened at the festival, we are glad to say that 59% had women producers and 30% were produced by people of colour. However, the Festival is not complacent about its progress to date, and recognises that there is more work to be done to achieve diversity in all of its activities.

This partnership between the festival, WIFT and Cannes is another important step in proactively changing the power dynamics and creative output of the Irish film industry for the better.
Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director – Dublin International Film Festival

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Call For: Director of Writers Guild of Ireland

The Writers Guild of Ireland wishes to appoint a Director to replace David Kavanagh, who is taking a post in Europe.

The Guild are seeking a dynamic and driven person, who can manage and develop their existing goals and policies and, building on their ambitions for the Guild, lead the organisation in its next stage. The ideal candidate should have excellent negotiation skills, some experience in policy development and execution, and be passionate about the arts in Ireland, and writers and their requirements in particular.

The Director will represent the organisation nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will have knowledge or experience of negotiation, familiarity with principles of copyright contracts and a good understanding of the film, television and theatre industries in Ireland. The guild is in receipt of state funding and a knowledge of application processes and procedures would be an advantage. The full-time post is for a minimum of three years, based on a six-month probation period and an annual salary review.  Annual salary €40,000.

Additional information and a description of the application and appointment procedure can be received on request from:   info[at]script.ie

Applications including c.v. should be emailed to:   info[at]script.ie by COB Friday, May 24th 2019.

Initial interviews will take place on Thursday 6th or Friday 7th June 2019.

The successful candidate is expected to start work on or about the 2nd September 2019.

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Jobs in Film

Check out our list of jobs and opportunities in the Irish film industry. If you have a vacancy you’d like us to share, email filmireland@gmail.com

 

Head of Film & Television at the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) Deadline is Friday 14th June 2019.

Associate Producer Xpose. Virgin Media Television Deadline is June 14th, 2019
Full Time Shooter and Editor One Productions Deadline is June 14th 2019. Email: production @ oneproductions.com

Production Assistant.  Brown Bag Films. Deadline is 31st May 2019.

The Arts Council is seeking a Project Lead for the implementation of its Equality, Human Right and Diversity policy. Deadline is 1pm Wednesday 29 May 2019.

Screen Skills Ireland Marketing, Communications and Policy Co-Ordinator. Deadline is May 27th.

The Writers Guild of Ireland wishes to appoint a Director. Deadline is COB Friday, 24th May 2019.

Festival Programmer Vacancy at Kerry International Film Festival. Deadline is Friday, 24th May 2019.

Glasseye seek a Camera Operator / Video Editor.  Email: talent @ glasseye.ie  Deadline is May 24th, 2019

Screen Scene require Runners. Deadline is 22nd May 2019. Apply Now / Email: info@screenscene.ie

Lecturer/Lecturer below the bar in Video/Film and Visual Communication.  Deadline is 20th May 2019.

Regional Film Co-Ordinator. Deadline is 12.00pm Friday, 17th May 2019.

Production Manager. Cartoon Saloon. Deadline is 16th May 2019.

Film Artist in Residence (Screenwriter) University College Cork. Deadline is 2nd May 2019.

Screen Ireland Inward Production Coordinator. Deadline is 2nd May 2019.

 

Submissions & Funding Deadlines

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‘Blanket’ Wraps

 

Blanket, the new short film from filmmakers Ken Williams and Denis Fitzpatrick of Stanley’s Deathpark Productions and Paradox Pictures completed principal photography on Good Friday, 19th April 2019 at Brittas Bay.

The film is described as an original take on childhood, and the power of imagination. It is produced by Liam O’Neill of Paradox Pictures (Unseen, Danny Boy, Lost & Found), shot by Joseph Ingersoll (Somebody, Somewhere, Who Looks After Critters), and directed by Stanley’s Deathpark pair Ken Williams and Denis Fitzpatrick (Gustav, The Break, The Daisy Chain).

It is slated for a summer 2019 premiere.

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Call For: Inward Production Coordinator @ Screen Ireland

Reporting directly to the Inward Production Manager this role supports the Inward Production Department in attracting international film and television production to Ireland as well as supporting national projects in Ireland.  The candidate will be responsible for project monitoring, online locations database management and website content as well as the creation of marketing materials for producers/ studio executives. The candidate will assist the Inward Production Manager with project queries, locations recces and scouts, and in the key priorities of enhancing film production across Ireland and the promotion of the Irish film industry on an international level.  Key to this role will be providing necessary administrative support to the Inward Production Manager in a very fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Click here To find out more about the role, including key responsibilities and the application process.

 

Fis Eireann/Screen Ireland is the national development agency for Irish film and animation investing in Talent, Creativity and Enterprise. The agency also supports and promotes the Irish film industry and the use of Ireland as a location for international production.

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Call For: Applications for Pitching Forum at the Norwegian Short Film Festival

 

PARTICIPATE IN A PITCHING FORUM AT THE NORWEGIAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Calling all filmmakers! As a Screen Talent Europe partner, the Galway Film Centre is delighted to announce that applications for the Pitching Forum at the Norwegian Short Film Festival are now open. Screen Talent Europe in collaboration with The Norwegian Short Film Festival invite emerging producers, directors and screenwriters from Europe to pitch new short film projects at the festival in Grimstad, Norway, June 12th–14th 2019.

It is free to participate and the costs of transportation and accommodation (3 nights) will be covered by Screen Talent Europe. The best pitch will receive a production grant of €4000.

10 short films will be pitched during the Pitching Forum. In a 5-minute pitch, each participant will present their project to a pitching jury and an audience of potential co-producers, financiers and filmmakers attending the festival.

The Galway Film Centre selected Mia Mullarkey to pitch at the 2018 Norwegian Film Festival. Read all about her experience here.

Applications terms

Producers, directors and screenwriters must have produced at least 2 films (short fiction or documentary).

You must apply with a project in development (fiction or documentary) with a maximum length of 30 min.

What you get

As well as attending the pitch you will take part in:

  • a pitching workshop
  • networking activities
  • speed dating with the partners in the Screen Talent Europe network. During these meetings you will be informed about co-support and co-production possibilities available within the partners support systems

You will also get a free accreditation for the entire festival program.

Application deadline: May 8th 2019. APPLY HERE

For further information, please contact:

Jade Murphy – jade@galwayfilmcentre.ie

About:

Screen Talent Europe
Screen Talent Europe is a network of film centers working with talent development in Europe. Screen Talent Europe aims to create more co-production, network and collaborations between emerging filmmakers in Europe.

The Norwegian Short Film Festival
The Norwegian Short Film Festival is a short film and documentary festival with a competition programme for Norwegian and International short film, Norwegian documentaries and Music Videos. In addition to the award programmes, the festival present international documentaries, arrange workshops and seminars, concerts and boat trips.

The competition programme for international short films attracts filmmakers from all over the world to Grimstad, and the festival facilitates for bonds to be tied between the Norwegian and the international film community.

The Pitching Forum is organized by Mediefabrikken, the Screen Talent Europe partners and The Norwegian Short Film Festival.

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Cinemagic Film & Television Festival

Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People returns to Dublin this May and June with a programme jam packed full of diverse creative opportunities to inspire and motivate young people. This year will see a number of new exciting elements added to the programme and visits from representatives from Aardman Animations, Brown Bag Films and Cartoon Saloon! A new screening series entitled Talking Pictures will offer the chance to view Irish movies with talks from filmmakers and film professionals involved in the productions. Among the industry names who will take part will be Frank Berry, Carmel Winters, Lee Cronin, Aislinn Clarke, Paddy Breathnach and Andrew and Ryan Tohill. For an even more immersive experience, young people can be part of the first Cinemagic Talent Lab Boot Camp  for 16+yr olds and it will include masterclasses, seminars and Q&A’s with film professionals who will provide insight into the industry in a range of disciplines such as Production Management, Assistant Directing, Editing, Camera, Sound, Art Department & Costume, Hair and Makeup and Location Management.

Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings MBE said “We are thrilled to present our 12th Cinemagic Dublin Festival programme and we are really excited about this year’s line-up of diverse, creative film opportunities. We are looking forward to meeting lots of festival goers and celebrating film talent across a wide range of disciplines and in doing so helping to educate, inspire and motivate young people.”

For the full programme and how to book tickets go to: cinemagic.ie

OPENING FILM:

The opening film of the 2019 festival will be an Irish Premiere of Racetime, a wild adventure through the trials and tribulations, passions, joys and little victories of childhood. The premiere takes place on the 28th May at 7.00pm in ODEON Point Square.

 

BOOT CAMP

The Cinemagic Talent Lab Boot Camp is a one-day event in Liffey Trust Studios for new entrants to the film and television industry or those interested in entering. The Boot Camp programme is aimed at aged 16+ year olds and will include masterclasses, seminars and Q&A’s with film professionals who will provide insight into the industry in a range of disciplines. This is a great opportunity for new entrants to learn more about the film and television industry, gain insight from industry professionals, network with other new entrants and develop knowledge and key skills.

 

TALKING PICTURES:

A series of film screenings and talks with filmmakers and film professionals celebrating Irish filmmaking talent and offering advice and top tips for young people with an interest in a career in film.

Screenings include the winner of Best Irish Film at Galway’s Fleadh, Michael Inside plus Q&A with Frank Berry; Float Like A Butterfly plus Q&A with Carmel Winters, a gloriously unruly collision of vivid romanticism and tough, unsentimental truths about the hardscrabble lives and casual discrimination faced by Irish travellers; the suspense filled supernatural thriller, The Hole In The Ground plus Q&A with Lee Cronin; The Devil’s Doorway plus Q&A with Aislinn Clarke, a confident and timely chiller and the first feature horror film written and directed by an Irish woman; Rosieplus Q&A with Paddy Breathnach, an examination of how even in times of crises, the love and strength of a family can endure and The Dig plus Q&A with brothers Andrew Tohill and Ryan Tohill, a gripping debut feature from award-winning Irish directors Andrew and Ryan Tohill. Filmmakers Lee Cronin and Andrew and Ryan Tohill are success stories from Cinemagic Film Festival as winners of Cinemagic’s annual Young Filmmaker Competition.

 

SHORTS FOR SHORTIES:

A new addition to the programme this year will be a collection of new short animations designed to appeal to young children. They express colourful, exciting and easy to follow stories, either in English or with no dialogue.

These short movies packaged over 60 minutes take place in ODEON Point Square and include Sam’s Dream, about a small mouse who decides to make his dream come true; A Tiger With No StripesMatilda, a little girl who overcomes her fear and discovers magic of the night, Belly Flop, a story of persistence; Miriam By The Lake, the story of a restless chicken who makes the acquaintance of spooky night creatures; a beautiful story of inclusion in CoucouleursCycle, where a young girl discovers that true adventure begins where the road ends; 6.1, a story with a girl and a cat that is full of surprises; To & Kym, two little creatures who chase each other around the busy streets of Toyko as they re-enact a game that has lasted hundreds of years and Lost & Found, about a clumsy crochet dinosaur must unravel itself to save the love of its life.

MOVIES FOR KIDS:

Young film buffs will be spoilt for choice as the festival invites them to immerse themselves in a myriad of movies all screening at the ODEON Point Square over the first weekend of the festival, the 1st and 2nd of June.

Choose from Revolting Rhymes, your favourite Nursery Rhymes retold by the master of story-telling, made complete with an ever-so wicked Roald Dahl twist; family favourites The Gruffalo’s Child and The Highway Rat, a fabulous, rollicking adventure inspired by the famous Alfred Noyes poem, and ‘Princess Emmy, animated entertainment aimed at fans of princesses and magic.

 

NEW FAMILY FILMS

Cinemagic will also bring a whole range of new films to the ODEON Point Square for the whole family to enjoy over the June bank holiday.

The fast paced, adventure packed titles include Dino King: Journey To Fire Mountain, an action-packed family adventure that combines the realism of ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ with the heart of ‘Finding Nemo’; Alone In Space, a high concept, family sci-fi, bolstered by sharp production design and visual effects; the magical Ötzi And The Mystery Of TimeBelle And Sebastian, Friends For Life, the story of a loving grandfather and grandson set out on a quest to save their dog, set high in the French Alps and Captain Morten And The Spider Queen where viewers will follow Morten on his shrunken adventure!

 

WORLD CINEMA

Cinemagic will present a feast of films from all over the world for 12+ year olds focusing on themes of love, justice, friendship and family. A Colony, a film that sees young teenagers in search for a place where they can be themselves; Dilili In Paris, the latest offering from movie maestro, Michel Ocelot with an evocative animation that see a young girls fight for justice; The Runaways, an atmospheric and uplifting celebration of childhood and family; My Extraordinary Summer With Tess, a young boy learns the importance of family and friends during his adventures with his new friend, Tess; Fight Girl which explores real life issues around family and an acrimonious divorce; Funan, a thrilling story of love, loss and enduring hope in the most trying of times; the irresistible comedy AmateursThe War Game, a thought-provoking and tense youth drama and Bruce Lee And The Outlaw, a modern-day Oliver Twist story set under the streets of Bucharest.

FILM JURIES

The Festival is recruiting three film juries for June to watch new films from around the world, take part in in film reviewing and critiquing workshops and meet like-minded young people.  For more information email juries@cinemagic.ie for details on sessions for 8—11 yr olds, 12-14yr olds and 15-18yr olds.

 

 

CREATIVITY CORNER

Highlights include Lego Animation workshops with Joel Simon and ‘Model Making’ with Aardman Animations, where participants will learn how to make their very own Feathers, Gromit or Shaun the Sheep character. Mårten Jönmark, Brown Bag Films (Doc McStuffins, Peter Rabbit) will host a storyboarding workshop sharing skills on telling stories visually and Caoimhe Ní Bhrádaigh, Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner) will present a workshop exploring the science behind the magic of animation.

Young people can also learn how to tell a short story in a storyboard with David Bunting’s fun-filled workshop inspired by his 20 years’ experience working on projects such as Disney’s The Tigger Movie, Shaun The Sheep, Bob The Builder and Dennis & Gnasher.

 

FILM EDUCATION (Schools)

Secondary Schools and Colleges can avail of costume making, props making and creative writing workshops and unique film screenings accompanied with short talks from production crew members. The films include Keepers of the Flame and a Q&A with its Writer/Director, Nuala O’Connor and The Camino Voyage and a Q&A with Director Donal O’Ceilleachair and Zoo with a Q&A by Producer Katy Jackson and Director Colin McIvor.  These will provide an invaluable insight to the filmmaking process and the social issues around the stories. The highly acclaimed filmFree Solo will be introduced by Mountaineering Ireland, and a screening of Captain Marvel is accompanied with a workshop on film classification from IFCO.

Primary Schools have a feast of film events to choose from with How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Gruffalo’s Child The Highway Rat, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Dumbo, Revolting Rhymes and a workshop ‘The Science of Roald Dahl’, Aladdin and Disney Ireland/Industry Trust Q&A, Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun and a Drama session, and Matilda andstorytelling with Jack Lynch.  Both Secondary Schools and Primary Schools can enjoy movie screenings of shorts packages in their classroom accompanied by review sessions with the Cinemagic team.

Nursery schools can get involved in drama workshops and screenings of short animations from around the world in their own nursery/pre-school and immerse themselves in a cinematic experience.

Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings MBE said “We are thrilled to present our 12th Cinemagic Dublin Festival programme and we are excited about this year’s line-up of diverse, creative film opportunities. We are looking forward to meeting lots of festival goers and celebrating film talent across a wide range of disciplines and in doing so helping to educate, inspire and motivate young people.”

Cinemagic Dublin is funded by the Department of Education and Skills.

 

Booking Details:

All public films and events www.eventbrite.ie or www.cinemagic.ie

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The Loopline Collection

 

The Irish Film Institute has unveiled the first volume of The Loopline Collection, showcasing materials from Loopline Film, one of Ireland’s most influential production companies. Founded in 1992 by filmmaker Sé Merry Doyle, this pioneering company specialised in documentary and TV series, producing a number of hugely important films including significant portraits of prominent cultural figures and work highlighting pressing social issues. Among the material is previously unreleased footage of U2 playing live on Sheriff Street in 1982.

The material is accompanied online by never-before-seen outtakes, interviews and additional material, giving unparalleled access not only to the subjects themselves, but to Merry Doyle’s immersive, detailed and committed filmmaking approach.

This first volume of the collection documents fascinating moments in recent Irish social history: most timely is Liam McGrath’s Essie’s Last Stand, a look at an elderly woman’s fight to stay in her home as developers look to take over her apartment block for redevelopment. Alive Alive O: A Requiem for Dublin features original poetry from Paula Meehan, and examines a time when the livelihoods of Dublin’s iconic street traders were under threat and when drugs became a scourge of the inner city; the film, directed by Merry Doyle, includes footage shot by cinematographer Robbie Ryan, Oscar-nominated this year for his work on The FavouriteLooking On focuses on a vibrant inner city festival in 1982, spearheaded by activist Mick Rafferty and the late politician Tony Gregory, and features the early rooftop appearance by U2.
Other titles to feature as part of the collection include the intimate portrait Patrick Scott: Golden Boy, produced by Andrea Pitt and Maria Doyle Kennedy of Mermaid Films as part of RTÉ Arts Lives, which gives an unparalleled insight into the work of one of Ireland’s foremost abstract painters; the film includes footage shot by Seámus McGarvey, the Oscar-nominated cinematographer of Atonement and Anna KareninaPatrick Kavanagh: No Man’s Fool is a focus on the life of the renowned poet, with contributions from poets John Montague and Macdara Woods, writer Dermot Healy, and singer Jimmy Kelly.

The Imprint series, hosted by Theo Dorgan and first broadcast on RTÉ between 1999 and 2001, features in-depth and revealing interviews with some of the literary world’s most notable figures such as Margaret AtwoodRichard FordGore Vidal, Eavan Boland and Colm Tóibín, while the six-part series The Good Age, originally broadcast in 1997, is an intriguing look at the issues facing older people, with candid personal testimonies about intimacy, self-care and ageism.

The Loopline Collection Volume 1 is available now on the IFI Player.

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Key Changes Introduced to Section 481 Including a New Requirement For a Skills Development Plan

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has issued new guidelines on Section 481, the Irish tax incentive for the film, television and animation industry. There are a number of key changes in how to apply for the incentive, together with a new requirement for producers to submit a Skills Development Plan for approval by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (Screen Ireland) for all projects with eligible expenditure in excess of €2 million.

Producers will now need to set out the estimated number of employees on set likely to be upskilled in the course of the film and submit a Proposed Skills Development Plan to Screen Ireland, which must be agreed in advance with the agency.

The Production Company is responsible for submitting their approved Skills Development Plan to Screen Ireland. Applications will be reviewed by Screen Ireland and Screen Skills Ireland (SSI) and amendments may be requested to the application, especially where specific skills deficits have been identified by the skills audit and industry engagement.

Applications will also require details on gender equality initiatives, diversity and inclusion initiatives together with a sustainability plan. The production company will be required to furnish a full compliance report in order to receive a final compliance certificate to accompany an application for the final 10% of the Tax Credit.

Applications must be made 20 working days prior to making an application to the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for certification under Section 481 Taxes Consolidated Act 1997. Applications should be emailed directly to section481@screenireland.ie

Other changes to the incentive are as follows:

  • The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will now be administering the incentive, with payments still made by the Revenue
  • The producer company must apply to the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for a certificate stating that the project is to be treated as a ‘qualifying film’ for the purpose of Section 481
  • This application must be made to the Minister at least 21 working days prior to the commencement of Irish production
  • Where the Minister issues a certificate in relation to a qualifying film and all other provisions of Section 481 are complied with, a producer company may then make a claim for the film corporation tax credit.
  • The system will work on a self-assessment model in which Revenue will no longer issue a certificate indicating the amount of tax credit the production should be entitled to.

Commenting on the changes James Hickey, Chief Executive, Screen Ireland said: “We welcome the new changes to the administration of Section 481. The new skills development requirement linked to the tax credit will provide a strong structured basis for the sector to grow and develop in the coming years, focusing on the skills of the individuals working within the industry. The new skills development requirement is wide-ranging and inclusive, covering skills development across all levels of production, focusing on quality over quantity in terms of the outcomes it delivers.

“We look forward to working with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, who will now be administering the incentive with the Revenue. We also look forward to the expected publication of guidelines on eligible expenditure and PAYE/Schedule D employees from the Revenue, which will help ensure the incentive works more efficiently.”

For more information visit https://www.screenireland.ie/filming/section-481

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Call For: Expression of Interest: Irish Delegation to BANFF World Media Festival and Vancouver Trade Mission

Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland has partnered with the Canadian Embassy Dublin, Creative BC and CMPA (Vancouver) to bring a delegation of Irish producers to the Banff World Media Festival (9th  12th June 2019) and Vancouver, BC (13th & 14th June 2019) with a particular emphasis on TV Drama.

BANFF WORLD MEDIA FESTIVAL (9th – 12th June)
The Banff World Media Festival (http://www.banffmediafestival.com/) takes place in Banff, Alberta, Canada from 9-12 June 2019.

Screen Ireland will provide support to up to 8 Irish production companies to participate at this networking event. Screen Ireland will cover the cost of accreditation to the festival in Banff and provide subsidy to alleviate the cost of travel and accommodation for the trip. This offer is available to one producer applicant per company, and we can sponsor a maximum of eight companies.

Celebrating its 40th year in 2019, BANFF has grown into a must-attend annual conference attracting over 250 international buyers and a wide-ranging cross-section of television and digital media professionals from around the world, BANFF delivers a comprehensive examination of the most critical issues facing the television and digital media industries through keynotes from industry leaders, contentious panel discussions, pre-booked Face-to-Face Meetings with industry decision-makers, expert forecasts, celebrity Master Classes, networking opportunities, critical case studies, key strategy sessions and more.

The 2019 program and speaker list will be announced soon and updates can be found here

VANCOUVER TRADE MISSION (13th – 14th June)
The eight producers will then travel to Vancouver, BC to attend B2B meetings and networking events. The trade mission will provide producers the opportunity to explore co-production possibilities with Canadian producers though events and meetings organised in collaboration with Creative BC and CMPA.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
As places are strictly limited, in applying you are engaging in a competitive process. Screen Ireland will access applications with regard to criteria 1 – 3 below.

  1. An applicant company should have an active slate of TV projects with significant interest from an Irish/international broadcaster or SVOD operators pointing to commercial engagement.
  2. The company should have active relationships with Canadian co-producers and ideally have a track record of at least one official Irish/Canadian Co-Production.
  3. The company representative joining the delegation should be a senior producer, production executive or development executive.

HOW TO APPLY
If you believe you meet the criteria, please email markets@screenireland.ie by Friday 12th April 2019 with your expression of interest. Emails received after this deadline will not be considered.

Please include “Irish Delegation – Canada” in the subject line, along with the following information in the body of your email:

  1. Your company name.
  2. The name of the participant from your company – maximum is 1.
  3. The job title of the participant.
  4. The applicant company should set out its rationale for participating in the Trade Mission and a detailed explanation of why participation in the delegation will be of benefit to your company, addressing in detail each eligibility criteria 1-3 above. Ensure you supply details of any official Irish/Canadian co-productions that you have structured in the past.
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‘Locus of Control’ Released On Amazon Prime

The award winning debut feature film from writer/director Sean Clancy is now available to buy or rent on Amazon Prime. The film is described as a dark comedy about decision and control as a floundering stand-up comedian reluctantly takes a teaching job and struggles to make sense of his slowly unravelling life.

Locus of Control recently finished its festival screenings where it won the Jury Special Recognition Award at the Silk Road International Film Festival 2018. Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival Director, David Desmond was also impressed by the film and said “Sean Clancy’s outstanding debut feature is a surreal and unnerving mixture of dark comedy and disquieting tension. Featuring top class performances from its main cast, Locus of Control is a fine example of budget filmmaking reaching far beyond its economic strictures.”

The cast includes John Morton, Seamus O’Rourke, Peter McGann and Gus McDonagh with original music composed by Callum Condron.L

Stuck repeating the same pattern of mistakes again and again, Andrew Egan reluctantly accepts a teaching job to support his floundering, stand-up comedy career. As an increasingly anxious Andrew grows accustomed to the droll institution and its occupants he suspects that one of the students may be his downfall and that the previous teacher may not have left of his own accord. His life slowly unravelling, Andrew’s lessons fall on deaf ears and he soon becomes part of a larger cosmic joke.

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Locus-Control-John-Morton/dp/B07Q5MTS2R


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Take Part in the European Film Academy’s Young Audience Award

The Galway Film Fleadh and Galway 2020 are looking for young film fans to take part in the European Film Academy (EFA)’s Young Audience Award. The EFA Young Audience Award is a simultaneous, Europe-wide, film viewing event for young people aged between 12 – 14 years. Participation is free.

On Sunday 5th May, three nominated films are screened in 56 different cities, in 35 different European countries. Each participating city has an audience of young people, who act as a jury and vote for their favourite film. And all participating cities interact with each other via video conference and social media.

In between screenings, film educators lead the audience in discussions about the films they’ve seen.

The entire day culminates with the audience transmitting the results of the national vote – a bit like the Eurovision Song Contest.

Being on the jury for the Young Audience Award offers a unique opportunity to discover great films, that don’t normally play in the your local multiplex. It presents films which reflect the realities of young people all over Europe and raises interest in European stories, people, cultures and societies, building bridges to exchange different points of view and increasing awareness of important social issues.

The three nominated films are: Fight Girl, about a headstrong 12 year old named Bo whose parents’ divorce is distracting her from the Dutch national kickboxing championship; Los Bando,a crazy road movie about a young band from Norway who journey across the country to attend the National Championship of Rock in a race against time, the police and their parents; and Old Boys, set in an all-boys boarding school in England, where social misfit Amberson finds himself playing matchmaker for the school hero Winchester, who has a crush on the French teacher’s fiery daughter Agnes. 

To join the Galway jury of the Young Audience Award, you must be aged 12 to 14, be attending school in Galway City or County and have an active interest in films. The EFA Young Audience Award will take place on Sunday May 5that Pálás Galway, from 9:30a.m. – 6p.m.

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Call For: Submissions for Kerry Short Film Bursary

Kerry Short Film Bursary 2019 is now open.


The Film Bursary Award aims to foster talent, creativity and activity in film making in County Kerry. The Bursary is for a short drama film of 10 to 12 minute in duration & is set as a grant and valued at €10,000 for 2019.

Guidelines & applications forms are available on: http://www1.kerrycoco.ie/home3/kerry-film-bursary/ …

Closing date 5pm Tuesday 30th April

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Anti film Piracy Ad ‘The Movie Thieves’

The Movie Thieves

The Movie Thieves is a 40-second advert about film piracy. Its message is presented in the form of a heist sequence where a gang of professional thieves break into a cinema to steal a rare film print. Directed by Irish filmmaker Gerard Lough, the ad’s anti piracy message was one he felt passionate about as not only was his first feature film Night People illegally uploaded online, he sees it as a still viable threat to cinemas and the industry as a whole. As the narrator (played by Michael Parle) in the ad says, “What seems like a harmless vice would close down every cinema tomorrow if everyone did it.”

Lough: “Its too idealistic to expect a commercial to change people’s minds but hopefully this one will seed the idea that if you truly love movies then you should resist a dodgy download that will hurt the very people who make and exhibit them.”

The ad also served as an opportunity for Lough to work with up and coming actors Aidan O’Sullivan, Bobby Calloway and Kaireht Yovera who will also be in his next feature film, a thriller called Spears. The location used was Century Cinemas in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. The ad is now online and will be shown at selected cinemas across the country. 


Anti piracy organization The Federation Against Copyright Theft,  say that, “Making quality films and TV programmes is an expensive business and it is vitally important that people pay for the legitimate product. Accessing illegal content, whether it’s free or for payment, means that the very heart of the film and TV industries is at risk. Future films will not get made leading to a very rapid downward spiral of a lack of content for film and TV fans, job losses, damage to the local and wider economy, and an increase in criminal activity.This is not scaremongering – it’s a fact.”

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Doc Fest Ireland 2019 to Kick Off this June

Doc Fest Ireland 2019

Doc Fest Ireland – a new industry focussed, all-Ireland documentary film festival.

Belfast Film Festival has recently announced a brand new annual festival, ‘Doc Fest Ireland’ which will take place in Belfast from Wednesday 12th June – Sunday 16th June this year. Doc Fest Ireland will showcase only documentary films, presenting new Irish and international feature length and short documentaries. 

The festival will provide a platform to showcase the Irish documentary filmmaking industry, promoting a dynamic programme of events that are both entertaining and provocative.

The last five years have seen a surge in feature-length documentaries from the island of Ireland, with many securing theatrical releases. 

Hard-hitting post-conflict legacy films such as Sinead O’Shea’s A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot, and Belfast-based Sean Murray’s Unquiet Graves are making waves in the industry. Belfast based Fine Point Films filmography includes Emmy-nominated Elián, Alex Gibney’s No Stone Unturned and Bobby Sands: 66 Days, which is currently streaming on Netflix. 

The success of Belfast Film Festival’s sold-out pilot Irish Documentary Festival in 2018 highlights the strong interest in documentary film and the need for film festivals on the island of Ireland that focus on this type of film.

Doc Fest Ireland will also host a series of industry events and master classes, pitching sessions and information sessions for new and emerging filmmakers including the BFI/Doc Society New and Emerging Talent Day.

The festival is now seeking submissions for Doc Market (deadline Friday 19th April), an opportunity for filmmakers to meet with industry professionals including international funders, broadcasters, distributors and exhibitors from across the UK, ROI, US and EU.

Decision Makers in attendance at Doc Market to date, will include:

Arte France | Arte Germany | Broadcasting Authority of Ireland | BBC Arts | BBC Northern Ireland | BBC Storyville | Creative Europe | European Documentary Network | EO / IKON Docs Netherlands | The Kennedy / Marshall Company | Northern Ireland Screen | USA PBS | RTÉ | Screen Ireland | SWR Germany | TG4 Ireland | TRT Turkey | the WRAP Fund Ireland | TV Poland

Doc Market will be a hub for funding, sales and distribution of Irish and international documentaries and a place where local talent can continue to thrive. Find out more about Doc Market here

Chair of Doc Fest Ireland, internationally renowned documentary filmmaker Mark Cousins, said: 

“Belfast is one of the most interesting cities in the world. It’s in transition and, because of Brexit and Belfast’s rapid social change. It is a fascinating place to take the temperature of the UK and Ireland. Add in the fact that the team behind Doc Fest Ireland is passionate and experienced, and that Ireland has a great tradition of documentary film, and it’s hard to think of a better place to launch a dynamic new documentary festival”. 

Doc Fest Ireland’s principal funders are Northern Ireland Screen, TG4 and Arts & Business with additional funding from Queen’s University. 

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Paper Panther Productions Wins at Irish Animation Awards

The Bird and The Whale

The 2019 Irish Animation Awards ceremony was held in Dingle last night  and the big winner was Paper Panther Productions, who scooped up three awards, including Best Animation and Best Design & Art Direction for the stunning The Bird and The Whale. They also won the Best Newcomer Award, a new category introduced this year.

Among the other major winners on the night were Cartoon Saloon for The Breadwinner (Best Feature) and Brown Bag Films for Vampirina, which won Best Animated Preschool Series (up to 6 years) and Best Writer for an Animated Series.

Boulder Media and Windmill Lane’s Danger Mouse was another outstanding success, bringing home three awards for Best Director, Best Music and Best Sound Design. Nora Twomey, the Oscar nominated director of Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner also came home with the prestigious Murakami Award.

The awards this year was the biggest yet for animation Ireland, with four new awards categories and a huge increase in the number of entrants. There are 16 categories in total, up from 12 in 2017 and one of our new awards is the Kids’ Choice Award, with the winner being chosen by primary school children across the country. Another new category is Best Newcomer, which according to , Animation Ireland Chairperson Moe Honan ‘’shows the continuing increase in the amount of new studios being set up. The new award categories and the sheer volume of entries reflect the substantial growth in the sector over the past two years.’’

Winners of each category received a statuette designed by animator, film maker and teacher Eimhin McNamara. The statuette resembles a Phenakistoscope which was an early animation device used to create an illusion of motion.

 

Full List of Winners:

Best Animated Preschool Series (up to 6 years)

Vampirina: Going Batty – Brown Bag Films

Best Animated Short Film

The Wiremen: Jessica Patterson/ JAM Media

Best International Short Film

All the Things- Chris Guyot & Paul McMahon (USA/IRL)

Best Writer for Preschool Animation (up to 6 years)

Becca’s Bunch: Acorn King- Shane Langan & Amy Stephenson

Best Writer for an Animated Series

Vampirina: Home Scream Home -Chris Nee/ Brown Bag Films

Best VFX as part of Animated TV Series or Film

Space Chickens in Space – Paul Rutledge/ Gingerbread Animation

Best Animation for Apps, Gaming and Interactive

Aurora- Pink Kong Studios

Best Design and Art Direction

The Bird and the Whale- Carol Freeman/ Paper Panther Productions

Best Director of an Animated TV Series

Danger Mouse- Aidan McAteer/ Boulder Media

Best Animation

The Bird and the Whale- Eimhin McNamara & Carol Freeman/ Paper Panther

Best Music

Danger Mouse: Melted- Sanj Sen and Dominic Lawrence /Boulder Media

Best Sound Design

Danger Mouse- Dominic Lawrence and Sol O’Carroll/ Windmill Lane

Best Irish Feature Film or Special

The Breadwinner- Nora Twomey/ Cartoon Saloon

Best Newcomer

Paper Panther Productions

Kid’s Choice Award For Best  Pre-School Animated Series (up to 6 years)

The Doc Mc Stuffins Christmas Special-Brown Bag Films

 Kid’s Choice Award For Best  Animated Series (6-12 years)

Space Chickens in Space- Gingerbread Animation

Murakami Award

Nora Twomey

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How to Create a Great Pitch Pilot

OPEN INDUSTRY SESSION 

Five projects have been selected for EDN Galway Workshop but you have an opportunity to attend the Open Session on 2nd April on How to Create a Great Pitch Pilot.

Using concrete examples of successful Pitch Pilots this plenary session will be presented by experienced Pilot Editor Jesper Osmund and EDN Film & Media Consultant Ove Rishøj Jensen.  This half-day presentation is available free of charge to all Documentary Filmmakers or anyone with an interest in the Creative Documentary.

REGISTER HERE FOR THIS FREE INDUSTRY SESSION

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Call For: Submissions for Waterford Film Festival

The Waterford Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 13th addition of the festival, which takes place Friday, November 22nd – Sunday, November 24th.

The WFF is the first film festival in the Republic of Ireland to hold a short screenplay competition.

The script competition is to encourage and support writers and every year it selects up to 25 finalists and one of the prizes for the overall winner is access to filmmaking equipment and editing facilities with WFF’s partners at FilmLab Waterford.

Details here

 

 

Film Festivals 2019 – Here & Abroad

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East Asia Film Festival Ireland

For its third edition this April, the East Asia Film Festival Ireland (EAFFI) celebrates the diversity, artistry, and variety of filmmaking from East and South East Asia over four days from April 11-14th. The festival features established and award-winning filmmakers such as Hong Sang-Soo, Ying Liang, Zhang Ming and Ryusuke Hamaguchi. The festival also celebrates exciting new talent including Bi Gan, plus first features from Lina Wang and Phuttiphong Aroonpheng.

This year sees two guests of honour attend the festival: acclaimed director Tsai Ming-Liang and his long-time collaborator, actor Lee Kang-Sheng. They will present rare screenings of two of Tsai’s classic films, The River and I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone, plus his latest, Your Face. Tsai and Lee will also take part in a Masterclass, supported by Screen Skills Ireland and moderated by renowned critic Tony Rayns, on Saturday 13th.

A number of Irish premieres will also feature, including the festival’s opening film, Hong Sang-Soo’s latest comedy-drama Hotel by the River. With this new film, Hong has crafted an elegant tragi-comedy, a chamber piece that unfolds in less than 24 hours where an ageing poet is approaching his final days. Beautifully filmed in black and white, this is a fresh, humanistic exploration on family, life, love and death.

Commenting on this year’s slate, the festival’s Artistic and Programming Director Marie-Pierre Richard said, ‘’We are honoured to welcome auteur filmmaker Tsai Ming-Liang and actor Lee Kang-Sheng to present rare screening of three films programmed for our festival by Tsai and his producer. Distinguished film critic and one of the world’s leading experts on Asian cinema Tony Rayns will be here to conduct a masterclass and Q&As with Tsai and Lee, and also to present our opening and closing films. The new films playing at this year’s festival bring together the voices of significant filmmakers from a multitude of geographical contexts in East and South East Asia, with each skillfully addressing questions of identity and the burning issues of our time including ethnicity, nationhood and family.’

Also featuring at this year’s festival are Lina Wang’s stunning A First Farewell, a prize winner at both the Berlin and Tokyo film festivals; A Family Tour, directed by Ying Liang, is a moving drama that puts political pressure exerted on filmmakers under the spotlight; Bi Gan’s sumptuous Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which features a long, virtuoso single take, shot in 3D; Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s modern romance Asako I & II; Zhang Ming’s The Pluto Moment; and Liu Jie’s fast-paced social justice drama Baby, which sees a young woman abduct an infant who has the same birth defect she herself had as a child.

Closing the festival this year will be Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s debut Manta Ray, which focuses on the relationship between a fisherman and the Rohingyan refugee he finds unconscious in the local swamps. This poignant film tackles the refugee experience and associated questions of identity, self, border, ethnicity and nationhood.

Tickets for the East Asian Film Festival Ireland are available now at www.ifi.ie/eaffi-2019 or by calling the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477. More information is also available from www.eaffi.ie.

 

 

Film Festivals 2019 – Here & Abroad

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Irish Animation Awards

The 2019 Irish animation Awards, taking place on Saturday 23rd March, are set to once again highlight the brilliance and talent of the Irish animation sector. This year’s ceremony, which is hosted by animation trade association Animation Ireland, has seen a huge upsurge in the number of entries and four new award categories.

Among the nominations this year are the two Oscar nominated films from Cartoon Saloon, The Breadwinner and Late Afternoon, as well as nominations for stunning virtual reality animations such as Pink Kong Studios’ Aurora. Paper Panther’s The Bird and the Whale and Brown Bag Films’ Doc McStuffins Christmas Special picked up four nominations. However, Gingerbread Animation’s Space Chickens in Space is way out in front with seven nominations in total.

According to Animation Ireland’s Industry Chair Moe Honan, the awards this year highlight the continued growth and creativity in the sector; ‘’looking at the nominations you can really see the truly impressive amount of breath-taking work being produced in Ireland at the moment. Ireland’s position as one of the world’s best locations for animation is now firmly cemented.’’

Moe went on to say; ‘’this year we have four new awards and our very hard working judges have been extremely busy with the number of entries. There are 16 categories in total and one of our new awards is the Kids’ Choice Award, with the winner being chosen by primary school children across the country. Another new category is Best Newcomer, which shows the continuing increase in the amount of new studios being set up. The new award categories and the sheer volume of entries reflect the substantial growth in the sector over the past two years.’’

The biennial awards ceremony is sponsored by RTÉ, Screen Ireland, Animation Skillnet, Philip Lee, CelAction, Screen Skills Ireland, Brophy Gillespie and Gorilla Post.

Winners of each category will receive a statuette designed by animator, film maker and teacher Eimhin McNamara. The statuette resembles a Phenakistoscope which was an early animation device used to create an illusion of motion.

Animation Ireland is the trade association for Ireland’s animation studios, representing 25 member studios who employ more than 1,500 people nationwide. The sector has seen meteoric growth in recent years, with the sector now generating over €100 million for the economy annually as Irish animation projects are viewed in over 120 countries worldwide.

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‘Misty Button’ Wins in California

Misty Button,  an Irish/American Indie feature film wins “Best Narrative Feature” at San Luis Obispo International Film Festival  in California.

The film was written and directed by prolific Kerryman Seanie Sugrue and co-produced with another rising Tralee filmmaker Bertie Brosnan. Corkmen portray the two leads Cillian O’Sullivan and Shaun Kennedy. The film also stares renowned New York City theatre actor John Keating from Tipperary. Also starring in the movie is rising Broadway star, Julia Nightingale who can now be seen in The Ferryman directed by Sam Mendes among other TV veteran actors in the United States.

Starring

Cillian O’Sullivan – Vikings, Maze

Shaun Kennedy – Monsters Inside Me, American Ripper

John Keating – Ray Donovan, Boardwalk Empire, The Lone Ranger

Kevin Breznahan – Superbad, There Will Be Blood, Alive, Winter’s Bone

Victoria Meade – Vinyl HBO

Donald Paul – Atlanta, SEAL Team, Blue Bloods

Bret Lada – Orange is the New Black, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Gerard McNamee – The Following, The Get Down, White Collar

Josh Salt – Chicago PD, Cut Shoot Kill, Blue Bloods

Gerardo Rodriguez – The Blacklist, Person of Interest

 

 

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In Conversation with Emer Reynolds

Emer Reynolds

Emer Reynolds

 

On Friday, 22 March 2019, 6 – 7:30pm TCD will host anin conversation’ event with Emer Reynolds, writer and director of The Farthest (2017) chaired by Prof Ruth Barton(TCD) co-organised by Trinity School of Creative Arts and CONNECT.

Award-winning editor, writer and documentary director, Emer Reynolds, will discuss her acclaimed film,The Farthest  with Associate Professor in Film Studies, Ruth Barton, and CONNECT Principal Investigator, Marco Ruffini, in the Long Room Hub on Friday March 22, at 6pm.

The Farthest tells the inspiring story of Nasa’sVoyager space probes in the words of the men and women who designed and built the spacecraft. Interspersed with extraordinary imagery from the journey through space,The Farthest played at festivals worldwide, culminating in winning an Emmy in the category of ‘Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary’ in 2018. A celebration of the possibilities of scientific vision and of the humanity of those behind these experiments, including the creators of the ‘golden record’ made to enlighten possible alien encounters about life on earth,The Farthest is a testament to the potential of the human imagination.

Register here 
The interview will include sequences from The Farthest alongside a discussion of the film.

Accessibility: Yes
Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)
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‘The End Of The Earth Is My Home’ Screens in UK

Alan Lambert’s 2012 Sci-Fi film The End Of The Earth Is My Home will be having its  UK premiere on March 16th in Hastings.

It’s part of the Irish Film Week programme that runs March 13-17 in the Kino-Teatr in St. Leonards on Sea, near Hastings Beach. It’s also the World Premiere of this new cut, which is condensed and runs at 30 mins.

The screening is on Saturday March 16th at 2:00pm – in the ‘Irish Short Films’ programme.

Kino-Teatr website; https://www.kino-teatr.co.uk

For more info on the film see: http://www.metaldragon.net/films_teoteimh.html

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNFxFGKdT-0

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Doc Fest Ireland

Introducing Doc Fest Ireland, an industry focussed, all Ireland International Documentary Festival.

 

Belfast Film Festival presents Doc Fest Ireland, a new, industry-focussed All-Ireland Documentary FIlm Festival, which will take place in Belfast from  Wednesday 12th June – Sunday 16th June this year.

Doc Fest Ireland will showcase only non-fiction film, presenting new Irish and international feature length and short documentaries. The last five years have seen a surge in feature-length documentaries from the island of Ireland, with many securing theatrical releases, and Doc Fest Ireland will provide a platform to showcase the great talent within the Irish documentary filmmaking industry, promoting a dynamic programme of events that are both entertaining and provocative.

 

DOC FEST IRELAND MARKETPLACE

 

Doc Market is an opportunity for filmmakers to meet with top decision makers including international funders, broadcasters, distributors and exhibitors on a one to one basis. The Doc Market will be a hub for funding, sales and distribution of documentaries in Ireland and globally, and an incubator for nurturing domestic talent so that our industry can continue to thrive in the future.

Doc Market is the only marketplace dedicated to documentary on the island of Ireland and will provide an opportunity for filmmakers to pitch their project through carefully matchmade meetings organised by the Doc Fest Ireland team.

 

Decision Makers in attendance at the Marketplace will include:

 

Arte France | Arte Germany | BBC Northern Ireland | BBC Storyville | Creative Europe | European Documentary Network | EO Docs Netherlands | Northern Ireland Screen | RTÉ | SWR Germany | TG4 Ireland | TRT Turkey | the WRAP Fund Ireland | TVP Poland

 

Further international funders, distributors and broadcasters will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

You can submit to the Doc Fest Market here. The deadline for application is Saturday March 30th. Your idea must be long form (50 minutes +) and you must have at least one TV / digital / theatrical credit in documentary, although this can include shorter form.

 

In addition to the marketplace, the festival will host a training session for EU Co-Production, in collaboration with the European Documentary Network and Creative Europe on Wednesday June 12th. Further details on this event will be announced on the Doc Fest Ireland website in the coming weeks.

We will also host the NI Screen 1st Feature Pitch which is a pitch for development money of £7.5k to do a teaser for a feature doc. It’s open to anyone who has not made a feature, including new and emerging talent. Film makers without production companies will be placed with an experienced company.

 

Doc Fest Ireland will also present a diverse range of panel sessions and talks, a BFI/Doc Society day, as well as live pitches and social events.

 

DOC FEST IRELAND ACCREDITATION NOW AVAILABLE

 

Accreditation for Doc Fest Ireland is now available to purchase online. Whether you are an industry professional, student or documentary enthusiast, festival passes are available to suit your needs and budget. Accreditation types available are the:

 

Pure Talent Pass

Pure Docs Pass

Pure Class Pass

 

 

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