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

 

Operations Manager at Screen Guilds of Ireland. Email admin@SGI.ie by Friday the 6th September 2019.

Shadow Directing opportunities on The South Westerlies. Deadline is 30th August 2019.

Screen Scene Visual Effects is seeking a Visual Effects Coordinator. Email: recruitment@ ssvfx.ie. Deadline is 26th August 2019.

Cork Film Festival is seeking to recruit a Digital Marketing Coordinator and Marketing Assistant . Deadline is 20th August 2019.

Brown Bag Films are hiring a Production Assistant. Deadline is 19th August 2019.

Animatic Editor on Puffin Rock. Deadline is 13th August 2019.

Moose are seeking to hire a producer. Email work@wearemoose.ie. Deadline is 9th August 2019.

Cork Film Festival is seeking to recruit a dynamic, experienced and highly motivated professional to fulfil a new full-time three-year contract role as Director of Programming, commencing January 2020. Deadline is 9th August 2019.

Timeline Studios  are looking for a Camera Operator/Editor.

JAM Media is looking to hire an FX Artist for their current mixed media series which is in production with an immediate start.

Brown Bag Films are currently recruiting animation and production professionals to work on their slate of hit TV series.

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is seeking a Projects Officer & Short Film Programmer for the 2020 festival. Deadline is 5pm, 2nd  August 2019.

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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