Irish Film Board AFTER ’16 Shorts to screen at Collins Barracks


Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board is partnering with National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks this June for a series of screenings of After 16, a programme of short films which were specially commissioned to commemorate the 1916 Rising. The screenings will be complemented by a bespoke panel discussion with filmmakers.

After ’16 is a creative response by Irish filmmakers to the events of Easter 1916. This collection of nine shorts films is a mixture of live action, animation and documentary and includes both contemporary and period pieces.

On Sunday June 12th, the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks will hold a panel discussion with four of the After ’16 filmmakers, including directors, producers and writers, hosted by Dr Kevin Rockett, Professor in Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Panel members will introduce their films with a focus on their research and share their reflections on utilising a historical topic for a creative piece. A discussion will follow which promises to be an insightful look at research methods adopted by creative practitioners working in a historical context.

‘Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising’, one of the largest exhibitions of materials from this period is now open at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. Many of the exhibited objects have never been on public display before while others, such as the Irish Republic flag which flew over the GPO, have been specially conserved. Through the combined effect of the objects, words and imagery of the period, visitors to the exhibition will be confronted with the physical reality of the events of Easter Week, following the stories of those caught up in the events of that momentous week – civilians, combatants and survivors alike.

After ’16 will screen at the AV Lecture Theatre, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, D7 on each Friday in June from 11am – 1pm and from 2pm – 4pm. Visitors are welcome to watch the full programme or to drop in as they wish. Admission is free and booking is not required.

The panel discussion will take place on Sunday, June 12th at 2.30pm. Admission is free, booking is required by emailing or phoning 01 6486453. 


Interview: Dave Tynan, writer/director of ‘The Cherishing’



Steve Gunn talked to Dave Tynan about his short film The Cherishing, which is screening at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival as part of After ’16, a once-off shorts initiative to commemorate, celebrate and ruminate on 1916.

Commissioned by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, nine short films went into production in the summer of 2015. ADIFF is hosting the World Premieres of these nine new films.


Last year the Film Board said that instead of the usual short film funding scheme, they invited filmmakers to give their response to 1916.

Signatures is the normal scheme and last year’s signatures was After ’16 – it happened really fast. Obviously, I didn’t have Rising scripts lying about. The brief came out in February 2015. I went to Chapters and bought a lot of books on the subject to set things in motion. The fact that I didn’t know that much about the Rising was never going to stop me putting in for the scheme. You’ve got to make things. You are only as good as your momentum.


So you went off and read about 1916, wrote a script and then sent it to the Film Board, who gave you the green light. And you went and shot it.

That was basically within a year.


Tell us a bit about your take on the Rising.

It’s a story that hasn’t been told before. The idea for the film came from my research. I came across something that mentioned that the local sweet shops were the first to be looted when the Rising started – there was a lot of looting. I thought that was interesting.

There is a great book called Dublin Tenement Life by Kevin C. Kearns. It’s the most interesting non-fiction book I have read. It’s not an academic book. It’s interviews with survivors of the old Dublin tenements. Reading where people came from to where the Rising came into their lives was fascinating. These were hard times. Your average family might have 10 people in a room the size of a small bedroom. They were already at war. The husband could well be away fighting for the Brits in the Somme or wherever – it was a better paying job than working on the docks. Every mother lost at least one child. Mothers and kids were just left there to rot. One in three people in Dublin lived in a tenement. They became the subject of the film.

In the film, there’s a close-up of a sheep’s head boiling in a pot that I’m really happy we got in this film because that is what the diet was – dripping, stale bread and the like. So if you are used to all of that, of course, you go for the sweets.


It’s almost like a glorious coincidence in your life that your interest in history has met with an opportunity in film.

And very quickly because that script got written at the end of February last year. That is the quickest turnaround I’ve ever had. My previous short Rockmount took 3 years to put together from thinking about to making.

We’ve tried not to repeat ourselves from previous work. There’s not much dialogue in it. It’s trying to tell pictures. It’s made for cinemas.



The Cherishing screens as part of the  IFB After ’16 Shorts at the Light House Cinema, Sunday 21st February 2016 at 3:30PM




The 2016 Audi Dublin International Film Festival takes place 18th and 28th February 2016. 

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IFB Announce After ’16 Projects


Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board has announced the successful After ’16 projects to be funded. After ’16 is a once-off initiative which will commemorate, celebrate and ruminate on 1916 and how the events of Easter Sunday and beyond forged the landscape of the century that followed.

Nine short film projects in total will be funded by this once off scheme.

The successful fiction projects are:

  • A Terrible Hullabaloo, directed by Ben O’Connor, written by Aoife Noonan and produced by Bob Gallagher, for Bowsie Workshop.
  • Goodbye, Darling, to be directed by Maria Elena Doyle, written by Alex Barclay and produced by Fiona Kinsella for Jumper Productions.
  • My Life for Ireland, to be directed by Kieron J Walsh, written by Pat McDonnell and produced by Damien O Donnell for Suitable Films.
  • The Cherishing, to be written and directed by Dave Tynan and produced by Dave Leahy for Warrior Films.
  • The Party, to be directed by Andrea Harkin, written by Conor O Neill and produced by Emmet Fleming for Fleming Creative.


The successful non-fiction projects are:

  • A Father’s Letter, to be directed by Joseph Dolan, written by Sinead McCoole and produced by Niamh Heery for Swansong Films.
  • Baring Arms, to be written and directed by Colm Quinn and produced by David Clarke for El Zorrero Films.
  • Mr Yeats and the Beastly Coins, to be directed by Niamh Guckian, written and produced by Ann Marie Hourihane.
  • Granite and Chalk, to be directed by Stephen McNally and Patrick Hodgins. It will be written and produced by Naomi O Leary, for NaoimCo.




Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced AFTER ’16, a once-off initiative to fund up to 8 short films commemorating, celebrating and ruminating on 1916 and how the events of Easter Sunday and beyond forged the landscape of the following century.

The IFB would like to invite filmmakers to give their response to 1916 and the hundred years since. The IFB is looking for stories, both fact and fiction, which illuminate, surprise and even provoke on the wide subject of 1916 and what it is has left in its wake.

These stories can be contemporary or period, live action or animation and we welcome projects in both English and Irish language.

Applications from established filmmakers as well as newer talent will be welcomed.

The stories should be ambitious and imaginative with the ability to appeal to both local and international audiences.

The films must be ready for delivery no later than JANUARY 2016.

Funding Available:

Up to €70k each for up to four fiction films between 8 and 12 minutes in length.*

Up to €40k each for up to four documentary films between 8 and 12 minutes in length.*

To read the guidelines and make an application please visit the Funding Programmes section of the website.

Applications can be made online using the ‘Make an Application’ button from Friday, 6th February.