BSÉ/IFB Short Shorts Deadline Announced

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board have announced a call for submissions for the next round of the successful Short Shorts scheme. The new deadline for the scheme is Friday, 8th May 2009.

Short Shorts funds up to seven, 3–5 minute films and aims to encourage the making of ultra-short films which are innovative, provocative or in some way risky and rule-breaking. The scheme was modified last year so that the films have to conform to a particular genre each year.

The theme for this years short films, whether live action or animated is ‘Films with No Dialogue.’ This does not mean silent films, but rather films where the soundtrack can contain anything except audible dialogue. The Mr. Bean television series and related feature film is a good example of this type of genre. It is hoped that having the shorts packaged together under this specific genre will allow the IFB to market the Short Shorts more effectively internationally.

The successful short films will premiere at the Cork Film Festival in October. For more information please click here.


Ireland to Sign Co–Production Agreement with Hungary

Representatives of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the Hungarian Motion Picture Public Foundation are to sign a co–production agreement in Berlin on Sunday February 8 with the aim to foster co–productions between the two territories.

The deal includes a reciprocal feature whereby producers from both countries will take turns acting as majority co–producers.

This agreement would work on the basis that when a co–production in which the majority of the budget comes from the Irish side occurs, this will be followed by a co–production in which the equivalent percentage comes from the Hungarian side.