IFB Announce After ’16 Projects

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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.

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Inaugural VFX and Animation Traineeship Launch

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Screen Training Ireland, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board and Animation Skillnet have announced the launch of the inaugural VFX and Animation Traineeship Programme for the Irish Animation and VFX sectors. The launch will take place in Dublin on the 11th of May and will include a key note address from Dreamworks Animation Director and Writer Dean DeBlois.

The launch will also include presentations from top Irish Animation and VFX Studios including Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films, JAM Media, Boulder Media and Screen Scene VFX.

The Traineeship Programme will run over a 12-month period targeted at developing skills and talent in the Irish VFX and animation sector. The programme will involve a mix of on-the-job training/mentoring as well as additional specialist training/mentoring delivered through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland. The participating trainees will receive tailored training along different priority pathways to include 2D Animation, 3D Animation, VFX CG, VFX Compositing, Pipeline/Technology, and Production Management.

 
The participating studios and trainees are:

Boulder Media
Trainee: Alan Tighe
Brown Bag Films
Trainee: Ken Chambers
Cartoon Saloon
Trainee: Sonia Naqvi
Giant
Trainee: Sean Quill
JAM Media
Trainee: Marianna Farris
Kavaleer
Trainee: Katie O’Meara
Kite Entertainment
Trainee: Cathryn Gamble
Pink Kong
Trainee: Niall Byrne
Piranha Bar
Trainee: Mark Shaw
Screen Scene VFX
Trainee: Sammy Khalid
Telegael/Studio Beochán
Trainee: Leigh O’Brien
Windmill Lane VFX
Trainee: Daryl McMahon

 

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Film Board Announce New Five-Year Strategic Plan

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Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) Chairman Bill O’Herlihy, together with the IFB Board, today announced their intention to undertake a new five year strategic plan, focused on the future direction of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

The first stage of putting this strategic plan in place will be to begin a review of the aims, visions and goals of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, so that a new strategic vision can be created which will best deliver on Government policy across the development of Irish filmmaking and the film, television and animation industries.

Commenting on the announcement today Bill O’Herlihy, Chairman, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said: “We intend to put in place a new five year strategy for the IFB. This will be a comprehensive strategic plan which will focus on the future goals for the agency itself, and the outcomes the IFB will deliver for the industry. Therefore we will include a wide and detailed consultation with key industry stakeholders and the organisations representing Irish producers, writers, directors, cast and crew and the animation sector, which will begin immediately.”

The consultation with the industry stakeholders will be structured around interviews, focus groups, and an on-line questionnaire, all of which will be focused around a number of key questions which will interrogate the role and future direction of the agency.

The overall strategic plan, the development of the key questions and the industry consultation will be carried out with appointed independent consultants, Crowe Horwath.

This strategic review follows on from the Creative Capital Report which was a review of the overall industry published by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in 2011. Based on figures in the PWC Report of 2008 of a turnover of €550m in the audiovisual production sector in Ireland and 5440 full time equivalent jobs, the Creative Capital Report, projected a growth in turnover to over €1 billion and in jobs to over 10,000 over a five year period.

It is expected that the new strategy document for Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board will be published in early 2015.

For more information on the role of the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board visit www.irishfilmboard.ie

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Small Changes to IFB Funding Processes and Application Dates

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Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (BSÉ/IFB) have announced a change to the deadlines for all development, production and distribution funding schemes.

The new upcoming application deadlines for production and distributionfunding are as follows:

Friday 13th June 2014

Wednesday 13th August 2014

Friday 12th September 2014

Applications will be processed within 5-6 weeks of the deadline. This change is being implemented to allow further time to engage with BSÉ/IFB Project Mangers in advance of making an application.

The procedure for the assessment of all development funding applications remains the same. The deadline for the receipt of applications is the last working day of every month. Applications will be processed within 6-8 weeks of the deadline. Please note however that there will be no deadline for all development applications in July. There will no deadline for screenplay development applications in August (in addition to July), as the scheme is currently under review. 

The upcoming deadlines for development funding are as follows:

Monday 30th June 2014

Friday 29th August 2014 (for project development, animation development, international development and documentary development only. No deadline for screenplay development until further notice)

Tuesday 30th September 2014
Applicants are advised that the online system will close at 1pm on the day of each deadline. Applicants are advised to give themselves ample time to prepare, upload and submit applications as incomplete submissions will not be accepted once the system has closed. Please consult the relevant page of the BSÉ/IFB funding programmes section of the website prior to making an application.

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IFB Overview of 2013 and Outlook for 2014

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Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), the national development agency for the Irish film, television and animation industry published details of all production activity undertaken in Ireland in 2013. The figures for the industry show that production activity for the independent film, television drama and animation sector has reached the highest level on record, contributing over €168 million* into the Irish economy through employment creation and spend on local goods and services. This represents an increase of approximately 18% on 2012 figures and 42% on 2011 figures.The details were outlined by James Hickey, Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, at an event which gave an overview of the industry in 2013 and an outlook for the year ahead. Speaking at the event, Mr. Hickey said: “This has been a strong growth year for the independent film, television and animation industry, with significant positive benefits both for Irish culture and the economy. The availability of strong Irish talent and creativity across all aspects of the production cycle, as well as growing numbers of enterprising Irish production companies, are just two of the factors that are driving this upward trend and helping to build Ireland’s reputation in the global industry.”

A key focus of the Board in 2014 will be to continue to invest in creative talent to help develop and deepen overall skills through the delivery of a diverse range of training programmes through our training arm Screen Training Ireland.”

2014 Slate of Projects

There are a number of exciting projects in the development pipeline with the IFB. These include Glassland starring Jack Reynor (Transformers, What Richard Did) and Toni Collette and directed by Gerard Barrett (Pilgrim Hill), and an adaptation of Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn starring Domhnall Gleeson (Sensation) and Saoirse Ronan (Byzantium).

Audiences can look forward to a wide range of film releases in 2014 including the upcoming comedy The Stag starring Andrew Scott, Hugh O’Conor and Amy Huberman in March, the sci-fi film The Last Days on Mars directed by Ruairi Robinson and Calvary starring Brendan Gleeson in April, and Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank starring Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Fassbender in May.

Review of 2013

This year the IFB supported twelve Irish feature films, six creative feature co-productions, seventeen feature documentaries, two TV dramas and eight animated projects.

Over the course of 2013, the funding arm of the IFB directly invested €7.5m in feature film, television drama and animation projects. This investment enabled Irish producers to raise €59.5 million, which was invested directly into the Irish economy through employment and spend on local goods and services.

While film and animation production has remained steady, 2013 has seen significant growth in major international high-end TV drama production. This was driven partly by the IFB International Production Fund which has played an important role in attracting international TV drama production to Ireland over the last number of years. Production activity in this area has increased over the past two years from €28 million in 2011 to €81 million in 2013.

Support from this Fund contributed to bringing Ripper Street and Vikings to Ireland for their first seasons. Both concluded a second season of filming in 2013, providing a significant boost to Ireland. The first series of Penny Dreadful, which is also in receipt of the IFB International Production Fund, began production in Ireland this year and was worth over €33 million to the Irish economy.

Investment in Local Talent

Other projects supported by the IFB that will come to market in 2014 include films by established directors Mary McGuckian (The Price of Desire), John Boorman (Queen and Country) and Ken Loach (Jimmy’s Hall); first-time feature directors Vivienne deCourcy (Wild), Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey) and Lisa Mulcahy (The Legend of Longwood); and returning feature directors Ken Wardrop (Gentlemen), Niall Heery (Gold) and Terry McMahon (Patrick’s Day).

Production also began on the animation feature film Song of the Sea from the company behind the Academy Award® nominated The Secret of Kells. Irish animation TV producers performed outstandingly at Cartoon Forum this year, presenting the highest number of IFB-backed animated series ever to key financiers. These projects included Puffin Rock, narrated by Chris O’Dowd, which sold to Nickelodeon Junior.

Outlook for 2014

“We are forecasting another strong year next year. Major films already in the mix for 2014 include Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Fassbender, and Calvary, starring Brendan Gleeson, both of which will have their World Premiere at Sundance in January, showcasing Irish talent on the world stage.

“There is no doubt that a supportive Government policy and IFB investment are assisting Irish producers to compete internationally. Section 481 has put Ireland on the map and the enhancements of this measure in the recent Budget are welcomed. We anticipate that this will be the engine for additional growth in 2014, helping to further develop this high-value creative industry for Ireland,” Mr Hickey concluded.

 

* This figure of €168 million represents the Irish expenditure for all projects which went into production this  year  in the categories  of independent film, TV drama, animation and feature documentary only. It does not include broadcaster spend in the categories of entertainment, lifestyle, documentary and factual.

The Irish Film 2014 production catalogue is now available online. View it here.

 

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IFB Funding Applications Now Accepted Online

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Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) have announced that they are now accepting applications for development, production and distribution funding loans online.

Applicants wishing to apply for funding must register on the IFB website, create a personal login and proceed through the new application process.

There are a number of changes to the application process, so it is advisable that applicants acquaint themselves with the new online application process, allowing enough time to complete the full application prior to the IFB funding deadlines.

You can find full details here

It is advised that all applicants read the How to Apply Guidelines before making an application.

Upcoming funding deadlines are:

IFB Development Funding Applications: Friday November 29th 2013
IFB Production Funding Applications: January 10th 2014

Helpful Links:

• Register with the new IFB Application System
• Read the IFB How to Apply Guidelines
• Read more about the new Documentary Development funding.

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Successful Gearrscannáin Projects Announced

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Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (BSÉ/IFB) have announced the two projects chosen for the latest Gearrscannáin short-film scheme.

Written/directed by Medb Johnstone and produced by Clodagh Ní Bhric, Rince is a glance at life in a family of dancers in the west of Ireland.


Directed by Brian Deane, produced by Eamonn Cleary and written by Matthew Roche, Céad Ghrá is follows two best friends Colm and Donal who have heard that the prettiest girl in their primary-school class “likes” them. But this isn’t good enough for Donal — he wants to find out who she likes the most.

Gearrscannáin is a BSÉ/IFB funding scheme for the production of Irish-language short films that appeal to a general audience. The initiative encourages fresh, new directorial voices; filmmakers who are willing to take risks and challenge viewers.

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IFB Staff Restructure Complete as Mary Callery Appointed as Final IFB Project Manager

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Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) have announced that Mary Callery has been appointed as the third and final Project Manager and Emma Scott has been appointed Production and Distribution Executive completing the new restructure to the IFB Production & Development team.

Mary Callery brings over 25 years’ experience in the Irish film and television industry to her new role at the IFB. Her previous positions include ‘Commissioning Editor – Drama’ at RTE where she commissioned a number of award winning dramas including Proof, The Clinic, No Tears, Bachelor’s Walk and Paths to Freedom. More recently Mary was an Executive Producer at Parallel Films where she was involved with all aspects of the company’s films and television drama slate from ideas generation to delivery. Credits at Parallel include nine single television films for UTN/SyFy and Crown TV in the US, Ruth Rendell’s 13 Steps Down and the feature film The Food Guide to Love currently in post-production.

Emma Scott, who previously looked after production funding will move into the role of Production and Distribution Executive, responsible for monitoring the agency’s large production slate, acting as the Irish representative for Eurimages (the Council of Europe’s Co-production Fund) as well as managing the distribution support for local films.

James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said “We now have an excellent Production & Development team in place bringing a wide diversity of experience to the roles which will provide great benefit to the Irish film, television and animation industry.”

Commenting on her new appointment at the IFB Mary Callery said “In the time that I have worked in the industry I have seen it grow from strength to strength and it’s a very exciting time to be joining the Irish Film Board. I hope that Irish writers and producers feel they will benefit from the wide range of experience that I have gained both from working as a commissioning editor and as a producer in receipt of funding.”

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board is also delighted to announce a new link up with WME in Los Angeles. The IFB’s Film Commissioner Naoise Barry will be working closely with Graham Taylor and his team. They will be promoting Ireland as a location for film, TV drama and animation production and seek inward investment opportunities into Ireland for the audio-visual production sector generating new opportunities for Irish creative talent at home and abroad.

Patrick O’Neill, Industry Affairs Executive and Andrew Meehan, Development Executive both finish up their roles at the IFB this month. Patrick will head up new distribution company Wildcard Distribution and Andrew returns to his roots, to pursue a number of writing projects.

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Calling All Filmmakers! New Deadline For Signatures Scheme Announced

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The deadline for Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board’s flagship short film scheme SIGNATURES has been announced. Applications will now be accepted until Friday, September 21st.

SIGNATURES is a short film scheme for the making of live-action, fiction films that act as a proving-ground for Irish creative talents which aims to encourage strong, original storytelling, visual flair, and production values appropriate to the big screen.

Previous Signature shorts include Foxes which was officially selected for this years SXSW and Tribeca film festivals, Two Hearts which has received a nomination for the European Film Awards and Pentecost which was nominated for an Academy Award earlier this year.

The scheme is an opportunity for producers, directors and writers to work in a professional environment that will allow them to further their experience.

We actively encourage submissions in Irish as films for this scheme can be produced in either the English or Irish language. The successful short films will premiere at the Corona Cork Film Festival next year.

All applications for the scheme should be sent with the reference REF: SIGNATURES on the envelope to:

Bord Scannan na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board,
Queensgate,
23 Dock Road,
Galway.

For more information on making an application and to download an application form visit the Funding Programmes section of the website.

A Scannánóirí! Spriocdháta Nua don Scéim Signatures á Fhógairt

Tá áthas ar Bord Scannán na hÉireann iarratais a lorg don chéad bhabhta eile den scéim rathúil SIGNATURES. Is é an spriocdháta nua ná: an Aoine 21ú Meán Fómhair.

Tá sé mar aidhm ag an scéime SIGNATURES scéalaíocht láidir, nuálaíoch a spreagadh chomh maith le cumas físe agus luachanna léirithe atá oiriúnach don mhórscáileán. Tairgíonn an scéim an deis chomh maith do léiritheoirí; stiúrthóirí saothrú i gcomhshaol proifisiúnta a thabharfaidh gné breise don taithí atá acu.

Is féidir na scannáin a dhéanamh i nGaeilge nó i mBéarla.

Ba chóir gach iarratas a sheoladh chuig, TAG: SIGNATURES: Bord Scannán na hÉireann, Geata na Banríona, 23 Br na Duganna, Gaillimh, Éire

Tá treoirlínte mionsonraith agus foirmeacha iarratais ar fail ag http://www.irishfilmboard.ie/

Léigh na treoir go cúramach roimh iarratas a dhéanamh.

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Annecy International Animation Festival and Market – Special Irish Focus

The major players in the Irish animation industry are set to attend the world famous Annecy International Animation Festival and market (MIFA) this week when the festival will pay tribute to Ireland with a host of screenings and events throughout the festival. Along with the special Irish focus two Irish projects The Last Train (pictured above) and A Different Perspective are in official competition at this year’s festival.

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and Enterprise Ireland will launch an exciting new Irish animation promo and brochure showcasing work from right across the Irish sector at events organised by the two agencies during the market.  These events will be attended by the Ambassador of Ireland to France, Mr Paul Kavanagh who is a special guest of the festival this year.

The Annecy International Film Festival takes place 6th – 11th June while MIFA takes place 6th – 8th June in Annecy, France.

Further details here

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Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board Announces New Structure

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (BSÉ/IFB) has announced changes to the organisation of the creative decision making structures in the Agency.

The current roles of two Production Executives and a Development Executive are to cease once the current contracts expire on a phased basis from now to the beginning of next year. In their place, three Project Managers will be retained to manage projects across all genres from the initial concept stage right through to the project launch onto the market. The new structure will provide multiple access points for applicants who will have the option to approach any one of the three Project Managers with a development or production application for their project.

One of the Project Managers will be based in Galway and two will be based in Dublin.

The new arrangements will further enhance the development and production process of projects supported by BSÉ/IFB. They will provide a greater focus from the start on support for all the creative talent in each project and a renewed focus on the audience throughout the whole process.

James Hickey, Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said “I believe that the new structure will provide applicants with access to a broadly experienced creative team. A member of the team will assist applicants in taking their project from the first stage of development to full scale production and distribution of the film with a focus on delivering high quality projects with strong Irish creative talent behind them and a focus on audiences both local and international”.

The changes will come into effect on a phased basis but will be fully operational by the beginning of 2013.

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'Knuckle', 'Parked' and 'The Runway' to screen at Irish Film New York

 

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A new Irish Contemporary Screening Series at NYU

The very best in contemporary Irish cinema comes to New York with a special three-day screening series running from Friday, 30th September to Sunday, 2nd October featuring filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions, and filmmaker receptions.

Films include Knuckle, a visceral look at bare knuckle boxing among the Irish Traveller community, the Galway Film Fleadh-winning feature Parked, a story of friendship, hope, and perseverance between two ‘neighbours’ living in their cars, starring Colm Meaney, and The Runway, where the citizens of County Cork come to the aid of a South American pilot who has crash landed in their town.

All three films are up for limited release in the United States in the forthcoming months. Other films screening include Marian Quinn’s 32A, Maya Derringtons’ documentary Pyjama Girls, and Tom Hall’s Sensation.

The event is co-presented by NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House and funded by Culture Ireland’s Imagine Ireland Program.

The main events include:

  • Seven screenings hosted by Glucksman Ireland House NYU at NYU’s Cantor Film Center.
  • A ‘Meet the Filmmakers’ panel discussion co-presented by Tisch School of Arts and Irish Film New York.
  • An Irish documentary showcase presentation at POV’s offices in Brooklyn.
  • Industry brunch with film producers, distributors, and agents hosted by the Irish Consul General in New York.

Tickets: $10-$12

Venue: NYU’s Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street

To find out more and to view a trailer of the festival visit: www.irishfilmnyc.com

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New Deadline For IFB Signatures Scheme Announced

The deadline for the Irish Film Board’s flagship short film scheme SIGNATURES has been announced. Applications will now be accepted until Friday, September 9th.

SIGNATURES is a short film scheme for the making of live-action, fiction films that act as a proving-ground for Irish creative talents which aims to encourage strong, original storytelling, visual flair, and production values appropriate to the big screen.

The third round of Signatures shorts premiered last year at the Cork Film Festival and included Crossing Salween which was officially selected for the Berlin Film Festival and Pentecost which was officially selected for the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

The scheme is an opportunity for producers, directors and writers to work in a professional environment that will allow them to further their experience.

The Irish Film Board  actively encourage submissions in Irish as films for this scheme can be produced in either the English or Irish language. The successful short films will premiere at the Corona Cork Film Festival next year.

All applications for the scheme should be sent with the reference REF: SIGNATURES on the envelope to:

Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board,
Queensgate,
23 Dock Road,
Galway.

For more information on making an application and to download an application form click here.

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Comedy Screenwriting Competition

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in partnership with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board are presenting UNTITLED: a comedy screenwriting competition where writers can win €12,000 towards the development of their film.

The competition will take place during the festival and follows 2010’s Give Me Direction comedy-themed screenwriting conference. Writers are invited to submit a one page summary for a comedy feature film by Monday January 31st. A shortlist of five entries will be announced at the opening ceremony of the festival.

Each of the shortlisted writers will be invited to write the first few scenes of the script over the course of the festival. They will then take part in a public interview, presenting their screenplay to an independent panel of industry professionals. The panel will select the winning project which will be announced at the Closing Gala of the festival.

For more details visit www.irishfilmboard.ie

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‘Alibi’ wins Special Jury Prize in Tehran

Irish Film Board funded short documentary Alibi has won a Special Jury Prize at the Cinéma Vérité Iran International Documentary Film Festival which took place from the 8-12 November in Tehran.

Irish Ambassador to Iran, Oliver Grogan, attended the closing ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the filmmakers. The festival is organised by the DEFC (Documentary and Experimental Film Centre), the main centre for production, distribution and promotion of fiction, documentary, animation and experimental films in the Middle East.

Alibi has also just recently been screened at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Leipzig DOK festival and has been selected for the upcoming Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, a showcase for New Cinema and Contemporary Art.

For more information on the festival visit www.defc.ir or to find out more on Alibi go to www.stillfilms.org

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New Deadline Announced for Reality Bites scheme

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board has announced the new deadline for submissions for the next round of the Reality Bites.

The Reality Bites scheme will provide funding for up to three films up to 12 minutes in duration, all of which will premiere at the Corona Cork Film Festival next year.

Reality Bites aims to encourage experimentation and a fresh approach to short non-fiction filmmaking. They are looking for something new in the use of the documentary form, whether the projects are journalistic or creative, observational or aesthetic, objective or personal. Documentaries can be produced in either the English or Irish language.

Applications will be accepted until Friday 6th August 2010. For more information visit www.irishfilmboard.ie

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