Warner Bros. Ireland Award Scholarship to National Film School Student


 Pictured from left to right: Warner Bros. Pictures, Ireland Head of Distribution Pat Boylan, MA in Screenwriting student Ciaran Dooley and Creative Director of The National Film School (NFS) at IADT, Donald Taylor Black. Photo: Brian McEvoy.


Warner Bros. Ireland has awarded a scholarship to Ciarán Dooley, an MA Screenwriting student at The National Film School at Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), it was announced today by Josh Berger, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain.


Now in its second year, the scholarship will, over the course of the year, provide Ciarán with postgraduate funding support and the experience of a short paid placement at Warner Bros. Ireland’s Dublin offices, as well as access to screenings and mentoring support from Warner Bros. executives in the country.


Josh Berger CBE, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain, said:

“The Warner Bros. Creative Talent scholarship at The National Film School at IADT is part of our continued commitment to finding, funding and supporting talented people from all backgrounds. Last year’s scholar, Daniel Kelly, made the most of every opportunity and experience provided to him and we are confident that with this funding and support, Ciarán will do just the same. We wish him all the very best as he lays the foundations for his future career in the industry.”

Donald Taylor Black, Creative Director of The National Film School (NFS) at IADT, said, “We’re absolutely delighted that Warner Bros. has renewed its commitment to the NFS in general and our MA Screenwriting programme in particular. Ciarán is one of a group of extremely talented students here at IADT and we’re confident that he will take this opportunity to progress a very promising career”.


The Irish scholarship is an extension of Warner Bros. Creative Talent, a key part of Warner Bros. long-term investment in UK creative industry skills and training. Announced in 2013, Warner Bros. Creative Talent’s multi-layered investment encompasses scholarships at some of the UK’s most respected higher education institutions; apprenticeships with roles ranging from set-lighting to post-production; trainee positions on every Warner Bros.’ UK film production; year-long training course places for young people at inclusive theatre company, Chickenshed; work experience placements for schools local to Warner Bros.’ London HQ; and work placements on the West End musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with the most talented of the students receiving an additional three month placement.


Warner Bros. has a storied film-making history in Ireland, most notably the 1996 production of Michael Collins, which became the country’s top-grossing film on release and still remains the highest grossing Irish film of all time. The film’s Academy Award-winning director, Neil Jordan, is also behind other Warner Bros. hits including Interview with a Vampire and award-winning film The Butcher Boy.


National Film School Lecture Series: Jim Duggan


National Film School Lecture Series [in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board] present Jim Duggan, Screenscene & VFX.

Jim Duggan is the Managing Director of Screenscene” Mr. Duggan and a colleague from Screenscene’s VFX team will make a presentation about  their work  including Game of Thrones (Season 1);  Secret State; Ripper Street; Last Days On Mars; Moonfleet; Loving Miss Hatto; Frank; and A Good Day to Die Hard.

Where: A019 at 5.00 pm


IADT National Film School Lecture: Bill Plympton


Animator Bill Plympton will deliver a masterclass at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) campus on the 17 October at 2.30pm as part of The National Film School Lecture series.  The National Film School Lecture series at IADT is run in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board.

Bill Plympton is visiting Ireland as the “Special Guest Animator” at Dublin Animation Film Festival which takes place on the 17 and 18 October 2014 at both the IADT campus and the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire.

Bill Plympton has worked for 15 years as an illustrator, cartoonist and designer for major US publications. He received an Academy Award® nomination (Best Animated Short) for his second film, Your Face (1987). In 2005, he received a second Oscar® nomination for his short, Guard Dog.

Speaking about Mr Plympton’s masterclass at the National Film School (NFS), Donald Taylor Black, Head of Department Film and Media at IADT and Creative Director of the NFS had this to say: “We’re absolutely delighted that Bill Plympton is joining the distinguished list of world-class animators that have featured in the NFS Lecture series over the last decade. Students, graduates, staff and our friends from industry benefit hugely from such privileged access”.

As part of the Dublin Animation Film Festival the Irish premiere of Plympton’s feature film Cheatin’ will be screened at the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire on the 18 October and will be followed by a Q & A session with Mr Plympton. Festival updates will be available on www.dublinanimationfilmfestival.com<http://www.dublinanimationfilmfestival.com/> and on Twitter @dublinanimation.

To book a place at Bill Plympton’s masterclass as part of National Film School Lecture Series please emaildublinanimationfilmfestival@gmail.com<mailto:dublinanimationfilmfestival@gmail.com>.


Irish Film Board Scholarship offered at The National Film School, IADT


The National Film School at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) is now accepting applications for a new research scholarship made possible by funding from the Irish Film Board. The Irish Film Board Research Scholarship will commence in 2014.


The new National Film School building is a major strategic development for IADT.  It positions the Institute in the forefront of teaching, research, training and professional development for the Film Industry in Ireland.  To mark this occasion the Irish Film Board Research Scholarship is being offered within The National Film School.


Donald Taylor Black, Head of Department of Film and Media at IADT and Creative Director of The National Film School, had this to say of the scholarship:

“IADT is delighted to collaborate with the Irish Film Board on this scholarship. The Irish Film Board have always been very supportive of the work we do in The National Film School”.


This scholarship will complement the existing research strengths of IADT and will involve academic staff in the Faculty of Film, Art & Creative Technologies and the Faculty of Enterprise & Humanities.


Speaking about the scholarship, James Hickey, Chief Executive of the Irish Film Board, had this to say:

“We are delighted to work in partnership with The National Film School at IADT to support research and development within the Irish film industry. Research, education and training are fundamental to a successful strategy for growth within the Irish audiovisual sector.”


Applications for the scholarship are invited from those with an Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline and must include a CV and a brief two page proposal on one of the following areas:


1.      Economic Development in the Irish audio-visual production sector since the PWC Report in 2008.

2.      Recent development of creative talent and creative entrepreneurs in feature film, TV drama and animation in Ireland in the context of the recession.

3.      Developing audiences both in Ireland and internationally in cinemas, broadcast media and online for audio-visual content created in Ireland 2014-2019.

4.      Gender equality in the audio-visual production sector in Ireland.


All applications received by the deadline of October 1st 2014 will be evaluated. Interviews will take place after the closing date. The most successful application received will have their fees, currently set at €4500 per annum, waived for the two years of study.


Please contact IADT for more information by emailing postgraduate@iadt.ie.


Call For: Senior Technical Officer – Faculty Support and Television Studios

Call forIllustration: Adeline Pericart

Applications are invited for the following Fixed Term post at IADT:

Senior Technical Officer- Faculty Support and Television Studios   Ref: 3/14


For further information on the post and the application process please visit the vacancies page of  www.iadt.ie


Closing time and date for receipt of completed online applications is:  5pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Late applications will not be accepted.

IADT is an equal opportunities employer



National Film School Lecture Series: Cinematographer Robbie Ryan


National Film School Lecture Series [in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board] present Robbie Ryan B.S.C.

Robbie Ryan is one of the leading young cinematographers in Britain and Ireland. He studied at IADT, when it was the Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design, and his credits include: Stephen Frears’ Philomena; Ruairi Robinson’s Last Days on Mars; Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa; Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share; and Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, for which he won a number of awards, including the prize for Outstanding Technical Contribution at the Venice Film Festival, an Evening Standard British Film Award, and a Bronze Frog at Camerimage. He has shot two other films for Andrea Arnold: Fish Tank and Red Road.

Robbie will be interviewed by Ciarán Tanham, President of the Irish Society of Cinematographers.


IADT, Dun Laoghaire

A021 at 6.00 pm


Gabriel Byrne to Attend IADT for National Film School Lecture Series

Next week, IADT’s highly successful series of National Film School Lectures will reach the half century mark, when BAFTA-winning prosthetics and special effects make-up designer, NEILL GORTON, will give  a public demonstration / lecture on Thursday, 6th December at 2pm.


However, three days earlier on Monday, 3rd December, GABRIEL BYRNE, will participate in the 49th NFS Lecture at 6pm, which will take the form of a public interview with Roger Greene, Programme Co-ordinator, of the MA in Broadcast Production. The National Film School Lectures, which are generously supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board, were established in 2004 and since then IADT has welcomed a galaxy of media practitioners of international standing to its Dún Laoghaire campus, including: Oliver Stone, Mike Leigh, Stephen Frears, Alan Parker, Neil Jordan, John Landis, Jim Sheridan, and Stephen Rea.


The new NFS Building is currently under construction and is due to open in October 2013 for the new academic year. This exciting space will include a state-of-the-art HD TV  Studio, only the second in the state, and the only one in any academic institution in Ireland.


GABRIEL BYRNE is one of our leading actors. After extensive experience in Irish film, television and theatre, he first made an international impression in John Boorman’s Excalibur. He went on to appear on screen in many productions including Defence of the Realm; Gothic; Diamond Skulls; Miller’s Crossing; Into the WestThe Usual Suspects; Little Women;  Jindabyne; Secret State; and the hugely successful, In Treatment, for which he received two Primetime Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe. He has worked on two projects in Ireland this year: Vikings, currently in post-production, and Quirke, which is shooting now.


Strong Irish Presence on ‘Modified’ – released in cinemas, DVD and VOD this September.

Financed and shot in the UK, Modified is a dark science fiction thriller. The film’s director, Paul Cotrulia, writer, Kevin J. Hannigan, 1st AD, Fintan Kearney and special effects makeup artist, Eugene Suschcyy are all Irish filmmakers and graduates of National Film School IADT Dun Laoghaire.

London doubles as a dark and dangerous future world in director Paul Cotrulia’s debut feature film . The Pacha London venue in Victoria, London was transformed into an illegal underground nightclub for cyber criminals and vengeful murderers for six shooting days last year.

‘I think it’s enormously ambitious for a lower budget film,’ says Paul Cotrulia. He adds: ‘I’m thrilled that it’s being released this September!’

Modified is a dark science fiction thriller set in an underground world of body modification with technology. The film boasts an international cast of actors including John Sandeman, Robert Dawson, Cory Sanders, Lia Albers, Joe Law, Megan Anstee and Gabriel Constantin as cyberpunk antiheroes in a high-tech world of easy sex and death.

Kerr (Cory Sanders) searches an underground world of illegal body modification with technology for Cole (Lia Albers) the woman he loves, but soon finds himself caught in a battle for control of the modification scene. Their world will be torn apart.

Modified is being released online, as a limited edition DVD and in select cinemas nationwide on 3rd September, 2012.

For more information and to watch the latest trailer visit www.eventfilms.co.uk, www.facebook.com/eventfilms and www.youtube.com/eventfilmslimited


JDIFF 2012: Shorts


Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Other Presentations: JDIFF Shorts

Friday, 24th February, 6:30pm, Light House Cinema

The fabulous final JDIFF weekend got off to a top-notch start with a fantastic feast of fresh films – of the short variety, of course. These six hand-picked gems showcase the crème de la crème of Ireland’s talent, all the while making the audience laugh, tugging on our heartstrings and documenting some amazing characters.

First up was another excellent short, shot by the talented crew over at IADT. The Centre of the Universe tells the story of a young airhostess with the power to save the universe. This quirky sci-fi is written and directed by Brian Dunster and stars Michelle Beamish, Rosemary Henderson, Sophie Peacock and the fantastically funny David Michael Scott.

Following this was Frontiersman, which provided quite a contrast. This documentary follows the incredible stories of rugged individualists, sole traders, and entrepreneurs from Donegal; Arsene, Paddy Toye, Liam Grier, Alphie McCollum, Pat Gillespie, Eamon Friel and James McDaid. Heartfelt, eccentric and truly inspiring, this (quite long) short was created for the Sharing Stories project by director Derek O’Connor.

The tone got a bit heavier next with Thomas Hefferon’s Switch. This Galway Film Centre/RTÉ funded short tells the tragic tale of a man trying to atone for hit and run, where he fled the scene two years earlier, leaving a man dead and his daughter seriously injured. This piece is put together well, but the performances from Barry Barnes, Lesley Conroy and Jane McGrath are simply amazing.

This was succeeded by a rom-com to lighten the mood. Directed by Shimmy Marcus and supported by the Goethe Institute, Rhinos is absolutely gorgeous romance that is certainly not lost in translation. Escaping her tumultuous relationship, the vivacious Ingrid spends a day with quiet, reserved Thomas. He takes her sightseeing around Dublin for where they share a deep understanding ¬– despite their fundamental language barrier. * I’m sorry other shorts, you were really very good, but this was without doubt my undisputed favorite. Perhaps ever.

Up next was Still Films’ observational documentary Rats Island. This quiet, original piece showed a day in the life of Eddie, a man who was unemployed and homeless until he moved to a small island in a river estuary with his son, Andrew. Directed by Mike Hannon, this film subtlety emphasises the hardship of daily life for this odd charismatic character.

And the final film of the evening was Pairs and Spares, a light comedy about feuding bowlers in a strike-fuelled showdown. Philip Kelly directs a fun Warrior films’ short featuring Rachel-Mae Brady, Paul Halpin and Jack Hickey.

A lovely balance of drama, romance and comedy, these shorts really hit the spot and made me forget about the many longs I had left to watch.

Gemma Creagh

Click here for Film Ireland‘s coverage of this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

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Call For: entries for Blackrock Animation Film Festival 2012 Competition

 Illustration: Adeline Pericart

Details of the second Blackrock Animation Film Festival Competition were announced today (Monday) at a photo call in Blackrock.  Festival Director, Fionnghuala Ní Néill and President of the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Dr Annie Doona were joined by Blackrock Business Network members to help launch the competition, now in its second year.

At the unveiling of the competition poster, the Festival Director called for entries and announced the deadline – Friday, 6th July 2012.  Winning entries will be showcased during Blackrock Animation Film Festival 2012 (12th– 13th October) and prizes will be awarded at an awards ceremony (The BAFFAs).

Announcing the competition details and rules, Festival Director, Fionnghuala Ní Néill said:

‘We were astounded at the level and quality of entries for our inaugural Festival so we are naturally very excited about this year. We hope that the Blackrock Animation Film Festival 2012 Competition will inspire people to develop and showcase their talents.We are planning a bigger Festival this year with even more screenings, talks and workshops to take place over the two day event.’

Competition entry forms and rules are available on www.iloveblackrock.ie/animation-festival. Festival updates will be announced in the coming months on iloveblackrock.ie, https://www.facebook.com/blackrockanimationfilmfestival and on Twitter, @baffa2012.


‘Stories Worth Telling’ Free Animation Event as part of JDIFF

Animation has come a long way from Saturday morning cartoons for kids. It is now widely acknowledged that animation can connect with all ages and can deal with the most serious of issues. The audience and the technology may be constantly changing, but no matter where and how animation is made, or who it is made for, story is still the key ingredient. Story can bring us together, it can help us make sense of the world we live in and, most importantly, a good story keeps us watching and keeps us thinking.

But how do writers and directors decide what stories are worth telling? How do they find the right subject matter for the right audience? The guest panel will draw on their own unique and varied experiences of creating stories worth telling to discuss these and other story-related issues, such as the writing process, deciding on tone and style, and balancing the artistic collaborative nature of animation with writing and directing. Among the speakers confirmed are Brenda Chapman, Louise Ridgeway and Sydney Padua.

Panel Guests

Brenda Chapman

Brenda Chapman was the first woman to direct an animated feature from a major studio, when she directed The Prince of Egypt in 1998. Brenda is also the original writer and director of Pixar’s upcoming animated feature Brave. Brenda’s other film credits include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, WALL-E and Up.

Sydney Padua

Sydney Padua is an animator, a graphic artist and author of the web comic The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage. She was a story development artist at Warner Brothers Feature Animation, and wrote and directed the multi-award winning short Agricultural Report for the Irish Film Board. Sydney’s film credits as a character animator include The Golden Compass, Open Season and The Iron Giant.

Louise Ridgeway

Louise Ridgeway has worked as an animator in the games industry for over 12 years. She is currently Animation Director at Rare Ltd and has been responsible for setting the direction for recent award-winning projects Kinect Sports 1 and Kinect Sports Season 2. She has worked on a wide variety of projects over the years including Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Viva Piñata, Banjo Kazooie and Kameo. She is currently working on a new and exciting project and feels very lucky to still be animating and doing what she loves after all these years.

Panel Chair

Barry O’Donoghue

Barry O’Donoghue is the founder of the award-winning animation studio Barley Films.


This JDIFF event has been organised in conjunction with Gareth Lee, Irish School of Animation at BCFE; Donald Taylor Black, National Film School at IADT; and the Irish Film Board.

This special event takes place on Saturday February 25th at 12:00pm at the Light House Cinema, Smithfield.

Tickets are available here


Blackrock Animation Festival Competition deadline is Friday July 29th

Calling all animators in Ireland! The deadline to enter the Blackrock Animation Festival Competition is just ten days away – Friday 29th July. The Blackrock Animation Festival and Competition is organised by the Blackrock Business Network and supported by the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Design and Technology (IADT). 

To showcase the animation competition entries, a selection will be shown on Saturday 27th August at the Blackrock ‘Pop Up’ cinema at Urban Junction, Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin and awards and prizes will be presented.  A mobile cinema at Frascati Shopping Centre will also be showing animation films throughout the Festival as well as other events for this celebration of animation.

A Blackrock business community initiative, the purpose of the Animation Festival and Competition is to encourage emerging and existing talents in animation both in Ireland and abroad. This is the first year of these awards and it is planned that this will be a yearly event.  The town is also organising a Family Fun Day on Sunday 29th August.  Blackrock will be the place to be on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August!

Calling for final entries for the animation competition, Festival Director, Fionnghuala Ni Neill said:  “This is our first year and we really are thrilled at the level of entries already received – from across the country to as far afield as Japan! Blackrock is a thriving and vibrant town and our Animation Festival will reflect the diversity of businesses here as well as the range of events and activities going on.  It is going to be a great weekend with the Family Fun Day being held the following day.  More details on the Animation Festival and Family Fun Day will be posted throughout the month of August on the Blackrock Business Network’s website www.iloveblackrock.ie


NFS Lecture Series – Leo Davis

As part of their NFS Lecture Series, IADT’s next lecture will feature Leo Davis, Casting Director. This event will be held on Tuesday 16th November.

Leo Davis is one of Europe’s most distinguished casting directors. Her credits include; The Last Station; Antichrist; The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas; Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Irina Palm; Hannibal Rising; The Constant Gardener; Layer Cake; Girl with a Pearl Earring; I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead; When Brendan Met Trudy; Sunshine; The Last September; The Life of Stuff; and Chicago Joe and the Showgirl. She received an EMMY nomination for Mike Nichols’ Wit.

The event, which is supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, takes place at 5.30pm in Room A025, Atrium Building at IADT, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire.

For more information visit www.iadt.ie




The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media and The National Film School, Institute of Art Design & Technology (IADT), Dún Laoghaire present a one–day conference on Film and Education – Filmsense, which will take place on Friday, 24th April 2009 at IADT Dún Laoghaire.

The conference will seek to explore the relationship between film as a technical medium, pedagogy and creativity. Of particular interest is how the processes of filmmaking are taught within national curricula at primary, secondary and tertiary level.

For a full programme of events including registration and further details please visit www.gradcam.ie