Call For: SHORT STORIES Submissions


The Irish Film Board are acceptong submissions for SHORT STORIES, which invites filmmakers to use their imagination, creative story-telling and visual talent to excite audiences with succinct, inspiring and even entertaining films.

SHORT STORIES are live-action or animated fiction films between 2 to 5 minutes in length and have a budget of €20K.

Films may be made in the English or Irish language. If produced in the Irish language, subtitling will be necessary for festivals and sales worldwide.

The deadline is 1pm Friday 23rd March.

Parameters of the Scheme

– Number of films:                  Up to 4 per year

– Duration:                               2-5 minutes maximum

– Budget per film:*                Maximum €20,000
– Delivery:                               DCP, Prores, BluRay

The application budget should reflect costs for delivery as above and subtitling if applicable.


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Call For: Story Consultant @ IFB

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for Irish film and animation investing in Talent, Creativity and Enterprise. The agency also supports and promotes the Irish film industry and the use of Ireland as a location for international production.

Story Consultant  Role Description
The role will consist of working with the three Project Managers on scripts that are in mid to late stage development to help improve quality. This will involve assessing with the Project Manager where the issues with a script lie and communicating this to the producing teams through meetings and/or written notes. The Script Consultant may be the first read on a project that has delivered during a development stage – this is to help with time frames and the progress of projects. This is not intended to replace the role of the script editor employed by the production company, rather it is to help the Project Manager team focus on the crucial late stages of development.

Story Consultant  Essential Experience

  • Strong proven track record of working in the film and television industry is essential.
  • Demonstrated experience in the script development process including script editing.
  • Experience of working directly with writers, directors and producers in the development and script editing process.

Story Consultant  Essential Qualities

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent written and oral skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to work under tight pressure and deadlines.
  • A positive forward thinking approach to the task in hand.

Application Process
Interested applicants are invited to forward a detailed CV and covering letter that highlights relevant experience to by Friday 19th January 2018 at 5.30 pm.

As part of your covering letter address the Essential Experience and the Essential Qualities and also please set out a statement on your own vision for improving quality of Irish screenplays.

This position will be offered as a 1 year contract which may be extended at the discretion of IFB.  The Story Consultant position will be offered as a Contract for Services.

The remuneration will be offered at a €40,000 for the services.



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IFB Launch 2017 Slate of Productions


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Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ Irish Film Board (IFB), the national development agency for the Irish film, television and animation industry, today published its slate of all IFB supported productions coming to audiences in 2017, including:

  • Stephen Burke’s MAZE starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Barry Ward;
  • Amination works including Nora Twomey’s animated feature The Breadwinner which has Angelina Jolie as Executive Producer,
  • Good Favour directed by Rebecca Daly, which looks at the experience of a young man who joins a devout Christian community in a remote existence in central Europe;
  • The Belly of the Whale, starring Pat Shortt and directed by Morgan Bushe;
  • Children’s animated television works Jam Media’s Becca’s Brunch, Salty Dog’s Brewster the Rooster and Brown Bag’s Gilbert & Sadie;
  • Two Catalyst projects The Drummer and the Keeper by Nick Kelly and Kissing Candice by Aoife McArdle;
  • Lance Daly’s Black ’47, a revenge thriller set in an Ireland devastated by the Great Famine of 1847;
  • Mark O’Rowe’s directorial debut Delinquent Season starring Cillian Murphy and Andrew Scott;
  • Song of Granite, directed by Pat Collins which is a lyrical portrayal of great traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney;
  • Genre feature film The Third Wave directed and written by David Freyne;
  • Halal Daddy, a cultural clash comedy drama filmed in Sligo and starring Colm Meaney and Sarah Bolger;
  • Aithri/Penance, starring Peter Coonan as a priest who is unequivocal about the need for violence to force Britain out of Ireland;
  • Michael Inside, a story of a young teenager who spends three months in prison;
  • Genre film The Lodgers, directed by Brian O’Malley, which looks at the life of Anglo-Irish twins Rachel and Edward;
  • A number of documentaries including Blinder films Grace Jones: The Musical Of My Life, Outside the Factory by Feargal Ward andElián by Ross McDonnell.



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IFB Announce Real Shorts Successful Teams

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Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board has announced the successful teams for Real Shorts, a new short documentary film scheme which enables creative documentaries with high cinematic production values to reach an international audience through theatrical and festival exposure.

The filmmakers were encouraged to produce works of up to 10 minutes in length, with strong personal voices, presenting material which utilises the emotional and aesthetic technique of cinema.

From a number of submissions of a very high standard, the following five projects were chosen:

Mother and Baby to be written and directed by Mia Mullarkey and produced by Alice McDowell; a documentary which McDowell states, “looks at the Tuam Mother & Baby Home where 796 children were allegedly buried without ceremony or grave”, noting that “the film delves into details, memories, and perspectives of three past residents interwoven with the powerful story of one woman whose personal history pushed her to fight for 796 lost voices.”

Hey Ronnie Reagan to be written and directed by Maurice O’Brien and produced by Daniel Hegarty, described as “an ode to local legends and the day the most powerful man in the world came all the way to Tipperary.”

Bordalo II : A Life Of Waste to be written and directed by Trevor Whelan and Rua Meegan and produced by Glen Collins. Meegan describes the documentary as “a portrait of artist and activist Artur Bordalo, through which we gain an insight into his inspiration, motivation and creative process as he assembles his ‘Trash Animal’ sculptures in prominent urban locations around the world”, adding that “Bordalo creates these towering installations of endangered species from a city’s own trash to illustrate the victims of humanity’s disposable habits.”

The Swimmer to be written and directed by Thomas Beug and produced by Jessica Bermingham, whereby according to Beug, the “world-renowned Irish endurance swimmer, Stephen Redmond, serves as the entry point into this deeper exploration of ocean-swimming and man’s relationship with the sea.”

Smithy & Dicky-boy to be written and directed by Hannah Quinn and produced by Michela Orlandi. Quinn explains the premise behind the documentary, calling it “an ode to precious memories from love letters and photographs, and their potential obsolescence, now that we’re in the digital age.”

This scheme is funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the films will premiere in 2017.


IFB’s Short Stories First Round of Teams Announced

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Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board have announced the successful teams for Short Stories, the first instalment of its new three-part short film scheme. Using the theme of ‘Tribes’, we invited filmmakers to create succinct, creative and entertaining films exploring the type of tribe that fascinates them the most.

Short Stories are live-action or animated films between 2 to 5 minutes in length, with a budget of €20K. Following an impressive round of high-quality applications, we are delighted to reveal that the following five projects have been selected for the scheme:

Deposits to be directed by Trevor Courtney, written by Adrienne Michel-Long and produced by Michael Algar, who states that the film “concerns the connection of all the “disappeared”, who are the remains of those murdered by the Provos and those killed centuries earlier by Redcoats. In common they are buried without trace, but are connected by hopes for discovery.”

Bellwether to be written and directed by Caroline Campbell and produced by Ailish Bracken. Speaking of the film, Campbell says Bellwether is “set in the future-present of worldwide political turmoil, Bellwether tells the story of a measured journey of protest – from the beach to the barricades.”

Nice Night for It to be written and directed by Rachel Carey and produced by Fiona Kinsella. “Nice Night For It tells the story of Jane, a young woman tormented by insomnia, who finds unexpected comfort in a chance encounter with a fellow insomniac while out walking one night”, says Carey.

Neon to be written and directed by Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair and produced by Flaminia Iacoviello. According to Ni Ghrioghair, “Neon is a break-neck, cyberpunk action sci-fi set in a poisoned world of 2050. The ‘Caretakers’ are the sacrificial population tasked with carving out a clean passage with neon lights between pockets of surviving civilisation but one capable woman dares to race for her life against all the odds.”

A Different Kind of Day to be directed and written by Maria Doyle and produced by Kieran Kennedy. Doyle notes the film “features two teenagers who have special needs as the central characters and [the film] aims to challenge lazy, but frequently held perceptions, through humour and compassion.”

Short Stories are funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the selected films will premiere in 2017.


IFB Overview of 2013 and Outlook for 2014


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.



Screen Training Ireland to Transfer from FÁS to Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board

FÁS and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) are pleased to announce the that Screen Training Ireland (STI), the training resource for the film, television and animation industries, is to transfer to Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board from February 2013.

The budget and personnel will transfer from FÁS to the IFB following an agreement between the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The core function of Screen Training Ireland will remain in place and the unit will continue to deliver training courses and bursary awards to the audio-visual industry. The current staff in Screening Training Ireland will also remain in place, ensuring that the valuable experience and international industry contacts that the current team bring to STI will continue to benefit the industry.

Over the past 18 years Screen Training Ireland, with the support of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and FÁS, has been instrumental in the development of people and skills for the Irish screen sectors.  This investment has contributed to the competitiveness of the Irish industry in that period.

Speaking on the transfer for Screen Training Ireland, Paul O’Toole, Director General, FÁS said “The innovative training programmes developed and provided by Screen training Ireland over the past number of years have played a key role in the development of the audio visual industry in Ireland and FÁS is proud to have played its part in this.  I am delighted that this key training and development resource for the screen sectors will continue under the auspices of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.”

James Hickey, IFB Chief Executive said “The future growth of the Irish film television and animation industries is dependent upon a highly skilled workforce. We are part of a competitive global industry where technology is changing the audio visual workplace at an incredibly fast pace. It is vital for the industry to have an on-going training resource which is dedicated to assessing skills shortages in the industry and designing courses and opportunities for practitioners to fill those gaps.”

“The IFB has worked in partnership with FAS and Screen Training Ireland since 1999 and given the imminent dissolution of FÁS, the IFB, as the state agency with the mandate for the development of the audio-visual industry, is the natural home for Screen Training Ireland. We look forward to consulting with the industry and delivering a range of new and exciting courses and training opportunities for practitioners in the foreseeable future.”

Screen Training Ireland in co-operation with national and international industry partners delivers a wide range of training to the sector in enterprise and business development, creative and IP development, and technical skills to creative and technical personnel. Screen Training Ireland has supported the development of freelance practitioners, employees and companies through training across all areas of film, television, animation and digital media and will continue to do so.

The transfer of these functions follows the recent publication of the Further Education and Training Bill 2013 which will see the disbanding of FÁS and the establishment of SOLAS.

SOLAS will be responsible for coordinating and funding Further Education and Training programmes across the country.



Shortlist Announced For IFB / JDIFF ‘Untitled’ Screenwriting Award Competition


Shortlist Announced For IFB / JDIFF ‘Untitled’ Screenwriting Award Competition

Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board (IFB) and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) are delighted to announce the shortlist for the third UNTITLED public screenwriting competition. The competition invited writers to submit an idea for a live action or animated feature film within the genre of Family Films, for the chance to win an IFB Screenplay Development Loan of up to €16,000.

The shortlisted entrants are:

George Kane – A Sleigh In A Manger
Nick Wilkinson – Icarus O’Neil’s Rising Dilemma
Emma Hogan – Snöt and Gröt (animation)
Eoin Rogers – The Cloud Giant (animation)
Lee Cronin – Arthouse

The five shortlisted writers will present the first few scenes of their script to an independent panel of industry professionals, in a unique public event during the 2013 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The winner will be announced at the Festival Closing Night.

Now in its third year, the UNTITLED Competition has had an overwhelming response to date with previous themes of comedy in 2011 and last year’s 1916. The inaugural year of the event saw the writing duo of Enda Loughman and Mike Ahern take home the prize of a €16,000 loan towards the development of their comedy screenplay The Bogman King. Michael Kinirons and Jamie Hannigan scooped an award of €16,000 last year with their 1916 noir thriller Come Monday, We Kill Them All.

Further details on the public pitching event and industry panel members will be announced shortly.


Call For: Applications for Project Manager positions at Bord Scannán na hEireann/ the Irish Film Board

Illustration: Adeline Pericart

As part of the IFB’s long term strategy to continually enhance project development and production the Board is seeking to appoint three Project Managers by January 2013. The Project Managers will manage projects across all genres from the initial concept / development stage right through production financing to cinema release and other exhibition to Irish and international audiences. This structure will provide multiple access points for applicants who will have the option to approach any one of the three Project Managers with development or production applications for their projects.

The Board has engaged the first Project Manager (Rory Gilmartin) and is now seeking to contract with the two remaining Project Managers so that the team of Project Managers may be put in place with the requisite and complimentary skills to address the range of activities undertaken by BSÉ/IFB.


The successful candidates will be providing his/her services to BSÉ/IFB directly reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and will be working on development and production funding applications in relation to cinema feature films, feature documentaries, television animation and television drama.

The successful candidates will be a member of the agency’s core creative team comprising the CEO and the three Project Managers. The services will include working with producers, directors and writers on the development and production funding of projects (as well as other BSÉ/IFB funding initiatives including short films and other film development and film production initiatives) as well as liaising with other production financiers including film distributors, broadcasters, state film funding agencies, sales agents and other co-financiers.

The Project Managers will meet as the core creative team (with other staff of BSÉ/IFB in support) to discuss and make recommendations to the Board of BSÉ/IFB in relation to applications for development funding at least once a month (Development Meetings) and for production funding at least once a month (Production Meetings). They will be liaising with producers, directors and writers both before and after applications are considered and decisions made. They will be presenting applications for funding which have been addressed to or allocated to them at Development Meetings and Production Meetings. They will also be working with the CEO on initiatives to develop creative talent working in film and on initiatives for film financing and film production company development.

The Project Managers will have the advice and support of a panel of consultants who will be in place to support the creative work of the Project Managers particularly on script development and related matters. The consultants will be drawn from Irish and international creative talent and will be available to the Projects Managers on an ongoing basis.


  • Experience of working in the film and television industry is essential;
  • Demonstrated experience in the development process and the assessment of projects from a creative perspective;
  • Ability in working with Irish creative talent including writers, directors, producers and with creative talent in bringing projects to production readiness and potential financial support;
  • Ability to assess film projects from an Irish and international audience viewpoint
  • Ability to assess levels and suitability of film funding in delivering film projects to audiences;
  • Experience of dealing with complex production proposals containing both creative talent and matching financial information with a view to supporting quality Irish films, creative co-productions, television animation, drama and feature documentaries;
  • A track record of being able to balance the cultural and creative considerations with a demonstrable understanding of the unique role of a national screen agency;
  • Proven experience in developing and maintaining sound relationships with writers, directors, producers, sales-agents, distributors, co-financiers and other key stakeholders;


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to convince and influence outcomes – remaining calm under pressure while representing the Agency at a wide variety of fora;
  • Ability to juggle a large and varied workload, to take direction, but to be able to work unsupervised on a day-to-day basis on film projects;
  • A highly motivated, proactive self-starter with a keen eye for detail and a commitment to excellence with a dedication to delivering on the goals of the IFB.
  • A team player working with the other Project Managers and the CEO who can positively contribute to a dynamic and innovative working environment;


Interested applicants are invited to forward a detailed CV that highlights relevant experience and a covering letter (x 2 copies) in strict confidence, marked “Confidential” by Friday 26th October 2012 at 5.00pm to:

James Hickey
Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board
23 Dock Road

The covering letter should address how your experience and skills will contribute to the position of Project Manager and the challenges inherent in the role.

The target remuneration for this position is €60,000 (ex VAT) annualised and negotiable. Remuneration will be confirmed upon offer of a position.

A shortlist for first round interviews will be prepared and candidates for a possible second round may be expected to prepare script coverage and make a short presentation of a selected project at second interview stage.

One of the two Project Managers who are contracted will be based in Dublin, the other will be based in Galway and each will be working on a consultancy basis invoicing for his/her services monthly for an initial period of two years. Candidates should indicate in their application whether they are available to be based in Dublin or Galway.

For more information about Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board visit


Notice: Change to Production Funding Application Deadline


Scannán na hÉireann /the Irish Film Board wishes to notify all producers of a change to the next production funding application deadline. The deadline for receipt of applications for consideration at the next meeting in October will be by close of business Friday, 21st September 2012.

The normal procedure still applies; producers should consult the How To Apply section on the relevant funding page on the website prior to making an application for further information.

Please note that this applies to applications for Production Funding Only – Fiction Irish Production, Animation and Documentary, Creative Co-Production, Completion Funding and Distribution Funding. It does not apply to Development Funding applications.


Calling All Filmmakers! New Deadline For Signatures Scheme Announced


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,
23 Dock Road,

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

Léigh na treoir go cúramach roimh iarratas a dhéanamh.


Change to IFB production funding application deadline


Bord Scannán na hÉireann /the Irish Film Board wishes to notify all producers of a change to the next production funding application deadline. The deadline for receipt of applications for consideration at the next meeting in early September will be by close of business Wednesday August 15th 2012.

The normal procedure still applies; producers should consult the How To Apply section on the relevant funding page on the website prior to making an application for further information.

Please note that this applies to applications for Production Funding Only – Fiction Irish Production, Animation and Documentary, Creative Co-Production, Completion Funding and Distribution Funding. It does not apply to Development Funding applications, the upcoming deadlines for which will be July 31st 2012 and August 31st 2012.


JDIFF 2012: Dreamtime, Revisited

Dreamtime Revisited

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Irish: Dreamtime, Revisited

Wednesday, 21st February, 6:30pm, IFI


Magical, wondrous, sensual and spiritual, Dreamtime Revisited is an evocative recollection of the life and work of writer, poet and philosopher, John Moriarty. Commissioned as part of Reel Art scheme,this abstract film uses stunning contemporary footage, interviews from his friends and family, audio excerpts from some of his own key talks as well as archive material footage from the IFI itself – and all of this skillfully arranged by directors Julius Ziz and Dónal ÓCéilleachair.

Not your standard documentary, this impressionistic piece has a beautiful flow, with the tempo ranging from soft atmospheric contemplative lulls to energetic bursts of frantic vocal performances. The poignancy and honesty in Moriarty complex compilations are juxtaposed by the warm memories of him told by those he cared for. These ultimately paint a warm and at times conflicting picture of John himself, as well as of the country that inspired him.

Aesthetically this film is a varied feast of epic sweeping views that would make Peter Jackson jealous, along with green hills, crashing waves, delicate flora, all contrasting with fantastic archive footage documenting life in rural communites and old familiar cityscapes. Along with the fantastic ambiance provided by the films soundtrack, this really brings home the layered, dreamlike essence of the film, making it a nostalgic heart-wrenching and at times hilarious piece of cinema.

Honestly, I really didn’t expect to enjoy this film as much as I did. The same could be said for the talk afterwards where Filmbase’s own MD Alan Fitzpatrick spoke with Dreamtime, Revisited’s two directors. Julius Ziz stressed how surprised he was when so few people had heard of John Moriarty’s work. He cited John as a hero of this country and one of the most important poets and mystics of our time. Glad of the opportunity to work on this film, he stated that Dreamtime, Revisited was the perfect introduction for people to his work.

One of the best things about this particular screening was the audience’s warm reception to it, and how one attendee put it perfectly at the Q&A section:

‘I just feel so grateful for having being here. I’ve listened to John on and off over the years… and afterwards I almost wanted a minutes quiet to myself. This was pure magic… and as someone said over there, ‘do it again’ – because there’s enough material there for ten films. You really captured it; his spirit. Whatever you did, you did it well.’

Gemma Creagh

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IFI, Templebar, Saturday 19th February 6:30pm

Like a tasty box of Leonidas chocolates, I had the pleasure of consuming the IFB Shorts, which screened at Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in the IFI, Saturday 19th February. A variety of styles and flavors, the first from the selection was a lovely atmospheric animation, The Monk and The Fly. Directed by Matthew Darragh, this 3 minute Short Short saw a monk’s meditation interrupted by a host of mischievous tormentors.

A change of pace ensued with Brian O’Malley’s Crossing Salween. Brian had spoken to JDIFF’s Screenwriting Panel earlier about the film, which told the tale of a young girl from Eastern Burma named, Ko Reh, who finds herself orphaned after the massacre of her village by the army. An epic film, I was really blown away by Crossing Salween’s scale, beauty and style.

The touching and brilliantly-named documentary, Needle Exchange, featured two recovering drug addicts and best friends who have taken up tattooing. Honest, heart-breaking and very, very funny; this wonderful Reality Bites piece was masterfully put together by director Colm Quinn.

A change in genre saw the physiological thriller, The Night Nurse. Directed by Terence White, this four-minute Short Short followed a nurse who’s working late one night on a psychiatric ward.

Lifting the eerie mood, documentary Collaboration Horizontale took the cinema to Chartres during the World War two era. Through interviewing the modern-day townspeople, director Ciaran Cassidy explored the sad fate of a baby who featured in an iconic in Robert Capa photo; the daughter of a German soldier.

Tom Merilion’s high energy short Flatbed followed, as an interesting depiction of the end of a relationship, while Brian Williams’ Dummy, the ultimate rycycling film, followed the varied uses found for an old mannequin.

The carmel-nut favorite of the yummy IFB chocs was definitely Pentecost – the brilliant short by Peter McDonald and winner of Best Irish Short at the Corona Cork Film Festival in 2010. This sweet, clever and hugely humorous Signatures, told the story of a defiant youngster who’s forced to serve as an alter boy at a very important mass. The IFI echoed with the audience’s loud laughter at the pre-mass locker-room pep talk.

Ken Wardrop’s ambiguous drama, Return To Roscoff, told the sad story of a lonely woman’s attempt to contact her son’s father and Shoe was a black comedy about a vagabond who rudely interrupted a suicide. Hilary Fennell’s Hearing Silence documented professional musician Elizabeth Petcu’s decent into deafness, while dark animation Headspace by Patrick Semple left a host of nightmarish images in the wake of its depiction of a young boy’s troubles.

The final tasty treat of the evening was Matt Leigh’s documentary about the elderly clientele at a Dublin Hair salon, Blue Rinse. These amazing older women shared their beauty tips, experiences and humour in this thoughtful short.

Gemma Creagh


'Na Cloigne' nominated at the Celtic Media Festival

Na Cloigne, the supernatural drama series produced by ROSG, is selected to represent Ireland in ‘Drama Series’ category at the prestigious Celtic Media Festival

This series is a contemporary Irish language supernatural thriller broadcast on TG4 last year, has been chosen from a host of Irish TV drama productions to be selected as the Irish entry in the ‘Drama Series’ category at the Festival.

The Celtic Media Festival is an annual celebration of the best of film, television, radio and digital media from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man. The event, which will take place in Scotland in April, promotes the richness of Celtic heritage, language and culture.

The standard at the Celtic Media Festival is high, with the event attracting major drama productions from major broadcasters such as BBC, RTE, UTV, TG4 and Channel 4.

The shortlist for the ‘Drama Series’ category at the Celtic Media Festival is:

Na Cloigne ROSG, Ireland
Sherlock Hartswood Films, Wales
Lip Service Kudos Films, Scotland
Single Father Red Production Company, Scotland
Istoriou Breizh Pois Chiche, Brittany
Pen Taler Fiction Factory, Wales

Na Cloigne, which translates as ‘The Heads’, features a young couple at the centre of an investigation into the violent and gruesome murders of two women. Directed by Robert Quinn and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh for ROSG, a Conamara based film and television production company, the series was originally broadcast as a three part series on TG4 early last year and a feature length film version was broadcast on TG4 over Halloween.

The miniseries focuses on the discovery of the naked and decapitated bodies of two young women in the woods. Local artist Nuala (Siobhan O’Kelly) and her adulterous boyfriend Seán (Dara Devaney) find themselves at the heart of the brutal murder inquiry as jealousy, lust and insecurity drives their relationship to breaking point. The programme moves into paranormal territory when the mysterious Superintendent Ó Sé (Barry McGovern) arrives on the scene to try and unravel the murder mystery.

This follows last week’s announcement that Na Cloigne had received six nominations for the upcoming 2011 Irish Film and Television Awards in a variety of categories including ‘Single Drama / Drama Serial’, ‘Director Television’, Writer Television’, ‘Make-Up and Hair’, ‘Original Score’ and ‘Irish Language’.

Na Cloigne was funded by TG4, and BSÉ/IFB and the BAI and private investment through 481.


Eleven Irish Films at the Palm Springs Shortfest

Eleven Irish short films have been selected for the Palm Springs International Shortfest. Included in the programme line-up are Bye, Bye Now, Dental Breakdown, Hasan Everywhere, Moore Street Masala, Please Say Something, Return to Roscoff, The Trembling Veil of Bones, Cold Turkey, Noreen, Passing and The Pool.

The 16th Palm Springs International ShortFest will take place in California 22–28 June and will screen 300 short films from over 40 countries. Other events at the festival include master classes, receptions, seminars and one-on-one meetings with industry experts and filmmakers.

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IFB Short Film Distribution Policy

The IFB has announced that the policy on the distribution of short films produced under the Signatures, Short Shorts, Frameworks and Reality Bites schemes has changed.

Previously, the distribution rights were retained by the IFB for five years and a sales agent was appointed to distribute the shorts internationally.

Going forward, the distribution rights will remain with the filmmaker, who can now choose to appoint a sales agent or distribute the film themselves. The IFB feel this will empower filmmakers and enable them to build direct relationships with distributors.