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


Successful Frameworks teams announced



Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board have announced that the latest round of successful Frameworks teams have been selected.

This is the 18th year of the Frameworks short film scheme, which is dedicated exclusively to the production of animated films.  The scheme was established to develop new talent and skills in the field of animation and has been extremely successful in encouraging innovative and novel work from Irish animators.

Previous Frameworks success stories include Brown Bag Films’ Give Up Your Aul Sins and Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty which were both nominated for Oscars in the Best Animated Short Film category and Cartoon Saloon’s Old Fangs which was officially selected for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.  Kealan O’Rourke’s The Boy in the Bubble picked up the Audience Award for Favourite Animation Short at the Palm Springs Shortfest in 2012. Tony O’Donoghue’s Irish Folk Furniture has enjoyed enormous success on the international festival circuit having won the Best Animation Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The successful projects selected for funding this year combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a broad audience. This year’s successful projects are:

  • The Worry Word written and to be directed by Jack O’Shea and produced by Damien Byrne.
  • Somewhere Down the Line written and to be directed by Julien Regnard and produced by Jonathan Clarke for Cartoon Saloon.
  • Deadly written and to be directed by Aidan McAteer and produced by Shannon George for Kavaleer Productions.
  • Where is Eva Hipsey written by Justin Spooner, to be directed by Orla McHardy and produced by Nicky Gogan for Still Films.


Frameworks is co-financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board, RTÉ and the Arts Council.  The projects will premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh 2014.


Countdown to Galway Film Fleadh: Real Deal Film Conference



Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board together with the Galway Film Fleadh have announced the details for the 2013 Real Deal Film Conference which takes place onThursday July 11th.

This year the conference is focused firmly on the new international trends emerging in filmmaking, taking an encompassing look at what producers should be doing to meet the new demands of the marketplace from development through to production and market exploitation.

The Real Deal will be moderated by Angus Finney and will feature an exciting line-up with speakers from the Irish and international industry.

Please note that places will be limited at the conference as the venue has been changed to the Veranda Lounge at the Radisson Hotel in Galway.

You must sign up to secure your place at by Friday July 5th at 5pm.

A full conference schedule can be found on the Irish Film Board website


New Deadline Announced for Reality Bites scheme



Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board have announced the new deadline for submissions for the next round of the Reality Bites. Applications will be accepted until Friday July 5th.

Reality Bites aims to encourage experimentation and a fresh approach to short non-fiction filmmaking. We 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.

The Reality Bites scheme will provide funding for up to three films between 10 and 12 minutes in duration.

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


The Animation Hub to Produce New Short Film Inspired by Terry Pratchett


Set in the Unseen University of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, The Duel is a new animated short film being produced by the Animation Hub, a collaboration between staff and students of the Irish School of Animation (ISA) at Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE), staff and students of Trinity College Dublin’s Creative Arts, Technology and Culture (CATC) initiative and the Irish animation studio, Giant Creative.

With this new project, the Animation Hub intends to build on the global success of their first animated short, the multi-award winning, The Last Train.

The aim of the collaboration is to combine the skills and talents of students from both institutions and have them work with Giant Creative to create a high quality animated short, giving the students the chance to experience working on a high-end project in a professional environment.

World-renowned fantasy and science fiction novelist and Adjunct Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin, Sir Terry Pratchett is hands-on engaged with the production, working with Giant Creative on both character and story development. The team is blending fantasy and reality, with notable Irish landmarks set to cameo in the unreal environments of this animated adventure.

Talking about his engagement on the project, Professor Sir Terry Pratchett said The Duel is something new from something old – Discworld is being borrowed by our students in the Animation Hub to produce a wholly new adventure – where some familiar elements from our world will appear, but not quite as we know them. It’s wonderful to see this type of project supported and made real – and we intend to have a lot of fun while we’re at it.

Speaking together, the programme leads from BFCE and TCD, Gareth Lee and David Lloyd, said “It’s great to have the next Animation Hub project up and running with the valued support of the Irish Film Board. It’s very exciting to have both Terry Pratchett and Giant Creative involved. ‘The Duel’ is a very ambitious project that will provide great scope for many of our students across a range of disciplines to gain valuable professional experience.”

Emma Scott, Production Executive with the Irish Film Board, added “The Animation Hub is an exciting partnership of students from two very important and creative institutions. We are delighted to support this initiative which provides students with excellent and very valuable experience working on high-end productions. We look forward to seeing all involved build on the success of last year’s very successful collaboration”.

The Duel is supported through funding from the Irish Film Board, Trinity College Dublin and Ballyfermot College of Further Education and will premiere in early 2013, as part of the Tercentenary Celebrations of Trinity College’s Old Library.


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.


Call For: Applications for Irish Film Board Frameworks Animation Scheme

 Illustration: Adeline Pericart

The deadline for the Irish Film Board short animation scheme Frameworks has been announced. Applications will be accepted until Friday, 20th April.

Frameworks is an established scheme for the making of animated short films which has been incredibly successful in stimulating ground-breaking new work from Irish animators. Projects selected for funding will combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a broad audience.

Irish animation has been drawing much international acclaim in recent years with Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty being nominated for a Best Short Animation Academy Award, The Rooster, The Crocodile and The Night Sky being nominated for a prestigious ASIFA Hollywood Annie Award and Old Fangs receiving critical acclaim at the renowned Sundance, Annecy and the London film festivals.

The Frameworks scheme is co-funded by BSÉ/IFB, the Arts Council and RTÉ.

Films may be made in Irish or English with Irish applications being actively encouraged.

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

A Bheochantóirí!! Spriocdháta Nua Frameworks Á Fógairt

Tá áthas ar Bord Scannán na hÉireann spiocdháta nua a fhógairt do Frameworks – scéim na ngearrscannán beochana. Glacfaí le hiarratais go dtí an Aoine, 20ú Aibreán. Is scéim bhunaithe rathúil í Frameworks do léiriú gearrscannáin bheochana, atá ag spreagadh saothair nuálacha ó bheochantóirí Éireannacha.

Beidh taiscéalaíocht chruthaitheach i gceist leis na tionscnaimh a roghnófaí, agus ba chóir go mbeidh sé ar a gcumas acu lucht féachana leathan a tharraingt. Tá clú idirnáisiúnta bainte amach ag beochan Éireannach sna blianta beaga anuas, le hainmniúchán do Dhuais an Acadaimh – An Gearrscannán Beochana Is Fearr faighte ag Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty a stiúraigh Nicky Phelan agus a scríobh Kathleen O’Rourke. Moladh freisin The Rooster, The Crocodile and the Night Sky, a scríobh agus a stiúraigh Padraig Fagan, don ghradam suntasach Annie de chuid ASIFA Hollywood. Taispeánadh Old Fangs de chuid Adrien Merigeau ag an bhféile cháiliúil Sundance, agus ag Féile Scannán Annecy agus Féile Scannán Londan anuraidh, le moladh óna léirmheastóirí.

Tá Scéim Frameworks maoinithe ag BSÉ, An Chomhairle Ealaíon agus RTÉ. Is féidir scannáin a dhéanamh as Gaeilge nó i mBéarla, agus cuirimid fáilte mhór go háirithe roimh iarratais as Gaeilge. Le tuilleadh eolais a fháil ar conas iarratas a dhéanamh agus chun foirm iarratais a íoslódáil, téigh chuig Clár Maoiniú Frameworks ar laithreán gréasáin BSÉ.



Winner Of Untitled Screenwriting Competition 2012 Announced

The winner of the UNTITLED Screenwriting competition, run in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board (IFB) and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) was announced this weekend.

COME MONDAY, WE KILL THEM ALL written by Jamie Hannigan and Michael Kinirons, beat the other four finalists to take home the prize of a first draft development loan of €16,000.

Commenting on their win, Michael and Jamie said:  “”The Untitled competition is a great way to introduce a film like ours into 
the world, so we’re absolutely thrilled to have won, especially after seeing
how strong the other pitches were. It was incredibly encouraging to get such a strong response from an audience at this early stage.”

Michael Kinirons taught the Autumn 2011 Directing for Screen 8 week course and the 1-day ‘Getting the most from your outlines and treatments’ course  in Filmbase. Jamie Hannigan is a frequent contributor to Film Ireland magazine.

Whittled down from nearly 200 entries, the winning team was announced following a public pitching session chaired by Andrew Meehan (Development Executive, IFB) where the five finalists had to pitch their feature film idea on the theme of ‘1916’ to an industry panel consisting of leading Irish producer James Flynn, actor and writer Mark O’Halloran, talent agent Charlotte Kelly and JDIFF Festival Director Grainne Humphreys in front of a public audience.

COME MONDAY, WE KILL THEM ALL is a ‘Chinatown’/’Third Man’-inspired film 
noir, set in the murky wartime world of 1916 Dublin.

The four runners up were Jasmina Kallay with her drama Das Irland, Anne Marie Casey and Joseph O’Connor with their biopic Grace 1916, Hugh Travers with his black comedy The Players and Virginia Gilbert with her drama The Boys who will all receive season passes to next year’s film festival.