Reality Bites: Successful Projects Announced

Reality Bites logo for news

 

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (BSÉ/IFB) have announced the latest successful Reality Bites teams. This short documentary scheme aims to encourage experimentation and the realisation of fresh approaches to non-fiction filmmaking. The following three teams have been awarded funding for their projects:

Breaking News to be directed by Paul Quinn and Tom Burke, written by Paul Quinn, and produced by Shane Hogan for Areaman Productions

This character-based documentary explores the personal stories of the newspaper vendors of Dublin’s streets, who, despite being emblazoned with sensationalist headlines, remain anonymous as we pass by. This filmmaking team worked on Reality Bites shorts The Fisherman in 2011 and There’s No Charge for the Hat in 2013, as well as the programme In Bed with the Irish for RTÉ Television, among many other projects.

Cold Hands, Warm Heart to be produced by Heather Mills, directed by Ben Jones and written by Jason Kane for Beochan

This film takes an affectionate look back at the GAA sport of handball, against the backdrop of the creation and subsequent dereliction of countless outdoor alleys in both urban and rural Ireland. Ben Jones is an experienced DoP, having worked on features like Breaking Spain, City Slackers and Rain, as well as many TV programmes and music videos. Producer Heather Mills has a background as a line producer and production manager. Her credits include Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble and Igam Ogam 2.

7th Daughter of a 7th Daughter to be written and directed by Narayan Van Maele and produced by Nodlag Houlihan for Zucca Films

This observational documentary follows Agnes Padden, a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter who has the power to cure ringworm and several skin disorders, and captures the fading Irish tradition of “The Cure”. Narayan Van Maele is a DoP and photographer whose credits include the documentaries Dawn of a New Day and Voices of Mercy and the short film Baby Love. Nodhlag Houlihan has produced BSÉ/IFB-funded films including Alia, Blue Rinse and Downpour.

The Reality Bites shorts are funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (BSÉ/IFB) and are set to premiere at IFI Stranger Than Fiction 2014.

Share

New Deadline Announced for Reality Bites scheme

REALITY_RGB_on_black

 

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.

Share

Short Doc ‘Home Turf’ Wins Award In Verona

Irish Film Board funded short documentary Home Turf  has won the award for ‘best work about the natural environment and the relationship between Man and Nature’ at Film Festival Della Lessinia in Verona, Italy.

 

The film was funded under the Reality Bites scheme and debuted at the Corona Cork Film Festival last November. Since then it has had screenings at several prestigious festivals including Krakow, Hot Docs in Toronto and the AFI Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival in Washington DC.

 

Home Turf observes turf cutters from Co. Kerry as they cut and collect turf through the summer months and juxtaposes their efforts with machine-cutting that is happening nearby.

 

It was produced by Aideen O’Sullivan (Bye Bye Now) for True Films and directed by Ross Whitaker (Saviours), edited by Andrew Hearne (Blind Man Walking, The Zoo), with cinematography by Alex Sapienza (The Bailout).

 

The film was called an ‘elegiac tribute to an Ireland rapidly disappearing’ by the Irish Independent, Film Ireland said the film was ‘shot with an elegant visual simplicity’ while The Examiner said ‘the film captures the camaraderie of the bog.’

 

The Lessinia Film Festival is the only Italian cinematographic competition dedicated exclusively to short films, documentaries, and full length features about the life, history and traditions of the mountains. The award given to Home Turf was sponsored by Lessinia Regional Natural Park .

 

‘We are delighted that the film has been granted this award by the Lessinia Film Festival, particularly considering the strength of the films on show,’ said director Ross Whitaker. ‘We’re particularly happy that the award is especially dedicated to the relationship between Man and Nature, which is a central theme of our film.’

 

www.hometurffilm.com

www.filmfestivallessinia.it/en/

Share

Deadlines for BSÉ/IFB Short Film Schemes

The deadlines for the Irish Film Board’s flagship short film scheme Signatures and the short documentary scheme Reality Bites have been announced. Applications will be accepted until Friday, 17th July for Signature applications and Reality Bites applications will be accepted until Friday, 7th August.

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.

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

Submissions in Irish are actively encouraged as films for either scheme can be produced in English or Irish. The successful short films will premiere at the Corona Cork Film Festival next year.

For more information please click here.

Share