Call For: Submissions for Galway Film Centre & RTÉ Short Film Commission

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Galway City of Film have announced the return of the Short Film Commission Scheme a partnership scheme with RTÉ and Galway Film Centre. Writers are invited to submit a story idea and the best three ideas will be selected and receive a prize of €500 each. These three writers will go on to be mentored by an experienced Script Editor to bring their idea from a story outline to a finished script. From this, one script will be selected and made into a short film.

New and up-and-coming directors are also invited to submit a short CV to be selected through a competitive process to direct the winning script. The directors will be mentored by an experienced director through prep, casting right through to being supported on set

Producers and production companies are also encouraged to register for the scheme and will be selected on a CV and interview basis. Please note that director and producer teams are also encouraged to apply and will be interviewed together as a team.
DEADLINE for applications is Tuesday 31st January and full details on the scheme are here: http://www.galwayfilmcentre.ie/2016/11/22/galway-city-of-film-and-rte-announce-new-short-film-commission/
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RTÉ and Galway Film Centre Short Film Commission

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Galway City of Film have announced the return of the Short Film Commission Scheme a partnership scheme by RTÉ and Galway Film Centre. Writers are invited to submit a story idea and the best three ideas will be selected and receive a prize of €500 each. These three writers will go on to be mentored by an experienced Script Editor to bring their idea from a story outline to a finished script. From this, one script will be selected and made into a short film.

New and up-and-coming directors are also invited to submit a short CV to be selected through a competitive process to direct the winning script. The directors will  be mentored by an experienced director through prep, casting right through to being supported on set. The directors mentoring panel will include Dearbhla Walsh (Penny Dreadful, Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot) and Paddy Breathnach, (Shrooms, I Went Down) and, depending on the shooting schedule, one of these will mentor the director.

Producers and production companies are also encouraged to register for the scheme and will be selected on a CV and interview basis. Please note that director and producer teams are also encouraged to apply and will be interviewed together as a team.

Writers are now invited to submit a short film story idea by January 31st.

For full details on entry guidelines please see the APPLICATION FORM:http://www.galwayfilmcentre.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/GFC-RTE%CC%81-Short-Film-Application-form-2016.pdf

All submissions will be read by three readers without them knowing the identity of the writers. Based on the three-page submission around 10 writers will be shortlisted and invited for interview. Based on the interview three writers will be selected and each will receive a cash prize of €500.00. All three will also get to work with an experienced Script Editor to develop the story outline into a finished script. One finished script will be selected approximately four weeks after the interview date to become the film that goes into production.

For full application details for Writers, Directors and Producers please see wwww.galwayfilmcentre.ie

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You can contact Galway City of Film at
info@galwaycityoffilm.com
or +353 (0) 91 770 748
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Review of Irish Film @ Cork Film Festival: Power on the Box

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Annie Curran checks out  a preview screening of the first episode of RTÉ’s upcoming television docuseries, Power on the Box, which screened at the 2016 Cork Film Festival.

Audience members at the 2016 Cork Film Festival were treated to a preview screening of the first episode of RTÉ’s upcoming television docuseries, Power on the Box. The four-part series, hosted by Irish Times journalist Harry McGee, details the impact of Irish television on politics during the last 50 years.

 

The documentary balances interviews from politicians and journalists, weighing both the positive and negative effects of television on the bureaucratic landscape. McGee provides the viewers with a variety of differing opinions and does not suggest which side of the argument he falls on, stating only that “there’s no denying the power of the box in the corner.”

 

The first episode chronicles the creation of the television branch of RTÉ, which officially premiered on December 31, 1961. As Irish historian and longstanding RTÉ broadcaster John Bowman describes, politicians “weren’t ready to be on screen.”

 

Skeptics of television included Éamon de Valera, who compared it to an atomic bomb and expressed his concern over the harm it could cause. In contrast, Taoiseach Seán Lemass said television could be an “instrument of public policy.” Additionally, former Fianna Fáil Minister Noel Dempsey says that seeing politics on camera is what made him want to pursue his governmental career.

 

The majority of the episode is devoted to detailing the implications of Section 31 of the Broadcasting Authority Act, which gave the Minister of Posts and Telegraphs the ability to issue a Ministerial order to prevent RTÉ from airing interviews with Sinn Feinn and IRA members. The documentary includes interviews with politicians who think Section 31 was necessary, as well as those who decry the censorship and fault RTÉ broadcasters for cowering to it. The most critical view comes from Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, who tells McGee that Section 31 delayed the peace process.

 

One of the most fascinating and ultimately humorous moments in the episode stems from the discussion of how RTÉ was able to work around the limitations of Section 31. The network could broadcast footage of Sinn Fein and IRA leaders if actors dubbed over their voices. McGee interviews famed actor Stephen Rea, who provides an entertaining account of the voice-over work he completed for the network. Adams tells McGee that he thinks the actors’ voices were better than his own and that Rea was his favorite version of himself.

 

McGee also travelled to the U.S. and attended the 2016 Republican Convention. Considering Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the recent election, this footage is even more powerful now, and only further proves the correlation between media attention and political success.

 

The screening at the Cork Film Festival was followed by a panel discussion hosted by McGee. Compliance Committee Member for the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Dr. Ciaran Kissane; University College Cork History Department Lecturer Dr. Finola Doyle-O’Neill; and Communications Executive at NUI Galway, Acadamh Dan Dwyer provided fascinating context to information presented in the documentary. For example, Doyle-O’Neill informed the audience that since the Irish were already buying televisions and accessing world news, the state felt it was important to create an Irish network so that citizens would not get all of their information from British or American sources.

 

The panel also raised the excellent point that scripted television shows and talk shows have perhaps influenced public opinion more than television news shows. The first episode does not address this point, and thus perhaps misses the full implication of the power of television. However, because of the confines of a four-episode format, it is understandable that the producers honed in specifically on televisions news.

 

Additionally, the episode featured a major lack of women. This is certainly accurate to the disparity of genders in both politics and journalism, however I hope that future episodes feature more female voices.

 

The first episode of Power on the Box will air on Monday, 28th November at 19:30 on RTÉ1. The rest of the series will delve further into the tensions between journalists and politicians by reliving more consequential moments in the history of Irish television.

 

Power on the Box screened on 17th November 2016

The Cork Film Festival 2016 runs 11 – 20 November

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Nationwide County Short Film Project to Mark 1916

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Every single county in Ireland has a connection with the 1916 Rising. In an effort to explore these connections and stories, RTÉ, in partnership with Ireland 2016, embarked on an ambitious project to produce a series of one minute films or shorts – one for every county.

 

The one-minute films explore the individual connections with the events of 1916 in each county or a particular story around the county’s commemoration of Easter 1916. This initiative is dedicated to allowing each county tells its own story about how it was touched by this momentous turning point in Ireland’s history.

 

The films, which have been specially commissioned as part of Ireland 2016, the State programme to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, will be broadcast across RTÉ One and RTÉ2 over the next four months. The films will also hit the big screen at 71 cinemas in the Republic of Ireland* by way of a 3-week cinema campaign which starts on Friday 18 March. They are also available to view on RTÉ Player and on RTÉ’s YouTube channel.

 

Speaking about the films Adrian Lynch, Channel Controller, RTÉ Onesaid: “We initially commissioned six films for our Road to the Rising series but when we saw how strong the films were we wanted to expand them to include every county in Ireland. Each film is different and gives a unique insight into the counties’ connection to 1916.”

 

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys said: “These short films provide a very personal and intimate look at how the Rising affected communities right across this country. While the Rising is often seen as a Dublin-based event, the reality is that families from every county were caught up in the dramatic events of Easter Week 1916. These short videos help to tell their story.”

 

Filmed over the past six months by five Irish directors the shorts feature everyday people reflecting on the Easter Rising. The Leitrim film pays tribute to Kiltyclogher native Sean MacDiarmada and sees locals reflecting on his contribution to the rising and to the local area. (http://bit.ly/1RSTYLZ)

 

The Longford film follows Eamon & Gabriel Creamer and the restoration of an old Ford Model T car which was used by Michael Collins and local volunteers Larry Kiernan, John Cawley and Paul Cusack.  (http://bit.ly/1RfA7EC)

 

While five Donegal people, aged 104 down to just five-years-old reflect on their lives and how they differ from that of our ancestors. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRGuDNzAyxs)

 

To find your county go to: http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/every-county-has-a-story-30003910/10541254/ or https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSlLVn6LhLBfuxLKuB3t9RRLMXuQ9kTVj

 

For more information on RTÉ 1916, in partnership with Ireland 2016, go towww.rte.ie/1916.

 

 

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Call For: Video Editors @ RTÉ

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RTÉ, Ireland’s Public Service Media Organisation, is a distinctive cross-media leader, providing comprehensive and cost-effective media services which are impartial and to the highest standards.
RTÉ Television currently has a number of vacancies for experienced Video Editors in the Television Operations division.   Reporting to the Head of Operations – Production, the successful post holder(s) will be responsible for assembling recorded raw material into a finished product that’s suitable for release and/or live broadcast. The material may include camera footage, dialogue, sound effects, graphics and special effects.
The main duties of the role include but are not limited to;
  • Creating edited content ranging from programme inserts to entire programme across all programme genres
  • Interpret programme briefs  from programme personnel and deliver to the highest standard whilst ensuring all legal and journalistic guidelines are considered and adhered to
  • Implementation and manipulation of basic sound/audio mixing and colour grading to ensure the desired output is achieved
  • Working closely with the production team and other relevant departments within RTÉ
Successful applicants should posses the following:
  • 3rd level technical qualification in Television programme production
  • Significant experience as a Video Editor in a live busy television environment is essential
  • Experience in sound mixing, sound production process and animation creation and graphics
  • Knowledge and familiarity of the television production process
  • Excellent sense of pace and timing and have the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Good interpersonal and effective communication skills
Candidates must  be proficient in the Avid Interplay system and Avid Media Composer and have a working understanding of Protools.  Candidates will also be expected to work under pressure as many of the programmes are live or near live. The successful post holders should also possess a technical creative flare with strong visual skills and a keen eye for graphic content.
Video Editors work a shift pattern which includes weekends and public holidays and have a 7 day liability and flexibility is also essential.
Applicants are invited to submit Curriculum Vitae together with cover letter (attach as one document) via the online application process
The salary range for this position is €39,747 – €60,493 and will be offered on an ongoing employment basis.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday, 29th January 2016.
RTÉ is an equal opportunities employer.

 

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Call For: Applications for Short Shots

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Short Shots is a new Filmbase/RTÉ New Short Film scheme that doesn’t just fund films, it offers the next generation of filmmakers a programme of development and production support.

Championing Ireland’s diverse and dynamic emerging filmmakers, the scheme offers development support for shortlisted projects, as well as production and distribution support to the eventual greenlit films. People with good ideas should be encouraged to apply regardless of their creative backgrounds. A wide net will be cast to find new writers, producers and directors with a clear sense of visual storytelling and an original voice.

The purpose of Short Shots is to stimulate a truly independent and unique approach to creative filmmaking. Through this scheme, Filmbase and RTÉ are looking for ambitious films and authentic stories that will excite and resonate with audiences.

The culmination of the programme will be the opportunity of producing a short film with a production budget of €10,000 in astimulative and supportive environment.

 

Deadline for application to participate:

5PM Thurs 28th Jan 2016

More information can be found on the Filmbase website:

http://filmbase.ie/short-shots-filmbaserte-new-short-film-scheme/#.VnmUZraLTcs

 

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Call For: Experienced Make-Up Artists for RTÉ

 

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RTÉ Television has a vacancy for a number of experienced Make-Up Artists to cover maternity-related leave to work across the full range of television programmes from Drama, Entertainment, Young Peoples, News and Current Affairs.

It is proposed to form a panel from this competition from which future vacancies as Make-Up Artists, should they arise, may be filled.

Reporting to the Planning and Resource Manager, the successful post holders will be responsible for the following:

– Apply make-up and style hair within an allotted timeframe to enhance and/or alter the appearance of people appearing in productions
– Alter or maintain make-up and hair on a production set as necessary to compensate for lighting changes and to achieve continuity of effect in fast turnaround situations
– Analyse a drama script, noting events that affect each character’s appearance so that plans can be made for each scene
– Study scripts to ascertain the materials and the look required, identifying areas where research is required and any budget implications
– Ensure continuity on a drama production in hair and/or make-up by maintaining accurate and concise continuity notes and by following other make-up artists continuity notes
– Interpret the visual requirements of a client from a producer’s brief
– Develop and design new ideas for hair styling and makeup application and communicate these effectively with clients
– Maintain up to date knowledge of available make-up, hair and beauty products and apply new knowledge to the job
– Assess performers’ skin-type to ensure that make-up will not cause skin irritations or issues
– Clean and maintain tools, workplaces, launder towels and gowns and have a full awareness of health and safety requirements

A third level Make-Up Artist qualification from a recognised college/school is desirable for interested applicants. In addition the ideal candidate should possess the following:
– Significant experience working in a similar capacity in TV and/or Film in the role of a make-up artist is essential and hair styling experience would be a distinct advantage
– An understanding and experience of make-up for screen and the impact of studio lights and HD on its appearance and rendering on screen
– A thorough knowledge of the television production process and the ability to understand script breakdown and continuity notes
– The skill to apply make-up to a professional standard within tight deadlines and in pressurised and unpredictable situations
– An ability to think creatively and develop and design new applications, looks and styles and achieve specific colour effects as required
– Aptitude to communicate with producers and to understand and visually interpret all aspects of the make-up brief
– The ability to work on their own initiative or as part of a busy team and to develop constructive and co-operative working relationships
– A full understanding of the chain of command in a studio system and an ability to communicate and receive instruction effectively in this environment

It is a requirement of the role to be able to work irregular hours with a 7 day liability and flexibility is also essential. This role involves working within TV Studio and location filming.

The salary range for this position is €32,986 to €47,215 gross p.a. and contract will be offered on a fixed purpose basis to cover maternity related leave. It is proposed that a panel for possible future vacancies will also be formed from this competition.

Applicants are invited to submit Curriculum Vitae and cover letter outlining their suitability for the position – both must be attached as one document via the online recruitment system. A practical assessment may also form part of the selection process.

Closing date of applications: 5pm, Monday 16th November 2015.

Click here to apply for this job.

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Call For: Ideas for a St Stephen’s Night Special for RTÉ

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RTÉ are seeking proposals for a one-hour entertainment special over the Christmas period.

Proposals should be for pre-recorded productions but RTÉ are open to a range of suggestions that would achieve their ambition for the programme. St Stephen’s night is one of the most-watched nights of the year so RTÉ are looking for exciting ideas that will attract a huge family audience.

They have stated that they want this show to be “the must see television moment of the evening. A show to enjoy with family and friends as you devour the last of the Christmas fare. Proposals should identify key talent and suggest possible guests.”

The budget for the special will be up to €140,000 for a one-hour special that will air at 8pm on St Stephen’s night 2015.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 16th October 2015 at 12noon.

RTÉ ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system: https://e-commissioning.rte.ie/SWIFT.Web/skins/rte/login.aspx under the programme category “St. Stephens Night RTÉ One”.

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