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

 

Looking for funding?  Want to submit your work to festivals. Keep an eye on all the upcoming deadlines here.

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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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Call For: Creative Proposals for RTE

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RTÉ Comedy, Talent Development and Music department is looking for new, high energy proposals for peak-time slots on RTE One and RTÉ2 for late autumn and Christmas 2015.

They are also  interested in new comedy ideas that can be carried on RTÉ2, ideally as part of the Christmas schedule. One offs and pilot ideas will be prioritised

RTE are interested in creative proposals for music programming, to augment their current output.

 

For full details click here

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Deadline for Frameworks Announced

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Frameworks is a scheme for the making of animated short films which is considered to be continually 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 general audience, however please note this is not a scheme aimed at children.

The scheme is co-funded by BSÉ/IFB & RTÉ.

Films may be made in English or Irish (if produced in the Irish language subtitling will be necessary for festivals & sales worldwide)

The deadline is 1pm on Wed, 15th April, 2015

The online system will automatically close down at 1pm on this day so please ensure your submission is completed and submitted well in advance of the deadline as late applications will not be accepted by email or otherwise.

Parameters of the Scheme

  • Number of films: Up to 3 per year
    • Duration: Maximum 6 minutes
    • Max. budget per film: €46,000
    • Method: All forms of animation acceptable
    • Delivery: 2x HD Cam, DCP & HD File (Apple Pro-Res or Equivalent)

IMPORTANT NOTES:

TIME FRAME

When preparing your submission applicants should carefully consider the production timeframe. Producers will have a window in which to bring the projects to approved rough cut stage in early March 2016 and delivery must then be completed strictly by May 2016.

ARCHIVAL CLEARANCES  & RIGHTS

For films using archive material or which require any other kind of rights in order to produce the film – full clearances in all media in perpetuity must be included at application stage and costed into the budget.

Who Can Apply?

Applications are invited from producer/director/writer teams (where the producer and director are not the same person) subject to eligibility guidelines as follows:

Producers: Must provide a CV demonstrating their ability to produce animation.

Directors: Must have previously directed at least one animated short film*

Writers: Must have previous writing experience eg. screen, published or online work (links to online work should be provided on their CV).

Producers, Directors and Writers may apply to make more than one FRAMEWORKS film but may not receive funding through the scheme more than three times in a 10 year period.

Projects submitted twice before which were unsuccessful may not reapply.

The scheme is not open to full-time students

* FRAMEWORKS is not a wide-open scheme in terms of the talent it aims to attract: it is designed to enable the making of short animated films by producers and directors with strong creative voices and some measure of professional experience. Accordingly a short film made as part of college work will not be considered eligible in this context, though a graduation film that has achieved significant festival exposure might be.

Procedure

Submissions will be examined with consideration given to the screenplay and the creative team. A shortlist of around eight teams will be invited to attend an interview.

Awards will be made to up to three teams, the number of FRAMEWORKS to be funded being dependent upon the overall standard of submissions. Teams selected must attend an information day in order to be entitled to claim their funding.

Important Features of the Scheme

  • FRAMEWORKS films should be originated and creatively led by Irish talent or talent resident in Ireland, and their productions should be practically managed from Ireland by a production company registered in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Producers must provide evidence of their ability to acquire all rights worldwide in perpetuity in all forms of media now known and to be invented.
  • One producer only may be approved and credited for selected projects.
  • The following rates will apply to the production budgets of all films made under the scheme:

The WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER FEES should be in line with the budget, the overall cost of the project and the intentions of the scheme. Fees deemed excessive will be adjusted should the projects be selected.

Insurance:                 Allow 1.2% of the budget

Contingency:             Allow 5% of the budget (a production fee should not be included)

  • BSÉ/IFB & RTÉ will have approval rights over the following elements of all films funded under the scheme:

Shooting script (the Funder may appoint a script editor in certain cases)

– Budget
– Production Schedule
– Key animators and other technical crew – requires pre-approval
– Casting – voice and/or other – requires pre-approval
– Various animation stages throughout production
– Rough Cut
– Credits

  • Any significant changes to a selected project’s screenplay, schedule, key personnel or cast that are not approved by BSÉ/IFB & RTÉ may result in the award being withdrawn. If such changes are necessary, they must be discussed with the Funder.

 

Rights

The IFB will retain non-exclusive rights in all media in Ireland and non-exclusive promotional rights for the rest of the world.  RTÉ will retain non-exclusive internet rights and a number of broadcasts in Ireland.  The rest of the distribution rights will remain with the film maker who can choose to appoint a sales agent or distribute the film themselves.  The IFB feel this will provide vital training in the area of distribution and will enable filmmakers to build relationships with distributors directly.

The IFB have a policy of submitting Frameworks films to a list of approved international festivals after they have been premiered in Ireland.

How to Apply

Applications can now be made online – ‘Make an Application

Please ensure you have read the How to Apply guidelines prior to making an application.

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Storyland Launch

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Carmen Bryce attended the launch of Storyland to check out the five new original dramas, commissioned by RTÉ and the Irish Film Board.

Now in its fifth season, Storyland offers homegrown talent a platform to tell their story in bitesize portions to an audience hungry for new drama.

In the coming weeks, RTÉ and the Irish Film Board/Bórd Scannan na hEireann will release five new original online dramas for the Storyland series.

Kicking off on January 19, a new series will be released on RTÉ Player every Monday – each containing of four by six-minute episodes.

Close to 200 aspiring and experienced drama production teams who pitched their ideas to make a series for Storyland was whittled down to five – Black Sheep Productions, Blinder Films, Deadpan Pictures, Fantastic Films and Stirling Film and Television Productions.

From black comedy Burning Wishes to crime drama Farr – each series offers something very different in way of plot and pace, but all promise to hook us in with something fresh and compelling.

Aidan Largely, writer and director of Farr, released on January 26th, said one of the biggest and beneficial challenges of the Storyland project was to contain and develop such gripping drama within six-minute episodes.

“I had to be pretty strict with myself to keep the story sharp and compelling within a few minutes, which is a great thing to practice as a writer. Each episode of Farr is different from the other, has a different feel to it, a different pace – but has conflict of the heart hardwired into the whole story,” said Aidan.

According to David Crean, Drama Development Executive for RTÉ Television, there is a huge appetite in Ireland for “great drama” in whatever way it chooses to present itself.

He said, “One of the most crucial parts of my role is to spot creative talent, nurture it and give it a voice. If you have a talent and can get it seen, there is a huge appetite for it. Both Love/Hate and Amber show that there’s an enormous appetite in Ireland for great drama, and Storyland is a big part of that story

“These five commissions are a real chance for writers, directors and producers to make a drama that is wholly original and can engage and delight its audience. It’s a launch-pad for drama makers to grow and become the hit makers of tomorrow.”

James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said, “Television drama plays a vital role in the continuing development of Irish writers, directors and producers in film.

“Storyland shows just how significant the crossover is between TV drama and feature film, and that if you have the talent to create one, you can do the same for the other.”

Storyland has been a springboard for past writers, actors, directors and producers, including Kevin McGahern (Republic of Telly, Hardy Bucks), Paul Duane, Rob Cawley and Gary Duggan (Happy Slapper) who went on to make Amber for RTÉ One and actress Charlie Murphy (Love/Hate) as well as Hardy Bucks who went on to have an RTÉ Two TV series and a feature film.

This may account for the high number of applicants to the new run of Storyland, and a testament to the creative talent chosen to tell us something about the world in a way we haven’t seen before.

 

 

The new Storyland dramas can be watched over the coming five weeks on the Storyland hub on RTÉ Player www.rte.ie/storyland

 

Burning Wishes / Deadpan Pictures

Release Date: Monday, 19th January

Ne’er-do-well brothers Seamus and Martin Geraghty promise to honour their friend Paudie’s deathbed request and scatter his ashes at their favourite childhood spot.  After letting him down in the past, this is one promise to Paudie that Seamus is determined to keep even when Paudie winds up buried instead of being cremated.  Burning Wishes is a black comedy about death, friendship and good ol’ fashioned grave-robbing.

 

 

FARR/ Stirling Film and TV Productions

 

Release Date: Monday, 26th January

 

Farr is a crime drama set in Belfast. It centres on Michael Gallagher, an ambitious young detective who has been promoted to a task force aimed at taking down the city’s most dangerous crime family, the Farrs. As his investigation deepens, a murder of one of the Farrs pushes Michael towards a reckoning with his own dark past. As the bodies and betrayals mount, Michael must choose between destroying the Farrs or saving himself.

 

Ctrl/ Black Sheep Productions

Release Date: Monday, 2nd February

Ctrl is a fast-paced thriller set in Dublin that follows Colin, a brilliant young hacker and his exploits in the world of online hacktivisim. In order to gain the trust of this hactivist group, Colin must jump through various hoops in order to prove himself as he struggles with the consequences of living a secret double life.

Rapt/ Blinder Films

Release Date: Monday, 9th February

Rapt is a sci-fi drama set in a Dublin where, in a single instant, everyone has vanished. Everyone, that is, but paramedic and single mum Ange Smith, who finds herself alone in an empty world and desperate to find her way home to her baby daughter. Except the world isn’t as empty as she might have thought – strange and dangerous forces are on the prowl…

(R)onanism / Fantastic Films

 

Release Date: Monday, 16th February

 

Set in Cork, (R)onanism is a comedy drama about Ronan, a guy who falls in love with himself, marries himself and plans to spend the rest of his life with himself! But little does Ronan know that Noddy, the first self-proclaimed ‘ronanist’, has been secretly filming him and posting the videos online. When the videos go viral, Ronan turns to his friend Laura for help as cash-obsessed talent manager McPhun tries to exploit Ronan’s new found popularity.

 

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Call For: Participants aged 13 -15 years old for RTÉ’s MUSIC INC

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Last year 8 Irish students took part in the show MUSIC INC – a challenge based series fronted by Liam McKenna – one of Ireland and the UK’s leading tour managers. For youngsters with an interest in the music industry it was the opportunity of a lifetime. Over three months they worked with Liam to complete real industry challenges – including producing a cover version of The Saturdays hit ‘ What About Us’ , co-ordinating JLS’ appearance at a huge music festival, designing and creating a new piece of merchandise for ‘The Wanted’

This year RTÉ want you!

If you’re a huge pop music fan and dream about someday working in the music industry and if you’re between 13–15 years old, this could be your chance!
Tyrone Productions, with RTÉ Young Peoples are looking for ten music mad, ambitious and hard working teenagers to take part in the next series of MUSIC INC which will see them get a ‘backstage pass’ to meet and work for some of the biggest names in the music industry.

Our ten teenagers will be set a different challenge in each episode which will see them tested creatively, organisationally and socially in their attempt to avoid elimination and stay in the competition.

Challenges will span a huge range of tasks, designed to test our teenagers creativity, their people management skills and their organisational skills to the max! Everything from creating a new piece of merchandise for a top global pop band, setting up and overseeing a photo shoot, designing high impact stage outfits, generating publicity for a touring artist and grabbing industry attention with a yet to be signed act – all the skills required of a real tour manager.
The only qualifications necessary: a passion for the music industry, a desire to learn all you can and a determination to succeed. And…

You need to be between 13 -15 years old (ie. born between 30th September 1998 and 30th September 2000).

IMPORTANT – You need to have your parents’/guardians’ permission to participate, a valid passport and be available to participate in the programme which will be filmed at various dates throughout April – September of 2014 (a maximum commitment of 30 days if you stay in the competition until the end) .
If you think this sounds like a good fit for you, get in touch now!

Email: music@tyrone-productions.ie or call 01 889 4973
You can also download the application form from: http://www.rte.ie/trte/musicinc/music-inc-be-on-tv/

 

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‘The Summit’ Screens on RTÉ One on Monday

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Irish director Nick Ryan’s award-winning film The Summit will screen on RTÉ One next Monday, January 6th, from 9.35pm.

The gripping film chronicles one of the deadliest days in modern mountain history when 11 climbers, including Limerick man Ger McDonnell, lost their lives on the most dangerous mountain on Earth, K2. The film is from the producers of BAFTA winning Touching The Void, and the writer of Oscar winning The Cove.

Read a review of the film here

Read an interview with director Nick Ryan here

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Call For: Participants for RTÉ’s ‘My Best Shot’

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Are you single and looking for love, a date, or just some fun?

The new RTÉ dating show ‘My Best Shot’ is on the hunt for lively, confident participants.

The show centres around photos of guys and girls from different stages in their lives, and is a light hearted, fun night out.

All the guys and girls who make it into the show will be handed their own styling session and photo shoot with an award winning photographer, before they get the chance to compete for a great holiday with a fun and flirty love match.

‘My Best Shot’ is a one-off show to air on RTÉ during its Christmas schedule and will be produced by Vision Independent Productions (creators of The Hit, Operation Transformation, and The Restaurant).

For an application form or further information please email mybestshottv@gmail.com or call Leah on (01) 864 1444.
How to apply

Web-site: http://www.rte.ie/tv/audienceparticipation/MyBestShot_ApplicationForm.rtf

Email: mybestshottv@gmail.com

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Call For: Three Dancers for RTÉ Jr

Call for
Illustration: Adeline Pericart

 

Three dancers – male or female – required for a short segment that will be broadcast on RTÉ Jr as part of a new animated kid’s show.
 

Recording this Thursday (11th) morning in Dublin.
 

Must be able to dance either salsa, ballet or Irish dancing and have access to their own costume.

 

Work is unpaid but you will receive a full credit and lunch will be provided also.

 

Email your CV with attached headshot and showreel (if available) to extras@magpie6media.com
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Call For: RTÉ looking for new Format Ideas in the areas of Factual Entertainment, Lifestyle and Entertainment

Illustration: Adeline Pericart

In Autumn 2012 RTÉ FORMAT FARM showcased 5 original television formats spanning
genres as diverse as Talent Search (‘The Hit’), Dating (‘Love Clinic’), Hidden Camera
Comedy (‘Baptism of Hire’), Business Makeover (‘The Takeover’) and Social/Cultural Rivalry
(‘Six in the City’).

RTÉ has created the Format Farm pilot scheme as a business innovation initiative to support
the production and broadcast of original Irish TV formats for both Irish audiences and for
export. These ideas have been funded and developed in partnership with some of the
biggest names in international distribution, and the work so far has received a very positive
response from the international TV market. RTÉ have announced details of another
Call for Format Ideas with a view to broadcasting pilots in Autumn 2013.

The ideas submitted can range in terms of genre, tone and target audience – from
accessible reality-based factual entertainment shows, to edgier or more challenging
programming, from, family orientated studio entertainment programmes such as quizzes, to
contemporary lifestyle formats, and more late night programmes.

RTÉ is holding a briefing day for independent producers on 16th January and the deadline to register is TODAY, January 11.

Please note that the January 11 deadline is to register interest for the briefing day only, it is not the submission deadline for the Format Farm scheme. This deadline to submit your Format Farm idea is Friday, 8th. Ideas must be submitted via RTÉ’s e-commissioning system: e-commissioning.rte.ie

Click herefor information and further instructions. Official RTÉ guidelines for the Format Farm scheme can be found here.

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Call for: All Adventurous TY Students for New RTÉ Show

Yellow Asylum Films are looking for people to participate in a forthcoming television series which will follow eight Transition Year students – four able-bodied and four with disabilities – on a life-changing and fun journey to an exotic mystery location.

Throughout, they will undertake a number of exciting challenges. They will be trained and fully supervised by a team of experts but they will still need a strong sense of adventure and commitment.

The only qualifications are that you must have an open mind and a desire to test your limits. You’ll also have to be in Transition Year in your school, sixteen years of age or older on January 1st, 2013, have a valid passport and be free, ready and willing to travel at some stage during the Spring of 2013 to a place most people have never even thought of visiting.

Not having a fear of water and heights might help too!

Those interested simply need to make a five-minute video making the case for why they should to be chosen as one of the lucky eight to take part in this adventure;  upload it to www.rte.ie/trte/inyourshoes together with a completed application form and photo.

Just tell us a little about yourself in your own way – this is more an audition than a job interview so make your video as lively, moving, funny, or interesting as you wish.

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RTÉ Television Unwraps Christmas Schedule

 

RTÉ Television today unveiled a big festive line-up of programming with something for everyone during the Christmas season.

 

With a schedule packed with home-produced entertainment, big movie premieres, lifestyle, drama, young people’s, documentaries and sports programming, as well as special seasonal versions of viewer favourites, RTÉ Television brings you a bumper Christmas schedule.

 

Big Christmas entertainment comes courtesy of some of Ireland’s top television and comedy talent. After a hugely successful second series, the multi-award-winning comedy phenomenon Mrs Brown’s Boys is back on RTÉ One this December with two spectacularly funny Christmas Specials. The much-loved TV series School Around the Corner returns for a very special programme this Christmas hosted by Ray D’Arcy.  PJ Gallagher has fun in The Great Big Surprise Party as he enlists the help of friends and family to organise a surprise party for a special lady on a big birthday. TV50: Nighthawks Rehashed is an hour-long, one-off special taking an affectionate look back at the seminal chat show and featuring the best comedy, music and vintage interviews from the 289 episodes of the four series broadcast.  In I’ve Got Your Back Brian Dowling presents a pilot for a brand new family game show in which contestants stake their cash prize on their family’s ability to answer six general knowledge questions.

 

Join RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ.ie to ring in the New Year and celebrate the official launch of The Gathering 2013, live from College Green in Dublin.  Join Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ One television and John Creedon on RTÉ Radio 1, while all the action and atmosphere will be streamed live on RTÉ.ie.

 

With more than 90 movies on the Christmas schedules across RTÉ One and RTÉ Two, there’s a movie for everyone to curl up with over the Christmas period.  Movie premieres on RTÉ Television this Christmas include Up, It’s Complicated, Avatar, Leap Year, Saltthe original Swedish versions of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest and The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Social Network, Four Christmases, Tangled and Alice In Wonderland.  Other great titles include Waltz With Bashir and The Secret Of Kells.

 

Christmas favourites include Miracle on 34th Street, It’s A Wonderful Life, Scrooged, A Golden Christmas, Christmas Cupid, Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause, Joyeux Noel, Christmas Mail, The Chronicles Of Narnia, The Wish List and Home Alone.

 

Classic movies include Gone With The Wind, Back To The Future, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Doctor Zhivago, North By Northwest, The Seven Year Itch, Blazing Saddles, The Guns Of Navarone,  A Time To Kill, Notorious, Sense & Sensibilityand The Sound Of Music.

 

Blockbusters on RTÉ this Christmas include Walk The Line, 2012, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Family Stone, Duplicity, About A Boy, Speed 2: Cruise Control, Assault on Precinct 13, Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull, I Love You Man, Blades of Glory, Inglorious Basterds and Fight Club.

 

And Children’s movies include Happy Feet, The Princess And The Frog, Kung Fu Panda, Wallace & Gromit and Monsters vs Aliens.

 

This Christmas some of the best known actors in Ireland come together to embarrass themselves with pride and embrace their immature side in a sketch-show comedy special to raise money and awareness for St Francis Hospice, Raheny. Immatürity for Charity features a whole host of Ireland’s top thespians including Domhnall Gleeson, Brendan Gleeson, Amy Huberman, Robbie Sheehan, Hugh O’Conor, Brian Gleeson, David Wilmot and many more.  And RTÉ Television brings you some of the biggest names in comedy with Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

 

Music fans have much to look forward to over Christmas as Michael Bublé: Home for the Holidays sees the multi-Grammy Award-winning singer return with his brand new star-studded holiday Christmas special. Joe Dolan – Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller brings together those who knew one of Ireland’s most iconic entertainers best to celebrate the life and times of this much-loved performer.  For One Night Only celebrates the musical genius of Sharon Shannon in a special Christmas edition.  Stepping Out With Katherine Jenkins is a 75-minute special, in which the talented mezzo-soprano showcases a series of spectacular song and dance routines in an evening of glitz and glamour.  Mumford & Sons Road to Redrocks, is a live concert film of the Mumford & Sons amphitheatre shows in Colorado earlier this year.  And Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle tells the story of a very special visit to the Other Voices set by Amy Winehouse.  Featuring her entire performance and the complete interview with John Kelly, the programme goes back to Dingle to catch up with some of the people that Amy met on that day.

 

RTÉ brings you a range of fascinating documentaries and special Christmas editions. Coal, Frankenstein & Mirror is an affectionate look at the build up to the day of the Nativity Play in four schools around the country as the directors, teachers, pupils and families go through the highs and lows, the tricky bits and triumphs of their annual festive celebration.

 

In the Local Heroes Christmas Special Joe Duffy goes around the country to visit the towns that have taken up the Local Heroes challenge to work together to create jobs. The Zoo: A Christmas Special sees the popular series return for a one-off special with lots of Christmas fun, featuring all our favourite keepers and animals and a whole lot more.

 

Space Dive: The Story Of One Man’s Leap tells the story of sky diver Felix Baumgartner’s history-making 23-mile free fall to Earth from space in October this year and the four-year journey behind it.  Louis Theroux Does Porn sees Louis Theroux return to the world of male porn performers in Los Angeles 15 years after his first documentary on the subject to find a business struggling with the deluge of free porn on the internet. Louis revisits some of the original programme’s contributors as well as meeting the latest crop of porn performers dreaming of porn stardom.

 

Sports fans will be spoiled for choice as RTÉ brings a variety of great sports documentaries and live coverage.  Jimmy’s Winnin’ Matches is the story of the Donegal football team and their extraordinary journey to Croke Park this year under the steely stewardship of Jim Mc Guinness. When Ali Came To Ireland is the story of the legend’s visit to Dublin in 1972 for his fight with Al ‘Blue’ Lewis.  In Rory McIlroy:The Interview RTÉ Sport’s Greg Allen does a candid and in-depth interview with World No 1 Rory McIlroy.  The RTÉ Sports Awards in association with The Irish Sports Council will see a host of Irish sporting stars in attendance for one of the best sport events of the year.  First takes viewers on a gripping Olympic journey as 12 athletes in 12 different countries stand on the brink of adulthood and prepare to take their place as superheroes at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Euro 2012: The Score is a cinematic exploration of the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament through the eyes of both players and fans.  And we bring viewers live Racing From Leopardstown plus all the action from the RaboDirect PRO12 and Premier Soccer Saturday

 

For lovers of food and lifestyle programming the festive line up is sure to appeal with Christmas specials from many of RTÉ Television’s favourite food series. Rachel Allen has some great ideas for something slightly different in Rachel Allen Christmas Cake Diaries with recipes for Clementine cake, mincemeat muffins with eggnog icing, spiced pear and ginger cheesecake and a Christmas cake made from rich fruit sponge covered in baked almond paste. In his Kitchen Hero Christmas Special Donal Skehan travels to Austria to get inspiration for some sweet festive treats, where he cooks apple strudel and Zelten, an Austrian Christmas cake and visits a Christmas market and a Schnapps distillery, as well as sampling the local delicacies. Kevin Dundon’s Christmas Made Easy is Kevin’s step-by step-guide to Christmas dinner to help take the stress out of the big day and leave you with moist turkey, tasty sprouts and a happy family.

 

In the Room to Improve Christmas Special architect Dermot Bannon is commissioned by National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght to rescue a forlorn and rundown balcony space on the first floor and create an outdoor garden and recreation area for children and their families.  Don’t Tell The Bride, Happily Married gathers together six couples from the previous two series to give us the real story of what it was really like to get married under the TV spotlight with a clueless groom in charge and a bride kept in the dark. And whether or not there was hell to pay or was it all happy ever after. 

 

The drama continues in Fair City as Ireland’s most popular soap ramps up the drama for the festive season, including an hour-long Christmas Day edition. This Christmas in Carrigstown, Judith and Tommy try to put a turbulent year behind them, but is Luke the ghost of Christmas past for Judith?  And where does she disappear to on Christmas Day?  Eddie is enthusiastically inviting his neighbours to his mum Val’s house, but does he have an ulterior motive? How is Dermot going to cope with having Jo and Maeve in the house on Christmas Day? Thankfully, Orla will be there to referee. Cass has promised a Christmas feast for Bela and Yvonne but can he deliver?

 

Younger viewers have lots to look forward to as Christmas arrives at all their favourite programmes. Jedward will make dreams come true for children from all over Ireland when they return with a new series of OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory.  Life’s Like This is a half-hour documentary created from footage sent in by hundreds of young people from all over Ireland one day in September giving a snapshot of what life is like for young people. In elev8 Ivan, Diana and Sean get set for Christmas with their Christmas Countdown Calendar, the Christmas song and video and the bumper hamper giveaway plus lots more.  Two Tube has a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway and Stephen, Bláthnaid and Sinéad go all Kris Kindle. Join Emma and Óige as they go on a Christmas Treasure Trail.  On the RTÉjr Workshop, Reuben and Bó write their letters for Santa, make their own greeting cards and have a snowball fight.  Donie and Nora are busily working backstage as everyone gets ready for the Christmas Special Beo Show.  Santa comes to town in The Curious World of Professor Fun and Dr. Dull. The Magic Circus Show follows three Irish children as they prepare to take part in the prestigious The Magic Circus Show event in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

RTÉ News has some special programmes over the festive season. In the RTÉ News Review of the Yearpresenters and correspondents outline their top stories from 2012. Highlights include the US Elections, political and business stories and the Olympics.  In Behind Closed Doors – 1982the year of GUBU, the Falklands, and two general elections – David McCullagh explores what secret Government papers released after 30 years can tell us about that year.  Based on newly opened archives in Dublin, London and Belfast, it features interviews with some of those closely involved in those events.   And on the news2day Review of the Year presenters Conor McNally and Carla O’Brien look back at the past year, with plenty of contributions from talented young people.

 

Highlights from this year’s Christmas religious programmes include Carols From The Castle as Mary Kennedy presents a spectacular Christmas celebration from Dublin Castle, featuring Sinead O’Connor, The Coronas’ frontman Danny O’Reilly, The Voice of Ireland’s winner, Pat Byrne, Frankie Gavin & Friends, Waterford City Brass, TeenSpirit and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.  Midnight Mass is celebrated in the parish of St. Thomas The Apostle, Laurel Lodge, Castleknock, Dublin by Fr Michael Cullen PP with the Bealtaine Music Group led by Rosalind O’Dowd.Children’s Mass on Christmas Day comes from the same parish and is celebrated by Fr. Dan Joe O’Mahony OFM. Cap with the Laurel Lodge Children’s Choir led by Loyola Cullen.  A Service for Christmas Day is celebrated with staff and students of Kings Hospital school, Palmerstown, Dublin.  Pope Benedict XVI offers his traditional message to the world from St Peter’s Basilica in Rome in Urbi Et Orbiwith commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy, O.P. His Eminence Cardinal Séan Brady and the Most Rev. Richard Clarke, the newly enthroned Church of Ireland Primate and Archbishop of Armagh, share their thoughts and prayers for the Christmas season in A Christmas Message from The Archbishops of Armagh

 

Glen Killane, Managing Director, RTÉ Television said; ‘It’s been a tough year for everyone so at this special time of year we’re delighted to be able to put on a Christmas with plenty for our viewers to enjoy.  I’m proud to unveil such a strong and varied Christmas schedule full of great home-produced programming and the best of international movies and in such challenging economic times. We wish all our viewers a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and the very best for the New Year.’

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Netflix Add RTE TV Series

Netflix and RTÉ Digital today announced an agreement to bring a variety of great RTÉ television series to Netflix members in Ireland and the UK.

Starting 15 September, critically acclaimed RTÉ television series such as The Clinic, Killnaskully, Trivia, and Mattie will be available for Netflix members in Ireland and the UK. The hit series, Raw, will also be available in Ireland. Netflix members will be able to instantly watch these titles and many more streamed over the Internet to over 800 connected TVs, tablets, game consoles, computers, media players and mobile phones.

“We are thrilled to partner with RTÉ to add these great Irish TV shows to our growing catalogue of serialized TV,” said Kelly Merryman, Vice President of Content Acquisition.  “We know these TV favourites will be enjoyed by our members in Ireland and are excited for them to find a new audience as we introduce them to our Irish and UK members.”

“We’re delighted to join forces with Netflix to bring these popular RTÉ series to the one million Netflix members in the UK and Ireland,” said Aisling McCabe, Director of Content and Strategy, RTÉ Digital. “Our strategy is to ensure viewers can view their favourite RTÉ programmes everywhere and anywhere, and working with Netflix gives viewers even more choice.”

Recently Netflix announced that it reached the one million-member milestone in Ireland and the UK within seven months, faster than any other territory it has launched. Netflix is available to try one month free at www.netflix.com and charges a low monthly-unlimited viewing fee of €6.99 in Ireland and £5.99 in the UK.

Through the Netflix agreement, RTÉ content is now available not only on RTÉ Player on www.rte.ie, but across multiple Netflix-enabled devices such as iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, desktops, notebooks, and PS3 but also via the RTÉ Player app on Samsung connected TV’s.

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Arts Council & RTÉ The Works

 

In 2012, the Arts Council celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its collection as well as 60 years of supporting the arts. To mark the occasion, the Arts Council and RTÉ will support the making of four short films which respond creatively to the collection. The films will be stand alone pieces of 3 minutes in duration which will be broadcast in RTÉ Television’s weekly arts series, THE WORKS, in November and December 2012.

 

These short films will be highly creative but will also work for a mainstream television audience. The Arts Council and RTÉ will look for projects which combine directors and producers with a track record of quality and creativity in film-making and/or television production.  Each film will be provided with a budget of up to €12,500.

 

Full details of the initiative (including guidelines and application form) will be announced on Friday, 14 September and an information session will take place on Wednesday, 19 September at 14:00 in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. Anyone interested in attending should register with Filmbase (events@filmbase.ie). Prospective applicants should note that the deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday, 1 October 2012. Applicants must be available for interview on Monday, 8 October and be in a position to deliver completed films on, or before, Monday, 19 November.

 

Please note no further information on this initiative will be available before 14 September.

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Call For: RTÉ want ambitious formats and talent

Illustration: Adeline Pericart

Daytime and Lifestyle Programmes are looking for an hour long series to play Sundays, post watershed on RTE 1

No. of Episodes/Duration: 6 x 52

Transmission: TX Sundays 2013

Budget: €90k

Daytime and Lifestyle Programmes currently occupy one post-watershed slot. This hour long slot will be filled in 2012 by Room to Improve however given the nature of the slot and the long gestational period for any hour-long, post-watershed series, we are now looking for ideas that may replace Room to Improve and fill this slot in 2013

This is a post-watershed slot so proposals will have to be ambitious and compelling and capable of holding an audience for 52 minutes. Lifestyle stories that merit this kind of duration and slot are likely to be filmed over a protracted period of time in order to follow characters as they develop and stories as they mature and resolve.

RTÉ would not rule out a big international format but our preference would be for a strong home-grown idea with big, credible talent that will play to a broad audience but that will be particularly attractive to younger demographics, as is the case with Room to Improve.

RTÉ need:
. Programmes with real public service values
. New talent, real experts with genuine passion and need to communicate.
. Casting is paramount. We need you to find people that our audience can identify with and learn from.
. Fresh formats.
. Big stories of transformation, stories followed for up to 18 months.
. Careful consideration should be given to the programme structure which needs to be able to deliver an engaging and substantial story over a TV hour.

Formats with genuine cross-media potential are particularly interesting here.
Submissions should be received before Monday 11th June.

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 “Daytime & Lifestyle – Sunday Post Watershed” The deadline for receipt of submission is close of business on Friday, 08th June 2012

 

Click here for further details

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Voting kicks off in final of RTÉ’s Storyland

The final round of webisodes in this year’s Storyland competition have gone online at www.rte.ie/storyland. Fans can finally find out what happens in the last instalments from Student Teacher, The Begrudgers and Trouble Times Three. The public will decide which of these three finalists they want to see crowned the overall winner of the RTÉ drama competition.

 

Now in its third year Storyland is an online drama competition which offers new talent the opportunity to develop a drama series online. Previous winners have been The Hardy Bucks in 2009 and Zombie Bashers in 2010 and Lucky Run in 2011. Over the last three months eight shortlisted dramas have battled it out episode-by-episode with the public voting for which dramas they wanted to be given the opportunity to make subsequent episodes.

 

To view the final instalments in the dramas and vote go to www.rte.ie/storyland. Voting opened this morning at 10am and will continue until next Monday 4 June at 9pm.

 

The overall competition winner will be announced on Tuesday 5 June.

 

-Details on the finalists in Storyland 2012-

 

 Student Teacher

 

Conor Shaw didn’t have a great time in school. A chronic overachiever, Conor decided to take his Leaving Cert when he was 15 and went straight to college. Now that he’s finished his teaching degree the only place that will take someone so young and weird is his old school where he has to teach his old class who still hate him. Shot in an Athenry school, Student Teacher stars Conor O’Toole, Carol Tobin (The Savage Eye) Neil Molloy (Republic of Telly) and Kevin McGahern (Hardy Bucks).

 

Trouble Times Three

 

Scott (Declan Reynolds) is getting out of Dodge. But he won’t tell his best friend and room-mate Emmalina (Gemma Leah Devereux) why. It’s probably because he has within the last 24 hours found out that he has impregnated both American student, Katie (Audrey Hamilton) and his dole officer, Olivia (Michelle Beamish)! Before he goes though, there might be one more bundle of news to be delivered. Trouble Times Three is shot in Monaghan.

 

The Begrudgers

 

In this Cavan-based drama, Nobby (Shane Carroll) and Snout (Ray Fitzsimons) spend their days perched on the bar-stool resenting, berating and, well, begrudging without any reason nor rhyme. But when Gemma (Brianne Fitzpatrick), an American and George (Will Govan), an Englishman, come into their lives overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement, the Begrudgers might finally get that reason and rhyme after all.

 

www.rte.ie/storyland

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Brand New RTÉ TV Series Looking For Aspiring Musicians

 

 

Does music, inspire, nurture and uplift your senses? Then this show is for you!

Picture this. You are standing on stage, it is a full house and you are about to perform a solo with the critically acclaimed RTÉ Concert Orchestra. For three lucky people this dream will become a reality under the guidance of charismatic conductor David Brophy.

Instrumental is an exciting new RTÉ Television series that will offer three members of the public a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform on stage with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. We are looking for someone with a passion for music and the commitment and drive to learn and perfect one orchestral instrument. Perhaps you learnt a music instrument as a child and hold a secret regret you gave it up. Did you pick up the guitar, piano, violin, or recorder but never progressed far with it? Does the opportunity of bringing your musical talent to new heights excite you?

Over a number of months our three students will be set various challenges and tasks in order to hone their skills and unearth that hidden talent.

Led by the Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, David Brophy, a trio of personalities will accompany our music students on this fantastic journey.

We are looking for hard-working enthusiastic people. Have you always wanted to be an accomplished musician? Well now is your chance.

For more information please log on to:  http://www.rte.ie/tv/audienceparticipation/instrumental.html

Or contact Adare Productions: phone 01 284 3877 or email music@adareproductions.ie

Closing date for applications is Sunday, 10th June 2012.

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RTÉ Television Makes More Dreams Come True With OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory

RTÉ Television announced today that OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory is open for business. Jedward will return to our screens with a new series at Christmas with the dynamic duo eager to make as many dreams as possible come true.

John and Edward are calling on anyone aged between 8 and 16 years old who has a dream to get in touch. Last year, Jedward’s Dream Factory made it possible for Luka Murphy to lead Manchester United onto the pitch at Old Trafford. Conor Leigh was given the chance to run a chocolate factory for a day and many other dreamers had their dreams realized by the twins over ten exciting episodes.

So do you have a dream to train with your favourite sports star or would you like to travel to a far-flung destination? Maybe you would like to show a talent off to the world or you would like to go behind the scenes of your favourite television show? Whether it’s getting a walk-on part in a soap, jamming with a band, being your dad’s boss for a day, fronting a radio show or editing your favourite magazine you can let the guys know and they will do their best to make your dream a reality…nothing is impossible!

Jedward said: ‘It’s so cool! We made loads of our fans’ dreams come true last year and we want to do it again! It’s really easy, just send in your dreams to Jedward’s Dream Factory and you could star in our show.’
If you have a dream you’d like Jedward to go to work on and you’re aged between 8 and 16 the in 100 words or less, tell them what your dream is by email to:

omg@tyrone-productions.ie

Or by post to:

OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory
Tyrone Productions
133 Capel Street, Dublin 1

Remember to include your daytime contact details and your age.

Visit www.rte.ie/trte/jedwardsdreamfactory for further details

Open to applications from residents of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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RTÉ and Filmbase Announce Winner of 2012 TV50 Doc on the Box

 

RTÉ and Filmbase are delighted to announce the winner of the 2012 TV50 Doc on the Box initiative to find and nurture a new talent in documentary direction.

Glenn Gannon, from Rosses Point in Sligo, is the winner of a contract to produce and direct a 25-minute, original video documentary story aimed at a twenty-something audience for broadcast on RTÉ Television. The winning documentary idea will be produced and directed within the RTÉ TV Documentary Unit during the summer of 2012 for broadcast on RTÉ later that autumn.

The competition, which was launched to mark fifty years of television in Ireland, was designed to encourage a fresh, emerging voice in video documentary direction and production. Applicants were invited to submit ideas for an original documentary. A shortlist of six was compiled from over sixty submissions, with finalists undergoing an interview before the eventual winner was chosen.

Glenn impressed the judges with his winning documentary idea that focuses on dilemmas many young Irish people face today. Stripped is the story of a twenty-something Sligo lad who is dealing with the effects of living in recessionary Ireland. He has lost his job, lost his house and lost in love but will not let the odds get him down.

Anne Roper, Head of the Documentary Unit said: ‘Glenn Gannon’s idea impressed because of his story’s timeliness and entertainment potential but also because of the director’s quirky visual eye. The idea suited the RTÉ TV Documentary Unit’s remit to produce stories about Ireland today. The Documentary Unit is a dedicated team interested in exploring new themes and we are excited about seeing Glenn’s idea come to fruition with our support.’

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Third round of webisodes go online in RTÉ’s Storyland

Storyland, RTÉ’s online drama competition,  launched its third round yesterday, with new webisodes of Hysteria, Student Teacher, The Begrudgers and Trouble Times Three going online to compete for a place in the final. Voting opened yesterday morning and will close on Sunday 29 April at 9pm. The two series with the least number of votes will then be eliminated and the remaining two series will go on to make their final webisode. The winner of Storyland 2012 will be announced on 5 June.

 

To view the next instalments in the dramas and vote go to www.rte.ie/storyland.

 

-Details on four dramas in Storyland-

 

Hysteria

 

A lethal virus has wiped out millions of people worldwide. Pregnant women are the carriers. With no known cure, containment is the only option. Pregnancy is now outlawed. Starring Grace Kelley as Alison and Jenny Ni Chleirigh as Kate.

 

Student Teacher

 

Conor Shaw didn’t have a great time in school. A chronic overachiever, Conor decided to take his Leaving Cert when he was 15 and went straight to college. Now that he’s finished his teaching degree the only place that will take someone so young and weird is his old school where he has to teach his old class who still hate him. Starring Conor O’Toole, Carol Tobin (The Savage Eye) Neil Molloy (Republic of Telly) and Kevin McGahern (Hardy Bucks).

Trouble Times Three

 

Scott (Declan Reynolds) is getting out of Dodge.  But he won’t tell his best friend and room-mate Emmalina (Gemma Leah Devereux) why. It’s probably because he has within the last 24 hours found out that he has impregnated both American student, Katie (Audrey Hamilton) and his dole officer, Olivia (Michelle Beamish)! Before he goes though, there might be one more bundle of news to be delivered.

 

The Begrudgers

 

Nobby (Shane Carroll) and Snout (Ray Fitzsimons) spend their days perched on the bar-stool resenting, berating and, well, begrudging without any reason nor rhyme. But when Gemma (Brianne Fitzpatrick), an American and George (Will Govan), an Englishman, come into their lives overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement, the Begrudgers might finally get that reason and rhyme after all.

 

www.rte.ie/storyland

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RTÉ’s Storyland launches second round of webisodes

Storyland, RTÉ’s online drama competition, launched the second round of the contest with new webisodes going online to compete for the public’s affections and get through to the next round.

Voting opened yesterday morning and closes at 9pm on Sunday 25 March. The two series with the least number of votes will then be eliminated and the remaining four series will go on to make their third webisode. To view the next instalments in the six dramas and vote go to www.rte.ie/storyland.

The six dramas in the competition are:

Hysteria

A lethal virus has wiped out millions of people worldwide. Pregnant women are the carriers. With no known cure, containment is the only option. Pregnancy is now outlawed. Starring Grace Kelley as Alison and Jenny Ni Chleirigh as Kate.

Student Teacher

Conor Shaw didn’t have a great time in school. A chronic overachiever, Conor decided to take his Leaving Cert when he was 15 and went straight to college. Now that he’s finished his teaching degree the only place that will take someone so young and weird is his old school where he has to teach his old class who still hate him. Starring Conor O’Toole, Carol Tobin (The Savage Eye) Neil Molloy (Republic of Telly) and Kevin McGahern (Hardy Bucks).

Talk it out

A comedy centred around Martin (Mark Doherty, A Film With Me in It) a hapless therapist coming under pressure when a rival hypnotherapist moves in next door and begins stealing his business.  When he starts taking advice from one of his own patients, Ray (Bernard O’Shea, Republic of Telly), things soon spiral out of control. Other main cast includes Peter Coonan and Aoibhinn McGinnity from Love/Hate.

Trouble Times Three

Scott (Declan Reynolds) is getting out of Dodge.  But he won’t tell his best friend and room-mate Emmalina (Gemma Leah Devereux) why. It’s probably because he has within the last 24 hours found out that he has impregnated both American student, Katie (Audrey Hamilton) and his dole officer, Olivia (Michelle Beamish)! Before he goes though, there might be one more bundle of news to be delivered.

The Begrudgers

Nobby (Shane Carroll) and Snout (Ray Fitzsimons) spend their days perched on the bar-stool resenting, berating and, well, begrudging without any reason nor rhyme. But when Gemma (Brianne Fitzpatrick), an American and George (Will Govan), an Englishman, come into their lives overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement, the Begrudgers might finally get that reason and rhyme after all.

Cuckoo

Rebellious, copper-haired teenager Niamh Keegan feels like a spare part in her boring, staid family unit. When she sees a digitally ‘aged’ picture of a missing child in the newspaper that looks just like her, her imagination runs riot and she begins to suspect that she and the snatched baby are one and the same… Are Niamh’s suspicions just the delusions of a disaffected teenager or has she inadvertently stumbled on to something more sinister?

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JDIFF 2012: Shorts

Rhinos

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

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Voting opens in new season of RTÉ’s Storyland

RTÉ’s successful online drama competition Storyland is back for a new season today (Monday, 13 February) with eight brand new dramas which will compete for the affections of online viewers in order to win this year’s competition. Over the next four months the eight will battle it out episode by episode as the public decide which dramas will be given the opportunity to make further episodes. Now in its fourth year Storyland’s previous winners were the hugely successful Hardy Bucks, Zombie Bashers, and last year’s Lucky Run.

The first webisodes are now available to watch and vote for at www.rte.ie/storyland. Voting closes on 19 February, when the two series with the least number of votes are eliminated. Voting this year will be on the Storyland Facebook page (the voter must be logged in to Facebook), which can be accessed via www.rte.ie/storyland. There is no cost for voting but each Facebook profile can only vote once.

Speaking about the new series Jane Gogan, Commissioning Editor RTÉ Drama, said: ‘StoryLand is a crucial aspect of RTÉ’s role in industry development and gives us the chance to fast track new talent into the heart of RTÉ’s drama programming. This year we have eight series, all very different, each bringing a whole new range of skills, styles and attitudes in storytelling with good material for drama and comedy. Previous years have seen Hardy Bucks emerge from StoryLand as well as the drama production company Screenworks who have a major new drama coming soon to RTÉ ONE. So what will this year’s hit be? Over to you the audience..’

This year’s selection includes diverse subject matter, including aliens, lethal viruses, hapless therapists and chronic begrudgery…

Hysteria

A lethal virus has wiped out millions of people worldwide. Pregnant women are the carriers. With no known cure, containment is the only option. Pregnancy is now outlawed. Starring Grace Kelley as Alison, Sam O’Mahony as Chris and Jenny Ni Chleirigh as Melanie.

Student Teacher

Conor Shaw didn’t have a great time in school. A chronic overachiever, Conor decided to take his Leaving Cert when he was 15 and went straight to college. Now that he’s finished his teaching degree the only place that will take someone so young and weird is his old school where he has to teach his old class who still hate him. Starring Conor O’Toole, Carol Tobin (The Savage Eye) Neil Molloy (Republic of Telly) and Kevin McGahern (Hardy Bucks)

Talk it out

A comedy centred around Martin (Mark Doherty, A Film With Me in It) a hapless therapist coming under pressure when a rival hypnotherapist moves in next door and begins stealing his business.  When he starts taking advice from one of his own patients, Ray (Bernard O’Shea, Republic of Telly), things soon spiral out of control. Other main cast includes Peter Coonan and Aoibhinn McGinnity from Love/Hate.

Trouble Times Three

Scott (Declan Reynolds) is getting out of dodge.  But he won’t tell his best friend and room-mate Emmalina (Gemma Leah Devereux) why. It’s probably because he has within the last 24 hours found out that he has impregnated both American student, Katie (Audrey Hamilton) and his dole officer, Olivia (Michelle Beamish)! Before he goes though, there might be one more bundle of news to be delivered.

Victory

Two years have passed since the Oortesian alliance conquered the majority of the Earth. VICTORY follows Inspector Doyle (Dave Duffy, Fair City), a policeman with the Ministry of Reason, a Vichy style government that now runs Ireland on behalf of its alien overlords. With each webisode, as he hunts down the resistance movement that calls itself VICTORY, Doyle begins to question more and more the motives not only of the resistance but of his own government. By the end of the series he is left with a grim choice, either serve a system he never truly believed in or join a resistance movement that has little chance .or hope of victory. Also featuring Jonathan Ryan (The Tudors, Game of Thrones), Melissa Nolan (White Noise), Michael Liebmann (Resurrection Man, Omagh) and Morgan C. Jones (The Emergency, Nighthawks).

The Begrudgers

Nobby (Shane Carroll) and Snout (Ray Fitzsimons) spend their days perched on the bar-stool resenting, berating and, well, begrudging without any reason nor rhyme. But when Gemma (Brianne Fitzpatrick), an American and George (Will Govan), an Englishman, come into their lives overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement, the Begrudgers might finally get that reason and rhyme after all.

Cuckoo

Rebellious, copper-haired teenager Niamh Keegan feels like a spare part in her boring, staid family unit. When she sees a digitally ‘aged’ picture of a missing child in the newspaper that looks just like her, her imagination runs riot and she being to suspect that she and the snatched baby are one and the same… Are Niamh’s suspicions just the delusions of a disaffected teenager, or has she inadvertently stumbled on to something more sinister?

Vidileaks

Vidileaks is an international not-for-profit organisation that publishes classified films suppressed by governments and corporations.  Obtained by an undisclosed source, each webisode uncovers a highly controversial video.  The truth is waiting for you…

www.rte.ie/storyland

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