Call For: Submissions for14th Annual Directors’ Finders Series Showcase 

 

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland has announced the 14th Annual Directors’ Finders Series Showcase in association with the Directors Guild of America. This event affords Irish directors an exciting opportunity to present their film in the DGA Theatre on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

The selected film will be presented to key American distributors, agents and press with a view to securing a U.S distribution deal. Equally as significant, the director also gets to spend a week attending DGA/SDGI specially arranged meetings with industry peers for mentoring and training opportunities. This opportunity affords the winning director a unique networking experience during their time in LA in order to enhance and develop their international directorial career.

Films must be Irish and directors must be a member of SDGI (new membership is available subject to approval). The completed feature-length film or drama must not have U.S distribution. There is no timeline stipulation and the decision will be made by an international panel of industry experts.

ENTRY DEADLINE: 7th September 2018
Screening Date: 26th October 2018
You can read more about the Finders Series and see past winners here.
Applications or queries can be sent to hello@sdgi.ie
2018 Finders Series Application

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Directors’ Finders Series Showcase

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The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland have announced the 11th annual Directors’ Finders Series Showcase in association with the Directors Guild of America. This event affords Irish feature directors an opportunity to present their film in the DGA Theatre, Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles to American distributors and industry representatives.

Download the application form HERE

Films must be Irish and directors must be a member of SDGI (new membership is available subject to approval). The completed feature length film or drama must not have U.S distribution. There is no timeline stipulation and the decision will be made by an international of industry experts.

ENTRY DEADLINE: APRIL 29th 

For any enquiries please contact hello@sdgi.ie or call 01 6337433

 

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

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Digital Biscuit 2016

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Ireland’s global international film and technology forum Digital Biscuit, an initiative of the Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland, will take place in March 2016. The three-day event aims to foster innovation and collaboration in film and television production.

Now in its fourth year, Digital Biscuit will be held in Dublin from the 2nd to the 4th of March 2016 and is quickly becoming a global networking hub for filmmakers, technologists, creatives and the wider industry.

[Ed:Digital Biscuit has moved to October 20th – 22nd 2016]

With over 4,000 people engaged in Digital Biscuit last year, the forum has attracted international leaders and talent from the entertainment industry to Dublin.

For more information, visit www.digitalbiscuit.ie

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Screen Directors Guild of Ireland announce Directors Finders Series

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The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland has announced the tenth annual Directors Finders Series run in association with the Directors Guild of America.

This event presents Irish feature directors a unique opportunity to screen their film to key distributors and film industry representatives in an effort to gain a US distribution deal.

This opportunity also affords the winning director a unique networking experience during their time in LA in order to enhance and develop their international directorial career.

The film must be shot in Ireland and directors must be members of SDGI. The film can be fiction or documentary and must be feature length. The feature must not have US distribution. There is no timeline stipulation and the decision will be made by an international panel of industry experts.

Entry Deadline is Monday, 25th May 2015

For more info email hello@sdgi.ie or  call 01 633 7433

 

The application form can be downloaded here.

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Louis Marcus wins Outstanding Directing in the Irish Language Award

Birch Hamilton, Bob Collins, Louis Marcus, Deirdre Davitt & Paddy Breathnach

Oscar®-nominated director Louis Marcus (Conquest of Light, Paisti ag obair) has been awarded a special prize for his outstanding work in the Irish language last night at the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) Annual Meeting of Directors, which took place in Fallon & Byrne in Dublin.

This is a new initiative by SDGI in partnership with Foras na Gaeilge which aims to award directors for their contribution to Irish film, TV and the Irish language. Louis Marcus was presented with a plaque and a prize of €5,000 by fellow directors including Oliver Hirschbeigel, Dearbhla Walsh, Paddy Breathnach, Lenny Abrhamson and Ciaran Donnelly.

‘For myself, I’m greatly honoured to receive this award from my fellow directors and Foras na Gaeilge. But I think it also highlights the tremendous support of the Irish-language sector for serious documentary production from the pioneering days of Gael Linn to the TG4 of today.’ said Louis Marcus.

Born in Cork in 1936, Louis Marcus began his film career in Dublin in 1958 as assistant editor on Mise Éire and Saoirse? and made his own first film in 1959 on the sculptor, Seamus Murphy RHA. From 1960 to 1973 he made short cinema documentaries for Gael-Linn, and has worked since then for television and corporate patrons. His subjects have included social life, Irish traditions, history and the Arts. He has now made over 80 documentaries winning some 20 international awards including the Silver Bear of the Berlin Film Festival, prizes at Moscow, London, Chicago and Oberhausen, and two Academy Award Nominations.

‘Louis Marcus has made outstanding work and we are delighted to be honouring him today,’ said Birch Hamilton, SDGI’s Executive Director.

Deirdre Davitt, Programme Manager for the Arts, Foras na Gaeilge said “Foras na Gaeilge would like to publicly acknowledge the enormous contribution Louis Marcus has made to the Irish language film and television sector over the past 50 years and to thank the SDGI for the opportunity to do so”.

Louis Marcus’ cinema work has had international distribution through United Artists and Columbia Pictures; his television work has appeared on RTÉ, TG4, Ulster Television and Channel Four, with distribution by Thames Television International.

Recent works include Cosc ar Ghnéas/A Ban on Sex, No Rootless Colonists/Na Gaeil-Phrostatúnaigh, Christ Church Through the Ages and a triptych treatment of the annual Fleadh Cheoil for the Brú Ború Centre in Cashel.

In 1995 he received the Irish Film Institute’s Annual Award, and at the 50th Cork Film Festival in 2005 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award and a retrospective of his work. He was elected to the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is an honorary member of the Royal Hibernian Academy. Over the years he has served on several state arts boards including the Abbey Theatre Shareholders, the Foreign Relations Committee and the Arts Council, and is a former Chairperson of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

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SDGI and IFI host family screening of ‘The Octonauts’ with Oscar-nominated director Darragh O’Connell

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The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) in association with the Irish Film Institute (IFI) will present an exclusive family screening of a special episode of the TV animation series The Octonauts on October 9th at 15:10 in the IFI.

The screening of Octonauts and the Great Penguin Race will be followed by a conversation with Oscar-nominated director and Brown Bag Films Co-founder Darragh O’Connell. The conversation will be moderated by fellow SDGI member Damian Farrell.

The Octonauts follows an underwater team of eight adventurers who live in an undersea base, the Octopod, from where they go on undersea adventures with the help of a fleet of aquatic vehicles.

In Octonauts and the Great Penguin Race, Peso is going home to Antarctica to watch an annual penguin triathalon, the Iron Clam Competition, but learns to his dismay that his little brother Pinto has entered him in it!

The audience is encouraged to bring their children along to the screening as the post screening discussion will focus on giving the little ones a glimpse into the animation process.

Birch Hamilton, SDGI’s Executive Director says: ‘This is our first family event and we wish to inspire both children and grown-ups with this fantastic piece of animation. We hope this event will encourage children to love the art of film from a very early age.’

The Octonauts Family Screening takes place on 9th October at 15:10 in the Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street, Dublin 2. This event is free but ticketed. Please contact IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 to book.

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