Call For: Applications for SDGI ARRI Take Competition

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The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland  (SDGI) have launched the 6th year of the SDGI/ARRI ALEXA LF Take, an annual initiative that gives directors the opportunity to tell stories with full camera equipment, casting and location support.

If you have a story to tell that’s visually challenging and want to give it a cinematic look, then apply for the SDGI/ARRI ALEXA LF Take.

Make a short film, trailer, music video or shoot a promo for your next project with a full ARRI ALEXA LF camera and Teach Solais lights package.

If a director does not have a DOP of their own for their project then check out the Irish Society of Cinematographers(ISC) and SDGI who will work with ISC to help the director find a DOP. A camera assistant trained by ARRI will also be provided to support the DOP and shoot.

The ARRI ALEXA LF Take allows for 3 shooting days, which includes transport.

Entry Deadline: 11 January 2019
Application Results: 18 January 2019
Shoot dates: 22nd April – 6th of May 2019

Application Process:

This initiative is director focused so just send  a short, max one page, outline of your idea including how many days you need for shooting, as well as your location.

Send your outline by 6pm on 11 January 2019 to the SDGI team at hello@sdgi.ie The decision will be finalised by 18 January 2019 and then will work with directors to find a suitable date within the shooting timeline.

 

 

 

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SDGI Launch Wash Your Eyes

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The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland launch the 2016 season of Wash Your Eyes.

Ep. 1: Television Development with Lizzie Gray
Thursday, June 16th.

Lizzie Gray, a Commissioning Editor for Sky and Script Executive on Fortitude, will talk about the requirements for the development of TV Topics and the commissioning process.
Venue: Dublin TBC

Ep. 2: Key Trends in Episodic Drama with Kenton Allen
Thursday, July 21st.

Kenton Allen, Chief Executive of Big Talk Productions and award-winning programme-maker, will discuss making television drama in Ireland and the UK and the opportunities available for directors in television.
Venue: Dublin TBC

More information here

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Tom Collins Presented with Foras na Gaeilge Award

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Irish director and producer Tom Collins was presented with the Foras na Gaeilge Screen Directors Guild of Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Irish language in Film and TV. 

Hailed for his Irish language films Kings (2007) and the award-winning film Hush-a-Bye-Baby (1990), most recently Collins has had enormous success with the award-winning Irish noir crime drama An Bronntanas, which was adapted for a five-part thriller series for TG4 that has now been picked up by French distributor Lagardère Entertainment.

Directed by Collins and starring Dara Devaney (Na Cloigne), Owen McDonnell (Single Handed) and John Finn (Cold Case), An Bronntanas tells the story of the crew of a local independent lifeboat in Connemara who find over a million euro worth of drugs on an abandoned fishing boat.

Speaking about the award, Tom said, “It is great to be honoured by The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland. While my own Irish skills are not as good as they should be, I enjoyed directing Aimhairghin, Kings, and An Bronntanas, although the real work has been accomplished by those who tried to teach me Irish over the years, from irate Christian Brothers to patient commissioning editors, fellow film makers and some confused actors. For me it’s all about the work, which is about creating a reflection of a modern Irish cultural identity, that can travel beyond borders, history and these shores.”

 

 

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Call For: Entries for Alexa Take 2014

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The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland have announced the 3rd year of Alexa Take.

If you have a story to tell that’s visually challenging and want to give it a cinematic look then here’s your chance to  apply for Alexa Take 3.

Make a short film, trailer or music video with a free full ARRI Alexa camera package from Visual Impact and Vast Valley available for up to 6 shooting days per project (including set of Tiffen filters).

Entry Deadline April 1st for shooting June 2014

The selected director’s work will be premiered at the Cork Film Festival October 2014.
Send no more than a one-page outline of what you would like to shoot. If you have funding with a project ready that’s OK too.

Please submit outlines by 12pm April 1st 2014 to Devon Baur at  devon@sdgi.ie or by post to Curved Street South, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

SDGI will make a decision by April 8th and shoot dates will be June 2014 approx.

Terms and Conditions

The director must be available to shoot within the given timeframe.
The director must be a fully paid member of SDGI as of April 1st 2014.
The director will provide their own insurance on the shoot days.
The director will provide all additional equipment.
The director will work with a DOP.
The director, or a representative, must be available for the production meeting at 14:00 on April 14th.
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SDGI 2012 Annual Meeting of Directors

Over 40 of Ireland’s leading directors met at the SDGI Annual Meeting of Directors. Bob Quinn was awarded the Foras Na Gaeilge SDGI Award for Outstanding Work as a Director in the Irish Language and Colm Bairead was presented with an award for his work as an emerging director talent in the Irish language.

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SDGI announce a new programme of public and exclusive events in 2012

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) announced a new programme of public and exclusive events in 2012 that which will showcase the work of Irish directors in Ireland, Berlin, Annecy and Los Angeles.

The programme includes a variety of events including exclusive screenings and masterclasses with renowned Irish film and TV directors including Ciaran Donnelly (Camelot, Titanic: Blood & Steel), Lenny Abrahamson (Adam and Paul, Garage), Kirsten Sheridan (Disco Pigs, August Rush), Jason Tammemägi (Fluffy Gardens, Punky) and Kevin Godley (U2: The Best of 1990-2000, The Best of Blur).

Following last year’s successful partnership with the Irish Film Institute, the two organisations will keep working together in 2012 on a series of public events including family screenings and Skype conversations with international directors.

One of the highlights of the year is SDGI’s partnership with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival to pay special tribute to Irish animation at the world-renowned festival in Annecy, France. Irish animation features, short films and TV programs will be seen by the leading players in the animation industry at its annual festival and market in June.

Other international partnerships include the St. Patrick’s Festival in Berlin, which will feature a small programme of contemporary Irish films as part of its programme in March and the annual Directors Finders Series run in association with the Directors Guild of America. This event will present an Irish feature director a unique opportunity to screen his/her film in September in the prestigious DGA Theatre, Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles to key distributors & film industry representatives in an effort to gain a US distribution deal.

Ciaran Donnelly, Chairman says: ‘We are delighted to be launching an exciting programme of events for 2012 that present an opportunity for audiences and fellow directors to engage with directors and their work in a meaningful way.’

Established in 2000, the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) is the representative body for Directors involved in the Irish and international audiovisual industry. These include Directors of feature films, fiction, animation documentary, television drama, short films, video art and commercials. The ethos of the Guild is inclusive and proactive in encouraging a dynamic and supportive forum for directors to discuss their ideas or concerns and has grown to become a forum for very positive dialogue about making films.

For complete list of events visit www.sdgi.ie

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Screen Directors Guild of Ireland welcomes German director Oliver Hirschbiegel to Dublin

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The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI)  welcomes German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, Five Minutes of Heaven) to Dublin on Tuesday, 22nd November at their Annual Meeting of Directors.

Oliver Hirschbiegel will be the guest of honour of SDGI’s Annual Meeting of Directors where he will be presented with an honorary membership of the Irish Guild. The German director will join Irish directors in a guest-only dialogue, which will be moderated by fellow director Dearbhla Walsh (Little Dorrit, The Tudors).

One of the highlights of the night will be the SDGI and Foras na Gaeilge Award which will award an Irish director with a €5,000 for his/her outstanding work in the Irish language. The winner will be announced on the night by SDGI Board member Paddy Breathnach.

The event will also launch a new partnership between SDGI and ARRI Alexa cameras, which will support directors with free use of their state-of-the-art equipment.

Birch Hamilton, SDGI’s Executive Director says: ‘Directors are the lifeblood of the digital age and despite the landscape of film and TV changing, the director is the fulcrum around which a strong and vibrant film and TV industry is built.’

Established in 2000, the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) is the representative body for Directors involved in the Irish and international audiovisual industry. These include Directors of feature films, fiction, animation documentary, television drama, short films, video art and commercials. The ethos of the Guild is inclusive and proactive in encouraging a dynamic and supportive forum for directors to discuss their ideas or concerns and has grown to become a forum for very positive dialogue about making films.

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'The Melody of Film' at IFI

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SDGI and IFI bring directors and composers together in a conversation about the melody of film.

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) in association with the Irish Film Institute (IFI) will present The Melody of Film, an event exploring the creative collaboration between director and composer on 7th September at 19:30 in the IFI.

The event will consist of a conversation with leading composer Stephen Rennicks and award-winning director Paddy Breathnach (I Went Down) who will be studying a selection of scenes focusing on the collaborative process between director and composer in filmamking.

Birch Hamilton, SDGI’s Executive Director says: The collaboration between director and composer is a fascinating topic which should inspire not only the audiovisual community but anyone interested in film and music. By hosting this event in the IFI we give members of the public the opportunity to join the conversation.’

The Melody of Film takes place on 7th September at 19.30 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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‘Ballymun Lullaby’ Doc Wins Directors Finders Series 2011

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Frank Berry and his stunning feature documentary Ballymun Lullaby is announced today as the winner of the Directors Finders Series, providing this acclaimed Irish director with the opportunity to showcase his feature at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in LA on 9th September 2011.

The showcase will take place in front of an invited audience of American distributors, filmmakers, and key industry personnel, with the aim of securing a US distribution deal for the film. 
 
Selected by an international panel of experts Ballymun Lullaby is an emotional and compelling documentary that explores the heart of a local community through music. The film tells the story of a music teacher Ron Cooney who has been working in the Republic of Ireland’s only high-rise housing estate for fifteen years. During this time he has seen the area undergo a dramatic transformation.

Finders Series, conceived by the Directors Guild of America and facilitated by the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, presents an Irish director with an opportunity to showcase their film and to have direct access to decision makers in the film distribution process in the US. The awards spotlight works of fiction, documentary or drama feature submissions from Irish directors who have not secured U.S distribution for their films.

Frank Berry, originally a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology’s Post Graduate Film Production programme, has worked in television drama and documentary for over 10 years. His credits include the six part drama Teenage Kicks (BBC NI & TG4) and last years documentary Into the Light; The Making of an Opera (RTÉ Factual). Ballymun Lullaby is Frank’s first feature documentary. ‘I am delighted to be given this incredible opportunity and to be presenting Ballymun Lullaby at the Director’s Guild of America theatre on Sunset Boulevard,’ commented Frank Berry on hearing of being selected.

Ciaran Donnelly, Chairman of SDGI, said: ‘I would like to congratulate Frank Berry on receiving this year’s Directors Series Award for his feature documentary Ballymun Lullaby. His selection by an international panel from a highly competitive field of entries is indicative of his remarkable creative ability.

Previous winners of the Directors Finders Series have gone on to make a significant impact on the international film stage, with last year’s winner Ian Power’s The Runway getting a US distribution deal and providing the director with an opportunity to develop key relationships with studios and distributors worldwide
. This award is supported by 
the Imagine Ireland an initiative of Culture Ireland, the Irish Film Board and the Directors Guild of America.

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SDGI CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

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International directors Sir Alan Parker (The Commitments) and Michael Apted (Gorillas in the Mist, The World is Not Enough) welcomed to the 10th annual SDGI Awards Dinner

A gathering of Irish and international film and television directors took place on 22nd September in the Morrison Hotel to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland at their annual awards dinner. Sir Alan Parker and Michael Apted joined the SDGI as they were presented with their honorary membership their championing of Irish film and Irish arts.

Other attendees included Irish filmmakers Ciaran Donnelly, award winning Emmy director Dearbhla Walsh, Ken Wardrop, John Carney, Kirsten Sheridan, Lance Daly and Oscar-nominated Juanita Wilson.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen was also in attendance as he welcomed the international directors to the city of Dublin and thanked them for their support for Irish film in general.

The Awards dinner also paid tribute to the winner of this year’s Directors Finders Series, an annual initiative of the Guild which is vital to developing and showcasing Irish filmmaking talent. The winner of this year’s prestigious award is Ian Power and his film The Runway, which screened to great acclaim at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

The Guild currently has 205 members and the Board is made up of high profile screen directors such as Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with a Vampire, Butcher Boy), Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In The Name of the Father, The Field) Chairman Ciaran Donnelly (The Tudors), Lance Daly (Kisses) and Lenny Abrahamson (Garage).

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Screen Directors Guild of Ireland Press Release

Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) acknowledge the continued support of the Irish audio visual industry by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism following yesterday’s budget.

Despite the reduction in funding to the Arts Council of Ireland and the Irish Film Board, SDGI welcomes the continued financial support of these vital elements of the cultural and economic fabric of Ireland.

SDGI welcomes the announcement in yesterday’s budget of the continued, although diminished, financial support of the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board. This support is vital for the ongoing economic and cultural value of the Irish audio visual Industry, and SDGI acknowledges that this commitment is a strong endorsement of the sector.

Ciaran Donnelly, Chairman of the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, today commented ‘The retention of government support to the Arts Council of Ireland and the Irish Film Board is a strong endorsement of the Irish film and television production sector. It indicates the importance placed by Minister Martin Cullen and the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism on supporting the arts and the Irish film and television industry. This support will help sustain and create future jobs for directors and production personnel within the sector.’

The 2010 budget for the Irish Film Board has been announced as €19.3 million, a 5% reduction on the allocation for 2009. ‘An Bord Snip Nua’ had recommended the abolition of the Irish Film Board, a recommendation which prompted a co-coordinated and thorough response from players in the audio visual sector. SDGI welcomes the necessary retention of The Irish Film Board. The funding for the Irish Film Board allows Irish companies working within the sector to attract additional international investment, which is spent on Irish jobs and local services.

In 2009, Irish Film Board funded film and television projects contributed an estimated total of over €70 million to the Irish economy, showing a significant return on government investment in this sector. The sector continues to provide local jobs, and sustained international investment to the economy. Irish film, television and the arts in general bring valuable expenditure to local businesses across the regions and promote Irish culture to international audiences around the world. Such profiling has ancillary yet tangible effects on Irish tourism.

A recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers survey found that Ireland’s audio visual industry offers permanent employment to over 6,000 individuals, and values its worth at over half a billion euro per annum. The industry in turn generates many other indirect employment benefits arising out of production activities around the country.

The Minister for Finance, during his budget speech yesterday, referred to a recent Irish Times survey that found that 84% of those surveyed think Ireland needs to ‘start believing in itself again’. SDGI strongly believes that the arts sector in general, and particularly the audio visual sector, has a vital part to play in this regard. Ireland has made a powerful contribution to global arts and film. A strong cultural sector is crucial to the development of a healthy and positive democratic society, and SDGI, through its work with Irish directors, is committed to contributing to this, and facilitating it.

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Ken Wardrop Winner of Directors Finders Series 2009

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Photo: Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen TD joins in congratulating the winner of the prestigious award.

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, in association with the Directors Guild of America, announce that the winner of the 5th US Distribution Showcase, the Directors Finders Series 2009 is Ken Wardrop with his feature documentary His and Hers.

The acclaimed Irish filmmaker will get the opportunity to showcase his feature at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in LA in August. The showcase will take place in front of an invited audience of American distributors, filmmakers, and key industry personnel, with the aim of securing a US distribution deal for the film.

Selected by an international panel of experts, His and Hers is a beautifully observed and innovative documentary that combines observation and imagination to illustrate a universal love story. The film explores woman’s relationship with man by visiting moments from the lives of 70 female characters. Shot in the hallways, living rooms and kitchens of the Irish Midlands, the story moves sequentially from young to old to deliver a unique and touching insight into sharing life’s journey.

The initiative, conceived by the Directors Guild of America and facilitated by the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, presents an Irish director with an opportunity to showcase their film and to have direct access to decision makers in the film distribution process in the US. The award spotlights works of fiction, documentary or drama feature submissions from Irish directors who have not secured US distribution for their films.

This year, SDGI will launch Ken Wardrop and his film His and Hers at a special Industry Awards Ceremony on 16th July in Dublin in The Morrison Hotel, to precede the LA Screening Event in August. This event will be will be officially opened by the Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism, Martin Cullen TD and will be co-hosted by internationally acclaimed directors Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan.

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