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Galway City of Film and RTÉ announce new Short Film Commission

Galway City of Film is delighted announce 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. 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.

Manager of Galway Film Centre, Declan Gibbons adds “We tried this new approach for the first time last year and were very encouraged by the results. ‘The Boring Diary of Frances Noone’ was written by Jacinta Owens and it was great to witness how her terrific script got even better as she worked closely with Script Editor, Deirdre Roycroft. The film turned out really well and was directed by Cara Holmes and produced by Edwina Forkin and had its premiere in the Galway Film Fleadh in July. This year again we have some money set aside to mentor the writer and a production budget of €15,000 to produce the final film”

RTÉ’s Drama Development Executive David Crean said The Short Film Scheme fits perfectly with RTÉ Drama’s strategy for uncovering and nurturing new writing, producing and directing talent. 2016 gave a great opportunity to Jacinta Owens and Cara Holmes and we’re excited about seeing a new, original short film in 2017”.

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

How to enter:

*** APPLICATION FORM ***

PDF version: GFC-RTÉ Short Film Application form 2016  

.Doc version:  GFC-RTÉ Short Film Application form 2016

Writers: What’s the Story? Writers are asked to submit a one page story outline (about 500 words) and a two page writing / script sample based on any part / scene from this story. That’s a maximum of 3 pages.

Please email a Dropbox link to admin@galwayfilmcentre.ie containing:

  • 1 page story outline and 2 page sample in PDF format.
  • Put the title on each page but not your name.
  • 1 page CV and a completed application form.

Please send by post:

  • 3 hard copies of both the one page story outline and the two page sample.

Please note:

  • The fee for a writer to enter is €25.00. Entry fee covers one script per person.
  • The closing date is 12 noon Tuesday January 31st.

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 4 weeks after the interview date to become the film that goes into production.

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Directors: Who’s going to direct the short film? Directors are invited to put their names forward for consideration. Please submit:

  • A hardcopy two page CV to Galway Film Centre.
  • Also send a DROPBOX link containing your CV along with a Vimeo or online link to one sample of your work and a completed application form to admin@galwayfilmcentre.ie.
  • Entry fee for a director is €15.00.

Directors will be shortlisted on the basis of their submission material and invited to interview. Through this process one director will be selected.

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Producers: Who’s going to produce the short film? Producers are invited to put their names forward for consideration. Please submit:

  • A hardcopy two page CV to Galway Film Centre.
  • Also send a DROPBOX link containing your CV along with a Vimeo or online link to one sample of your work and a completed application form to admin@galwayfilmcentre.ie.
  • Entry fee for a producer is €15.00.

Producers will be shortlisted on the basis of their submission material and invited to interview. Through this process one producer will be selected. Producer / Director teams may also enter.

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***Closing date for all applications is 12 noon Tuesday 31st January 2017.***

All hardcopy materials to be sent to:

RTÉ Short Film Commission
Galway Film Centre,
Cluain Mhuire,
Wellpark Road
Galway City
H91 WP9K

For any further information please contact Galway Film Centre on 091-770748 or email admin@galwayfilmcentre.ie

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