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Galway City of Film and RTÉ announce a new Short Film Commission.

Galway City of Film and RTÉ announce a new Short Film Commission.

RTÉ, in partnership with Galway Film Centre and Galway Film Fleadh, are delighted to announce a new Short Film Commission Scheme. 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 then 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 the winning script will be 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 also 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), Paddy Breathnach, (Shrooms, I Went Down), and David Caffrey, (Love Hate, Divorcing Jack) and, depending on the shooting schedule, one of these will mentor the director.

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Young producers and production companies are also encouraged to register for the scheme and will be selected on a CV and interview basis.

Manager of Galway Film Centre, Declan Gibbons adds “We’re delighted to be collaborating with RTÉ on a new short film initiative and to be doing so under our new UNESCO Galway City of Film banner. We’re also really happy with our directors mentoring panel where emerging talent will get the benefit of such a wealth of experience of directing talent. Galway Film Fleadh are also on board and have agreed to have the finished film shown in competition in next year’s festival so this is a terrific opportunity for young writers and directors to cut their teeth.”

RTÉ’s Drama Development Executive David Crean said “ we’ve ring-fenced a total budget of €23,000 for this project to cover both the prizes, mentoring process and the production process. This gives us a healthy budget to work from and we really want to spend time finding and nurturing new writing and directing talent and to bring them through a supportive process to get the best results possible. We’ve spent a good bit of time developing this with Galway Film Centre and so it’s great to be announcing it now.” Around 65% of this €23,000 will become the production budget once all other costs are covered.

Writers are now invited to submit a short film story idea by September 4th.

How to enter:

Please click on the red text below for application form:

*** APPLICATION FORM: GFC-RTÉ Short Film Application form 2015***

Writers: What’s the Story? Writers are asked to submit a one page story outline (about 500 words) and a 2 page writing / script sample based on any part / scene from this story. That’s a maximum of 3 pages. Please send:

  • 3 hard copies of the story outline and 2 page sample.
  • Put the title on each page but not your name.
  • Please also email the story outline and 2 page sample in PDF format to info@galwayfilmcentre.ie
  • Attach a one page CV and a completed application form.
  • The fee for a writer to enter is €25.00. Entry is free to current Galway Film Centre members.
  • The closing date is 12 noon Friday September 4th.

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 around 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 short CV to Galway Film Centre.
  • An email short CV to info@galwayfilmcentre.ie
  • A Vimeo or online link to one sample of your work.
  • A completed application form.
  • The fee for a director to enter is €15.00. Entry is free to current Galway Film Centre members.
  • The closing date is 12 noon Friday September 4th.

 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 short CV to Galway Film Centre.
  • An email short CV to info@galwayfilmcentre.ie
  • A Vimeo or online link to one sample of your work.
  • A completed application form.
  • The fee for a producer to enter is €15.00. Entry is free to current Galway Film Centre members.
  • The closing date is 12 noon Friday September 4th.

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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*** APPLICATION FORM: GFC-RTÉ Short Film Application form 2015***

Proposed Timeline:

Announce. Call for Writers / Producers / Directors: July 20th
Closing Date: 6 weeks later: September 4th
Five weeks to read all submissions and select 10 writers for interview: Oct 9th

All writers will be contacted before Oct 16th as to whether or not they have been selected.
One month for 3 writers to write several drafts of short script: early November
Interview Directors and Producers: Mid November. The team are now in place.
Shooting Schedule and delivery of final film and rough cut to be agreed by end of November.

2014 winners of our Short Film Competition were:
The Great White Open, Writer & Director Ciarán Dooley and Producer Mark Holland.
Looks Like Rain, Writer Ben Conway, Director Kevin O’Farrell & Producer Liam Ryan.

2013
The Weather Report, Writer / Director Paul Murphy & Producer Deirdre de Grae.
Our Unfenced Country, Writer / Director Niamh Heery & Producer Eric Dolan.

2012
Scratch, written and directed by Phillip Kelly and produced by Dave Leahy of Warrior Films.
Nightline, written by Ger Fitzgerald, produced by Daniel Dowling & Steven Davenport of Underground Films and directed by Vincent Gallagher.

2011
Unsaid, Writer/Director Stevie Russel.l
Atrophy, Writer Matthew Roche, Director Mairtín de Barra

2010
The Day Trippers, Writer Keith Bogue, Director Pat Comer
Switch, Writers Troels Hundtofte & Thomas Hefferon, Directed by Thomas Hefferon

2009
The Ottoman Empire, Written & Directed by James Phelan
The Toll, Written & Directed by Medb Johnstone

2008
Car Park, Written by Kevin Lavelle & Diarmuid Goggins, Director Diarmuid Goggins
Listen, Writer Keith Bogue, Director Pat Comer
Losing Memories, Written & Directed by Orlagh Heverin

2007
Up For Air, Written & Directed by Richie Conroy & Mark Hodkinson
Paris Noir, Written & Directed by Alexandra McGuinness
Mr Crocodile In The Cupboard, Writers Jon Bonnell & Morgan Bushe, Director Morgan Bushe
Brixton Bob, Writers Tom Swift & Devin John Doyle, Director Devin John Doyle

2006
Mea Culpa, Written & Directed by Virginia Gilbert
The Wednesdays, Writers Luke Clancy & Conor Ferguson, Directed by Conor Ferguson

2005
No Strings Attached, Written & Directed by Maria O’Loughlin
Slots, Writer Eimhear McMahon; Director Cian McGarrigle
24/7, Written & Directed by Shane Cowley

2004
Plain Jane, Written & Directed by Connie Farrell
The Ten Steps, Written & Directed by Brendan Muldowney
The Funeral Parlour, Written & Directed by David Hegarty

2003
Falling Angels, Written & Directed by Michael Kinirons
Push Hands, Written & Directed by Steph Green
Sales Manager Of The Year, Written & Directed by Declan Hannigan

2002
Old Friends, Written & Directed by John Breen
Call Girl, Written & Directed by Keyster Dyer
The Longest Day, Written & Directed by Dave Hegarty

2001
Memoriam, Written & Directed by Brian O’Corrbui
Neighbourhood Watch, Written & Directed by Éamon Little
Crossing, Written & Directed by Jimmy McAleavey

2000
Butterflies & Bees, Written & Directed by Jenny Roche Conroy
Therapy, Writer Julie Harris
Pressing The Flesh, Written & Directed by Robert Fox

1999
The Hall, Written & Directed by Doreen O’Connor
Diversion, Director Josephine Conlon
Blessed Fruit, Written & Directed by Orla Walsh

1998
Home, Director Collette Cullen
Paper Dolls, Director Tina O’Rourke

1997
Not Victor, Director Tracey Cullen
Molly & Me, Director Darragh Keogh

1996
Quick Fix, Written & Directed by Éamon Little
Old Age, Director William-Godot Silke

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