SPLANC! 8 new short film commissions announced

TG4 and the Arts Council, in partnership with Galway Film Centre, are delighted to announce eight new short film commissions for a special season of Splanc! to celebrate 2016 in art. Splanc! is the Irish language arts documentary scheme that supports the creative exploration of the arts in Ireland.

After a highly competitive selection process the following filmmakers have now been commissioned:
Tadhg O’Sullivan’s Solas Céad Bliain will explore how different Irish artworks have used light as a motif.

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First Cut. Youth Film Festival.

The Call for Entries to the First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2016 is open. The 7th edition of the festival will take place in April. The festival provides an opportunity for young filmmakers, age 12-24, to be part of a very exciting national and international Youth Film Festival which is supported by the Arts Council and Cork County Council.

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Lights Camera “Live Life” National Film Competition

In May 2013, young Donal Walsh lost his cancer battle at 16 years of age. Prior to his passing he managed to get people, most especially young people, thinking and talking about how good life is and to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. Donal’s family began to receive donations from all over the world so that they could continue spreading his positive message and in any way prevent suicide. To date any monies received have been used to support teenage cancer patients and to prevent teenage suicide.

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BAI. Over €5.2M allocated to 99 projects under Sound & Vision Scheme

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (22nd January) announced details of the latest package of recommendations under the Sound & Vision Scheme to have been ratified by the Authority at its meeting on January 21st.

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SHORT SHOTS Filmbase/RTÉ New Short Film Scheme

This unique scheme 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, we offer 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.

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Trailer for John Carney's Sing Street

SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos.

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Academy Award Nominations

Reacting to the seven Academy Award® nominations for Irish Film Board funded films and nine nominations in total for Irish talent which were announced this afternoon, James Hickey, Chief Executive Bord Scannán hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said:

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Operation Transformation shooting in Belmullet this Saturday

An Operation Transformation Nationwide Walk, which will be filmed for RTÉ, is taking place in Belmullet this Saturday, January 9th.

 Local leader John Conmy will lead the walk starting off at:

 Belmullet Civic Centre, Belmullet, Co Mayo

 He will be accompanied on the walk by Operation Transformation expert Dr Ciara Kelly.

 The walk will commence at 10am.

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Nominations Announced for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2016

The nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2016 have been announced.

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