VFX and Animation Traineeship Announced

Animation Skillnet, Screen Training Ireland and the Irish Film Board have announced a new Traineeship Programme for the Irish Animation and VFX sectors. The announcement was made at the 2nd annual Irish VFX and Animation Summit, which took place in the Science Gallery on Saturday and Sunday 29th and 30th November. The new Traineeship Programme will be piloted in 2015 with approximately 10 trainees and 10 Animation and VFX studios involved. It will run for approximately 12 months, and will involve a mix of on-the-job training/mentoring as well as additional specialist training/mentoring delivered through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland.

Teresa McGrane, Deputy CEO of the Irish Film Board, said that the Traineeship will crucially offer ‘formalised training modules running alongside the Traineeship itself.’ Gareth Lee, Network Manager at Animation Skillnet, said: ‘This is the first programme of its kind in Ireland. The combination of on-the-job training and mentoring and off-site specialised training is particularly effective, and we look forward to working with local studios on shaping the curriculum in the coming weeks and months.’ The Traineeship is currently in development, and the partners are in the process of recruiting interested studios and trainees to take part in the pilot programme. It is anticipated that the scheme will be extended to a larger number of studios and trainees in 2016.

For further information on the Traineeship programme, email Screen Training Ireland at info@screentrainingireland.ie

Irish Society of Cinematographers

The Irish Society Of Cinematographers (ISC) is a non-profit making, non-political, educational, social and professional organisation, founded with the aim of promoting and encouraging the highest standards in the art and craft of Cinematography. This society’s’ membership is by invitation only and will be made up of the most talented Directors Of Photography in the island of Ireland (both North and South). The ISC is an equal opportunities organisation.

Limerick City of Culture

Limerick City of Culture 2014 in partnership with Behind the Scenes has announced the two winners of the extremely competitive Film Limerick Scheme, who were selected from 131 applicants. The commissions have been awarded to:

  • Cashell Horgan of Babyjane Productions – The Clock Makers Doll
  • Liam O’Neill of Paradox Pictures – Lost and Found

Commenting on the commissions, Ronan Cassidy, Film Limerick Project Manager said ‘Film Limerick is a hugely important part of the legacy project for Limerick City of Culture. It has greatly increased awareness of the resources available to film makers in the city. The massive interest in the project will further the aim of Limerick City becoming a film production hub and a major source of employment in the region.

What is most encouraging about the initiative is the extraordinarily high standard in the applications we received. Only two projects could be selected but there is a great wealth of Irish writing talent and it is important to support and encourage this skill.

I would like to thank all the applicants and wish them every success in their future careers. I am looking forward to working with the successful teams in the coming months.’

The Clock Makers Doll, is set in a fictional world, home to the most unusual collection of automatas created. Here a clockmaker lives with his beloved wife who one day dies. Crazed with despair he decides to replace her by building a doll but fails to achieve the perfection he desires. With pressure on him to complete his task before time runs out, he soon realises that the key to the perfect woman is in her heart not her head. The director Cashell Horgan is a multi award winning filmmaker and has been an Oscar shortlist nominee. Filming is scheduled for early March.

Lost and Found, is the charming story of a resourceful young boy and his mother who are trying to come to terms with the recent death of his father.  The boy resorts to petnapping local animals and trading them in for rewards, in order to assist his struggling mother. The film will be directed by Liam O’Neill, who has an extensive track record as a screenwriter, director and producer. This film is due to go into production February 16th 2015.

Bow Street

Bow Street was originally established as The Factory in 2010 by three of Ireland’s leading filmmakers, John Carney, Kirsten Sheridan, and Lance Daly. They were shortly joined by Casting Director Maureen Hughes and filmmaker Shimmy Marcus. Originally set up as a space for filmmakers to collaborate and share ideas, The Factory evolved into one of the country’s leading centres of excellence for training.
After 5 very successful years in the Docklands, The Factory moved to Smithfield and the company re-branded as Bow Street. Now housed in the old Jameson Building, a stunning protected structure, it has three floors above a basement offering 6 studios, a canteen, gym, and cinema. Now managed by Hughes and Marcus, together with General Manager Paul O’Connor, they have continue the same mission to discover, nurture, and train new screen acting talent.
Home to The Programme for Screen Acting, Ireland’s only full time, year-long acting course dedicated specifically to screen acting, and The Actors Studio, Bow Street provides a unique learning environment rooted in practical training methods.
For further information on courses currently on offer please contact Bow Street directly.
T:  + 353 1 5310929
E: info@bowstreet.ie

Animation Skillnet

SUBSIDISED TRAINING FOR THE ANIMATION, GAMES AND VFX SECTORS… Animation Skillnet is an industry led training network for the animation, games and VFX sectors in Ireland. We run subsidised, high-end training courses delivered by industry specialists and we organise professional networking events and conferences for member company employees and freelancers.


E: animationskillnet@dublinbic.ie

The Lir Academy

The Lir, is Irelands’s National Academy of Dramatic Art established as a result of a recognised need for an academy of excellence with the island of Ireland.

Its close associations with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and Trinity College Dublin ensure that the contents of all courses are set to the highest international standards, so whether you are setting out to undertake a postgraduate Master Degree in Playwriting or a beginners Introduction to Acting course, you will be trained by industry professionals in a trusting, dynamic and fun environment.


T: +353 1 896 2559
E: info@thelir.ie


VFXAI has been established to promote Ireland nationally and internationally as a VFX centre of excellence.  Founded by Windmill Lane, Screen Scene, Egg and Piranha Bar, Ireland’s largest VFX suppliers, VFXAI will showcase and represent the VFX industry, infrastructure and talent available in Ireland. VFXAI will interface with training agencies and 3rd level institutions to ensure a steady stream of industry ready talent.

The VFX and digital content production sector offers new and increasing opportunities for sustainable jobs and industry. VFXAI will add strength to our individual efforts to highlight the substantial talent and combined scale already available in Irelandand will work to ensure continued sustainable growth.


E: info@vfxai.com

Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Commission’s framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

Following on from the previous Culture Programme and MEDIA programme, Creative Europe, with a budget of €1.46 billion (9% higher than its predecessors), will support:

The programme consists of two sub-programmes; the Culture sub-programme to promote the culture sector, and the MEDIA sub-programme to support the audiovisual sector.


T: +353 1 6791856
E: info1@mediadeskireland.eu


TG4, the Irish language television channel is an independent statutory entity (Teilifís na Gaeilge). The channel has been on-air since late 1996.

TG4 invests over €20m annually in original Irish programming from the independent production sector in Ireland. This investment supports 350 posts in small private sector companies throughout the island.

The channel provides a daily programme schedule in Irish for children and young people. Both the Cúla4 zones and the Ponc strands for young adults provide a wide range of entertaining and top-quality content in Irish and represent an attractive and entertaining daily point of contact with Irish in a context that is totally different to school.

TG4 is the most positive and high-profile Government policy for the Irish language for the past fifty years. The project has received the support of all parties and Governments since 1992.

The Government is providing current funding of €32.75m to TG4 for 2014. TG4 also derives income from selling commercial air-time and programme sponsorship. TG4 is acknowledged as one of the most efficient and cost effective television stations in Europe.

The channel’s schedule – and its news service in particular – ensures a space for the non-centrist perspective and for emerging talent.

TG4’s Irish language output is available world-wide on the TG4 Player www.tg4.tv which provides a live stream of the TV output as well as an archive of the channel’s recently broadcast Irish language programmes.

TG4 is a public service broadcaster. The functions and duties of TG4 (Teilifís na Gaeilge) are set out in the Broadcasting Act 2009. The entity has a twelve member board, currently chaired by Siún Ní Raghallaigh. TG4 receives a programme supply of 365 hours of Irish language programming annually from RTÉ, at no cost to TG4, as specified in the Broadcasting Act 2009.

TG4 has premiere exclusive live TV rights for a number of top GAA competitions including the National Leagues, Minor and Under 21 and Club Championships in hurling, football and Ladies Gaelic Football, extensive rugby rights including live rights for  the Guinness Pro12 league and highlights from the Europeans Champions and Challenge Cups, live coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championships and of the Tour de France.


T: + 353 91 505050

T: +353 1 4763030

E: info@tg4.ie


RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) is Ireland’s national public-service media organisation. A leader in Irish media, RTÉ provides comprehensive, cost-effective, free-to-air multi-media services to the public in Ireland and interested audiences internationally.

RTÉ services are impartial in accordance with statutory obligations. At its heart, RTÉ is a creative organisation, making and commissioning a broad range of high-quality programming and content to meet the needs of multiple audiences.  RTÉ One and Two television normally air over 18 of the top 20 programmes of any year broadcast by any channel available in Ireland.  RTÉ’s television services are RTÉ One, RTÉ One HD, RTÉ One +1, RTÉ Two, RTÉ Two HD, RTÉjr and RTÉ News Now.

Over 50% of adults listen to RTÉ’s radio services every week. RTÉ Radio 1 is the only radio station in Ireland with over 1,000,000 listeners. RTÉ operates four primary stations (RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta). In addition there are five exclusively digital radio stations (RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, RTÉ Pulse,  RTÉ Gold, RTÉ 2XM, and RTÉjr Radio, Ireland’s only radio station just for children).

RTÉ also offers a broad range of digital services, including a comprehensive website (RTÉ.ie), RTÉ News Now (a 24-hour digital news service), and multiple genre-specific apps, including a bespoke RTÉjr app for younger audiences, as well as the popular RTÉ Player, RTÉ Radio Player, and a teletext service (RTÉ Aertel). RTÉ Archives is a broadcast and stills archive that curates the RTÉ’s audio-visual and print archive on behalf of the nation.


You can find out more about how RTÉ is funded at http://www.rte.ie/about/en/how-rte-is-run/2012/0221/291618-the-license-fee/.


T: + 353 1 2083111

E: info@rte.ie