Writing Mentorship Scheme

Screen Training Ireland in association with Galway Film Centre and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and are pleased to announce a new writing mentorship scheme aimed at writers from and/or currently based in the WRAP* counties Clare, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo.

Writers will be invited to submit ideas for genres including feature film or TV series (both live action and animation). Four writers will be selected and allotted contact time with script editors from Ireland and the UK over a period of months, as well as receiving an award of €500 each to develop the idea further. Mentors will include Andrew Ellard, Eimear Markey, Mark McIlrath, Oona O’ Beirn and Lucy Ryan. The writers will also have access to producers and commissioning editors to guide them to the next stage after development. Writers may also attend an Advanced Screenplay Development workshop with Emmanuel Oberg, in association with Creative Europe MEDIA Office Galway, which takes place in September 2018.

The scheme will endorse 50:50 gender equality, as well as encouraging diversity of voices and ages and it also aims to nurture ideas generated and located in the region. Writers’ track records as well as the originality and boldness of the ideas submitted and the potential for development will be key criteria in selection of the projects.

The deadline for application is 23rd of July 2018. Applications guidelines below.

Please email writingmentorship@galwayfilmcentre.ie for any further information.

*WRAP refers to the Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund, a new €2 million regional fund which supports production in the following six counties: Clare, Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.


Application Guidelines:

  • Applicants’ experience must demonstrate at least one of the following: festival or online success; broadcast credits; or work that has acquired funding.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Students in full time education are not eligible
  • Applicants must be from or based in one of the WRAP counties.
  • The scheme is open to ideas which can be produced, but are not necessarily set in the WRAP counties.

Submission details:

Email the following information to: writingmentorship@galwayfilmcentre.ie

  • A one page synopsis of the idea. If your idea is for a TV series, then outline the narrative for the series. (PDF format)
  • A sample of your writing up to 15 pages (PDF format)
  • A one page CV outlining relevant experience (PDF format)
  • A personal statement of up to one page in length (PDF format)

The deadline for application is 23rd of July 2018.

Please email writingmentorship@galwayfilmcentre.ie for further information.


Economic Analysis of the Audiovisual Sector in the Republic of Ireland

Minister Madigan launches plan to double employment in Audio-visual Sector

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. today launched her Department’s €200m Audio-visual Action Plan.The industry-wide, long-term plan, under the Creative Ireland Programme, will support the Government’s ambition to enable Ireland to become a global hub for the production of Film, TV drama and animation. 

The key points in the Plan include:

  • Consider extending Section 481 tax relief, as well as increasing the expenditure ceiling, revising the regulations and extending the relief to Ireland’s games sector.
  • A review by Screen Ireland of funding models for other countries’ film agencies.
  • Increased capital funding for the film sector including co-production and development funding, a specific fund for the development of films and TV drama, a fund for new Irish TV drama, a regional production fund and additional training of film workers and crew.
  • Increased business skills development, matching of skills with production growth and partnering with third level institutions in skills development.
  • Increased marketing measures including measures to attract major computer games studios to Ireland.
  • A steering group will prioritise measures, oversee implementation and monitor risks, reporting regularly to Minister Madigan.

The Audiovisual Action Plan is underpinned by an Economic Assessment of the Audio-Visual Industry in Ireland carried out by international consultants Olsberg SPI with Nordicity on behalf of the Departments of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Business, Enterprise and Innovation. As well as measuring the size and impact of the industry, the consultants identified a range of key strategic recommendations which would assist the future development and growth of the audiovisual sector in Ireland.

The consultants concluded that with the implementation of their policy recommendations, Ireland’s “film, television and animation” sector could in a period of five years, double employment to over 24,000 full-time equivalents and a gross value added of nearly €1.4 billion.

Speaking at the Irish Film Institute Minister Madigan said “Today we start building on the success of the Irish audio-visual industry which has reached across the world.  This year we had Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner, produced by Cartoon Saloon – an amazing Irish company with global reach – building on a strong run of successes at the Oscars and Cannes in recent years with films such as Room and The Lobster.  We are also an attractive location for international productions – in recent years Star Wars has brought a new audience to the delights of our west coast.

“Ireland has the creative talent, the storytelling and literary history, international credibility, geographic location and incentive structures to be a global leader, to tell compelling Irish and universal stories on screen, and to grow and sustain a vibrant creative audio-visual sector. Our Irish cultural heritage introduces Ireland on the world stage and allows us to express our national identity.   Film in particular offers us a way to do that in very impactful way.”

“Agus, ar ndóigh, ag caint faoi Iarthar na hÉireann, tá tionscal nach beag tógtha i nGaillimh agus i gConamara, bunaithe ar thacaíocht an Rialtais do TG4. Tá gradam UNESCO mar chathair scannán bainte amach ag Gaillimh de bharr an tionscail seo, agus beidh sé go mór chun tosaigh i nGaillimh 2020– Cathair Chultúrtha na hEorpa.”

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said, “This initiative could not come at a more opportune time. Facing into a climate of global economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever to develop strong, resilient and innovative companies that have the capacity to provide skilled, quality jobs. I know first-hand that we have the talent and drive necessary to succeed in this competitive market. This plan is an important step towards achieving this vision.”

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD commented, “I particularly welcome the proposal for specific funds to support new TV drama production and regional production. My officials will continue to work closely with the Department of Culture and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to implement this exciting plan.”

Both the Audiovisual Action Plan and the Olsberg Report are available here.

Irish and International Industry Leaders Announced for Screen Leaders 2018

Screen Leaders is the Leading Strategic Company Development Programme for the Screen Industries.

We are pleased to announce the selected participants for the 2018 Screen Leaders programme.  Top industry leaders from; Amsterdam, Romania, Germany, Poland, Ireland and Croatia will come together in Ireland for the first module of the programme which commences on the 25th of June.

Screen Leaders provides participants with the skills to lead their organisation in a complex, innovative and evolving international marketplace. It is designed for industry leaders working in film, television, animation, games, post-production, VFX, facilities, sales, distribution and exhibition.

Andy Mayson, co-CEO, Altitude Films who tutors on the programme said, “Screen Leaders is a brilliant program that guides Companies’ growth in in the rapidly changing Film and Television market. It’s run by experienced and friendly people that makes the course most welcoming.”

The programme is custom designed in consultation with participating companies – it is this bespoke approach with makes the programme unique. Content is tailored to the participant’s requirements, making it relevant to their company and targeting the markets which their business operates within. It supplies companies with an international network that supports growth in business.

The Screen Leaders Programme is funded by the Creative Europe Programme and the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann.

The participants for 2018 are;

Pink Kong, Ireland

Niamh Herrity, Producer

Aoife Doyle, Creative Director

Digital Cube, Romania

Christian Nicolescu, CEO

Carmen Rizac, COO

Filmore, Amsterdam and Brussels

Remco Mastwijk, CEO

Fleur van Eldik, COO

Mind The Gap, Ireland

Anne Heffernan, Producer

Bernadine Carraher, Producer

Bill Hughes, Producer

Recircle, Croatia

Denis Alenti, Creative Producer

Vjekoslav Zivkovic, Animation Director

Match and Spark, Poland

Anna Rόżalska, Producer/Founder

Tarik Hachound, Talent Agent/Founder

 Abu Media, Ireland

Brid Seoighe, Company Director & Producer

Pierce Boyce, managing Director

Hoferichter and Jacob, Germany

Olaf Jacobs, Producer

Karin Leske, Producer

OffScript, Ireland

Mitchell O’Gorman, Managing Director

Rob Treloar, Sales Director

Steven Courtney, Creative Director

Commenting on the 2018 participants Teresa McGrane, Deputy Chief executive of the Irish Film Board said: “This year we have a group of highly motivated international executives for the programme.  We look forward to working with them on the development and expansion of their companies.”

For further information, please contact:

Criona Sexton, T: +353 86 9891018 E: criona.sexton@screentrainingireland.ie

Screen Leaders is an initiative of Screen Training Ireland supported by the Creative Europe Programme and Bord Scannan na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

Screen Training Ireland is part of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and provides on-going training for the screen sectors through the delivery of world class training initiatives



Director Masterclass with Madeleine Olnek at Galway Film Fleadh 2018

Screen Training Ireland in association with the Galway Film Fleadh are pleased to announce Madeleine Olnek will be the subject of this year’s Directors Masterclass.

Madeleine Olnek is a a New York City based playwright and filmmaker. Her debut feature CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME premiered at Sundance 2011. It went on to screen at MoMA and The Viennale. It was also nominated for a Gotham award and had a theatrical run in LA and NYC.

Her second feature THE FOXY MERKINS, included screenings at Sundance 2014, BAM Cinemafest, Lincoln Center, and an NYC theatrical run at IFP. The film had its international premiere at the Moscow Film Festival, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit award. She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for her third feature film, WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY, which premiered at SXSW in 2018.

Olnek was awarded best female short film director at Sundance in 2009, by LA’s Women In Film organization. Her award-winning and widely screened comedy shorts, COUNTERTRANSFERENCE (2009), and HOLD UP (2006), were official selections of Sundance. Her short film MAKE ROOM FOR PHYLLIS (2007) premiered at Sarasota. As a playwright, Olnek has been commissioned by Dixon Place, the Atlantic Theater, The Actor’s Theater of Louisville, and the Public theater. She is one of the authors of “A Practical Handbook for The Actor” (with a foreword by David Mamet), a widely used acting textbook.

Olnek graduated from NYU with a BFA in drama, where she trained in the acting conservatory program. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Brown University, which she attended on a full merit-based scholarship. She has an MFA in film from Columbia University, where she was awarded the prestigious William Goldman Screenwriting Fellowship.

The masterclass will be moderated by Gar O’Brien – (Former Fesitval Programmer for Galway Film Fleadh) – Having studied English and Psychology at UCC, Gar went on to complete a Masters Degree in Film Studies at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media in NUI Galway. He is currently appointed as a consultant on Galway 2020 project.

Olnek’s WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY will screen on Wednesday 11th July as part of this years Galway Film Fleadh programme.

The masterclass costs €25 and will take place on Thursday 12th July from 10am – 1pm in the Galmont Hotel, Galway (Formally Radisson).

To apply for a place, contact Emma by email: masterclasses@filmfleadh.ie

The closing date for applications is Friday 29th June 2018

Actors Masterclass with Andrew Scott Announced for Galway Film Fleadh 2018

Screen Training Ireland in association with the Galway Film Fleadh are pleased to announce Andrew Scott will be the subject of this year’s Actors Masterclass.

Andrew Scott is a much acclaimed Irish actor, who has starred in a diverse array of projects across film, TV and theatre. Andrew has starred in a vast number of successful feature films. Recent work includes DENIAL, starring alongside Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall; SPECTRE from the James Bond franchise; ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS with Johnny Depp, Ken Loaches JIMMYS HALL, as well as his acclaimed role in hit British film PRIDE for which he received the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

His forthcoming films include THE DELINQUENT SEASON with Cillian Murphy and STEEL COUNTRY, his first American independent film. He is perhaps best known on television for his role as Moriarty in the international hit series SHERLOCK, for which he was awarded the BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor. Other television credits include THE HOLLOW CROWN, THE TOWN, THE HOUR, JOHN ADAMS and BAND OF BROTHERS.

Andrew is also a celebrated stage actor with roles in notable productions such as Cock and A Girl in a Car with a Man at the Royal Court, both for which he received an Olivier Award. Most recently, he was nominated for the Olivier Award, the Evening Standard Award and won the Critics Circle Award for his acclaimed performance as Hamlet at the Almeida and its subsequent transfer to the West End.

The masterclass will be moderated by Maureen Hughes. Maureen trained as artistic assistant under Garry Hynes at Druid Theatre Company in the ’80s and went on in 1992 to work in the Abbey Theatre for two-and-a-half years as Head of Casting. She moved into Film & TV working with Susie Figgis on casting THE BUTCHER BOYS and subsequently went out on her own to cast several major screen productions, including the Oscar®-winning films SIX SHOOTER and ONCE, and recent Award Winning RTE productions LOVE-HATE, CHARLIE, CLEAN BREAK, and REBELLION. Film Credits include: AGNES BROWNE, BORSTAL BOY, DISCO PIGS, NOBLE and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE.

Andrew’s latest film, STEEL COUNTRY, will screen on Friday 13th July as as part of this years Galway Film Fleadh’s programme.

The masterclass costs €25 and will take place on Saturday 14th July from 10am – 1pm in the Galmont Hotel, Galway (Formally Radisson).
To apply for a place, contact Emma by email: masterclasses@filmfleadh.ie
The closing date for applications is Friday 29th June 2018

Vacancy: Animation and VFX Coordinator

Screen Training Ireland (STI) is the national training and skills development resource specifically tailored for Ireland’s film and television industry.  It was established to provide ongoing training and career development opportunities for professionals working in the screen industry. STI delivers structured training and skills development initiatives to the Film and TV Drama, Animation, VFX, Games, AR/VR and the Television Broadcast sector.  STI comes under the auspices of the Irish Film Board – soon to be rebranded to Screen Ireland.

Animation and VFX Co-Ordinator – Role Description

This position will work directly with the STI Manager.  This role will assist the Manager in the roll out of training and skills development activities across animation, VFX, VR/AR and the gaming sector.

The role will consist of:

  • Working with the STI Manager on identifying the skills gaps across animation, games, VFX and VR/AR.
  • Working with the STI Manager on the roll out of animation, VFX, games and VR/AR training and skills development initiatives to close skills gaps.
  • Working directly with industry stakeholders including Animation Ireland, Animation Skillnet, VFX Association of Ireland, VRAI and Imirt.
  • Liasing with the third level sector on interventions to assist graduates be industry ready.
  • Generating ideas that can be rolled out as skills development initiatives.

Essential Qualities

  • Experience of working in the animation, VFX, gaming, VR/AR and/or related areas.
  • Experience of working in skills development and/or education provision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A forward thinker and ideas generator.

Key Skills/Competencies

  • Excellent computer package proficiency including Word, Excel, and Power-point.
  • Must have excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Mist be able to work as part of a fast-paced team and contribute to a dynamic and innovative working environment.
  • Must have a strong client focus.
  • Must be able to work to challenging deadlines and work on own initiative.
  • A forward thinking ideas person.
  • A desire to work the Film and TV sector is essential.

Salary Scale

This position will be offered at Executive Officer scale. Salary scale will be €29,026 rising incrementally.  Annual leave is 20 days and this post will be part of the Irish Film Board Superannuation Scheme.  There will also be a 6 month probationary period.  This position will be a 5 year fixed-term contract – it will be full-time and exclusive.  Travel will be a feature of this post.

Application Process

Interested applicants are invited to forward a detailed CV that highlights relevant experience and a covering letter in strict confidence to recruitment@irishfilmboard.ie by Friday 6th July 2018.

This position is directly responsible to the STI Manager.  The post will be based in Dublin.

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board is an equal opportunities employer.


Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board is under the aegis of the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht.


Rich and Invaluable experience gained with Master Craftsman Michel Nadaï

Rhonwen Hayes, Charghand Painter received a bursary to attend an intensive masterclass in wood graining and marbling with master craftsman Michel Nadaï.  Read more about Rhowen’s  experience and the skills and techniques she picked up during her time in France.

“Less than one week on and I am still boring everyone with my gushing enthusiasm after an extraordinary five days of painting with a master craftsman in France. It was a rich and invaluable experience. When it was mentioned that I might qualify for this bursary I was astounded. I have spent many years painting and it felt somewhat indulgent of me to seek out a course of such merit that was situated in the South West of France. I quietly wondered at the validity of traveling this far.”

“I couldn’t have been more wrong. The worth of learning the craft of wood graining and marbling from the renowned Michel Nadaï (Master Craftsman of Decorative Arts in France) has been truly beyond measure for me. His vast knowledge of traditional skills and materials was astounding alongside his ability to break down this knowledge and transfer it into practical demonstration every day was both a relief and inspirational.

“Our class consisted of two students from 8:00am – 6pm each day. We learnt how to paint two different types of wood (oak and mahogany) and three marbles (sienna, white and portar). We practiced technique all morning and made our one and only serious attempt of a finished piece in the afternoon. Attention to detail was paramount. As a painter I am confident in my ability to copy and mimic, but Michel challenged us to concentrate on technique alone, using unfamiliar brushes and unpredictable wrist movements. It was grueling, challenging and hugely rewarding.
“I have come home with the gift of being able to dissect and read complex panels of decorative painting. It is my sincere hope that with practice I too will be able to produce work of a similar standard and transfer these skills to others in the fast paced world of film.”

My sincere thanks to Troy Studios and Screen Training Ireland for making this possible.

NIGHTFLYERS Production Training Scheme Wraps with Industry Training Event

It’s a wrap for the NIGHTFLYERS Production Training Scheme, a collaboration with Troy Studios Limerick, Universal Cable Productions and Wild Atlantic Pictures.  The pilot production training scheme offered essential on-the-job training for section 481 trainees employed on the NIGHTFLYERS production.  Screen Training Ireland engaged directly with the production, department heads, and crew to outline key training objectives for the trainees.

The programme provided work-based learning and mentoring for over 24 trainees in areas such as production, accounts, assistant directing, costume, continuity, hair and make-up, camera, model making, props, art department, set decoration, sound special effects and visual effects.  Each of the department heads engaged with the process guiding the trainees through the essential skills required to work in a busy production department.

To celebrate the end of the pilot training scheme, trainees will participate in an industry training event providing them with the opportunity to network with HOD’s from the production. The event  will open with a keynote address from producer Sean Ryerson and HOD’s from the NIGHTFLYERS production including, Kris Wood, VFX Supervisor (on set), Conor Dennison, Art Director, John Neligan, Production Buyer, Jeroen Hendricks, Digital Imaging Technician, Edmund Sampson, Unit Production Manager, Niamh Gale, Production Coordinator, Ciara McArdle, Costume Supervisor, Rory McDermott, Production Accountant, Nicola Jackson, 3rd Assistant Director, David Moran, Script Supervisor and James McGuire, Gaffer.  

NIGHTFLYERS is based on the novella by George R. R. Martin, who also serves as an executive producer on the project, and is produced by Universal Cable Productions and co-produced by Netflix. Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation for television and is the showrunner and executive producer. Brian Nelson, Mike Cahill, and Andrew McCarthy serve as executive producers. Gene Klein, David Bartis and Doug Liman from Hypnotic; Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films; and Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions also serve as executive producers. The drama production is based at Troy Studios Limerick in association with Wild Atlantic Pictures.

“We are always looking for opportunities to support local job creation and initiatives to train the next generation of professionals,” said Mark Binke, Executive Vice President, Production, Universal Cable Production, “Thank you to our partners in this endeavour.”

Eoin Egan, Producer said, “Wild Atlantic Pictures were very proud to be involved in the NIGHTFLYERS Production Training scheme made possible by the support of Screen Training Ireland, IFB, Universal Cable Productions and Troy Studios. We are confident the initiative has had a significant impact on local job creation and helped establish Troy Studios and Limerick as a hub for the film and television industry.”​

Gareth Lee, Manager, Screen Training Ireland said, “The NIGHTFLYERS Production Training Scheme, has proven to be a fantastic opportunity for up and coming talent to gain essential skills, knowledge and understanding on a cutting edge production. We learned a great deal from this pilot programme that we can use to shape any similar, work-based programmes we develop in the future.”

Now that the training scheme has finished trainees will be in a position to apply for further positions on a broad range of productions equipped with a clear vision of the pathways to progression within their preferred department.

Photo: NIGHTFLYERS Production Training Scheme Trainees

For further information on the NIGHTFLYERS Production Training Scheme please contact Emer MacAvin e: emer.macavin@screentrainingireland.ie

Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition

The 30th Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition (running from the 10th – 15th of July 2018) in association with 101 Films International (one of the U.K’s leading entertainment labels), is currently accepting entries for its annual Pitching Competition.

As hosts of Ireland’s longest-running film pitching competition, the Galway Film Fleadh aims to encourage budding screenwriters and filmmakers with ideas (at any stage of development) to get their vision out there and to develop the crucial craft of ‘the pitch’.  In the film industry, ‘the pitch’ is how you impart your passion for your project to others. It doesn’t matter how good your idea is as a writer unless you can convince a director, producer, or financiers of its merits.

Since its inception, The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition has challenged writers and provided a platform them to share their ideas with their peers. In 2010 the Fleadh was proud to open with Paul Fraser’s MY BROTHERS, which began life a mere three years earlier as a pitch by writer Will Collins. Today, Collins has an Oscar nomination under his belt as the writer of SONG OF THE SEA.

Applicants must write a 500-word pitch (from beginning to end – no cliffhangers!) of your feature film idea. Any genre of feature drama, documentary or animation will be considered.  A number of finalists will now be selected to pitch their idea as an ‘Elevator Pitch’ of 90 seconds in front of an audience and a panel of industry judges on the closing day of the 30th Galway Film Fleadh (Sunday 15th July). The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony that evening and will receive a cash prize of €3000.

You never know who you could meet in an elevator at the Galway Film Fleadh so make your pitch perfect.

The closing date has now been extended to Thursday 14th June 5pm and participation fee is €30. Online application, rules & regulations and testimonials from past participants are all available at this link.


Photo: Michelle Lehane winnner of the 2017 Pitching Competition.