Film In Cork announces details of 2018 Short Film Award

Film In Cork, through the support of the Arts Offices of Cork City and County Councils, and in association with the Tomar Trust, is delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 Short Film Award. This funding initiative aims to support creative and resourceful filmmaking in the Cork region.

Film In Cork is looking for original, entertaining stories by talented filmmakers who, if selected, must shoot their project in Cork City and/or county.

The award will be given to one successful project which will receive €8,000 towards the cost of production, along with support in terms of locations, production, mentoring and planning the film’s festival release strategy.

In order to be eligible for the award, applicants must have full rights to the material they are submitting. Live action short film scripts will be accepted up to a maximum of 10 pages.

Announcing details of the scheme, Rossa Mullin, who runs Film in Cork said: “The Short Film Award offers filmmakers in the region the opportunity to work with a budget and bring to life on the big screen ideas and emotions that are currently on paper.”

Rossa continued “The process in 2018 has been modified somewhat and will involve several stages, beginning with a half-day session on February 25th looking at the development of successful short films, followed by a “Speed Dating” session for writers, directors, and producers to meet and see what synergies they may have to collaborate together. It is very exciting to see this Short Film Award launched, and we are very grateful for the generous support of the Arts Offices of Cork City and County Councils, as well as the Tomar Trust, who have helped to make this happen.”

The closing date for script applications is 5pm on Friday, April 6th.

Application forms and detailed guidelines for the 2018 Short Film Award can be found at

Photo: 2017 Award winner, EARTHLY BONDS, written and directed by Alan Dunne.



Screen Training Ireland: A year in Review 2017

Screen Training Ireland are delighted to release “A Year in Review 2017”.  The review looks at key initiatives, training highlights and the bursary award scheme for 2017.

Plans for 2018 are also outlined.  For a full breakdown please click here



Screen Training Ireland Review 2017

Career Spotlight: Eimear Noone, Composer and Conductor

Screen Training Ireland talks with Irish Composer and Conductor Eimear Noone as part of a Careers Spotlight series. Eimear is arguably the world’s current premier conductor of video game scores.  She is the principle conductor for Blizzard Games (WORLD OF WARCRAFT) and a first call for sessions at Skywalker Ranch, her credits include the most respected productions in the genre.

In addition to WORLD OF WARCRAFT, her credits include HEROES OF THE STORM, STARCRAFT II, DIABLO III, REAPER OF SOULS, HEARTHSTONE, OVERWATCH and many more. You can view Eimear conducting MALACH ANGEL MESSENGER, for World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor, featuring Malukah and a cast of thousands here

The game music she conducts has unparalleled reach in the orchestral world.  DIABLO III smashed the record in game sales by selling over 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours of it’s release.  It also won the 2012 GDC Award for Best Audio – which includes the award for music, the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score, and a 2013 BAFTA Nomination for Original Score.

In concert, she has performed sold-out shows at venue such as The Bird’s Nest (80,000) The Mann Center (10,000+) and Wolftrap (7,000+).

On December 2, 2016, she conducted her own program with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, inspired and in partnership with VIDEO GAMES LIVE, entitled, VIDEO GAMES CLASSIC.

She is currently conducting for the orchestral touring show, VIDEO GAMES LIVE, featuring all the greatest video game scores, synchronized to cinematics and gameplay. Full Bio here

What is your connection with Screen Training Ireland? How important is training?

I had the great opportunity to take several STI courses on film scoring over several years.  Training is everything.  When the opportunity comes to show your skills you have to be able to deliver.  Ours is an industry where your only currency is your previous work and reputation.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m about to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra of Poland (NOSPR) for Video Games Live.  My production partner/husband and I have just made some of the first motion-capture footage of a conductor for a VR project.  We have some exciting things coming up.

What/who originally attracted you to a career in the Screen Sector?

I’ve always been a huge fan of film and film scores.  I wanted to learn to write emotionally expressive music and collaborate with other artists in visual media.

What are the pathways for a career in composing and conducting? Please also elaborate on the various opportunities for composers in film and games.

I would advise finding a course with major internship connections.   This is a way of both getting the skills you need and an all-important entrée into the industry.  It’s no longer enough to just get the education.  The way film scoring has grown over the past 15 years, without internships you can find yourself left out in the cold.

How did you get into the games industry?

I was assistant orchestrator on a video game.  I had been hired on the strength of my work on a Screen Training Ireland course!

What has been your greatest career high?

Conducting some of my own pieces at the Konzerthaus in Vienna (something I had wanted to do since I was a little girl).  Performing at the Sydney Opera House and winning the Hollywood Music in Media award with my composer colleagues for World of Warcraft.

What’s a key piece of advice you’d give to someone wanting to break into conducting music for games?

Acquire all of the skills you possibly can.  Be a great team player. Seeing everyone in your sector as the competition and treating that accordingly is a mistake.  Your first real credits will most likely come because one of your classmates or friends pulls you onto a project because you have great skills and you’re a fantastic person to have around.

For further information please check out Eimear’s new website

Carousel photo: Isabel Thomas.

All other photos courtesy of Craig Stuart Garfinkle.


Dublin Smartphone Film Festival 2018

Dublin Smartphone Film Festival, Ireland’s newest International Film Festival dedicated to filmmakers exclusively using mobile devices (Phones & Tablets) kicks off on the 27th January 2018.  The festival will screen a selection of short film, documentary, animation and music videos, along with educational workshops.

With over 65 entries from more than 25 countries,  Awards categories include Best Fiction, Music video, Documentary, Animation, and Best 360/VR film with entries restricted those no longer than 15 minutes in length. The festival programmers have assembled an outstanding program with strong original concepts an an inventive use of the technology. They have teamed up with several smartphone equipment manufacturers including Shoulderpod, Helium, Iographer, ProShot, Gripgear and Zhiyun to award amazing prizes for each category.

The festival was founded by Robert Fitzhugh, a filmmaker who has previously worked for the Reel World Film Festival in Canada and more recently as part of the PR and marketing team for the Fingal Film Festival.

“As a filmmaker myself, I noticed how accessible mobile phones were. The phone provides an open playing field for filmmakers at all levels. No longer is expensive technology a barrier to creativity. The mobile phone has expanded the scope and freedom for what filmmakers can do. Mobile devices offer all the tools a filmmaker needs right there in the palm of your hand. The festivals mission is to encourage the next generation of filmmakers to share their stories and to provide them with a platform to present these stories to a wider audience.”

The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival will take place in the Generator Hostel in Smithfield on the 27th of January from 2pm to 7pm.

Tickets are 10 euro and are on sale now

You can find out more information on

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Dingle International Film Festival announce the short film selections for 2018.

The Dingle International Film Festival has announced the short film listing for their 2018 festival. Dingle’s 12th annual celebration will showcase 60 national and international films from 22 – 25 March.

This coming March, Dingle International Film Festival will host a wonderful selection from local, emerging talent. The programme “Kerry in Film” will exhibit premiere screenings of Fiona Ní Ghrifín’s AN tATHAIR Ó FIANNACHTA, THE ROGUE by Arjen Sinninghe Damsté, WORD OF MOUTH from Ben Kavanagh and COYOTE by Dani Wall.

Newly funded shorts from The Irish Film Board/ Bord Scannán na hÉireann will be screened in St. James’s Church, home to our shorts filmmakers during the festival. As part of this exciting line up, TAKE ME SWIMMING, written by Ailbhe Keoghan and shot by Michael Kelly, includes a Dingle cast.

Maurice Galway, Founder/Director, Dingle International Film Festival said “Overall, an exceptional programme of quality short film from here in Ireland and around the world will be exhibited in St. James’s Church. We are extremely proud to programme such an ecclectic selection of films from our open submissions and with the participation of The Irish Film Board. ”

The festival would like to thank all the filmmakers who have contributed to this year’s programme. The short film selections for 2018 are:


Short Film Selections

A Break in the Clouds (Tristan Heanue, Ireland),

Acts of Kindness (James Sharpe, UK),

A Different Kind of Day (Maria Doyle Kennedy, Ireland),

An tAthair Ó Fiannachta (Fiona Ní Ghrifín, Ireland),

Bakery (Hashim Didari, Afghanistan),

Before You Were Born (Samie Romman, UK),

Blessed Days (Valentina Casadei, France),

Bordalo II: A Life Of Waste (Trevor Whelan, Ireland),

Chancer (Patrick Maxwell, UK),

Coyote (Dani Wall, Ireland),

Earthly Bonds (Alan Dunne, Ireland),

Forgive Me (Besim Ugzmajli, Republic Of Kosovo),

For When I Die (Paul Power, Ireland),

Growing Alice (Danilo Zambrano, Ireland),

Gustav (Ken Williams and Denis Fitzpatrick, Ireland),

How Not to Buy A Couch (Anna Borden, USA),

I am Gabriel (Gabriel Galway, Ireland),

Jon (Gemma Addy and Dave Slade, UK),

Leap of Faith (Mark Smyth, Ireland),

Little Shit (Richard Gorodecky, UK),

Mama (Nicholas Brennan, USA),

Marky’s Bad Week (Daniel Holmwood, Ireland),

Men of Straw (Matt Sullivan, Ireland),

Moonlight Sonata (Jay Jones, UK),

Muintir an Chlair/The Fairies (Tess O’Shea, UK),

Native (Linda Breathnach, Ireland),

Neon (Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair, Ireland),

No Ghosts (Ragnar Snorrason, Iceland),

Pearls (Shelley Thompson, Canada),

Perplexed Music (Mark McGann,UK),

Picking Up the Pieces (Flann Manning, Ireland),

POLA (Edyta Rembała, Poland),

Rising (David Condon, Ireland),

Sisters in Arms (Jessica O’Sullivan, UK),

Sister India (Myles O’Reilly, Ireland),

Sound of Silence (The Rain Company, Ireland),

SPENT (Claire Byrne, Ireland),

The Fashion Show (Lucy Lumsden-Cook, UK),

The Foreshore (Jonathan Beamish, UK),

The Hidden People (Ronan Corrigan, Ireland),

The Observer Effect (Garret Walsh, Ireland),

The Rogue (Arjen Sinninghe Damsté, Ireland),

The Wake (Rik Gordan, Ireland),

The Widow’s Last (Vanessa Perdriau, UK),

The Vest (Lesley Manning,UK),

This Is Me (Alexander Milo Bischof, UK),

Throwline (Mia Mullarkey, Ireland),

Tit for Tatt (Mairéad Ní Thréinir, Ireland),

Touchpaper (Patrick Hopkins, UK),

TRiGGA (Meloni Poole, UK),

We Have Each Other (Naomi Sheridan, Ireland),

Word of Mouth (Ben Kavanagh, Ireland).


The festival’s full programme will be announced soon. For further information please click here



Young Directors Award 2018 Launched

Calling All Young and Emerging Directors!

CPI and ICAD have come together to officially launch the Young Directors Awards 2018. Now in its third year our aim is, as always, to find, award and nurture the best of the up and coming directors in Ireland today. The competition is open to student filmmakers and to directors already working in the industry.

There are 9 categories in total; Commercial, Spec Commercial, Short Film, Music Video, Animation, 360, The Producers Award and this year we have also added two new categories, an Overseas category, open to directors who have ties to the industry in Ireland but are currently working abroad and a Charity Film category.

Previous winners of have included Oscar winning director Benjamin Cleary (“Stutterer” and “Lamp”), Vincent Gallagher (“Second to None” and “Love Is a Sting”) and Finn Keenan (Louis Berry “Restless). This year for the first time, we are absolutely delighted to announce that the YDA Ireland winners will be automatically entered into the prestigious and internationally renowned Young Directors Awards at Cannes.

The online entry system is open for entries since November 1, 2017. In the meantime you can get more information at

If you have any questions about the YDA please email or alternatively you can contact: Rebecca Bourke at 087 9142334 or Fiona Kinsella 086 3837783

For More Information on CPI and ICAD go to and

Audi Dublin Film Festival Immersive Stories Conference and Exhibition 2018

Audi Dublin International Film Festival and Screen Training Ireland are hosting a special Virtual Reality conference and exhibition, Immersive Stories, taking place on February 24th and 25th, featuring Curtis Hickman (founder of “hyper-reality” entertainment startup THE VOID),  Diana Williams (Lucasfilm Ltd’s creative executive and content strategist), Colum Slevin( Head of Experiences, Oculus VR), Sol Rogers ( founder and CEO of Rewind), Eoghan Cunneen ( Senior Engineer, Lucasfilm) and Niamh Herrity of Ireland’s Pink Kong Studios amongst others.

For further information and to book tickets please click here


dok.incubator Workshop Calls for Rough-Cut Feature Docs

Deadline: 31st January, 2018

dok.incubator workshop invites directors, editors and producers with feature docs in the rough cut stage to apply. There are many good films, but only a few of them are really excellent, good enough to be selected for competition at the main festivals, to get an international distribution and become an economic as well as an artistic success. What makes the difference?

Over six months, eight teams (each comprising of a director, editor, and producer) will work intensively to sharpen the storytelling, emphasise the film’s unique perspective, and find concrete tools to effectively approach an international audience. You will have access to internationally experienced experts in the world of documentary film and they will guide you in the development of your film, as well as in devising a personalised marketing and distribution strategy. dok.incubator will nurture your project on its journey from a modest rough-cut to a high-end film with the potential to attract attention worldwide.


  • 6 months of intensive editing and project development, aiming for picture lock early autumn 2018
  • 25 internationally-active filmmakers tutor you throughout the postproduction period
  • Find your film’s unique perspective within an international context
  • Devise your own tailor-made marketing and distribution strategy
  • Participation of your whole creative teams in three intensive week-long workshops (all dates and places are to be confirmed):

1st session: April – Czech Republic / rough cut
2nd session: June – Slovakia / fine cut
3rd session: September – Sweden / near picture lock

  • The nearly-finished films are introduced to key decision-makers at Nordisk Panorama

The programme opens your film to a testing audience of lecturers, festival representatives, and sales agents for you to receive feedback on your film and distribution strategy.

To apply, please go to