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Locarno Residency

March 15, 2023

Applications are Open for the Locarno Residency, a training initiative with online and in-person sessions guiding young talents in developing their first feature film. Selected projects will be presented during the 76th edition of the Festival.

The Locarno artistic team will choose ten projects from all the submissions based on the candidates’ story pitches and career paths. In August, the ten selected applicants will discuss their ideas with a jury of three film professionals, who will eventually choose two international pitches and one from Switzerland. This will lead into the second phase, the tutoring, split between Venice, in the prestigious Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, in partnership with the Swiss Consulate, and Locarno, at Fondazione Eranos, a place of peace and reflection where the screenwriting will take place, with tutors and feedback from the Locarno Film Festival’s artistic team. During the final phase, at Locarno77, the projects will be presented to industry professionals, with the possibility of winning awards that will promote their completion.

Deadline is 20th March 2023.

Full details here.

Locarno Film Festival runs Wednesday, August 2, 2023 – Saturday, August 12, 2023

 

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SDGI Newsletter • July 2023

We’re delighted to share our SDGI Newsletter • July 2023 edition with you. Take a look at all the latest opportunities out there for directors! Read / Download here You can subscribe below and make sure every edition hits your inbox!  

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New Shoots

New Shoots: Filmmakers Awards

The New Shoots Awards is an annual award programme from Shooting People that celebrates, supports and spotlights creatives working in film. Submit your short film to the New Shoots: Filmmakers Awards and get the chance to win direct mentorship from top-class pros, over £12.5k in industry-standard audio and video kit, a cinema screening of your…

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Democracy Story Lab

The Democracy Story Lab

The Democracy Story Lab is designed to explore a core question: what are the stories which can help us understand how we might govern ourselves? The Democracy Story Lab, is inviting 10-12 media projects to to brainstorm and weave critical conversations around strategy and effectiveness of political narratives in this moment. Reflecting on storytelling of…

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Scripting the Documentary Webinar

Scripting the Documentary Webinar

Hours upon hours of footage with no sense how to move forward with editing? Join documentary filmmaker Emily Harrold for this nuts-and-bolts conversation about how to organize, prepare, and script your documentary film — from raw footage to finished film. Scripting the Documentary Webinar takes place on Jul 26, 2023 05:00 PM. Register here. This…

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Galway Film Fleadh Winners Announced

The 35th edition of the Galway Film Fleadh came to an end with the annual awards ceremony, which took place on Sunday 16th of July. Congratulations to George Kane, whose film Apocalypse Clown won Best Irish Film, written by Demian Fox, George Kane, Shane O’Brien and James Walmsley. Apocalypse Clown follows a troupe of failed clowns as they embark…

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23rd Belfast Film Festival

Submissions are open for the 23rd Belfast Film Festival (2 – 11 November 2023). The festival is looking for submissions for its Irish/Northern Irish short film competition, New Cinema: Irish Shorts and NI Independents feature film strand. Find out more & submit here   Dates & Deadlines   July 13, 2023 Opening Date August 11,…

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Cost of Docs Survey

The Whickers, in partnership with Sheffield DocFest and the International Documentary Association (IDA), is conducting its sixth annual Cost of Docs survey to find the true cost of documentary making across today’s fast changing world. This survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete and as a thank you they are offering the opportunity to…

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SDGI Newsletter

SDGI Newsletter • August 2023

We are thrilled that SDGI has received Screen Ireland Stakeholder Funding for Exploring Reality thanks to Martina Durac, Adrian McCarthy and Donald Taylor Back for their work in the Documentary Alliance. This funding will allow us to build on our programme and support talented directors who are creating important and engaging documentaries. Huge congratulations to…

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Short Film Fund – Kodak Film Edition

The short film fund allows emerging talent from around the world to test their ideas before embarking on a feature film. Grants of up to £7,000 / $10,000 are available towards the production costs of all scripted genres and documentary short film content. Filmmakers can compete in a special category to shoot their film on…

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WFT Ireland Dignity at Work Survey 2023

On 21st August, Women in Film and Television Ireland announced the launch of a comprehensive survey aimed at gaining insights into the prevalence of harmful behaviours in the Irish screen industries. The survey, conducted in collaboration with Screen Ireland, seeks to shed light on issues such as bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, humiliation, victimization, assault, and…

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AIC Scheme Info Session

Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers Artist in the Community Scheme grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on projects. The scheme is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art…

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Lenny Abrahamson Interview at Kennedy Summer School 

The Kennedy Summer School is hosting The Noel Whelan Interview with SDGI Board Member Lenny Abrahamson at 7pm on Friday, September 1st with Sinéad McSweeney. This session commemorates the founder of the Kennedy Summer School, Noel Whelan. Over the years, Noel conducted a number of one-to-one interviews with key figures in Irish political and cultural…

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Nature & Place – temporary art projects

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office is calling for applications from professional artists for projects which respond to the public forests in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County (DLR). DLR are interested in proposals which will respond to these forests and have an outcome during National Tree Week in March 2024. This opportunity is for temporary work which is…

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SDGI Newsletter • September 2023

Welcome to the latest edition of SDGI’s monthly newsletter designed to keep you informed of all the deadlines and events related to your directing career. We are working on a new calendar that will act as an assistant for Irish directors which we hope to launch in the coming weeks. The Guild has been involved…

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70 cultural organisations co-sign Joint Letter of concern regarding the 2024 Creative Europe budget cuts

To: Charles Michel, President of the European Council Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain, President-in-exercise of the Council of the EU Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission National Ministers of Finance National Ministers of Culture   Brussels, 1 September 2023   Letter of concern regarding…

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BFI Film Academy Labs | Funding the Short Film with BFI Network

If you’re aged 16–25, an aspiring filmmaker or simply curious about the process of filmmaking then sign up for an informative online event, BFI Film Academy LABS, Funding the Short Film with BFI Network, which will dive into the world of film funding – taking place on 18 September 2023 at 18:30. This event will…

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National Campaign for the Arts Seeking €150m for Arts Council in Budget 2024

On August 31, 2023, the National Campaign for the Arts, the volunteer-led grassroots movement making the case for the arts in Ireland, launched the NCFA Pre-Budget 2024 Submission which outlines ten key asks of Government in their preparation of Budget 2024. Maria Fleming, Chair of NCFA said: “Like many ecosystems today, the arts is one in danger…

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Documentary: A European Perspective – Pitch a Project

MEDIA Office Galway and Coimisiún na Meán will host a one-day Documentary: A European Perspective event in Galway on Tuesday 2nd November. Participating Broadcasters confirmed to date include BBC Storyville, YLE, SVT, RTE, TG4 and Netflix. More to be confirmed. PITCH A PROJECT If you wish to pitch a project to European Commissioning Editors please…

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Special SDGI Member Rate for IFTA Event: In Conversation with Deepak Chopra

Special SDGI Member Rate for IFTA Event: In Conversation with Deepak Chopra

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) is offering SDGI members a special rate for this week’s In Conversation with Deepak Chopra, which is taking place as part of the ‘IFTA Creative Minds & Wellbeing Day’ for the screen industry and community, on Thursday, September 21st at the O’Reilly Theatre in Dublin. The conversation will…

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BBC, Channel 4 & National Film and Television School Freelancer Focus

The BBC and Channel 4 have partnered with the National Film and Television School to deliver two weeks of free online sessions aimed at freelancers working in the UK. The schedule – 2-13 Oct.-  includes masterclasses, workshops, advice and wellbeing sessions for those working in both scripted and unscripted production. Delivered as webinars, they will offer practical knowledge, skills and support…

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