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Deadline for the Screenwriting Competition UNTITLED is Fast Approaching

27th Nov 2012
Deadline for entries is November 30th 2012

Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board (IFB) and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival are delighted to announce the return of their successful partnership on the third UNTITLED public screenwriting event.

This unique industry event shall be held during the festival with shortlisted winners invited to give a public presentation of their screenplay proposal to a panel of high profile industry professionals, who will then decide on the winning team. The exciting genre this year for UNTITLED submissions is Family Films. The event provides an opportunity to receive a prize for the winning screenplay of up to €16,000 and the deadline for entries is November 30th

There has been an overwhelming response to this event since its launch in 2011, with over 550 submissions received over the last two events. The writing team of Enda Loughman and Mike Ahern took home the prize of a €16,000 Development Loan towards the development of their comedy screenplay The Bogman King in 2011 with Michael Kinirons and Jamie Hannigan taking the prize for their 1916-themed Come Monday, We Kill Them All at this year's competition. 

Following the same format as previously utilised, writers are invited to submit a one page summary for a feature film working within the genre of Family Films. These will be narrowed down to a shortlist of five entries and the shortlisted writers will then be asked to write a few sample scenes of the script. Each shortlisted candidate will present their project to an independent panel of high profile international industry professionals in front of a public audience.

A note on the genre of Family Films: This is a very specific theme but the potential interpretations are endless. Very simply, we want to fund a future-classic, a film that will appeal to all members of the family. And we want your help. There's no rule saying family films have to be entertaining-but can you think of one that isn't? Not to mention thought-provoking, uplifting and spectacular! All we ask is that you submit the extraordinary. (NB: We'll welcome submissions for both live action and animation feature films.)

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO ENTER

To be in with a chance of being the UNTITLED winner:

  • SCRIPT:  Five shortlisted projects will be announced onTHURSDAY DECEMBER 20th2012. The successful applicants will be invited to write the first scenes of their screenplay (up to 25 pages in final draft format) before the opening night of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14th2013. The five shortlisted projects will be selected by the IFB and Festival representatives along with an independent assessor.
  • INTERVIEW:  The five shortlisted writers (or writers teams) will take part in a public interview with an independent panel of industry professionals (date TBA) during the festival. After a presentation and question and answer session, the panel will select the winner. The winner will be announced at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival Closing Night.

The winner will receive a Screenplay Development Loan from the IFB. The four runners-up will win a season pass to Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014. The competition is open to writers or teams of writers currently residing in Ireland or holders of a current Irish passport. 

The competition is subject to terms and conditions which are outlined on the entry form which is available on http://www.irishfilmboard.ie/ and http://www.jdiff.com/

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • The competition is being organised, promoted and run by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board ("the Organisers") and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
  • The competition is open to individual writers, teams of two or more writers and writer and director teams. All applicants must be aged 18 or over. There is no limit on the number of entries per applicant. Students may not apply.
  • The project submitted must be an original idea, the applicant must own and control all rights in the work; the work cannot be subject to an option agreement; and the rights cannot have not been previously charged, assigned or granted to any third party.
  • The amount awarded is a loan of €12,000 for an individual or €16,000 for teams of two or more individuals. All awards are subject to satisfactory contractual agreements and must comply with the terms and conditions of the standard Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board Screenplay Development Loan programme. Please ensure that you read the details and terms and conditions outlined on the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board website with regard to the Screenplay Development Loan programme prior to making an application. These are available to download from http://www.irishfilmboard.ie/funding_programmes/Screenplay_Development_Loans/89. Please note that this award is a loan and is fully repayable from the production budget of a film on the first day of principal photography.
  • Entries submitted after the entry date will not be eligible for consideration.
  • All decisions regarding the shortlist and winner are final. Feedback on the unsuccessful projects will not be available. The organisers reserve the right to withdraw or amend this competition in the event of any unforeseen circumstances outside their reasonable control.
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