Now Hiring: Story Consultant at Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board

About Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board
Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for Irish film and animation investing in Talent, Creativity and Enterprise. The agency also supports and promotes the Irish film industry and the use of Ireland as a location for international production. 

Our Mission
The IFB’s mission is to support and promote Irish film, television and animation through fostering Irish artistic vision and our diverse creative and production talent, growing audiences and attracting filmmakers and investment into the country.

We deliver on our mission through:

  • Providing leadership, direction and advocacy for the Irish film industry.
  • Development and Production funding for Irish film and screen content.
  • Investing in people and skills development through Screen Training Ireland.
  • Promoting the distribution of supported feature films, bringing Irish film to wider audiences.
  • Promoting Irish films to major international markets.
  • Generating inward investment by promoting Ireland as a film location and advising international companies on locations.
  • Engaging with European counterparts on mutually beneficial policy initiatives.

Our role sees us directly involved in the creative process of the development and production of Irish film and other audiovisual projects.  We provide investment for the development, production and distribution of Irish feature films, feature documentaries, animation and short films.

As part of our commitment to story excellence and as support within the production and development team we are looking to engage a Story Consultant.

The core creative team is currently made up of three Project Managers who work across the IFB slate of film, television and animation projects. Under direction of the IFB Project Managers the Story Consultant will work to develop projects with the team and with producers to achieve their best potential.

Story Consultant  Role Description
The role will consist of working with the three Project Managers on scripts that are in mid to late stage development to help improve quality. This will involve assessing with the Project Manager where the issues with a script lie and communicating this to the producing teams through meetings and/or written notes. The Script Consultant may be the first read on a project that has delivered during a development stage – this is to help with time frames and the progress of projects. This is not intended to replace the role of the script editor employed by the production company, rather it is to help the Project Manager team focus on the crucial late stages of development.

Story Consultant Essential Experience

  • Strong proven track record of working in the film and television industry is essential.
  • Demonstrated experience in the script development process including script editing.
  • Experience of working directly with writers, directors and producers in the development and script editing process.

Story Consultant Essential Qualities

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Excellent written and oral skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to work under tight pressure and deadlines.
  • A positive forward thinking approach to the task in hand.

Application Process
Interested applicants are invited to forward a detailed CV and covering letter that highlights relevant experience to  recruitment@irishfilmboard.ie by Friday 19th January 2018 at 5.30 pm.

As part of your covering letter address the Essential Experience and the Essential Qualities and also please set out a statement on your own vision for improving quality of Irish screenplays.

This position will be offered as a 1 year contract which may be extended at the discretion of IFB.  The Story Consultant position will be offered as a Contract for Services.

The remuneration will be offered at a €40,000 for the services.

The position will not be exclusive to the IFB, however the IFB Conflict of Interest rules will apply.

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.