Competition to celebrate film-makers

Competition to celebrate film-makers


Aer Lingus has partnered with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board to launch a new Irish Filmmaker Competition that will celebrate and support the talent of up-and-coming filmmakers in Ireland.

This initiative is part of the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation which encompasses a range of charity and corporate social responsibility activity including support of Irish Culture and the Arts.

The Aer Lingus Irish Filmmaker Competition is open to short-film makers throughout the country and will give three talented individuals the opportunity to showcase their work at an international level by screening their short films on Aer Lingus transatlantic flights. The competition prize package received by the three winning filmmakers will also include complimentary flights to attend film festivals in North America and around Europe and promote their work on an international stage.

The three winning short-film entries will be chosen across two categories, live action and animation, by a judging panel consisting of three renowned Irish film figures along with an Aer Lingus representative.

The judging panellists will include director and writer for film and television drama Neasa Hardiman, who has directed world-class drama with the BBC, ABC, Netflix and Amazon and was recently awarded her second BAFTA as well as an IFTA for drama Happy Valley (BBC/Netflix); and Dearbhla Walsh, Emmy, IFTA and BAFTA award-winning director, whose work includes Little Dorrit and The Silence for the BBC, Shameless for Channel 4, Penny Dreadful and The Tudors for Showtime and Borgia for Canal Plus/Netflix; and scriptwriter and actor Mark O’Halloran, who is known for films including Adam & Paul, Garage and Viva.

 Speaking about the launch of the competition, Declan Kearney, Aer Lingus Director of Communications, said: “We are excited to partner with Bord Scannán na hÉireann to launch this new initiative as part of our Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation. Supporting Culture and the Arts in Ireland is something we feel very passionate about and we are excited to provide up-and-coming filmmakers with the opportunity to showcase their work to an international audience and take their career to new heights. We look forward to seeing the entries from Ireland’s rising filmmakers and to screening their works on board our transatlantic aircraft.”

James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board added:

“As the development agency for the Irish film, animation and television industry we are very focused on the development and promotion of the next generation of Irish filmmakers. There are a huge amount of young filmmakers producing great work out there and we are really pleased to work with Aer Lingus to highlight new talent and provide an opportunity for Irish and international audiences to enjoy their short films.”

Short film entries will be accepted from Irish residents and citizens and applicants must be at least 18 years of age to enter. All entries must adhere to the following criteria:

– Must fall within the categories of live action or animation

– Must be the original work of the applicant

– Can be no longer than 15 minutes

– Must have been produced in the last 18 months

– Must have a G-rating

The closing date for the competition is July 27th 2017.

Interested candidates can apply via . The judging process will commence in July and the winning short films will be unveiled at a special screening event in September 2017.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.