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Find out more about the screening of a number of films supported by the Arts Council at the Jameson Dublin Internationl Film Festival in our Film in February article.

Or, view the four short films that were made as creative responses to the Arts Council’s 60th anniversary exhibitions, Into the Light.

 
Arts Council supported film The Missing Scarf selected for Academy Award long list

November 2013

The Arts Council congratulates filmmaker Eoin Duffy on the selection of his film The Missing Scarf for the Academy Award long list for Best Animated Short 2014.

Made under the Frameworks animation scheme, The Missing Scarf was directed by Eoin Duffy and produced by Jamie Hogan for Belly Creative. The Missing Scarf is a black comedy that explores some of life's common fears: the fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection and finally of death. It is narrated by Star Trek's George Takei.

Frameworks is a partnership scheme of the Arts Council, the Irish Film Board and RTÉ and is supported by the BAI. It supports the making of animated short films and has been successful in stimulating ground-breaking new work from Irish animators.

The final five nominees for the Animated Short Oscar will be announced on 16 January 2014, with the ceremony taking place on 02 March 2014.


Another win for a Reel Art film

September 2013

The film Dreamtime Revisited by directors Dónal Ó Céilleachair and Julius Ziz, which was made under the Arts Council's Reel Art scheme, will be presented with the 2012/2013 Michael Dwyer Award by Access Cinema on 27 September.

Dreamtime Revisited is inspired by the works of writer, poet and philosopher John Moriarty. It is an observational film that mirrors John Moriarty's gaze upon the face of contemporary and historical Ireland. It weaves together contemporary and archive material as well as featuring excerpts from some of Moriarty’s key work. 

Access Cinema's Michael Dwyer award recognises the Irish film or films that have made the most impact on the Access Cinema circuit in the past year and honours the late film critic Michael Dwyer. Dreamtime Revisited shares this year's award with the feature film Stella Days.

The Arts Council's Reel Art scheme supports film artists to make highly creative documentaries on an artistic theme and is operated in partnership with Filmbase and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.


Arts Council-supported films Natan and Irish Folk Furniture screen at the Telluride Film Festival

The Arts Council is delighted to congratulate filmmakers Paul Duane, David Cairns and Tony Donoghue on the selection of their films for screening at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival in Colorado (29 August - 2 September). Described by the Washington Post as 'a first rate proving ground for new pictures', the Telluride Film Festival is one of the world's most influential film festivals and it is a major achievement for a film to be selected for it.

Made under the Arts Council's Reel Art documentary scheme, Natan which is co-directed by Paul Duane and David Cairns, tells the story of Romanian immigrant Bernard Natan, who became one of the most successful film producers in France at the beginning of the 20th century. The film investigates the reasons for his sudden fall from grace which led to his execution in Auschwitz and his subsequent disappearance from history.

In returning Bernard Natan to his rightful place at the centre of early 20th century cinema, Paul Duane and David Cairns have made a film that is itself a significant contribution to the history of French cinema. The film is a creatively compelling and richly textured work that has been described by the Irish Times as '...an extraordinary documentary'. Natan has garnered international recognition and acclaim since it premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February and looks set to continue to do so following its screening at Telluride.

Also screening at the Telluride Film Festival is Tony Donoghue's short animated film Irish Folk Furniture. Made under the Frameworks scheme - a joint initiative of the Arts Council, the Irish Film Board and RTÉ - Irish Folk Furniture won the award for best short animation at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013. This delightful and unique gem of a film continues to engage and charm audiences at screenings around the world.


Information session for cultural cinema providers

The Arts Council and Arts Audiences will host their next information session for cultural cinema providers at Access Cinema's annual Viewing Sessions in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise from 2:30-4.30pm on Friday, 27 September. Cinema Consultant Ron Inglis will give a presentation on New Directions in Growing Audiences for Cultural Cinema and this will be followed by a panel discussion. 

Further details will be made available in September.


Advance Notice - Procurement of Film Adviser

8 August 2013

The Arts Council wishes to procure the services of a Film Adviser to meet the needs of the organisation both from a quality and service delivery perspective. The successful tenderer will be an experienced film professional with the expertise and experience required to work with the Arts Council's staff by assisting in the appraisal and assessment of funding applications and providing critical advice on artistic work.

Application for this contract is exclusively by a public tender process to be offered on Monday, 2 September via the eTenders procurement website: www.etenders.gov.ie.

All proposals should be submitted by Thursday, 26 September 2013.

Any questions regarding this contract should be directed as set out in the tender notice and should not be directed to the Arts Council. 


Deadline for Reel Art scheme 2013 announced

The Arts Council has announced the deadline for the 2013 Reel Art scheme. Launched in 2008, Reel Art is designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme. Operated in association with Filmbase and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Reel Art will wholly support two films with grants of €70,000-€80,000 per project. Reel Art films will premiere at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February 2015.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 18th October at 17:00 2013.

The Arts Council’s purpose in offering the Reel Art scheme is to support film artists to make documentary art films that would not otherwise get made. A key aim of the scheme is to complement, rather than replicate, the documentary and other funding programmes offered by the Arts Council, broadcasters and funding agencies in Ireland. 

Reel Art projects should be conceived for theatrical exhibition at film festivals and in arthouse cinema settings. Only proposals for original, imaginative and aesthetically-driven treatments of arts subjects will be considered while proposals that offer visually engaging, creative and experimental approaches to their subject will be prioritised.

Film artists interested in applying for Reel Art are invited to attend an information session on the scheme on Tuesday 17th September at 3pm in Filmbase. Representatives from the Arts Council and JDIFF will outline the purpose and priorities of the award and will answer questions on the scheme. Anyone interested in attending is required to register their interest by sending an email to info@reelart.ie.

Updated guidelines for Reel Art 2013, together with application forms for the scheme are available for download from the website www.reelart.ie as are details of previous Reel Art projects.


Deadline for Frameworks animation scheme 2013 announced

The deadline for the short animation scheme Frameworks has been announced. Frameworks is a partnership scheme of the Arts Council, the Irish Film Board and RTÉ and is supported by the BAI. It supports the making of animated short films and has been successful in stimulating ground-breaking new work from Irish animators. Projects selected for funding will combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a broad audience.

Irish animation has received much international acclaim in recent years and previous Frameworks films have been particularly successful: Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty was nominated for a Best Short Animation Academy Award;  The Rooster, The Crocodile and The Night Sky was nominated for an ASIFA Hollywood Annie Award; and Old Fangs received critical acclaim at the renowned Sundance, Annecy and the London film festivals.

Frameworks films may be made in Irish or English.

For more information on making an application and to download an application form please visit the Funding Programmes section of the website of the Irish Film Board (www.irishfilmboard.ie).

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 03 May 2013.


Reel Art film wins awards at Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

The Arts Council’s three Reel Art films gained particular recognition at this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival:

  • Claire Dix’s film Broken Song, about three hip-hop artists from north Dublin, won both the Audience Award and the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award (this from the Dublin Film Critics Circle);
  • Mark Mc Loughlin’s film Blood Rising, on Brian Maguire’s work with the families of murdered women in Mexico, was selected to close the festival and is having an impact within the area of human rights as well as film;
  • Paul Duane and David Cairns’ Natan, about a forgotten pioneer of French cinema, was very well reviewed and is already garnering international interest.

Each film was totally funded by the Arts Council.


Film in February

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) takes place from 14 to 24 February. Supported by the Arts Council, JDIFF is the largest film festival in the country and brings a selection of the best of international and Irish cinema to audiences in Dublin. Over ten days and nights, audiences will have an opportunity to see a diverse range of cinema, engage with festival guests, and participate in Q&As, workshops and discussions. The film festival programme and tickets for all screenings and events are available from www.jdiff.com.

The Arts Council is delighted to be associated with a number of films screening at JDIFF. Premiering at the festival are three films made under the Arts Council's Reel Art scheme which supports film artists to make highly creative documentaries on an artistic theme. The scheme is operated in partnership with Filmbase and JDIFF and each of this year's films takes us on a thought-provoking  journey into three very different worlds:

Natan - Friday, 15 February at 18:10 - IFI

In their film Natan, Paul Duane and David Cairns rediscover and rehabilitate Bernard Natan, a forgotten pioneer of French cinema in the early 20th century.

Broken Song - Tuesday, 19 February at 18:10 - IFI

Claire Dix's film Broken Song provides a unique insight into the world of Git, Costello and Willa Lee - three street poets, hip hop artists and songwriters from north Dublin.

Blood Rising - Sunday, 24 February at 19:30 - Savoy

In Blood Rising, Mark McLoughlin follows the artist Brian Maguire as he works with the families of the victims of femicide in Juarez, Mexico to create portraits of the missing women.

Also, premiering at the festival is James Kelly's Fionnuala: Puipeád Beag ar Turas Mór / Fionnuala: Small Puppet on a Big Journey. This documentary follows Fionnuala,  a puppet from the Branar puppet theatre company, to Germany for her performance in a production of the Children of Lir. This film was made under the Arts Council and TG4's partnership scheme Splanc! which supports the making of creative arts documentaries for broadcast on TG4.

Fionnuala: Puipeád Beag ar Turas Mór - Saturday, 23 February at 13:00 - Cineworld

Within the shorts programme on Wednesday, 20 February at 18:10 in Light House the following Arts Council supported short films appear:

  • The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden - Andrew Legge (made with Project funding)
  • Irish Folk Furniture - Tony Donoghue (made under the Frameworks animation scheme - a partnership between the Arts Council, the Irish Film Board & RTÉ)
  • Fear of Flying - Conor Finnegan (made under the Frameworks animation scheme - a partnership between the Arts Council, the Irish Film Board & RTÉ)
  • After You - Damien O’Connor (made under the Frameworks animation scheme - a partnership between the Arts Council, the Irish Film Board & RTÉ)

Into the light

The Arts Council is celebrating  its 60th anniversary with a series of exhibitions from its collection titled Into the Light: The Arts Council - 60 Years of Supporting the Arts.* To mark this occasion, the Arts Council and RTÉ have supported the making of four short films which respond creatively to the Arts Council collection. The films were broadcast in RTÉ Television’s weekly arts series, The Works, and can now be viewed here as follows:.

  • Variations on a Collection
    A creative response to the Arts Council collection and collecting, by James Kelly
  •  The Nettle Coat
    Exploring the public's response to Alice Maher's Nettle Coat, by Pat Collins and Sharon Whooley 

Nettle Coat from Arts Council on Vimeo.

  • A Prevailing Wind
    Celebrating six decades of the arts, by Ian Cudmore, Alan Kavanagh and Donal Dineen.

A prevailing wind from Arts Council on Vimeo.

  • Reframe
    Following the artist Karl Burke during the development of his new work commissioned for the Into the Light exhibition at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, by Tadhg O'Sullivan

Reframe from Arts Council on Vimeo.

*Into the Light: The Arts Council - 60 Years of Supporting the Arts will run concurrently at the following venues: Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane (from 28 November 2012 to 24 February 2013); Limerick City Gallery of Art (from 30 November 2012 to 18 January 2013); Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (from 4 December 2012 to 23 February 2013); The Model, Sligo (from 7 December 2012 to 24 March 2013).


Look Back In Anger, (Plaster, wood, metal, acrylic) - Janet Mullarney, 1996, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.
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Look Back In Anger, (Plaster, wood, metal, acrylic) - Janet Mullarney, 1996, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.

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