13 February 2008: The Arts Council & RTÉ announce the second RTÉ DANCE ON THE BOX

Following the success of its launch in 2006, the Arts Council and RTÉ are delighted to announce the second round of RTÉ Dance on the Box.  Enhanced funding for the scheme by both organisations will mean an increase of more than 25% in the budget available for each commissioned film.

The Arts Council and RTÉ are calling on artists in film and dance to combine their talents and collaborate on the creation of four short dance films which will be premiered on RTÉ television during the 2008 Dublin Dance Festival (17 April to 3 May).

This scheme aims to provide an opportunity for collaborations between choreographers and film makers, to continue to develop a culture of dance on film in Ireland and to build audiences for dance-based work on television. As a result of the inaugural round, four films were commissioned which reached a national television audience of 600,000 and were screened in over thirty film festivals in Africa, Australia, Europe, South America and the USA. 

Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council, said ‘The Arts Council is delighted to be offering this collaborative opportunity to film and dance artists in partnership with RTÉ.  The scheme allows for the creation of imaginative new works of dance on film and brings them to a wide audience through a dedicated broadcast on RTÉ television.’

David McKenna, RTÉ Television’s Executive Producer Arts & Cross-media, said ‘The success of RTÉ Dance On The Box with our viewers in 2006 showed that there’s an enthusiastic TV audience for contemporary dance in Ireland.  We’re very pleased to be taking to the floor again in 2008 with our partners in the Arts Council, for this television participation in the Dublin Dance Festival.’

In 2008, up to four films will be commissioned.  Each film should be between four and six minutes in duration and have a maximum budget of €23,000. Their choreography and direction should be original, rather than adaptations of existing work. 

The Arts Council and RTÉ will look for projects which combine filmmakers and choreographers with a track record of quality and creativity in film/television production and dance, respectively.  Priorities will also include the ability to address a peaktime television audience and to foreground artists resident in Ireland.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday, 7 March 2008. The timing of the round is in order to facilitate the films being broadcast on RTÉ during the Dublin Dance Festival.

RTÉ Dance on the Box is administered by Filmbase, on behalf of the Arts Council and RTÉ.  Further information and application forms are available from Clare Creely at Filmbase: t + 353 1 679 6716 and e: admin@filmbase.ie

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