Screen Ireland announces its slate of funding for the third quarter of 2018
by Davide Abbatescianni
- The Irish film agency has published its latest funding decisions, and will support the development, production and distribution of over 70 projects
Screen Ireland, formerly the Irish Film Board, has announced the recipients of the latest funding awards made available for the development, production and distribution of film, documentary and television projects. The agency has earmarked €2,373,090 for the third quarter of the year, with 52 projects sharing development funding of €815,770, 12 sharing production funding of €1,217,500 and 11 sharing distribution funding of €339,820.
For this quarter, the documentary production fund will account for €507,500 and will support five projects. The largest grant (€125,000, including a €25,000 female funding incentive) was given to Underground Films and Kim Bartley’s Pure Grit, an observational documentary about bareback racing, love and life set in the Wind River reservation in Wyoming. Other beneficiaries of the grant were Johnny Gogan’s creative doc Prisoners of the Moon (€100,000, produced by Bandit Films), revolving around controversial Nazi scientist Arthur Rudolph, who played a decisive role in the 1969 moon landing; Gary Lennon and Ollie Aslin’s Castro’s Spies (€100,000, Gambit Pictures), which focuses on five Cuban spies arrested in Miami in the 1990s; Claire Burgoyne and Grace Sweeney’s The Sheriff (€100,000, Below the Radar Films); and Colm Bairéad’s Murdair Mhám Trasna (€82,500, ROSG), a project dealing with the 1882 murder of a family in Maumtrasna, Ireland.
An additional Irish production fund will provide two new domestic fiction features with an overall contribution of €135,000. Cathy Brady’s directorial debut, Wildfire (see the news), will receive €85,000 (produced by Samson Films) and Lorcan Finnegan’s Vivarium will benefit from a €50,000 grant (Fantastic Films). Meanwhile, the recipients of the creative co-production award will be Catherine McMullen’s The Other Lamb (€250,000, Subotica), Hannes Holm’s The Homeless World Cup (€250,000, Metropolitan Films) and Lina Luzyte’s The Castle (€75,000, Samson Films).
As always, the development fund will support the highest number of projects, with 22 fiction films, nine documentaries, four international TV dramas, ten new writers’ scripts and six dedicated grants for the POV Scheme, the agency’s production and training initiative for Irish female talent. This funding section will account for €411,500 this quarter. Among the winners, it is worth mentioning Emma Donaghue’s The Wonder (€50,000, produced by Element Pictures), Grant Gee’s Intermission (€40,000, Marcie Films), Darren Thornton’s Here Comes the Night (€34,450, Element Pictures) and Stephen Burke’s The Bank (€30,400, Mammoth Films).
Finally, seven recent releases will be in receipt of distribution support grants – namely, Emmet Kirwan and Dave Tynan’s musical Dublin Oldschool (€65,000, distributed by Element Pictures); Maurice Sweeney’s documentary I, Dolours (€15,840, Element Pictures), Paddy Breathnach’s drama about homelessness Rosie [+see also:
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