Screen Ireland announces its slate of funding for the first quarter of 2019
by Davide Abbatescianni
- The Irish film body has confirmed it is granting development, production and distribution support to over 40 projects
Screen Ireland, the country's film agency, has published the full list of recipient of its latest round of funding for the first quarter of 2019, in the categories of development, production and distribution support.
The recipients of the development grants include John Butler's new project, entitled Bi Bi Baby (€37,000, produced by Treasure Entertainment), Darren and Colin Thornton's Four Mothers (€35,950, produced by Port Pictures) and Garrett Barret's Famine (€24,670, produced by Blank Page Productions). The only feature documentary in receipt of a grant in this category is Laura McGann's The Blue Hole (€15,000), produced by Motive Films.
Other support offers were made to Ghost Town (€20,000, a Dear Will production) and Piece (€25,000, staged by And Maps And Plans) from writer/director partnership Alan Foley and Alan Holly, Rebecca Daly and Glenn Montgomery's A High Place (€16,000) and Mike Cockanyne and Vince Cleghorne's Lambs (€16,000, produced by Hardy Films).
In addition, five international television projects have received development funding, namely Gary Duggan’s Caherduin (€27,400, produced by 925 Productions), Matt Charman’s The Year of the Beast (€50,000, produced by Parallel Films), Mary Kate O’Flanagan and Gavin Ryan’s Spartacus Rising (€38,000, produced by Treasure Entertainment), Maeve McQuillan and Tamara Maloney's Darkened Room (€27,900, produced by Blinder Films) and Robin Hill’s ZOM-B (€23,652, produced by Fantastic Films).
In the production category, the grant of the biggest magnitude has been bestowed upon Phyllida Lloyd's drama Herself (€750,000), penned by Claire Dunne and Malcolm Campbell and staged by Dublin-based firm Element Pictures. Other supported productions are Chris Baugh's Boys from Country Hell (€550,000, a Blinder Films production), Anton Setola's animated television programme Ollie (€175,000, produced by Ink and Light) and two fiction co-productions, namely Piotr Domalewvski's Irish-Polish drama I Never Cry (€125,000, co-produced by Ireland's MK1 Productions and Poland's Akson Studio) and Neil Boyle's Irish-British-Luxembourgish animated flick Kensuke’s Kingdom (€250,000).
Furthermore, seven provisional offers of commitment have been forwarded to Andrew Legge's L.O.L.A., Glenn McQuaid's The Restoration of Grayson Manor, Michael Lennox's The Night I Got Shot By Santa, Marian Quinn's TWIG, Graham Holbrook's Freddy Buttons, Kim Bartley's Stokely and Ciaran Cassidy's Screamers.
Finally, the productions that will benefit from distribution support grants are Lee Cronin’s horror The Hole in The Ground [+see also:
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