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Directors & Actors Intensive Lab

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Acting, acting, Acting Courses, Comedy, Directing, Directing Courses, Film News, News, Pre Production and Production, Production Training, Training | 0 comments

Directors & Actors Intensive Lab


Starting Tues 5th April until Thurs 12th May

Directors and Actors Intensive Lab

Aimed at directors and actors working together. This course explores directing drama and comedy with specific regard to working with actors to deliver the best performance to tell the story. This class meets twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays for three hours over April and May.

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Puffin Rock wins two Kidscreen awards

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Animation, Film News, News | 0 comments

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Congratulations to the Irish animated series Puffin Rock

Congratulations to the Irish animated series Puffin Rock, which has won two prizes at the Kidscreen Awards.
Nominated in the Programming – Preschool category, Puffin Rock won the award for Best Animated Series and Best New Series. Coming from Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon, Derry-based Dog Ears and Penguin Books, Puffin Rock joined other winners on the night including Sesame Street and Horrible Histories.

Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Animation, Film News, News | 0 comments

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‘A Coat Made Dark

The Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival is now in full swing, with the Irish animated short A Coat Made Dark screening in official selection. Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) has a stand at the event, which is located at Irish Stand #9 at the Short Film Market, Clermont Ferrand.

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Frameworks Animated Short Film Scheme

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Animation, Industry Jobs, Opportunities | 0 comments

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Animation opportunities

The deadline for the Irish Film Board short animation scheme Frameworks, now in its 21st edition, has been announced. Applications will be accepted until 1pm Friday, 11th March 2016.

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IFI this Friday, January 8th

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Animation, Events, Film News, News | 0 comments

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Documentary Last Hijack

Last Hijack, the new release from filmmakers Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting (A Scanner Darkly, Waking Life) will open in Dublin’s IFI on January 8th 2016.

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At the European Film Awards

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Animation, Film News, News | 0 comments

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Success for ‘Song of the Sea’ and ‘The Lobster’

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board-supported films picked up three awards at the European Film Awards, which took place on Saturday evening. Song of the Sea and The Lobster each took home awards from the ceremony, which took place in Berlin.

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Screen Studio Academy: Directors Intensive Lab

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Directing, Directing Courses, Events, Filmbase News, Masterclasses, News, Pre Production and Production, Production Training, Training | 0 comments

Screen Studio Academy: Directors Intensive Lab


January 2016, Dates: TBC, Tuesdays & Thursdays

€380 Members / €420 Non-Members

SHOOT YOUR OWN HORROR SHORT! Learn the techniques needed to successfully direct a horror film with the Screen Studio Academy: Directors Intensive lab. Participants will focus on idea generation to intensify terror as well as creating atmospheric screen stories.

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Animation, Film News, News | 0 comments



Dublin Animation Film Festival is an annual event designed to celebrate both national and international animators and is five years old this year.

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Angelina Jolie Pitt to Serve as Executive Producer on Cartoon Saloon’s ‘The Breadwinner’

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Animation, Film News, News | 0 comments

The Breadwinner is based on the internationally acclaimed young adult novel of the same name by Canadian author Deborah Ellis and will be directed by Twomey (co-director, Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells) with screen story by Ellis and screenplay by Anita Doron. The film is being produced by Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon and Melusine Productions with producers Tomm Moore and Paul Young of the Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea), Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen of Aircraft Pictures and Stephan Roelants of Melusine Productions. Academy Award-nominated producers Jehane Noujaim & Karim Amer (Emmy Award winners for The Square) and Gerry Shirren at Cartoon Saloon will serve as executive producers. The film was developed with support from Telefilm Canada, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, the Film Fund Luxembourg, Corus Entertainment, the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Belinda Stronach Foundation. The film is currently casting and in pre-production in advance of an August production start and due for completion in early 2017.

The Breadwinner is the story of Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, who must disguise herself as a boy and become the breadwinner of the family when her father is unfairly imprisoned. A story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression, The Breadwinner also celebrates the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan. A version of the film will be produced in Dari in addition to the English-language version.

“Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict, and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution” Jolie Pitt said. “I am delighted to be working with a talented team of artists who I know will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana.”

Published by Groundwood Books, the novel has been in print for over 15 years and is recommended reading in numerous middle schools throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Author Deborah Ellis recently completed My Name is Parvana, the fourth book in the serieswhich has cumulative sales exceeding 2.5 million copies across 25 languages. Ellis has donated more than $1 million from her book royalties to the charity Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Jolie Pitt will donate any profits derived from her role as executive producer of The Breadwinner towards education of Afghan girls.

The Breadwinner was recently hailed as a book that all girls should read by 17-year-old activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, who told the New York Times in 2014 that, “‘The Breadwinner’ reminds us how courageous and strong women are around the world.”

Cartoon Saloon, Aircraft Pictures and Melusine Productions are repped by CAA for The Breadwinner.

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Cartoon d’Or Award Nomination for Irish Animated Short ‘Coda’

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Animation, Film News, News | 0 comments

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Directed by Alan Holly, Coda tells the story of a lost soul who stumbles drunkenly through the city. In a park, death finds him and shows him many things. Produced by Ciaran Deeney for Dublin-based animation studio And Maps and Plans, Coda features the voices of Brian Gleeson (Standby, The Stag) and Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind that Shakes the Barley, The Guarantee) in addition to music composed by Shane Holly.

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