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IFB 2013 Fourth Quarter Funding Decisions Announced



Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) today released details of its funding decisions for the fourth quarter of 2013.

These decisions cover production and co-production loans for features, animation and documentaries; development loans and distribution loans. It is estimated that the funding decisions announced today will generate approximately €10.5 million in Irish production activity which will be spend on Irish jobs and local goods and services.

Some highlights of the IFB’s Q4 2013 funding decisions:

Pilgrimage is a large-budget period epic to be directed by Brendan Muldowney (Savage, Love Eternal) and produced by SP Films. Written by Jamie Hannigan, it follows a group of 13th Century monks on a perilous journey to escort a sacred relic across Ireland.

Unless is a Canadian-Irish co-production adapted from the Carol Shields novel. It has been written and will be directed by Alan Gilsenan (Timbuktu) and produced by Subotica (Gold, Miss Julie, Young Ones).
I Am Not a Serial Killer is an Irish production based on the first book in the John Wayne Cleaver trilogy by Dan Wells. It will be written and directed by Billy O’Brien (Isolation) and produced by Nick Ryan (The Summit) for Image Now.

Seeing Chris is a coming-of-age tale adapted by Tom Cairns from a short story by the American writer Deborah Eisenberg. It will be produced by Jackie Larkin (My Name is Emily, A Thousand Times Goodnight) for Newgrange Pictures, and directed by Cairns, also an acclaimed theatre director.

Love & Friendship is a Jane Austen adaptation written and directed by Whit Stillman (The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan, Barcelona). Starring Sienna Miller and Chloe Sevigny, it will shoot in Ireland this summer, with Katie Holly of Blinder Films producing.

You’re Ugly Too is a micro-budget feature which will star Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, Mister John). Written and directed by Mark Noonan, this drama, set in the Irish Midlands, will be produced by John Keville (Brand New U, Ghost Train) for SP Films.

The documentary Lockout, directed by Sinead O’Brien, tells the story of the Dunnes Stores workers who refused to handle South African goods during the Apartheid era. It is produced by Noel Pearson (My Left Foot, The Field) for Ferndale Films.

Ceasefire Massacre is a documentary directed by Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God) and produced by Trevor Birney (Mea Maxima Culpa, 30 for 30: Soccer Stories). It looks at the Loughinisland Massacre, in which six fans were killed as they watched the Ireland/Italy game in the ’94 World Cup, and its effect on the Peace Process.