Signatures & Reality Bites Deadlines Announced

ifblogo07-fWANTED: Short Film Scripts for the SIGNATURES and REALITY BITES Schemes

The deadlines for the Irish Film Board’s flagship short film scheme SIGNATURES and the short documentary scheme REALITY BITES have been announced. Applications will now be accepted until Friday, July 17th for Signature applications while Reality Bites applications will be accepted until Friday, August 7th.

SIGNATURES is a short film scheme for the making of live-action, fiction films that act as a proving-ground for Irish creative talents which aims to encourage strong, original storytelling, visual flair, and production values appropriate to the big screen.

The first round of Signatures shorts premiered last year at the Cork Film Festival and included Rory Bresnihan’s The Man Inside which won The Best European Short Film at the European Independent Film Festival earlier this year.

The scheme is an opportunity for producers, directors and writers to work in a professional environment that will allow them to further their experience.

REALITY BITES aims to encourage experimentation and a fresh approach to short non-fiction filmmaking. We are looking for something new in the use of the documentary form, whether the projects are journalistic or creative, observational or aesthetic, objective or personal.

The successful short films will premiere at the Corona Cork Film Festival next year.

IFB Short Shorts Deadline Announced


The Irish Film Board have announced the call for submissions for the next round of the Short Shorts scheme with a new deadline of Friday, May 8th, 2009. Successful short films will premiere at the Cork Film Festival in November.

Short Shorts funds up to seven, 3-5 minute films and aims to encourage the making of ultra short films. The scheme was modified last year so that the films have to conform to a particular genre each year.

The theme for this years short films, whether live action or animated is ‘Films with No Dialogue’. Not specifically meaning silent films, films where the soundtrack can contain anything except audible dialogue such as the Mr. Bean television series is a good example of this type of genre. By packaging the shorts together under this specific genre, this will allow the IFB to market the Short Shorts more effectively internationally.

Some recent shorts to be funded by the scheme include Declan Cassidy’s ‘Whatever Turns You On’ which picked up the Best Film awards at the Florence Film Festival in Italy and Filmstock Film Festival in Britain last November; ‘Atlantic’ directed by Conor Ferguson and starring Liam Cunningham which was released in cinemas nationwide in front of the feature film ‘32A’, a

nd the short horror film ‘Shapes’ by Alan Brennan, which was officially selected for the renowned Palm Springs International Film Festival 2008.

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Splanc Returns

The Arts Council, TG4 & The Irish Film Board

For ten years the Splanc! documentary scheme jointly funded by TG4 and the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon has funded many fine documentary films on the arts, and on making art in the Irish language.

Splanc! 2009 will take an intimate look at film making in Ireland as a visual expression of Irish culture from the first movies of the 1910s and will celebrate contemporary film makers, both in the Irish and English language. It will aim to take a broad and inclusive view of the art of film making and the evolution of film as an art form while bringing real artistic and cultural value to primetime television audiences.

Producers shooting in Summer and Autumn 2009, who would like their productions to be included in this series, can contact the production company by email at