€200,000 Virgin Media Discovers Short Film Competition announces the selection of 10 emerging talents, in association with Screen Ireland

Ten new entries have been shortlisted to take part in the 2022 Virgin Media Discovers short film competition, receiving a total prize pool of €200,000.

Selected from hundreds of entries this year, each shortlisted project will receive an investment of €6,000 to develop their script with a mentor and the three finalists will be chosen and awarded €30,000 to bring their script to life on screen with the production of a 10 minute short film. The final production will air on Virgin Media Television and Virgin Media on Demand.

With over 70 years of combined screenwriting experience, mentors include storytellers such as Bláthnaid de Róiste (Ros na Rún, Fair City and Holby City), Eilish Kent (Foreign Exchange, Raw and Fade St), Gavin Burke (screenwriter lecturer at IADT), Aileen Docherty (Holby, Waterloo Road and The Clinic) and Nadine Flynn (Fair City and EastEnders).

Now in its third year, the contest continues to showcase outstanding original creativity and a diverse collection of compelling voices and stories with star judges for this year’s contest, including Lenny Abrahamson, director of the new series “Conversations with Friends and rising Irish actress and writer. and star of hit crime drama, Kin, Clare Dunne.

One of last year’s award-winning films, ‘Punch Line’, about how a transgender comedian reframes a transphobic attack she suffered during the day into her routine that night, won a number of international awards. . , including “Best Directing” at the Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

Bill Malone, Chief Content Officer at Virgin Media Television said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this level of funding, mentorship and a platform to some of Ireland’s most promising filmmakers who have such unique voices and new stories to tell.

“As a national broadcast platform it is important to Virgin Media that we invest in emerging talent, the Virgin Media Discovers Short Film competition is a great opportunity for us to do so.

“For our candidates, it’s not only about building their careers, it’s also an opportunity to raise their awareness of the issues that are at the heart of their films, and I’m delighted that we can help them make their voices heard. voice.”

Andrew Byrne, TV Director, Screen Ireland said: “As the national development agency for the creative screen sector, investing in and encouraging the development of new talent is a key principle of our work at Screen Ireland.

“We are delighted once again to be able to further support this short film initiative, developing a wide range of exciting new talent and providing mentorship and first-screen opportunities to a range of creative voices and diverse themes that deserve greater recognition.

“We can’t wait to see the final developed projects and shine a light on the stars of the future in front of and behind the screen.”

The price:

With a prize of €200,000, 10 filmmakers will receive €6,000 to realize the full potential of their screenplays through professional development. 3 of these projects will then receive €30,000 to produce their 10-minute short film which will air on Virgin Media Television in 2023. €50,000 will be used to support the projects through script editing, mentorship, public relations, advertising and marketing support.

The Jury:

Featured judges include award-winning director and screenwriter Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Normal People, What Richard Did and Room), rising Irish actress, writer and star of the hit crime drama, Kin, Clare Dunne; Clinton Liberty who played Kiernan in the worldwide hit drama “Normal People” and Linus in the drama “Holding”; writer and executive producer Ursula Rani Sarma (Delicious and Red Rock) as well as representatives from Virgin Media Television, Screen Ireland and the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.

The 10 shortlisted projects are:

Always find it in the kitchen at parties (Drama) Writer/Director: Zoë Gibney

Fake it until you do is what Sean keeps telling himself. But how far will he go to cover his shame?

Location: Dublin

Blith (Drama) Writer/Director: Gerard Walsh and Fabu-D

David recently moved to Ireland to create a better life for his daughter as a pediatrician. He soon discovers that it is not so simple.

Location: Dublin

Calf Writer/Director: Jamie O’Rourke

A near-fatal farm accident leaves teenager Cáit with a terrible decision to make in order to do what she must to protect her family.

Location: Tipperary

caspar (Drama) Writer/Director: Jason Forde and Jody O’Neill

A dark film about the last week of the life of Casper, an autistic 8-year-old boy. Using a direct-to-camera address, autism-inspired visuals and sound to combine cutting-edge documentary style and storytelling.

Location: Wicklow and Cork

coasteering (Drama) Writer/Director: Orla Sanders & Joanne Fitzgerald

Following a series of unsuccessful IVF cycles, Sinead runs and Peter Gardens; creating life can destroy you.

Location: Dublin

Crushed (Drama) Writer/Director: Eilís Doherty and Olivia McLaughlin

A comedy-drama about what happens when your feelings are strong, but your vodka is stronger. Emma battles “fear” when she exaggerates her crush at a party.

Location: Dublin, Donegal and Kildare

Good fries (Drama) Writer/Director: Nell Hensey and Brigid Leahy

Dublin 1989. A Vietnamese immigrant family struggles to keep their takeaway business afloat as their 12-year-old daughter befriends one of the customers, a local Irish boy. When he disappears, she goes looking for him.

Location: Clare and Dublin

Household Safe (Neon-Black / Thriller) Writer/director: Jaro Waldeck and Grace Sexton

In a normal world, walking home might seem like a simple thing to do. But in the world of a sketchy, hooded, hard-to-read man, this task turns out to be quite the undertaking. What dangers can he encounter on his way home?

Location: Wexford, West Cork and Dublin

Imbalance (Comedy) Writer/Director: Mary Kirwan and Zoë Brennan-Whitmore

After discovering the love of her life and her colleague on Tinder, a fat, self-deprecating millennial must find the confidence to slip right before her going away party, while navigating a fatphobic workplace.

Location: Wicklow and Cork

Why the sun and the moon live in the sky (Fantastic) Writer/Director: Aisha Bolaji and Alfonso Films

Living in the mundane suburb of Farraig-Mor, two teenagers plan to escape by building a spaceship and living in the sky.

Location: Dublin, Meath and Wicklow

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