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Appealling to scriptwriters’ competitive streak

Galway Film Centre and RTÉ have announced two cash awards of €9,500 each under their 2013 Short Film Awards. The awards will be given to the two best scripts submitted to Galway Film Centre and the deadline is 12 noon on Friday, April 12.
The best scripts will be short-listed for interview and two winners will be awarded the prize money to produce a short film, as well as the use of equipment and facilities from Galway Film Centre, and a commitment from RTÉ to screen the finished film. Application forms are available on request from info@galwayfilmcentre.ie.
The submitted script should be as close to a final draft as possible. The winning scriptwriter will work with the assistance of a professional script editor to finalise and polish the script before shooting. €9,000 will be awarded towards the production costs and €500 will be used to hire the services of a script editor to work with the writer.
The Short Script Award competition, established in 1998, looks to provide an opportunity for new talent to emerge and gain exposure.
“We’re delighted that RTÉ are supporting the Short Film Award again this year as it is a vital fund for aspiring film-makers and provides many with their first opportunity to make a short film,” said Galway Film Centre manager, Declan Gibbons.
“We work very closely with Jane Gogan, the commissioning editor for drama in RTÉ, in selecting and supporting the final films which provide an essential platform to showcase the talent of upcoming writers, directors and producers.”
Recent short films have enjoyed much success on the film festival circuit both nationally and internationally. One of last year’s winners Scratch, directed by Philip Kelly was premiered last weekend at the Jameson Dublin International Festival.
The 2010 winner, Switch directed by Thomas Hefferon, was screened at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (USA) and was one of only a handful of shorts to be screened at last year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
The 2009 winner, Passing by David Freyne won the 2010 Kerry Film Festival Best Short Film/Best Director Awards and the Audience Award for Best Irish Short at the Cork Film Festival. This short was also screened at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and the 2010 Galway Film Fleadh.

 

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