Monday 25 September 2017

Calling all budding filmmakers - Aer Lingus launch Irish Filmmaker Competition with Irish Film Board

Pictured from left to right at the launch of the Aer Lingus Irish Filmmaker Competition is Aer Lingus cabin crew member Amy O’Brien with competition judging panellists Dearbhla Walsh, Mark O’Halloran and Neasa Hardiman and Aer Lingus cabin crew member Jessica England at Omniplex Rathmines.
Pictured from left to right at the launch of the Aer Lingus Irish Filmmaker Competition is Aer Lingus cabin crew member Amy O’Brien with competition judging panellists Dearbhla Walsh, Mark O’Halloran and Neasa Hardiman and Aer Lingus cabin crew member Jessica England at Omniplex Rathmines.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Irish Filmmaker competition, launched today, offers budding filmmakers the chance to have their short film screened on international Aer Lingus flights.

Aer Lingus has partnered with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board for the competition which will see three short films chosen across live action and animation categories.

The winners will also bag complimentary flights to attend film festivals in the US and around Europe to promote their work.

The judging panel will include renowned Irish film industry names including scriptwriter and actor Mark O’Halloran, director and writer for film and TV Neasa Hardiman and award-winning director Dearbhla Walsh.

Pictured from left to right at the launch of the Aer Lingus Irish Filmmaker Competition is Aer Lingus cabin crew member Amy O’Brien with competition judging panellists Dearbhla Walsh, Mark O’Halloran and Neasa Hardiman and Aer Lingus cabin crew member Jessica England at Omniplex Rathmines.
Pictured from left to right at the launch of the Aer Lingus Irish Filmmaker Competition is Aer Lingus cabin crew member Amy O’Brien with competition judging panellists Dearbhla Walsh, Mark O’Halloran and Neasa Hardiman and Aer Lingus cabin crew member Jessica England at Omniplex Rathmines.

Neasa has directed drama with the BBC, ABC, Netflix and Amazon and recently won her second BAFTA as well as an IFTA for Happy Valley.  Dearbhla, meanwhile, has directed Little Dorrit and The Silence for the BBC, Shameless for Channel 4, Penny Dreadful and The Tudors for Showtime and Borgia for Canal Plus and Netflix.

Mark O'Halloran is best known for films Adam & Paul and Garage.

Short film entries will be accepted from Irish residents and citizens and applicants must be at least 18 years of age to enter. All entries must adhere to the following criteria:

-        Must fall within the categories of live action or animation

-        Must be the original work of the applicant

-        Can be no longer than 15 minutes

-        Must have been produced in the last 18 months

-        Must have a G-rating

The competition is now open and the closing date is July 27, 2017.  To enter apply HERE .  The winning films will be unveiled at a special screening event in September 2017.

The Irish Filmmaker Competition is part of the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation which encompasses a range of charity and corporate social responsibility activity including support of Irish Culture and the Arts. 

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