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Border Region Filmmakers Given ‘The Edge’
16 Jun 2008 :
A new cross-border production award from the Louth, Newry and Mourne Film Commission entitled ‘The Edge’ will see filmmakers from border regions compete for production fund of €10,000.

The award, supported by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism and the Irish Film Board, is open to projects in all genres – documentary, short film, pilot TV shows and new media projects. The project must be feasibly produced on a €10,000 budget, should act as a positive reflection of the region and must be shot in the Louth, Newry or Mourne region. The project’s writer, director and producer must be from the border counties.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the growing talent in the border area,” said Mairtín de Barra, Director of the Louth, Newry & Mourne Film Commission. “We want a project that will capture people’s imagination, with a long shelf life and full of vibrancy. We are also keen on seeing pilots for format TV or TV series with the potential of further production taking place in the border region if the pilot is picked up. There is a tight production turnaround on this award but that’s what makes it so exciting – you could write something this month and have it funded and finished by the end of the year.”

“The Irish Film Board is committed to developing filmmaking talent nationwide and together with the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism continues to support and encourage cross-border initiatives. The completed project will showcase the fantastic locations that the Louth, Newry & Mourne region has to offer,” said Mags O’Sullivan, Deputy Film Commissioner with the IFB.

A shortlist of three projects will be selected from submitted projects, with interviews taking place in early August. Only one script may be submitted per applicant.

The application deadline is July 15th and the project must be completed by the end of 2008. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.filmcommission.ie.



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