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Inaugural Storyhouse to take place at Light House Cinema
22 Feb 2024 : News Desk
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Element Pictures have unveiled the inaugural edition of their not-for-profit initiative, Storyhouse, taking place in the Light House Cinema in Dublin, March 21st - 22nd. Talent behind Poor Things, One Day, Anatomy of a Fall, Holy Spider, How To Have Sex and Scrapper are among the speakers.

Storyhouse, a new annual festival which celebrates the art of storytelling for the screen will be held in Dublin’s Light House Cinema on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd March, 2024. Aspiring screenwriters are invited to apply for Storyhouse Lab, an inclusive professional development programme to run as part of the festival.

Speakers announced today for the inaugural Storyhouse include Academy Award nominee Tony McNamara (Poor Things, The Favourite, The Great), Academy Award nominee and recent BAFTA winning screenwriter Arthur Harari (Anatomy of a Fall), Molly Manning Walker (How to Have Sex) and Charlotte Regan (Scrapper), as well as novelist and screenwriter David Nicholls (One Day, Patrick Melrose) and writer-director Ali Abbassi (Holy Spider, Border).

More speakers along with a full programme will be announced in the coming weeks.

Storyhouse is a not-for-profit initiative of Element Pictures (producers of Poor Things, The Favourite, Normal People and Room) and is spearheaded by co-CEO Ed Guiney. It is a unique opportunity for new and established diverse writers and industry professionals to benefit from in-depth interviews, panels and case studies from accliamed international screenwriters. Storyhouse is supported by Screen Ireland, Fremantle and Element Pictures and is produced in association with the Light House Cinema. This inaugural event will be produced by Lara Hickey and Charlene Lydon.

In parallel with the main event Storyhouse is also issuing a call out to new and developing screenwriters, inviting them to apply to take part in Storyhouse Lab, the first iteration of a unique interactive programme. The Lab will provide a small cohort of emerging writers with complimentary access to all Storyhouse events as well as additional focussed sessions with our guests under the mentorship of IFTA and BAFTA winning TV and film screenwriter Malcolm Campbell (What Richard Did, Bad Sisters). The participants in this group will be carefully selected to promote new, diverse, inclusive and gender balanced voices.

Storyhouse founder and Element co-CEO, Ed Guiney said:

“I have long nurtured the idea of establishing an annual festival of screenwriting in Dublin - bringing the best writers and screen storytellers in the world to our city. I’m delighted with our initial line-up of amazing talent and I hope that the participants at Storyhouse will be inspired and emboldened by first-hand accounts of the joys and challenges of writing and making brilliant scripts. I also believe there is an incredible opportunity for Ireland, given its rich literary heritage, to become a world centre of excellence for screenwriting and I hope the festival will help inspire, empower and catalyse a new and diverse generation of Irish based writers to create, develop and produce their stories for a global audience.”

Speaking about the launch, Screen Ireland’s Head of Skills and Professional Development, Colman Farrell added:

“We are delighted to support the inaugural edition of the Storyhouse festival and Lab through our Screen Stakeholders fund. Screen Ireland is committed to nurturing the talent and skills that are central to our ambition of sustained creative excellence in Irish storytelling on screen. This event will provide a unique opportunity for Irish creatives to gain insight into the working processes, experience and expertise of some of the industry’s most exciting award-winning screenwriters. The focus on emerging talent will help foster new connections and empower aspiring screenwriters to develop their storytelling craft. We look forward to seeing their progress and wish them every success.”

Speaking about the launch, Fremantle’s Christian Vesper commented:

“We are extremely proud to support Element’s exciting Storyhouse festival. The importance of championing and nurturing screenwriters cannot be overstated, and this annual event will support established and next-generation writers alike. Ed and his team have assembled a stellar line-up of writers providing a snapshot of the incredible breadth of contemporary screenwriting.”

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