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TorinoFilmLab, Series Mania Announce 2019 SeriesLab Projects (Exclusive)

  • Variety
The TorinoFilmLab and Series Mania have announced the nine projects participating in this year’s SeriesLab, an intensive mentorship program that culminates March 26 in Lille when participants will present their projects to an industry audience at the Series Mania Forum.

A joint venture conceived to address the challenge of developing screenwriting talent in the European TV industry, SeriesLab mentors creative talent from across the continent by bringing together writers, creators and showrunners from nine series in early-stage development.

The program shepherds participants through the entire process of creating a TV series concept via a four-month course composed of three residential workshops and two online sessions. With the support of established script consultant tutors and other industry experts, the participants develop a commercial mini-bible and outline the treatment of the pilot.

“I’m really excited about the wonderful work our tutors and participants have done during these months,” says Nicola Lusuardi,
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'Birds Of Passage', 'Border' among Chicago international competition line-up (exclusive)

'Birds Of Passage', 'Border' among Chicago international competition line-up (exclusive)
Docs include The Dread, and My Home, In Libya.

Cannes selections Birds Of Passage and Border will compete with the likes of Transit and Non Fiction for the Gold Hugo at next month’s 54th Chicago International Film Festival.

Artistic director Mimi Plauché announced on Friday (14) the international competition line-ups at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival, which runs from October 10–21.

The longest running competitive film festival in North America will feature two world premieres – Guie’dani’s Navel (Mexico) and the documentary Father The Flame (USA) – and showcase 16 films in the main International Feature Film Competition, 14 films in New Directors Competition,
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'The Belly Of The Whale' to open 2018 Galway Film Fleadh (exclusive)

'The Belly Of The Whale' to open 2018 Galway Film Fleadh (exclusive)
It will be the world premiere of the Irish crime drama starring Michael Smiley.

The world premiere of Irish comedy drama The Belly Of The Whale, the debut of producer turned director Morgan Bushe, will open the 30th anniversary edition of the Galway Film Fleadh (July 10-15).

Michael Smiley, Lewis McDougall and Pat Shortt star in the film about a teenager who breaks free from his foster home in an Irish seaside town in a bid to reclaim his family’s caravan park and salvage his friendship with his best friend and drinking partner. They join forces with others, hatching
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Shoot underway on 'Black 47' starring Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent

Shoot underway on 'Black 47' starring Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent
The Irish famine drama also stars Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox.

Production has commenced on Irish famine drama Black 47 starring Hugo Weaving (Hacksaw Ridge) and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent (Iris).

The eight-week shoot will take place in Connemara, Kildara and Wicklow.

Black 47 is directed by Lance Daly, whose previous films include Life’s A Breeze and Kisses. Daly teamed with Pj Dillon (Rewind), Pierce Ryan (Standby) and Eugene O’Brien (The Flag) to write the screenplay.

Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger named Feeney, who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, Feeney is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalisation of his people and his family.

When Feeney sets on a destructive path to avenge his kin, an ageing British soldier is sent to stop him before
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Wildcard signs for Bobby Sands doc, cocaine comedy, Rebecca Daly drama

Wildcard signs for Bobby Sands doc, cocaine comedy, Rebecca Daly drama
Exclusive: Growing Dublin-based distributor is inking deals for key local fare as well as sub-licensing for London-based distributors.

Irish distributor Wildcard Distribution has secured a wide and varied slate of forthcoming releases - including new projects from some of Ireland’s strongest emerging filmmakers.

Two crime-themed films, The Young Offenders and Cardboard Gangsters, which have completed production, will have their world premieres at the Galway Film Fleadh in July.

The Young Offenders is inspired by the bizarre case of Ireland’s biggest-ever drug seizure in 2007. The haul, off the coast of West Cork, took place after a boat capsized, leaving bales of cocaine floating in the water.

It fired the imagination of first-time feature director Peter Foott, whose film focuses on two Cork city teenagers who embark on a 160km road trip to steal some of the bales. The film will be released in Ireland this autumn.

Also on the company’s release slate is Cardboard Gangsters, the new
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Inside Pictures unveils La participants

  • ScreenDaily
Inside Pictures unveils La participants
Exclusive: The European film industry business training programme has selected its 16 producers and executives for the week-long sessions with senior industry professionals in Los Angeles from September 15-19.

The participants span nine countries and represent all areas of the industry and will hear from and interact with Los Angeles-based studios executive and other professionals.

This year’s participants are:

Conor Barry, producer, Savage Production Ltd;

Sara Boss, senior sales executive, K5 International;

Morgan Bushe, co-owner, Fastnet Films / WildCard Distribution;

Helena Danielsson, executive producer, producer and CEO, Hepp Film International;

Katie Ellen, senior distribution manager, film fund, British Film Institute;

Simon Gillis, associate director, legal and business affairs, Universal Pictures International Entertainment;

Teun Hilte, managing director, Under The Milky Way UK;

Mark Lane, producer and company director, The Tea Shop & Film Company;

Graeme Law, finance director, Prescience Film Finance;

Anthony Mestriner, agent, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd;

Claire Mundell, producer, Synchronicity Film Ltd;

Natja Rosner, head of sales
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Boyhood, Jalanan win Miff awards

Richard Linklater's Boyhood won best feature and Daniel Ziv took the documentary prize for Jalanan in the People.s Choice awards at the 63rd Melbourne International Film Festival.

Argentine director Manuel Abramovich.s The Queen was named best short and Eddy Bell.s Grey Bull was best Australian short.

The Swinburne Award for emerging Australian filmmaker went to Ben Briand for Blood Pulls a Gun, a short which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood follows a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows up in front of the cameras. Featuring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as his parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister, the Universal film previews this weekend and next weekend before its September 4 launch.

Jalanan looks at three charismatic buskers . Boni, Ho and Titi . over a five-year period as they navigate the economic,
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Morgan Bushe Is Ireland's Producer On The Move at Cannes

  • IFTN
Irish producer Morgan Bushe of Fastnet Films has been selected to take part in the European Film Promotion's Cannes-based programme Producers On The Move. Bushe, whose production credits include 'The Other Side of Sleep', is one of 25 producers from across Europe who have been handpicked by the Efp to take part in the networking event over May 19–22. It takes place during the Cannes International Film Festival, which runs over May 16-27.
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'The Pipe' Wins Circom Grand Prix, Three Honours for TG4

Risteárd Ó Domhnaill and Rachel Lysaght's Shell to Sea feature documentary, 'The Pipe' has been awarded the Grand Prix at Circom, an awards ceremony hosted by the network of regional European broadcasters. In the Circom category of Sport Programme, the BBC West Midlands' 'Late Kick Off' nabbed the top prize whilst Fastnet Films' 'Gualainn le Gualainn' was commended by the jury. The four part TG4 series looks at the history of Irish Rugby and is directed by Andrew Gallimore and produced by Morgan Bushe (The Other Side of Sleep) and Conor Barry (Mr Crocodile in the Cupboard).
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8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards (Ifta) Winners

  • FlicksNews.net
Bosnian war drama As If I Am Not There received three Ifta awards for Best Film, Director and Script for the film's Irish writer/director Juanita Wilson at tonight's Ifta awards, celebrating the Irish film and television industry.

Martin MCCann was named Best Actor for 'Swansong - Story of Occi Byrn', while Amy Huberman was got Best Actress for 'Rewind.'

Pierce Brosnan and Saorise Ronan took home the supporting honours at the awards with Brosnan winning Best Supporting Actor for his role in 'The Ghost', while Ronan's part in The Way Back earned her the supporting actress honour.

In the international categories, 'The Social Network' won the best international film, with its star Jesse Eisenberg winning Best Actor. Annette Bening took Best Actress for 'The Kids Are All Right'.

Winners Of The 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards:

Outstanding Contribution to Industry
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Win Tickets To The Cork Film Festival

  • TheMovieBit
Thanks to the Irish Film Board, you can blag tickets to Signatures and Reality Bites at the Cork Opera House on Saturday, November 13th at 4pm. Showcasing the best of upcoming film and documentary talent, this is a great opportunity to see what and who is coming down the tracks in the world of Irish film! To blag said tickets, tune into the show tonight, from 9pm on Corks RedFM. --- The latest series of 'Signatures' and 'Reality Bites', consisting of eight short films and documentaries, will be premiering at this year's 55th Corona Cork Film Festival on Saturday 13th November. This latest batch of shorts highlight the remarkable standard of fresh Irish film-makers, including the multi-award winning producers Andrew Freedman, whose documentary His & Hers has taken the international festival circuit by storm, bagging a host of awards at Sundance, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, and Traverse in
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Stephen Rea film, ‘Nothing Personal’ nominated for European Film Award (IrishCentral)

An English language feature film co-produced by Ireland and the Netherlands “Nothing Personal” has been shortlisted for the European Discovery-the Prix Fipresci at this years European Film Academy. The award is presented annually to a young and upcoming director. “Nothing Personal” is about Anne who leaves her life behind her in the Netherlands and moves to Ireland. “Alone in her empty flat, from her window Anne observes the people passing by who nervously snatch up the personal belongings and pieces of furniture she has put out on the pavement. Her final gesture of taking a ring off her finger signals she is leaving her previous life in Holland behind. She goes to Ireland, where she chooses to lead a solitary, wandering existence, striding through the austere landscapes of Connemara. During her travels, she discovers a house that is home to a hermit, Martin,” writes IMDb. The movie is written and
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Efa Nomination is 'Nothing Personal'

  • IFTN
The European Film Academy has announced this year's nominations for the European Discovery – the Prix Fipresci, amongst them is Ireland/Netherlands co-production, 'Nothing Personal'. 'Nothing Personal' is written and directed by Urszula Antoniak (Vaarwel) in her English language feature film debut. It was co-produced by Fastnet Films' Macdara Kelleher (Kisses) and Morgan Bushe (Colony) filmed on location in Connemara. The Ifta nominated film follows a growing intimacy between a young runaway played by Dutch actress Lotte Verbeek (Links) and 'Ondine' actor, Stephen Rea's reclusive loner.
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Ross McDonnell Preps 'Muerte & Me' for Mexico

  • IFTN
Production will start this November on Ross McDonnell's 'Muerte and Me', a feature length documentary that aims to present a multilayered meditation on the culture of violence on the Us/Mexico border and beyond through the eyes of a cast of characters who are at the epicentre of the escalating strife. The director's debut feature doc 'Colony' will receive an alternative U.S. release in the coming weeks.With Ross McDonnell on board as director and cinematographer, 'Muerte & Me' will begin its first stage of shooting in Mexico at the start of November and filming on the documentary is expected to take six months. Produced by Morgan Bushe at Fastnet Films, 'Muerte & Me' follows on from the success of 'Colony' - the company's previous feature documentary collaboration with McDonnell, which was nominated for an Irish Film & Television Award and selected to participate in the Ida
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Olive Secures 'Nothing Personal' for North America

  • IFTN
Us distributors, Olive films have secured to North American theatrical, TV, video and educational rights to Fastnet Films' 'Nothing Personal', the Irish-Netherlands co-production directed by Urszula Antoniak starring Stephen Rea (Ondine).'Nothing Personal' is the story of a rebellious young woman played by Lotte Verbeek (Links) and an old sage played by Stephen Rea who establish a bizarre relationship. Stephen was Ifta nominated for his role in the film which is produced by Fastnet Films' Morgan Bushe (Colony) and Macdara Kelleher (Princess) along with Sanna Fabery de Jonge (Dummy)...
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'Nothing Personal' Double Triumph at Locarno

  • IFTN
'Nothing Personal', Urszula Antoniak's English language theatrical feature film debut, has scooped a Leopard for the Best First Feature and a Best Actress Leopard for Dutch actress Lotte Verbeek the Locarno Film Festival. Screening in the International Competition selection at the Italkian Festival, the Dutch-Irish co-production was led by Amsterdam-based Rinkel Film & TV in cooperation with Vpro, Family Affair Films and was co-produced by Macdara Kelleher and Morgan Bushe of Fastnet Films.
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Bee Doc 'Colony' to Premiere at Toronto Film Festival

'Colony' the Irish documentary from directors Carter Gunn & Ross McDonnell, which explores the unexplainable phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder which has left landscapes of empty beehives all across America, has been chosen to be screened in the 'Real to Reel' Category at the 34th International Toronto Film Festival in September. Produced by Morgan Bushe and Macdara Kelleher for Fastnet Films, 'Colony' documents a time of unprecedented crisis in the world of the honeybee through the eyes of both veteran beekeeper, David Mendes, and Lance and Victor Seppi, two young brothers getting into beekeeping when most are getting out. As Mendes tries to save the nation's collapsing hives, the Seppi's try to keep their business alive amidst a collapsing economy.
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Heaney Scores Swedish-Irish co-production 'Prinsessa'

Composer Louise Heaney has written and recorded the original score to new Swedish – Irish co produced feature film 'Prinsessa'. Co produced by Morgan Bushe of Fastnet Films and Sandra Harms of Breidablick Films, 'Prinsessa' is a heart-warming drama-comedy about overweight 18 year old Maja, whose size makes it difficult for her to be socially accepted and to make her dreams come true.
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