The Film Institute of Ireland is delighted to announce that the winner of
the first annual Tiernan MacBride Screenwriting Award is Marian Quinn,
with her screenplay entitled 32A. The prize is 10,000euro in cash, and a
unique glass piece by designer Valerie Ritchie.
The judging panel for this award included industry professionals such as:
Pat Murphy (writer/director); Ned O'Dowd (Executive Producer, Spyglass
Entertainment); Charlotte Kelly (agent, Casarotte Ramsey); Richard Lester
(director) and Mark Mulqueen (Director, Film Institute of Ireland). The
competition was open to all Irish born writers / Irish citizens / Irish
residents, and is intended to support the creation of original and
innovative scripts through a combination of development funding as well
as extensive promotion within the film industry.
The recipient of the award, Marian Quinn, trained as an actor in the
Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago. She has worked extensively in theatre
and cinema, including Heavy (James Mangold), I Shot Andy Warhol (Mary
Harron), and 2x4 (Jimmy Smallhorne). She wrote and directed her first
film, a short entitled Come To, in New York, and the film went on to be
screened at festivals world-wide. Her winning screenplay, 32A, has
received development financing from Bord Scannan na h'Eireann. Marian is
the sister of actor Aidan Quinn, and cinematographer Declan Quinn.