The Galway Film Centre and RTÉ have announced winners of the 2009 Short Script Awards. Three awards of €9,500 were made to the successful scriptwriters who can also avail of the Galway Film Centre’s equipment and facilities.
The Galway Film Centre has been running these awards in partnership with RTÉ since 1998. This year’s winners and titles are as follows:
First time director Medb Johnstone’s ‘The Toll’ (to be produced by Clodagh Ní Bhric and Rosie McCarthy of Quattro Films) tells the story of a toll-booth worker and his encounters on his last day on the job. Medb who is from Spideal, has worked as an Assistant Director on one of the Film Centre’s 2008 Short Script winning films.
David Freyne’s ‘Tarp’, (Producer Rachel O’Kane) tells the story of a woman’s final journey with her husband across their farmland. David has directed a number of shorts and has worked with Coisceim Dance Company.
James Phelan’s ‘The Ottoman Empire’, (Producer Geraldine Heffernan) tells the surreal story of a man who falls down the back of a couch only to discover an evil plot by the couches to take over the world. James recently wrote the seven part comedy drama ‘Rasai na Gaillimhe/The Galway Races’ for TG4.
Declan Gibbons of the Galway Film Centre commented; "These awards have been running for over ten years and to date we have completed more than thirty short films. This year we had over one hundred submissions and the standard of short-listed finalists was very high. It remains a very competitive award scheme and a vital fund for aspiring film-makers to get the chance to make a short film."
In support of these comments Commissioning Editor Drama in RTÉ, Jane Gogan agreed; “This has been a long standing gratifying partnership and is indicative of RTÉ’s support for the development of new film talent. The awards are not just an acknowledgement of writing, producing and directing talent in Ireland; the films also demonstrate the talents of a diverse range of television and film craftspeople and actors. They are therefore an important showcase for creative skills within the industry in Ireland.”
Viewers will have the opportunity to see the award winning films on RTÉ Television in the Short Screen strand on RTÉ Two early next year.