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New Irish Projects Get €2m Funding Offers from Irish Film Board
12 Jul 2011 :
Cartoon Saloon's Song of the Sea
The latest round of Irish Film Board/Board Scannáin na hÉireann funding decisions have been announced for development, production and distribution loans. The decision sees financial support offered to films including Cartoon Saloon’s feature animation ‘Song of the Sea’ and Conor McMahon’s comedy horror ‘The Clown’. In total approximately €2,000,000 has been awarded.

Production support has been offered to Conor McMahon’s ‘The Clown’ from Fantastic Films. The comedy horror about a killer clown has been promised €600,000 production support. John Butler’s ‘The Vehicle’ (Treasure Entertainnment) has also received a provisional offer of commitment.

Cartoon Saloon’s feature animation ‘Song of the Sea’ has been offered €750,000 support. The feature is the only animation to receive production support in this round and is written by Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) and ‘My Brother’s screenwriter Will Collins, with Moore directing. It tells the story of the last Seal Child’s journey home.

Documentaries granted production support include ‘Shem the Penman Sings Again’, directed by Padraig Trehy which has been promised €15,000 support; Sé Merry Doyle’s ‘A Travellers Tale’; and Ross Whitaker’s ‘Unbreakable’, both of which were granted €10,000 in the recent funding decisions.

The distribution funding decisions include Carmel Winter’s ‘Snap’ (Samson), which has been granted €6,450 for Print Provision and another €9,780 for marketing support. Ian Power’s ‘The Runway’ was also awarded €75,000 for marketing support. Conor Horgan’s ‘One Hundred Mornings’ was given €15,000 in direct distribution support.

For Development funding, Neil Jordan’s forthcoming vampire flick ‘Byzantium’ has been awarded €30,000 with Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glen Leyburn’s ‘Good Vibrations’, from new production company Canderblinks, is being promised a further €12,000. Other development loans to be distributed include Parallel Films ‘City of Bohane’, written by Kevin Barry, which has been awarded €50,000.



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