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Irish Film Board Backs New Irish Feature & Animation Projects
29 Nov 2011 : By Ciara Drohan
New projects Jim Sheridan and Steph Green
A new Irish-Singapore feature film will be receiving funding in this round of Irish Film Board funding. ‘Mister John’, the first ever Irish-Singapore co-production is written and will be directed by 'Helen' filmmakers Christine Molloy & Joe Lawlor and is produced by Samson Films.

In animation six projects have been approved for funding including Boulder Media, recent Children’s BAFTA winners for ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’, which is co-producing the animated feature film ‘Astrid Silverlock & the Staff of Virtue’. Brown Bag Films will receive development support for ‘The Wooden Sword’, directed by Paul Bolger (The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go To Heaven). Igloo Films’ ‘The Boy in the Bubble’, written by IFTA nominated writer Will Collins (My Brothers) and directed by Kealan O’Rourke (Flyboy, Before Sunrise) which is being developed into a feature film from a its award winning short film format.

Monster Distributes, which are to produce ‘I’m a Creepy Crawly’, and Magpie6 Media who are working on two projects, both directed by Paul Shanahan (Anastasia, The Land Before Time), ‘The Adventures of Young Marco Polo’ and ‘Inis Spraoi’. Monster Animation is also in the late stage of development for their science based children’s television series ‘Cosmo’.

Among other projects getting support in the latest round of Irish Film Board funding are as previously reported on IFTN Parallel Films’ production ‘Byzantium’, directed by Neil Jordan (Ondine, Breakfast on Pluto), the a major fantasy feature film which will be filming in Ireland in December.

Speaking about the investment in ‘Byzantium’, producer Alan Moloney (Albert Nobbs, Neverland), said “the investment by the IFB in ‘Byzantium’ will ensure that the project can be produced in Ireland, bringing with it international investment and ensuring Irish talent are attached to it.”

Director Steph Green (New Boy, Push Hands) has also received support for her much anticipated feature film debut ‘Run and Jump’ written by Ailbhe Keogan. Another upcoming director Peter McDonald (Pentecost, I Went Down) has also received development funding for ‘The Steamroller’ which he will co-write with Irish actor Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones, Death of a Superhero) who will also star in the project. Jim Sheridan (In America, My Left Foot) is also developing a re-imagined version of the feature film ‘Into the West’.

Commenting on the funding announcement, James Hickey, Chief Executive of the Irish Film Board said, “The strength and breadth of applications for funding this quarter was diverse and impressive and shows the strong mix between large scale feature length productions, animation and documentary films. These funding decisions reflect the Board’s intention to foster Irish talent and creativity as well as support productions that have a strong opportunity of enjoying commercial success”. He also stated that the Film Board expect these production investments will result in up to €38 million being generated in production activity in the home market in 2012.



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