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IFB Dishes Up €2.6million+ in Funding Decisions
11 Apr 2012 : By Eva Hall
Hardy Bucks The Movie in the works
Recipients of the latest funding loans from the Irish Film Board (IFB) have been announced. A grand total of €2,660,317 was awarded to 47 projects overall.

Among the many funding highlights is writer-director John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’, which has been given a provisional offer of commitment from the IFB. It has already been confirmed Brendan Gleeson, who starred in McDonagh’s previous box office hit ‘The Guard’, will play the lead, while ‘Bridesmaids’ star Chris O’Dowd, Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones) and David Wilmot (The Guard) also feature. Octagon Films will oversee the production for McDonagh’s second feature film.

In the fictional international production category, Michael Hirst epic ‘Vikings’, which is due to begin filming in Ireland this month, was awarded €250,000. Morgan O’Sullivan will produce the 10-part series for World 2000 Productions, which previously brought ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Camelot’ to the small screen.

€175,000 of the total €2,250,000 awarded in production loans will see mockumentary ‘Hardy Bucks; The Movie’ come to life. Mike Cockayne is set to direct the feature film as well as contribute to the script with series’ writers Chris Tordoff, Martin Maloney and Gerry Greaney. Hardy Films Ltd will oversee the production.

The only animation to receive a production loan was Double Z Productions’ ‘Zig & Zag’, written by the company’s founders Ciarán Morrison and Mick O’Hara, also the masters behind puppet-led ‘The Podge & Rodge Show’. ‘Zig & Zag’ will be directed by Joel Simon.

Venom Films received €150,000 for the Ken Wardrop-directed documentary ‘Men in Uniform’. The documentary is a series of interviews with men who wear a uniform for a living, focusing on gender identity. Andrew Freedman (Kelly + Victor) produces the documentary which is set in America.

In development loans, a total of €298,000 was awarded to 16 different projects. Among the development loan recipients are IFTA Award-winner Pat Collins and his wife Sharon Wholley for ‘The Song of Granite’. They received €16,000 in a first draft loan.

In the fictional development category Parallel Films’ production ‘Star of the Sea’ received €5,000, with John Crowley (Intermission) taking the director’s seat and Mark O’Rowe (Perrier’s Bounty) penning the screenplay.

A total of €112,317 was awarded to nine projects in distribution loans. Thaddeus O’Sullivan-directed ‘Stella Day’s’ received €30,000 for marketing purposes, while Paolo Sorrentino-directed ‘This Must Be the Place’ received €35,000. Both features are currently showing in cinemas nationwide.

Feature film ‘A Kiss for Jed’ was awarded €10,000 for direct distribution. Maurice Linnane directed the Barry Devlin-written drama, while Ignition Films produced. ‘A Kiss for Jed’ has just announced a nationwide cinema release date for 18 May.

For a full list of recipients of the latest round of funding from IFB, see the table below or visit the IFB Website.

Production Loans:

Project Director Writer Production Co. Funding
Fiction Feature Films
Calvary John Michael McDonagh John Michael McDonagh Octagon Films Provisional Offer of Commitment
Hardy Bucks: The Movie Mike Cockayne Mike Cockayne, Chris Tordoff, Martin Maloney & Gerry Greaney Hardy Films Ltd €175,000
Moscow Never Sleeps Johnny O'Reilly Johnny O'Reilly Blinder Films €275,000
An Bronntanas / The Gift Tom Collins Tom Collins, Paul Walker & Eoghan McNamee ROSG & DeFacto Films €300,000
Fiction Creative Co-Production
Strangerland Kim Farrant Fiona Seres Fastnet Films €250,000
Stay Wiebke Von Carolsfeld Wiebke Von Carolsfeld Samson Films €300,000
Fiction International Production
Vikings   Michael Hirst World 2000 Productions €250,000
Animation
Zig & Zag Joel Simon Ciaran Morrison & Mick O'Hara Double Z Productions €150,000
Documentary
Men In Uniform Ken Wardrop   Venom Limited €150,000
Showrunners Des Doyle   Black Sheep Productions €55,000
Under The Hood Mark Byrne & Robert Dennis   Planet Korda Pictures €50,000
The Land Of The Enlightened Peter Van De Pue   Fastnet Films €50,000
Neal MacGregor Neasa Ní Chianáin   Soilsiú Films €50,000
Three Men Go To War Kim Bartley   Crossing The Line Films €100,000
Silence In The House Of God Alex Gibney   Below The Radar Productions €50,000
Completion Fund
Me And Me Dad Katrine Boorman   Colourframe Limited €15,000
First Stage Documentary
The Children Of Humla Neasa Ní Chianáin   Soilsiú Films €5,000
Sculpting Space Catherine Owens   NDN Productions €15,000
Moscow Tabloid Michael Doyle & John Murray   Cutstone Productions €10,000
See You At The Pictures Jeremiah Cullinane   Planet Korda Pictures €5,000
Blood Sisters 2 Malin Andersson   Solas Productions €5,000
Born John Burke, Died Muhammed Omar Ross McDonnell   Fastnet Films €10,000

Development Loans:

Project Director Writer Production Co. Funding
First Draft Loans
Luka Pooka Gary O'Neill Richard Hansom   €16,000
The Song Of Granite Pat Collins Pat Collins & Sharon Wholley   €16,000
The Complication Ian Power Ian Power & Dylan Cotter   €16,000
Monto   Ciaran Morrison & Mick O'Hara   €16,000
Fiction Development Loans
Dubliners multiple multiple Fastnet Films Provisional Offer of Commitment
It's About Girls   Gavin Burke Black Sheep Productions €16,000
Procreate, Generate   Adam Rynne Blinder Films €23,000
Star Of The Sea John Crowley Mark O'Rowe Parallel Film Productions €5,000
Beach Slap   Aisling Bea Grand Pictures €15,000
The Rewrite Peter McDonald Peter McDonal Treasure Entertainment €20,000
Olagón Darach Mac Con Iomaire Darach Mac Con Iomaire Magamedia €19,000
Perfect Weather To Fly Rory Bresnihan Rory Bresnihan Subotica Limited €16,000
Boy Raccer Steph Green Ailbhe Keogan Subotica Limited €28,000
Cú Chulainn: The Sacred Island Gary Shore Jonathan Ware & Garan Ware Darini Films €50,000
International Development
Life Of Crime   Declan Croughan Octagon Films €23,500
Taboo   Tom Farrelly Octagon Films €18,500

Distribution Loans:


Project Director Writer Production Co. Funding
Print Provision
Joy Colm Quinn Com Quinn Venom Limited €2,020
Nouakcott Rocks Moira Tierney Moira Tierney   €3,297
Dollhouse Kirsten Sheridan Kirsten Sheridan Warehouse Pictures $5,000
Citadel Ciaran Foy Ciaran Foy Blinder Films $7,000
Babyface Macdara Vallely Macdara Vallely Samson Films $5,000
Marketing Support
Stella Days Thaddeus O'Sullivan Antoine O'Flatharta Eclipse Distribution €30,000
This Must Be The Place Paolo Sorrentino Paolo Sorrentino Element Distribution €35,000
Direct Distribution
The Other Side Of Sleep Rebecca Daly Rebecca Daly & Glenn Montgomery Fastnet Films €15,000
A Kiss For Jed Wood Maurice Linnane Barry Devlin Ignition Film Productions €10,000




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