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Final Call for Entrees for Big Stories on the Small Screen Workshop
17 Nov 2017 :
Big Stories on the Small Screen is set to run a second major initiative to develop skills in quality long-form screen drama. The initiative brings together some of the most eminent screen storytellers from across the world to work with Irish screen professionals.

Big Stories comprises a series of workshops and events over twelve months, beginning with a one-day conference on December 2nd.

Briefing Day – Saturday 2nd December 2017

A major one-day conference at the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane, Dublin 2. The conference features a range of top international industry professionals, discussing their experience before an audience of one hundred writers, directors and producers, who may apply for tickets via Screen Training Ireland.

Speakers at the event include:

Ronan Bennett – BAFTA-nominated screenwriter of the currently screening ‘Gunpower’ (BBC), as well as TV dramas ‘Top Boy’ (Channel 4), ‘Hidden’ (BBC), ‘10 Days To War’ (BBC), ‘The Hamberg Cell’ (Channel 4), feature films including ‘Public Enemies’ (Johnny Depp, Christian Bale), and an acclaimed novelist whose works include Zugzwang, Havoc, In Its Third Year and The Catastrophist.

Malcolm Campbell – Showrunner of ‘Ackley Bridge’ (BBC), screenwriter with ‘The White Queen’ (BBC), ‘Shameless’ (Channel 4) as well as feature film ‘What Richard Did’ directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

Ciaran Donnelly – Award-winning producer-director of the upcoming ‘Krypton’ (SyFi) as well as ‘Harley And The Davidsons’ (Discovery), ‘Vikings’ (History Channel), ‘Titanic: Blood And Steel’ (Lionsgate) and ‘The Tudors’ (Showtime).

Neasa Hardiman – BAFTA-winning director of ‘Happy Valley’ (BBC / Netflix), ‘Jessica Jones’ (Marvel / Netflix) and ‘Z: The Beginning Of Everything’ (Amazon).

Lisa McGee – Creator of ‘Derry Girl’ and ‘London Irish’ (both Channel 4), screenwriter with ‘Indian Summers’, ‘The White Queen’, ‘Being Human’ (BBC) and ‘Raw’ (RTÉ).

Katie Holly and Yvonne O’Donoghue – Producers of ‘Striking Out’ (RTÉ).

Declan Croghan – Screenwriter with ‘Silent Witness’ (BBC), ‘Life of Crime’ (ITV) and ‘Ripper Street’ (BBC / Amazon).

Robert Quinn – Director with ‘Endeavour’ (ITV), ‘Ackley Bridge’ (BBC) and ‘No Offence’ (ITV).

John Hayes – Director with ‘Bancroft’ (ITV), ‘Vera’ (ITV) and ‘Home Fires’ (BBC)

Lisa Mulcahy – Director of ‘The Moonstone’ and ‘Undercliffe’ (both BBC) and ‘Red Rock’ (TV3).

Gerard Barrett – Writer/director of ‘Smalltown’ (TV3) as well feature films ‘Brain on Fire’, ‘Glasslands’ and ‘Pilgrim Hill’.

WEEK-LONG WORKSHOP – 21st May to 25th May 2018

Ten selected projects are hothoused in a writers’ room format, led by professional screenwriters David Isaacs (Mad Men, Frazier, The Simpsons) and Tom Abrams (Oscar-nominee, Professor of Screenwriting at USC). Subsequent to the workshop, participants continue to develop their projects in consultation with their tutors and collaborators via a secure online portal. In October, participants pitch their packaged long-form drama to invited production companies.

Applications to attend Module Two will be accepted from 3rd December 2017 via the Screen Training Ireland website.

Participant Profile:

Irish-resident screenwriters, creative producers and directors are invited to apply to Big Stories on the Small Screen. Teams or individuals may apply. Screenwriters must have experience in scripted drama, with a writing credit on at least one produced script, which has been staged theatrically or screened on television or in cinema. Novelists with one or more published works are also eligible.

Directors must have experience in scripted drama, with a directing credit on at least one production of minimum 30 minutes’ duration, which has been screened on television or theatrically. Creative Producers must have a minimum of three years producing experience with a credit on at least one scripted production for film or television.

Application Procedure:

Attendance at the event is limited. Interested applicants should apply for a place with a current CV via www.screentrainingireland.ie by Monday 20th November.

Attendees at this event can consider applying to take part in the second module, a week-long, writers’ room workshop. For further information

Please contact - grainne.bennett@screentrainingireland.ie

Please note applications to attend module two will be accepted from the 3rd of December following the 1 Day seminar.

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