29 May 2023 The Irish Film & Television Network
The Westmeath Arts Office announces return of €10,000 Film Award for 2023
28 Mar 2023 : News Desk
Westmeath Film Award
Award applications will be open from April 17th to May 22nd 2023. The Award aims to further filmmaking activity in Westmeath.

The Westmeath Film Award offers a local filmmaker €10,000 towards the creation of a short 10-12 minute film or documentary. This award is funded by Westmeath County Council Arts Office and the Arts Council of Ireland.

The award provides support to filmmakers early in their career, enabling significant professional development by financing the creation of new work. It aims to foster talent, creativity and activity in filmmaking in Westmeath.

In 2022, Filmmaker Craig Moore was the award’s recipient for his comedy short Barry Vs the Binman, now in post-production.

“The Westmeath Arts Office were so encouraging and went out of their way to support us in every way possible. It was a great place to make a film as the local community were eager to get involved and very interested in the whole process. There is no doubt that winning this bursary scheme has introduced us to the next level of our filmmaking careers" said Producer Emer Durcan, Western Front Studios.

Westmeath Arts Officer Miriam Mulrennan added: “We are delighted to announce the return of the Westmeath Film Award for 2023. Local film awards play a vital role in enabling up-and-coming filmmakers to showcase and develop their skills. Westmeath is a county with huge creative and filmmaking talent, and we are proud to support filmmaking activity at what is such an opportune time for the film industry in Ireland.”

Applications will open on 17th April 2023. The deadline for submissions is 22nd May.

More information about the Westmeath Film Award is available here.

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