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Four Productions Announced for Screen Irelandís Inaugural POV Funding Scheme
21 May 2019 : News Desk
Screen Ireland
The female-focused POV scheme will see four projects enter production in its inaugural year.

Established to help support female filmmakers, the POV funding scheme is part of Screen Ireland/Fís Éireann’s commitment to achieving 50/50 gender parity with the Irish screen industries.

The selected projects present an impressive array of up-and-coming Irish creative filmmaking talent with a slate of projects that explore themes of identity, love, loss, possibility and limitations.

Following a very competitive selection process consisting of 65 applications, six successful projects were selected to enter a development and mentorship phase in September. The four selected projects will now enter production with a budget of up to €400K each in late 2019/early 2020.

The four POV projects are: 

  1. Knowl written by Elisabeth Gooch (Nightbird, Finalist 2015 NYWIFT Writer’s Lab), directed by Lisa Mulcahy ('The Legend of Longwood'), and produced by Ruth Carter ('Damo and Ivor: The Movie') for Blue Ink Films;
  2. It Is In Us All written and directed by Antonia Campbell-Hughes ('Q4L (quest for love)' - Screen Ireland Short Story) and produced by Conor Barry ('Pilgrimage') for Savage Productions;
  3. Sunlight written by Ailbhe Keogan ('Take Me Swimming' - Screen Ireland Focus Short), directed by Claire Dix ('Take Me Swimming') and produced by Roisín Geraghty (GAZE Film Festival) for Blinder Films;
  4. You Are Not My Mother written and directed by Kate Dolan ('Catcalls' - Screen Ireland Focus Short) and produced by Deirdre Levins ('Nails') for Fantastic Films. 

Speaking about the scheme James Hickey, Chief Executive, Screen Ireland said: 
“We launched POV with the sole purpose of increasing female representation both in front of and behind the camera as part of Screen Ireland’s wider commitment to achieving 50/50 gender parity within the Irish screen industries. 

“Our aim with the scheme is to enable female-driven storytelling on screen and we are looking forward to seeing three of these stories coming to fruition and being seen by Irish and international audiences.”

As well as at creative and production level, gender diversity and balance will be expected across all crew throughout the productions. Additionally, training and mentorship opportunities will be afforded to all involved in the making of the films.

More about the projects: 

Based on Sheridan Le Fanu’s Gothic thriller, Uncle Silas, Knowl is a period adaptation with a modern twist. Forced to fight her guardian for her inheritances — and her life — an orphaned heiress must embrace her family’s dark legacy to survive.

Hamish is a fast-living, successful media type from London. He has it all, yet he is deeply unsatisfied. After a near-fatal car crash, he is unable to shake off the mysterious pull of the boy racer who almost took his life.

In this compassionate comedy, Leon, a recovering addict cares for Iver, his terminally ill sponsor with a bonded devotion. Leon interrupts Iver self-euthanizing with an exit-guide, Maria, in attendance. A betrayed Leon refuses to let his hero die until Iver sees the tribute show Leon has created in his honour.

In a North Dublin house estate, Char’s mother goes missing. When she returns, Char is convinced something or someone has replaced her

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