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Applications due to open for 2022 Virgin Media Discovers short film competition
2021-11-30 : News Desk
Virgin Media Discovers
Virgin Media Discovers 2022, a short film Competition in association with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, returns with submissions for this year’s edition opening on December 1st.

Virgin Media and Screen Ireland are calling for ideas that bring diverse tales, voices and stories to life. This year the competitions theme focuses on diversity and inclusion, and is specifically looking for unique takes on this theme.

With a prize fund of €200,000, the competition will be awarding 10 filmmakers the chance to win €6,000 to develop and invest in a script and then 3 scripts will be awarded €30,000 to bring their script to life on screen with the production of a 10-minute short film. The remaining €50,000 will go towards supporting additional mentoring of the selected projects, PR, and advertising support.

This is the third year of the short film competition, launched in partnership with the Fís Eireann / Screen Ireland, and the winning films will be broadcast on Virgin Media Television, Virgin Media on Demand, and as part of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival programme of events.

“It’s great to be launching third Virgin Media Discovers Short Film competition in partnership with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland,” said Paul Higgins, Vice President of Commercial at Virgin Media. “We ‘re always trying to champion originally storytelling. Competitions such as this can provide an incredible opportunity to both launch and expand writing and directing careers. We can’t wait to see what incredible stories are submitted for this year’s competition.”

Andrew Byrne, Television Project Manager at Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland added: “Screen Ireland is proud to support this competition as it’s more important than ever to invest in opportunities that allow new and original stories around inclusion and diversity to be told. It’s equally important that we continue to support the wider creative screen industry as a whole, from actors to directors, writers and crew members.”

A panel of soon to be announced industry judges will whittle shortlist scripts to the 3 final winners selected as part of an online pitch process.  Previous judges have included Lenny Abrahamson, Lisa McGee, Niamh Algar, Ursula Rani Sarma, Grainne Humphreys, Bill Malone, Birch Hamilton, Nessa Hardiman, and Adrian Dunbar.

Last year’s winners included talented young filmmakers Allie O’Rourke and Becky Cheatle with their project Punch Line and Rehan Ali with his project Water Under The Bridge.

Click here for more information about how to apply.

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