The Irish Film Board and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival have announced the shortlist for their Untitled screenwriting competition. The theme of this year’s submissions is ‘1916’ with the chance for participants to win a first draft development loan from the IFB of up to €16,000
Entrants for the shortlist are Jamie Hannigan (Two Point Five Billion, The Beekeepers Son) and Michael Kinirons (Lowland Fell, Treeclimber) for ‘Come Monday, We Kill Them All’; Hugh Travers (Crossword, An Cosc) for ‘The Players’, BAFTA nominee Virginia Gilbert (Hesitation, Mea Cupla) for her script ‘The Boys’; husband and wife duo Joseph O'Connor (Ghost Light, Red Roses and Petrol) and Anne Marie Casey (The Clinic, Anner House) for ‘Grace 1916’ and Jasmina Kallay’s ‘Das Ireland’.
The five finalists will present the first few scenes of their script to an independent panel of industry professionals, in a public event during the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival next tear. The winner will be announced at the Festival’s closing night.
Commenting on the theme, IFB Development Executive Andrew Meehan said, "This year's brief, to make history come alive in surprising ways, was a challenge, so we were delighted to receive nearly 200 inventive takes on this fascinating period of our history."
Last year saw writing duo of Enda Loughman and Mike Ahern took home the inaugural Untitled prize loan towards the development of their comedy screenplay ‘The Bogman King’.