Today, Virgin Media has launched Virgin Media Discovers, a short film competition to discover and support the very best filmmakers in Ireland.

Ireland’s creative industry is an economic and cultural powerhouse. This competition will ensure we continue to develop the film making talent of the future, rewarding them for their creative content and encouraging their ambition to compete on the global stage. 

Entrants are invited to submit scripts by Friday 26thth July for a proposed 10-minute short film which, if chosen, will feature in next year’s Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival schedule, alongside other local and international filmmakers, and will debut on national television on Virgin Media Television.   The winner will also receive €35,000 from Virgin Media and a TV production crew to support them in making their short film.

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Tony Hanway -CEO Virgin Media Ireland & Chairman Virgin Media Television ,Grainne Humphreys, Director of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival,Actor Adrian Dunbar, Birch Hamilton, Executive Director of the Screen Directors Guild and Bill Malone, Director of Content at Virgin Media Television pictured at the launch of Virgin Media Discovers

The competition is open to filmmakers who submit a script referencing the theme of ‘Discover Different’. The idea of Discovering Different could mean new a perspective on an accepted theme, an issue that society is facing or something unseen you’d like to shine a light on. Whatever that point of difference is for you, we’d like to hear about it. Be brave, be bold, be different.

Deadline for entries is Friday, the 26th of July 2019. A shortlist will be selected in September, with the chosen film going into production in September 2019. 

Visit for more information and to submit your project.

Virgin Media wants Ireland to stay a frontrunner in the film sector where people at home and around the world can enjoy Ireland’s world-class artistic and cultural output.

The judging panel comprises of film industry experts, actor Adrian Dunbar, Director Neasa Hardiman, Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director of Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, Bill Malone, Director of Content at Virgin Media Television and Birch Hamilton, Director of the Screen Directors Guild.

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Actor Adrian Dunbar at the launch of Virgin Media Discovers, a short film competition to discover and support the very best filmmakers in Ireland.

This is a fantastic opportunity and it’s great to see Virgin Media playing a leading role in supporting creative work which is crucial to a thriving production industry in Ireland and abroad. We’re looking for innovative, fearless filmmakers to submit clever and thought-provoking scripts. The Virgin Media Discovers entries could be about lifestyle, relationships, goals, social problems, oddities or just a new way of looking at something we already know about. Whatever your point of difference is, we’d like to hear about it.  The film duration must be no longer than ten minutes so it’s tight! A shortlist will take place at the beginning of August and the winning film will go into production in September 2019.

Adrian Dunbar, Actor and Judge

This competition encourages emerging Irish filmmakers to share their most original, thought-provoking and challenging work.  Our industry has become increasingly global, and there’s plenty of opportunities for Irish filmmakers to find an international platform for their work if we support them in their early endeavours.  I look forward to collaborating with my fellow judges to celebrate great Irish screen storytelling.

Neasa Hardiman, Director

We had massive success at this year’s Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.   For such a small country, we really punch way above our weight by producing world-renowned films supported by a massive pool of terrific writers, actors and directors.  The Virgin Media Discovers short film competition is searching for fresh and fearless filmmakers.   It is something I would encourage anyone who wants to get their name and work noticed to enter.  I’m delighted that we will be including the short film as part of our schedule at next year’s festival. 

Grainne Humphreys, Director – Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival

Supporting talent is key to the continued growth of the Irish audio-visual sector. Virgin Media Television is growing the talent pool in Ireland – in particular through its drama series productions – and I hope this new competition from Virgin Media will make an impact in the development of filmmakers at an early stage.

Birch Hamilton, Executive Director – Screen Directors Guild

Virgin Media is taking a strategic approach towards the creative industries as a key driver of economic growth. We want to challenge, inspire, and generate conversation. This is only the beginning, we want to build on this first step and make the competition even more ambitious over time. That’s what lies at the heart of this competition. We see so much potential in this sector where our creative industries show our country at its best and we’re looking forward to seeing what our entrants will submit.

Bill Malone, Director of Content – Virgin Media Television

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