Aer Lingus has partnered with Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board to launch a new Irish Filmmaker Competition which aims to celebrate and support the talent of up-and-coming filmmakers in Ireland. This initiative is part of the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation which encompasses a range of charity and corporate social responsibility activity including support of Irish culture and the arts.
The Aer Lingus Irish Filmmaker Competition is open to short-film makers throughout Ireland and will give three talented individuals the opportunity to showcase their work at an international level by screening their short films on board our transatlantic flights. The competition prize package received by the three winning filmmakers will also include complimentary flights to attend film festivals in North America and around Europe to promote their work on an international stage.
The three winning short-film entries will be chosen across two categories, live action and animation, by a judging panel consisting of three renowned Irish film figures along with an Aer Lingus representative. The judging panellists will include director and writer for film and television drama Neasa Hardiman, who has directed world-class drama with the BBC, ABC, Netflix and Amazon and was recently awarded her second BAFTA as well as an IFTA for drama Happy Valley (BBC/Netflix); and Dearbhla Walsh, Emmy, IFTA and BAFTA award-winning director, whose work includes Little Dorrit and The Silence for the BBC, Shameless for Channel 4, Penny Dreadful and The Tudors for Showtime and Borgia for Canal Plus/Netflix; and scriptwriter and actor Mark O’Halloran, who is known for films including Adam & Paul, Garage, and Viva.
Short film entries will be accepted from Irish residents and citizens and applicants must be at least 18 years of age to enter. All entries must adhere to the following criteria:
- Must fall within the categories of live action or animation
- Must be the original work of the applicant
- Can be no longer than 15 minutes
- Must have been produced in the last 18 months
- Must have a G-rating
The opening date for entries is June 15th and the closing date is July 27th. Interested candidates can apply via aerlingus.com/about-us/takeoff-foundation/irish-film-maker-competition/. The judging process will commence in July and the winning short films will be unveiled at a special screening event in September 2017.