FilmOffaly, Offaly’s Film Commission, in association with Filmbase has announced details of the FilmOffaly Short Film Award 2016.

The award of €8,000 aims to foster creative, resourceful filmmaking in the county. The award, which has been in existence since 2008, is offered to unique, original stories by talented new filmmakers, professional and novice alike. The only stipulation is that the filming must take place in County Offaly.

The winning applicant will receive €8,000 towards the cost of their production, a local premiere, one year’s Filmbase membership for the writer, producer and director of the winning film. Also included in the bursary is a 50% discount on production equipment and/or editing facilities from Filmbase for the project and Filmbase’s Production Insurance to cover the shoot.

Caper by David Olof Svedberg was the recipient of last year’s award, and shot in Tullamore last December. The cast included Brian Fortune, best known for his work on HBO’s award-winning series Game of Thrones. Caper was chosen from over 129 scripts submitted, with each year seeing application numbers and enthusiasm grow. One of the most recent productions filmed in Offaly was RTE‚Äôs new drama Quinn & O‚ÄôGrady, which is currently on the RTE Player.

[quote title=”Sinead O‚ÄôReilly – Offaly County Council, Arts Officer”]We‚Äôve seen a noticeable increase in film activity in Offaly in recent years. The county has a distinctive and diverse landscape, a network of resources and importantly an enthusiasm for welcoming filmmakers and getting involved.[/quote]

All entries must be received by 3pm on Friday 4th March 2016.

FilmOffaly is Offaly County Council’s Film Commission, for further information and application forms please see the FilmOffaly website, or email filmoffaly@offalycoco.ie, or call (057) 9357400. The Arts Office welcomes queries and reminds potential applicants to read the guidelines carefully before applying.

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