Three feature film projects have been green-lit for the low budget scheme Catalystproject. The successful projects, Redux, One Hundred Mornings, and Eamon, were selected from more than 45 submissions, and each film will receive a funding award of $365,000 (Euros 250,000).
'The aim of Catalyst is to take risks in order to find and liberate really fresh talent. The jury have made bold choices which I am confident will be vindicated by the three films that can now start production immediately,' said Simon Perry, chief executive of the Irish Film Board.
Redux is written and to be to be directed by PJ Dillon, and is produced by Alex Jones and John Wallace. It tells the story of a young wife and mother who becomes unsettled when a series of strange, unexplained events lead to the appearance of Karl, a friend from her past.
Dillon's credits as a DoP include Kings, 32A and Timbuktu . He has also directed three shorts and a number of commercials. Jones is a 2nd AD whose credits include Dorothy Mills and Rough Diamond. Wallace has produced TV show Standup for Childline and a number of short films including the multi-award winning Jelly Belly.
One Hundred Mornings is written and to be directed by Conor Horgan and produced by Louise Curran. The film is set in a remote rural hideaway, where two warring couples try to survive a world-changing threat.
Horgan previously directed the multi-award winning short film The Last Time as well as a number of documentaries and over 70 commercials. Curran works for Octagon Films and her credits include Dorothy Mills, My Boy Jack and The Tudors.
Eamon is written and to be directed by Margaret Corkery and produced by Seamus Byrne. The film is a dark, satirical family drama where a family go on a holiday to escape their problems. However, a week of relaxation becomes a fight for physical and emotional survival.
Cork-based director Corkery's low budget short films have screened at several major film festivals around the world including Berlin, Edinburgh and Clermont Ferrand. Producer Byrne has lengthy experience in the Irish film industry as a production manager and producer having worked with John Boorman, John Huston, Robert Altman, and Neil Jordan.
Each of the films are intended to be released theatrically in Ireland and broadcast by TV3.
Liz Gill, the artistic director of catalystproject, said 'I'm honoured to be involved in Catalyst and amazed at the breadth and depth of the talent who applied. It bodes well, not just for this project, but the future of Irish film.'
Catalystproject was devised by the Irish Film Board, FAS Screen Training Ireland, Filmbase, The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, TV3 and the Arts Council, with the objective to develop and train new Irish filmmaking talent.
The IFB and Film Base have agreed that they will allocate half their revenue share from each project to a 'talent pool' to be shared among the cast and crew that work on the projects at rate agreed for the scheme. The 'talent pool' will therefore receive 25% of all revenues on each project.