Catalystproject, the new Irish low-budget feature scheme, has selected its shortlist of 10 film-making teams, three of which will be greenlit.
Catalystproject was launched with a series of seminars earlier this year, with 270 participant writers, producers and directors selected from nearly 400 applicants.
Filmmakers participated in a series of intense workshops on the art of low budget filmmaking, receiving mentoring from Irish and international award-winning filmmakers, including producers Christine Vachon and Bruce Block.
This led to 49 applications from writing/directing/producing teams from which the ten shortlisted projects have now been selected.
Three of these teams will get the opportunity to produce a low-budget feature film. It is intended that the three finished films will be released theatrically in cinemas in Ireland and broadcast on TV3.
All short-listed teams will be interviewed further to select the final three projects (announced in early November). The three successful teams will be awarded funding of $358,000 (Euros 250,000) to produce their film. Projects will be selected on the basis of their freshness, talent, conviction, originality and 'quality of vision'.
The Irish Film Board, Screen Training Ireland, Filmbase, The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, TV3 and the Arts Council devised the scheme with the aim of developing and training new talent in the art of low-budget filmmaking.
For more information on the scheme visit www.catalystproject.ie.
The ten short listed teams and projects are:
Directors: Rob & Ronan Burke
Writer: Pierce Ryan
Producer: John Wallace
Production Company: Black Sheep Productions
The Sound Here
Director: Rebecca Daly
Writers: Rebecca Daly, Glenn Montgomery
Producer: Katie Holly
Production Company: Blinder Films
Writer/Director: PJ Dillon
Producers: Alex Jones, John Wallace
Production Company: Carbon Films
Writer/Director: Carmel Winters
Producer: Howard Gibbons
Production Company: Cinemora
Writer: Mark Tuthill
Producer: Tricia Perrott
Production Company: Great Western Films
Writer/Director: John O' Donnell
Producer: Aislinn Ni Chuinneagain
Production Company: Newgrange Films
One Hundred Mornings
Writer/Director: Conor Horgan
Producer: Louise Curran
Production Company: Octagon Films
Writer/Director: Alan Brennan
Producer: Heidi Madsen
Production Company: Once Off Films
One Hundred To One Outsiders
Director: Ken Wardrop
Producer: Andrew Freedman
Production Company: Venom Films
Writer/Director: Margaret Corkery
Producer: Seamus Byrne
Production Company: Zanita Films