Current and recent Irish film, TV, documentary and animation projects funded by MEDIA
the breadwinner | sales agent distribution support
Based on the best-selling children's novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, 11, who gives up her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father's life. When her father is arrested, Parvana finds the courage to look for him when everyone else has given up hope. Every day is a challenge as Parvana tries to bring home enough food and water to support her mother, sister and little brother. She meets a girl in disguise, Shauzia, and they form a bond that will give them the strength to endure the war.
The Breadwinner is a co-production between Aircraft Pictures Canada, Melusine Productions Luxembourg and Irish company Cartoon Saloon. The film had its world premiere at TIFF 2017. The film was directed by Nora Twomey with a screenplay by Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis. The Breadwinner was shown in selected cinemas in the US from 17 November and will have its Irish release on 25 May, 2018. The film is supported by Creative Europe's Sales Agent scheme.
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER | Slate funding
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos who was also at the helm of another MEDIA supported project from Element Pictures - The Lobster. The film stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, and Alicia Silverstone in a very dark mesmerizing thriller. 'Like the Greek myth that inspired the film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer feels powerful enough to be timeless,' writes Ebert Voices in a rave review out of Toronto Film Festival. The Killing of a Sacred Deer was joint winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival 2017. The film was released in Ireland and the UK on 03 November, 2017.
THE FARTHEST DOCUMENTARY | single project
This powerful and cinematic feature documentary celebrates the magnificent machines, and the men and women who built them. The film looks at the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped. Passionate organic storytelling with people, images, archive and opinion woven with daring and brio makes The Farthest a genuinely cinema-scale adventure.
The Farthest won the Audience Award at the Dublin International Film Festival and was one of three Irish films selected for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. With beautiful cinematography by Kate McCullough and produced by Clare Strong and John Murray, the film has garnered rave reviews at home and abroad.
school life documentary | Single project
School Life (formerly In Loco Parentis) is a documentary directed by Neasa Ní Chianán and David Rane for Soilsiú Teoranta. This observational documentary follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Headfort in Meath, a school not unlike Hogwarts with its 18th century buildings, secret doors and magical woodlands has been home to John and Amanda Leyden for 46 years.
The documentary received Creative Europe MEDIA Single Project development funding in 2014. 'We were successful in getting some Creative Europe development funding and this saw us through our first year of filming. From this material we were able to put together some assemblies of different sections of the school, which helped IFB and RTE to commit beyond development,' Neasa Ní Chianáin told IFTN earlier this year.
School Life was a hit at this year's Dublin International Film Festival and is getting rave reviews here and abroad. School Life was selected for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Special Presentations Program and was awarded the Special Jury Prize at San Francisco International Film Festival 05-19 April, 2017. On June 12, it had its UK premiere at Sheffield Documentary Festival. It's now available to stream on Vimeo.
acceptable risk tv series | rte1| slate funding
Set in Dublin and Montreal, the story opens with a multinational executive being found shot and dumped in the middle of Montreal while on a business trip. His wife Sarah Manning (Elaine Cassidy) is devastated by the death of her husband. Investigating Detective Sergeant, Emer Byrne (Angeline Ball), is convinced it's not a straightforward case and that Sarah is not as innocent as she seems.
Acceptable Risk is produced for RTÉ by James Mitchell of Soho Moon Pictures (Croupier) and by Siobhán Bourke and Kathryn Lennon of Saffron Pictures (Whistleblower) and is co-production with Canadian producer Facet4.
puffin rock | animated tv series | slate funding
Puffin Rock from Cartoon Saloon was developed in its early stages with the help of MEDIA Slate Funding. Narrated by Chris O'Dowd, Puffin Rock is a pre‐school animated TV show for 2–5‐year‐olds set on a beautiful island off the coast of Ireland. Nature and wildlife are central to the stories and visual style of the show, giving it a unique look and feel.
Puffin Rock premiered on RTE JR in January 2015 and Nick JR in May 2015. It got its worldwide release on Netflix in September 2015. You can watch Puffin Rock on RTE Player. The show was been nominated for an International Emmy Kids Award on 16 October 2017. The International Emmy Kids Awards were announced by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at a press conference at MIPCOM with nominees from 16 countries.
becca's bunch | tv animation | tv programming funding
Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar [Wild Ireland: The Western Coast] | TV series | SLate funding
The two-part nature documentary, Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar, aired on 01 and 08 March on TG4. A viusal feast exploring Galway, Donegal and the Connemara Islands, Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar is a Crossing The Line production for TG4, takes you on a wildlife journey across one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world that encompasses Ireland's most striking wild environments. The two-part series was developed and produced with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA TV Funding for Crossing the Line Productions for TG4 in association with BBC, ORF, PBS, France TV and NDR.
Update 09 Nov, 2017: 'Wild Ireland' a documentary highlighting the wildlife and landscapes of Ireland’s Atlantic coast won Best Natural History Film at the Grierson Awards - the UK’s most prestigious documentary prizes. Beating the BBC’s Planet Earth 2 and a host of the finest wildlife films of the year, Director’s John Murray and Cepa Giblin said they were stunned and humbled in equal measure to bring home the award.' Read more on IFTN here.
projects to look out for in 2017 and beyond
- Wolfwalkers | ANIMATED FEATURE| Twice Oscar-nominated Irish director Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells; Song Of The Sea) is gearing up his feature film, Wolfwalkers. Supported by Creative Europe Slate Development Funding.
- The End of Romance | FILM | Director and writer, Trish McAdam received the largest single funding award from the Irish Film Board this year for her feature about Maud Gonne. The project was awarded Single Project Development funding in 2015.
- Sea Fever | FILM | A supernatural thriller written and directed by Neasa Hardiman and produced by Fantastic Films who received Single Project Development funding for Sea Fever in 2014. Begins shooting in Galway in autumn, 2017.
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