Current and recent Irish film, TV, documentary and animation projects funded by MEDIA

Screening Now

DEAD STILL | TV series | RTE 1 & RTE PLAYER

Dead Still is a period drama and murder mystery set in Victorian Dublin, starring Michael Smiley, Norma Sheahan, Eileen O’Higgins, Aidan O’Hare and Kerr Logan. Produced by Irish company Deadpan Pictures with Toronto-based Shaftesbury co-producing alongside ZDF Enterprises. Supported by MEDIA's Slate Development Funding. Dead Still screened on Acorn TV in the United States as an Acorn TV Original. The series started on 1st November, 2020 at 9.30pm on Sundays and is available on the RTE Player. 

Coming Soon to Irish Screens

WOLFWALKERS | Animated Feature | Cartoon Saloon

Wolfwalkers is the fourth animated feaure from Cartoon Saloon to be supported by Creative Europe Slate Development Funding. Apple brought the rights for Wolfwalkers in 2018 and the film had its premiere at Toronto Film Festival on 12th September, 2020. Wildcard Distribution (Ireland) released Wolfwalkers in UK cinemas on 26th October, 2020. Coming to Irish cinemas as soon as Covid restictions are eased. 

 

TWO BY TWO: OVERBOARD! | MOETION FILMS | OCTOBER 2020 in UK & Europe

Supported by MEDIA Slate Development funding awarded to Moetion Films, Two by Two: Overboard! (aka Ooops! The Adventure Continues) opens this October. Featuring a large Irish cast including the voices of Dermot Magennis, Luke Griffin, Brendan Mc Donald, and more. Directed by Moe Honan of Moetion Films with co-producing partners Ulysses Films and Fabrique d’Images. Released in UK and Europe in October 2020. Two by Two: Overboard! topped the UK box office, taking in €1 million in its first two weeks of release. 

 

ROSE PLAY JULIE | SAMSON FILMS | FOYLE FILM FESTIVAL 29 NOV

Rose Plays Julie, is written and directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor. The story of a young woman searching for her biological mother set against a backdrop of misogyny, revenge and longing. Rose undertakes a journey that leads her to revelations that are both devastating and dangerous. Starring Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, Aidan Gillen, the film was supported by MEDIA Slate Funding awarded to Samson Films.
 
The Greek premiere of Rose Plays Julie will be at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2020 on 7th November and in the UK at the online film festival, Amplify, from 6 - 12 November. Rose Plays Julie will also be the closing film at the Foyle Film Festival on 29th November, at 8pm. The UK and Irish release is planned for Spring 2021 depending on Covid regulations around cinemas. 
 

Online and in Selected Cinemas

SEA FEVER | FANTASTIC FILMS | Streaming on Multiple Platforms

Sea Fever written and directed by Neasa Hardiman had its Irish premiere at Dublin Film Festival. The crew aboard a West of Ireland fishing trawler marooned at sea fall victim to a gradually spreading parasite in their water supply. Hermione Corfield (Star Wars: The Last JediMission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) stars as Siobhan, a young marine biology student who boards a trawler run by a couple played by Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman 1984; Gladiator) and Dougray Scott.

When the ship hits an unseen object, a mysterious bioluminescent force infiltrates the vessel, and the crew begins a fight for survival while marooned at sea. Supported by MEDIA Single Project funding awarded to Fantastic Films. SEA FEVER will be availble from 24th April from these platforms (with more to be confirmed): Sky Store; iTunes; Amazon; Virgin Movies; Google Play; Microsoft Store; Rakuten; TalkTalk; Curzon Home Cinema; and on Irish VOD platform Volta

 

VIVARIUM |  Fantastic Films | Streaming on Multiple Platforms

Vivarium from Fantastic Films screened as part of Cannes Film Festival's International Critics’ Week (Semaine de la Critique). A young couple in search of a starter home follow a mysterious estate agent and get trapped in a strange housing development in Ireland. Starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg and directed by Lorcan Finnegan (Without Name). Fantastic Films received €50,000 from MEDIA's Single Project funding scheme in 2014 to develop Vivarium

VIVARIUM is now available across a number of digital platforms including: iTunes / Apple TV, Amazon, Sky Store, Microsoft Store, Playstation, Virgin, Google Play, Rakuten, BT, Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player and available to buy or rent on Irish VOD platform, Volta.  

 

TV PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN 2020

MEDIA supported content to watch out for on television include children's animations - Dorg Van Dango, on RTEjr and RTE Player, supported by Slate Development funding awarded to Cartoon Saloon; and Jessy and Messy from JAM Media showing on PRIME Video. 

 

DORG VAN DANGO | TV ANIMATION | CARTOON SALOON

Funded by MEDIA Slate Development awarded to Cartoon Saloon, Dorg Van Dango, is a series about a kid named Dorg who finds his life turned upside down when he befriends paranormal characters - a cool unicorn, an ancient witch and an eerie ghost - and disguises them as regular teenagers. Based on an original idea by Fabian Erlinghäuser (Song of the Sea, Moone Boy) and Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner, The Secret of Kells) from Cartoon Saloon.
 
Dorg Van Dango premiered in March 2020 on RTÉ 2, Ireland and in August 2020 on Family Channel, Canada. It will roll out worldwide in autumn 2020 on Nickelodeon, UK, Australia, Scandinavia, France, Italy, Spain, Central Eastern Europe, Poland, Israel, Latin America, Asia (excluding China), India, the Middle East and North Africa. Canadian children’s content studio, WildBrain, brought the series to the new format MIPCOM Rendezvous Cannes hybrid market in autumn 2020. 
 

WISTING | TV Series | Rippleworld (Minority co-producer)

Based on Norwegian author Jørn Lier Horst’s novels about police detective William Wisting,​ Wisting screens on BBC4 from December 2019 to January 2020. The Nordic crime drama Nordic crime series, it was awarded €1 million TV Programming Funding from  Creative Europe. Irish company RippleWorld are minority co-producers alongside Cinenord and Good Company Films. Wisting was filmed in Ireland and Norway.  

 

SADIE SPARKS | TV ANIMATION | BROWN BAG FILMS

The series is a co-production between Brown Bag Films, Dublin and Parisian company Cyber Group Studios and is aimed at children aged six to 11. Sadie Sparks launched on the Disney Channel UK in April 2019.  The project was part of Brown Bag Films' slate which received MEDIA Slate Funding in 2013.  
 
 

projects to watch out for in 2020 / 2021

  • CUBA'S WILD REVOLUTION | TV Documentary | Crossing the Line Films. A documentary about Cuba's rich and varied wildlife, it has been nominated for a Jackson Wild award for Best Audioscape. Directed by John Murray with sound mixing by Paul Finan and music by Badhands, the musical project of Dublin songwriter and musician Dan Fitzpatrick. 
  • THE END OF ROMANCE | Feature | Black Sheep. 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. Status: In Development. 
  • CIRCLE SQUARE | Animated TV Series | Kavaleer. TV Programming Funding. A Kavaleer, Brothers McLeod, Spider Eye production commissioned by CBEEBIES. Status: Available now. 
  • SCRIBE | Animated Web Series | Wiggleywoo. Scribe, an animated web series was awarded Single Project funding. Status: In Production.  
  • THE WINTER LAKE | Feature | Tailored Films. In post-production in Canada as the project is partly funded by Telefilm and is an official Irish / Canadian co-production with EMA films. 

Films and Documentaries 2018 - 2019

PAPI CHULO | Feature Film | Treasure Entertainment | Slate Funding

Starring Matt Bomer, Papi Chulo is a comedy drama about a lonely TV weatherman who strikes up an unusual friendship with an older Mexican worker and deals with themes of friendship, class, ethnicity and economic migration. Written and directed by John Butler (Handsome Devil),  Papi Chulo screened in summer, 2019. 

 

Slán leis an gCeol / Farewell to Music | Léirithe Rúnda | Single Project

Cathal Ó Cuaig directed and produced this intimate and revealing film documenting the life of Tony MacMahon, one of Ireland's most remarkable traditional musicians and broadcasters. Slán leis an gCeol  received Single project development funding in 2015. The documentary screened at Temple Bar Trad Fest on 24 January and at Dingle Film Festival on Sunday 24 March.

METAL HEART | Treasure Entertainment | Slate Funding

Metal Heart produced by Treasure Entertainment received Slate Development funding in 2015. Metal Heart is a teen comedy written by Paul Murray (Skippy Dies) and directed by Hugh O'Conor. It won the Breakthrough Award at Galway Film Fleadh in 2018. Screened in cinemas in 2019. Available to watch on IFI Home here

Films, TV & Animation | 2017 - 2019

becca's bunch | tv animation | tv programming funding

Becca’s Bunch started on 02 July on Nick Jr. and airs at 7am and 7pm everyday. A 52 X 11' pre-school comedy series about a little bird, Becca, who has a big heart. Becca's Bunch from JAM Media was included in their 2014 Slate Development Funding and then received TV Programming Support in 2016. JAM Media, a production, distribution and licensing company based in Dublin, scored a key deal with ABC KIDS in Australia for the preschool series Becca’s Bunch (52 x 11). Their Australian deal follows the recent sale of the Becca’s Bunch to Nickelodeon, which picked up exclusive broadcast rights in the US and pay TV rights for the rest of the world. 

 

Finding Joy | TV Series | Treasure Entertainment. 

Finding Joy is a six-part comedy series written by Amy Huberman and directed by Kieron J Walsh. Joy who suffers a painful breakup and goes on to look for happiness in all the wrong places. The series is produced for RTÉ by Treasure Entertainment who received Slate Development funding for the series. RTÉ co-produced with Acorn TV which it has done previously on dramas Striking Out and Acceptable Risk

 

THE FAVOURITE | Feature Film | Element Pictures | Single Project Funding 

A period feature directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster; The Killing of a Sacred Deer). The film is based on a screenplay by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, and the project received Single Project development funding way back in 2003. The Favourite is winning awards and nominations internationally and got 10 Oscar nominations with Olivia Coleman winnng Best Actress Oscar. Still showing in cinemas nationwide.   

BLACK 47 | FASTNET FILMS | SLATE FUNDING 

Black 47 from Fastnet Films, directed by Lance Daly, will close the 30th Galway Film Fleadh with a Gala screening at Town Hall Theatre on 15 July. The film centres on Feeney, an Irish Ranger fighting for the British army abroad, who returns home to reunite with his family. As those around him die of starvation, he encounters a devastated countryside and a people brutalised by years of suffering in a land where chaos has replaced law and order. Horrified by the death and illness imposed upon his own family, Feeney sets out to avenge the injustices that have destroyed his community and country. The film score is by composer Brian Byrne and was recorded by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Black 47 was supported by MEDIA Slate Funding awarded to Fastnet Films. The film is due to go on general release in Ireland from 05 September 2018. 

the breadwinner | sales agent distribution support

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 film is supported by Creative Europe's Sales Agent scheme. Nominated for Best Animation in the European Animation Awards whihc take place 07 - 08 December 2018. 

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER | Element Pictures | 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 | SLATE FUNDING 

The Farthestwritten and directed by Emer Reynolds was produced by Crossing The Line Productions, is a documentary which was included in a successful MEDIA Slate Development application in 2014. This powerful and cinematic feature documentary celebrates the magnificent machines, and the men and women who built them.

With beautiful cinematography by Kate McCullough; produced by Clare Strong and John Murray with Production Design by Joe Fallover. The film has garnered rave reviews at home and abroad. Awards include the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2018 Communication Award for Best Film/Radio/TV. In October 2018, The Farthest won won the Outstanding Science & Technology Documentary award at the News & Documentary Emmys.  

 

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 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.

 

acceptable risk tv series | rte1 | slate funding

Acceptable Risk is a six part drama series from Soho Moon Pictures who included the project in their 2012 MEDIA Slate Funding Application. 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 nominated for an International Emmy Kids Award on 16 October 2017. 

Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar [Ireland's Wild Coast] | TV series | SLate funding

The two-part nature documentary, Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar, aired in March, 2018 on TG4. A viusal feast exploring Galway, Donegal and the Connemara Islands, Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar is a Crossing The Line production for TG4Ireland's Wild 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. The documentary series was also nominated for two News and Documentary Emmys.  The cinematographers are John Murray and Domenico Pontillo. 

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