Aer Lingus has partnered with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board to launch a new Irish Filmmaker Competition that will celebrate and support the talent of up-and-coming filmmakers in Ireland. This initiative is part of the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation which encompasses a range of charity and corporate social responsibility activity including support of Irish culture and the arts.
Declan Kearney, Aer Lingus Director of Communications, said: “We are excited to partner with Bord Scannán na hÉireann to launch this new initiative as part of our Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation. Supporting Culture and the Arts in Ireland is something we feel very passionate about and we are excited to provide up-and-coming filmmakers with the opportunity to showcase their work to an international audience and take their career to new heights. We look forward to seeing the entries from Ireland’s rising filmmakers and to screening their works on board our transatlantic aircraft.”
James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board added: "As the development agency for the Irish film, animation and television industry we are very focused on the development and promotion of the next generation of Irish filmmakers. There are a huge amount of young filmmakers producing great work out there and we are really pleased to work with Aer Lingus to highlight new talent and provide an opportunity for Irish and international audiences to enjoy their short films."
Short film entries will be accepted from Irish residents and citizens and applicants must be at least 18 years of age to enter. All entries must adhere to the following criteria:
- Must fall within the categories of live action or animation
- Must be the original work of the applicant
- Can be no longer than 15 minutes
- Must have been produced in the last 18 months
- Must have a G-rating
The closing date is 27th July. Interested candidates can apply via aerlingus.com/about-us/takeoff-foundation/irish-film-maker-competition/ . The judging process will commence in July and the winning short films will be unveiled at a special screening event in September 2017.