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13th January 2011





Announcing the UNTITLED Screenwriting Competition




The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) in partnership with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board (IFB) are delighted to present UNTITLED: a unique comedy screenwriting competition where writers can win €12,000 towards the development of their film. 

The competition will take place during the festival and follows 2010’s Give Me Direction comedy-themed screenwriting conference. Writers are invited to submit a one page summary for a comedy feature film by Monday January 31st. A shortlist of five entries will be announced at the opening ceremony of the festival. Each of the shortlisted writers will be invited to write the first few scenes of the script over the course of the festival. They will then take part in a public interview, presenting their screenplay to an independent panel of industry professionals. The panel will select the winning project which will be announced at the Closing Gala of the festival.

To be in with a chance of being the UNTITLED winner you must complete the following:

1. ENTRY: Submit a one-page summary of your comedy film along with acompleted entry form and your CV to by MONDAY JANUARY 31st 2011.

2. SCRIPT: Five shortlisted projects will be announced at the opening night of the 2011 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on THURSDAY FEBRUARY 17th. The successful applicants will be invited to write the first scenes of the screenplay (up to 25 pages in industry standard format) by FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25th. The five shortlisted projects will be selected by IFB and JDIFF representatives along with an independent assessor.

3. INTERVIEW: The five shortlisted writers (or teams of writers) will take part in a public interview with an independent panel of industry professionals (tba) on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 27th. The winner will be announced at the festival Closing Gala.

The winning project will receive a First Draft development loan of €12,000 (€16,000 for a writing team) from the IFB. The four runners-up will win a season pass to Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2012. The competition is open to writers or teams of writers. 

UNTITLED is a continuation of the successful 2010 Give Me Direction comedy screenwriting conference, presented by the IFB, in partnership with JDIFF. The conference was curated by Lenny Abrahamson (Garage), Sharon Horgan (Pulling) and Pat McCabe (Breakfast on Pluto) and featured major US filmmakers Bobby Farrelly (Dumb & Dumber) and Nicole Holofcener (Please Give). 

The competition is subject to terms and conditions which are outlined on the entry form which can be downloaded from the Irish Film Board website.

For more information please contact Sarah Dillon or Joanne O’Hagan  

The Irish Film Board is a proud sponsor and industry partner of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.