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Applications Open for Gradam Ceoil TG4


A chance for Irish speaking filmmakers to create a short piece that will be viewed by a large online audience

This exciting and unique initiative between Red Shoe Multimedia, TG4, Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund and Belfast City Council will offer an opportunity for a couple of new filmmakers to produce two 4 minute documentaries in Irish about the arts and traditional music scene in Belfast. These short films will be directed, filmed and edited by the filmmakers themselves under the supervision of Red Shoe Multimedia, an award winning TV and Film Production Company based in Belfast and An Rinn, Co. Waterford.

  • All applicants should be fluent Irish speakers.
  • Each applicant must include a proposal for their film (to include a story treatment & notes on visual approach) and links to any of their previous work, if available.
  • Applicants will send their proposals to the ILBF where two proposals will then be chosen by ILBF officer Colm Duffin, a representative from TG4 and Gradam Ceoil TG4 producer Maggie Breathnach.
  • Filming will take place in January 2018 and the films will be edited in advance of the Gradam Ceoil TG4 weekend in Belfast (2nd – 4th February).
  • Applicants must be available at dates set out by Red Shoe Multimedia to film and edit their film.
  • Applicants will be required to be available for 3 days in total between the 15th and 20th January:
  • * 1 day pre-production

    * 1 day filming

    * 1 day editing

  • Each chosen applicant will form their own production team of 3 personnel – camera, director and sound/editing (chosen by the applicants themselves).
  • All basic equipment will be supplied by Red Shoe Multimedia and a complete editing suite will be on offer to the students to complete their projects. Sony FS7 for filming, basic radio mics, lighting etc.
  • Each of the two projects will be supervised by acclaimed director of photography Paddy Jordan.
  • All applicants must be available on the week of 15th January for filming and editing.
  • TG4 linear and online schedules will assess the completed films for broadcast. The completed films will be broadcast across all social media in relation to Gradam Ceoil 2018. They films will also feature on Northern Ireland Screen, Belfast City Council and Gradam Ceoil social media channels on the weekend of Gradam Ceoil TG4 and they will be shown in Belfast in advance of the live awards ceremony.

    The chosen filmmakers will not be receiving payment for their productions but it is an invaluable opportunity to create a piece of film that will be viewed by a large online audience.

    If you are interested, please submit your application to Colm Duffin, ILBF Officer:

    Deadline for receipt of applications 4th January 2018 at 6.00pm.