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Call for Filmmakers to Respond to €20,000 Irish Film Prize: Dublin “Port – River – City” Brief

16th August 2018

#DublinPort - Dublin Port and the Little Museum of Dublin have announced a new Irish film prize with a commissioning fee of €20,000 to produce a new short film. The film will be seen by over 100,000 visitors to the Little Museum in 2019.

Named “The Dublin Port Short Film Prize 2019”, this new commissioning project in association with Screen Ireland will give artists and filmmakers a unique platform to showcase their work at the museum in telling the story of Dublin.

Up to eight minutes long, the “Port Short” will celebrate the city of Dublin, highlighting aspects of our culture and heritage that separate the city from other capitals in Europe. Both enlightening and entertaining, the film will enhance public understanding of the city’s evolution as well as provide an amusing introduction to Dublin today.

To apply for Port Short 2019, new, experienced and up-and-coming filmmakers are invited to submit expressions of interest as part of a competitive process no later than 5pm on 13th September 2018. Applicants are required to submit the following:

1 . Entire script (and, if desired, an optional story board)

2. Sample of previous film work (via Dropbox / YouTube)

3. An approximate budget and timeline for the project

4. Information about the team involved, e.g. a CV (max. 2 additional pages per individual)

Application submissions and queries can be sent to [email protected] 

The winning filmmaker will be announced in September 2018.

For each of the next five years, in partnership with the Little Museum, Dublin Port will commission a short film about Dublin on the theme of port – river – city, in keeping with its arts commissioning programmes to date, which include Dublin Ships, Port Perspectives and Starboard Home, as well as the restoration of the Diving Bell on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. “Port Short” further fulfils Dublin Port’s commitment under its Masterplan 2040 to achieving closer integration between the Port and the City and people of Dublin through cultural, community, environmental and heritage initiatives that enhance the strong ties between the port, river and city.

Sarah Costigan, Deputy Director, The Little Museum of Dublin, said: “The Little Museum of Dublin is incredibly proud to partner with Dublin Port on the Port Short Film Prize. We are delighted to have the opportunity to commission an artist to create a film which tells the story of Dublin as a port city. We are encouraging artists to apply by the deadline of September 13th.”

Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Port Company, said: “Dublin Port is delighted to announce Port Short 2019. This is the first of five short film commissions for The Little Museum of Dublin, which we hope will give visitors to Dublin a unique insight into the City and its relationship with the Liffey and the Port. We are grateful to Screen Ireland for supporting our collaboration with the Little Museum of Dublin and we look forward to fostering the creative talents of local up and coming movie makers.”


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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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Dublin Port Information

Dublin Port Company is currently investing about €277 million on its Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR), which is due to be complete by 2021. The redevelopment will improve the port's capacity for large ships by deepening and lengthening 3km of its 7km of berths. The ABR is part of a €1bn capital programme up to 2028, which will also include initial work on the Dublin Port’s MP2 Project - a major capital development project proposal for works within the existing port lands in the northeastern part of the port.

Dublin Port has also recently secured planning approval for the development of the next phase of its inland port near Dublin Airport. The latest stage of the inland port will include a site with capacity to store more than 2,000 shipping containers and infrastructure such as an ESB substation, an office building and gantry crane.

Dublin Port Company recently submitted a planning application for a €320 million project that aims to provide significant additional capacity at the facility within the port in order to cope with increases in trade up to 2040. The scheme will see a new roll-on/roll-off jetty built to handle ferries of up to 240 metres in length, as well as the redevelopment of an oil berth into a deep-water container berth.

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