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Call out for Storyland 2019



Date Posted: January 28, 2019

RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen have announced that they are seeking submissions from writers and producers to develop new original online dramas for the new season of Storyland. Under the Storyland banner, RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen give emerging Irish creative talent an opportunity to make original Irish dramas available to a national and global audience on RTÉ Player.

We are seeking to commission six scripts and work closely with their script writers and producers on the development of these scripts. Writers from the worlds of television, film, theatre, literature, documentary and journalism are being sought, whether or not they have written for television or film before. Directors will then be contracted once the scripts have been further developed and are ready for final development and pre-production.

This year Storyland will develop six projects of up to twenty minutes duration and up to six dramas, each with a budget of €31,500, will be commissioned.

David Crean, Executive Producer for RTÉ Television said “The new series of Storyland will explore dramas focused around a theme of ‘revenge’. One of the key reasons for Storyland is to broaden the reach of who gets to write drama, helping new writers and producers to develop. This year we are looking for original voices with something to say about contemporary Ireland.”

Now in its ninth year, Storyland continues to offer an invaluable platform for Irish writing, directing, producing and acting talent throughout the island of Ireland. Previous Storyland commissions have gone on to be commissioned for RTÉ TV series in comedy and drama, a feature film, won numerous international awards and have generated additional opportunities, both within and outside RTÉ for the writers, directors, producers and actors.

Richard Williams, Northern Ireland Screen CEO, said “Teaming up with RTÉ on Storyland is a perfect partnership for us, allowing us to support the development of, and invest in, a new generation of talent. We can’t wait to see what great stories and new voices will be discovered through the scheme this year.”

Two information open days will be held in February 2019:

  • 18.30 Monday 4th February 2019, RTÉ, AR4 Studio Building, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
  • 12.30 Wednesday 6th February, The Crescent Arts Center, 2-4 University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NH, UK

Please register your wish to attend / RSVP: [email protected]

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