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Storyland 2017-18 briefing in Belfast

Date Posted: October 23, 2017

Northern Ireland Screen and RTÉ are seeking submissions from writers and producers to develop new original online dramas for the next season of Storyland. The online drama series gives emerging Irish creative talent an opportunity to make original Irish stories available to a national and global audience on RTÉ Player.

Northern Ireland Screen and RTÉ will select five scripts from those submitted and work closely with the script writers and producers on the development of each script. 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 five projects of up to 20 minutes duration.  Up to five dramas, each with a budget of € 31,000, will then be commissioned.

David Crean, Executive Producer for RTÉ Television said The new series of Storyland will explore dramas focused around a theme of ‘rage’. We want this year’s Storyland dramas to tell a modern Irish story challenging orthodoxy and subverting our perceptions of normality.The point and purpose Storyland is to broaden the reach of who gets to write drama, helping new writers and producers to develop. This year we have had Oonagh Kearney, Colin Murphy, David McCrea, Ewen Glass writing for Storyland – all original voices with something to say about contemporary Ireland

Now in its eighth 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, developed in to 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.”

The closing date for submissions is 15 December 2017.

David Crean will launch Storyland 2017-18 in Belfast with a briefing event on Monday 6thNovember. This is a briefing event designed to prepare potential applicants for the next Storyland call. Please note, attendees are not required to prepare material for this event.


  • Date: Monday 6th November
  • Time: 1pm
  • Venue: Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast BT7 1NH


Register to attend the event by emailing [email protected].

There are also briefing sessions taking place in Dublin, Galway and Cork. Details here.

Networking event

Please also note that we are having a follow up networking event for writers to pitch ideas to producers to help teams get together before the application deadline in December.

Networking event for Storyland:

  • Venue: Crescent Arts Centre
  • Date: Thursday 23 November
  • Time: 6:30pm- 8pm

Storyland submissions

If you would like to submit an entry for Storyland 2017-18, click here for further information.

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