The Arts Council has announced the recipients of the second round of its Reel Art awards which is an arts documentary scheme. Launched in 2008, and operated in partnership with Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and Filmbase, Reel Art provides film artists with the opportunity to make creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on the arts.
Following a highly competitive process, three projects were selected and have been offered grants of €80,000 from the Arts Council. They will all premiere at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2011.
The recipients of the Reel Art awards are:
- The Door Ajar, Director Patrick Jolley
- Build Something Modern, Directors Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley
- An Ear to the Earth, Director Pat Collins.
Making the announcement, Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film and International Arts at the Arts Council, said: “The Reel Art scheme is a very important one for the Arts Council. It demonstrates clearly the Arts Council’s wish to provide film artists with the opportunity to realise their artistic ambition in the making of challenging and engaging documentary films on the arts. We are delighted to be able to support three teams of highly talented film artists and look forward to seeing their distinctive creative work brought to audiences at next year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival”.
Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director of JDIFF, added “Reel Art is a serious addition to the funding programmes available in Ireland. Without the need to satisfy narrow broadcast requirements the scheme can make the kind of bold choices that often leads to the most exciting cinema. That’s certainly what we are striving for in these awards, and JDIFF are very much looking forward to premiering the films to a wide audience at next year’s festival.”
The three films will receive their world premieres at next year’s JDIFF before an expected international run of film festivals and theatrical exhibition.