New Voices 2022 Announcement

Screen Wexford is proud to announce successful applicants for the New Voices 2022 Short Film Award in Drama, Documentary and Animation. The fund is an initiative of Wexford County Council’s Arts Office in conjunction with Screen Wexford.

The aim of the New Voices 2022 bursary is to provide funding and to give support to emerging filmmakers. Three teams have been selected and will receive production finance, equipment support from Film Equipment Hire and professional mentors to support the filmmakers throughout the production process.

The three projects to make it through to final selection are:

  • Woman of the Rebellion by Leah O’Toole – This short drama is based on a true story and tells of an important moment for two women during The War of Independence. 
  • The Haunting of Loftus Hall by Joseph Orr – A short Animation that tells the story of the most famous appearances of the devil in Irish history. Directed by Joseph Orr with sound design by Justin Cullen.
  • A Search for an Ancient Relic by Andrew & Shane Kenny – A short Documentary investigating the mystery, history, folklore and traditions surrounding the wooden statue of Saint Maelruan.

These projects were selected by our industry judges Laura Way and Conor Morrissey. Speaking about the process Laura Way said “We had an interesting selection of submissions this year and as judges, we sought to find projects that embodied the essence of the New Voices idea. I believe that the films that we have selected will give an opportunity to showcase work from new filmmakers and with the support of Screen Wexford they will have an opportunity to create exciting projects.” 

Speaking about the three successful teams and their upcoming films, Screen Wexford’s coordinator Al Butler said that “We are very thankful to the Wexford Arts Department for supporting this bursary. It’s a great opportunity for filmmakers to be supported in this way. The projects that have been selected are representative of the core objectives of New Voices. We had an excellent number of applications for the Bursary this year with some very strong projects in the mix. We would like to thank everyone that applied and took the time to be a part of the process. We are really excited to work with the selected filmmakers and to help them tell their stories.”

Screen Wexford is committed to providing training, funding opportunities and mentorships for new and emerging filmmakers as well as growing a diverse regional pool of creative talent and crew. The aim is to provide opportunities within the industry, to nurture a diverse range of talent from all backgrounds and to an inclusive and evolving screen industries workforce.

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