Kerry Film Bursary
The Film Bursary Award aims to foster talent, creativity and activity in film making in County Kerry. The Bursary is for a short drama film of 10 to 12 minute in duration & is set as a grant and valued at €15,000 for 2018.
Winner of Kerry’s first film bursary is a film called Cailín Álainn
Kerry County Council’s Film Bursary, the first of its kind in Kerry, has been awarded to writer/director Megan K. Fox and producer Hazel Cullen. Out of eighty submissions the panel selected Megan and Hazel’s short film entitled Cailín Álainn. The film follows a teenager’s personal story of discovery and strength in the face of adversity. It will feature a summer stay at Irish College and will be shot on the Dingle Peninsula. In awarding the bursary the Cathaoirleach at Kerry County Council, Norma Foley mentioned the importance of supporting film making in the county, “Kerry is a great place to shoot a film and offers tremendous choice in terms of locations across both our built and natural landscape”. Supporting young film makers who want to shoot in Kerry is a key ambition in offering the Bursary. The CE at Kerry County Council Moira Murrell stated that “Kerry County Council is keen to nurture potential and talent and we are delighted with the scale of interest received in the first bursary in Kerry”. The Bursary is funded by Kerry County Council and The Arts Council.
Megan K. Fox has written the script for Cailín Álainn and will also direct the film.
Megan is an award-winning Writer/Director whose short ﬁlm work has earned over a dozen accolades and high proﬁle nominations, including Best Director Under 25 at BAFTA qualifying Underwire Festival, winning the WFTV Lifetime Shorts Competition, Shooting People’s Film of the Month and nominations for the Young Directors Awards Ireland and Kinsale Sharks. Her latest short film The Shift has just won Best Cork Short at the Cork Film Festival in November this year. She is currently living in Dublin and developing her debut feature film script.
Hazel Cullen is a freelance producer from Co. Wicklow, working in Ireland and the UK. Her previous projects include Screen Ireland (SI) funded Time Traveller with Forty Foot Pictures, SI funded Honest with TW Films, and Smother for Revolution Films and RTE. Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer with Kerry County Council went on to say that “Both Hazel and Megan have created a very original script and concept which we are delighted to offer support to and hope that their short film will receive good acclaim in the future”.
“While the story of Cailín Álainn is that of an under-represented minority experience, it’ll resonate with anyone who has ever felt unsure of themselves and who they are. Which, I think, is most of us!”, Hazel Cullen, the producer stated on receiving the Film Bursary from Kerry County Council. Megan K. Fox went on to say that “the placing of the story in the beautiful setting of the Dingle Peninsula will lend a certain poetry to this story about a teen discovering their own nature and realising they too can be beautiful”. The film is set to preview at Kerry Film Festival in October 2019 and will be shot next summer in West Kerry. A film to look forward to for sure.