Údarás na Gaeltachta supporting ‘Glúin Nua’ fund to support emerging directors, writers and creative producers

Údarás na Gaeltachta supporting the Glúin Nua scheme to create short-form content in the Irish language

10 July, 2020

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Údarás na Gaeltachta is pleased to support ‘Glúin Nua’, a new commissioning fund to support emerging directors, writers and creative producers to create appealing short-form content for younger audiences.  The fund is a partnership between TG4, Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund (ILBF) in association with Gréasán na Meán Skillnet to support up-and-coming talent in the industry. Glúin Nua was launched today at the Galway Film Fleadh, which is presented online this year from July 7-12.

"This initiative directly supports the aims and objectives of the BAI Irish Language Action Plan, which was launched in 2019 in order to support Irish Language development across the Irish audio-visual sector"

CEO of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Michael O'Keeffe

The initiative will provide a commissioning fund and mentorship to support new talent in the Irish audio-visual industry. Under the scheme, production companies can develop and mentor a new generation of storytellers, supporting them to create innovative and original Irish-language content for audiences in the 16 – 34 age bracket.

The content will have a digital-first release on TG4’s online platforms, as well as receiving a subsequent linear broadcast where relevant. This commissioning fund to a total value of €240,000 is supported by TG4, Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and Northern Ireland Screen’s ILBF in association with Gréasán na Meán Skillnet.

Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta stated: “Údarás na Gaeltachta is delighted to support the ‘Glúin Nua’ scheme which will provide growth opportunities for the audio-visual sector, a sector which we have supported for many years. We are very happy to be collaborating with our partner colleagues on this scheme, a scheme which will provide opportunities for young people to start out in this sector in an innovative and exciting

manner. For many years, we have placed a significant emphasis on training and development of the next generation in learning their trade for the benefit of the Irish language and the Gaeltacht, this scheme will support that objective also.

Lís Ní Dhálaigh, Director of Marketing, Development and Partnerships in TG4 said: “TG4 is pleased to announce this scheme to support new talent in the sector. A priority for TG4 is to strengthen our appeal for younger audiences and also to support a new generation of content creators in the industry.”

CEO of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Michael O’Keeffe said: “The BAI is delighted to support Glúin Nua, an innovative mentorship programme which will enable emerging directors and writers to develop in the audio-visual sector and create new and exciting Irish language content that is targeted to appeal to young audiences.  This initiative directly supports the aims and objectives of the BAI Irish Language Action Plan, which was launched in 2019 in order to support Irish Language development across the Irish audio-visual sector.”

Áine Walsh, Head of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund at Northern Ireland Screen said ‘Skills development and training are core elements of the work of the ILBF and we are delighted to be a partner in this unique initiative which will enable new and emerging Irish speaking talent to be nurtured by established production companies.

Full details of the Glúin Nua requirements are available here: http://www.tg4.ie/coimisiun