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New fund for science films in Galway City of film

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New fund for science films in Galway City of film

New fund for science films in Galway City of film
February 10
11:21 2016

Under the Galway UNESCO City of Film designation, Galway Film Centre, in association with the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), have just launched a partnership project called “Science on Screen” funded through Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme.

The project aims to facilitate, promote and increase the inclusion of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) content in Irish film and TV production, and will invite filmmakers to compete to make two science films that have a budget of €35,000 apiece. The two films will be fund by “Science on Screenand will have to incorporate areas of research currently taking place in CÚRA. Filmmakers will have access to leading scientists and laboratories within CÚRAM, as well as access to patient groups.

The areas of research that filmmakers would be required to incorporate include the use of biomaterials and “smart” implantable medical devices to treat and improve health outcomes for patients with spinal injuries, nerve damage, degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, osteoarthritis or cardiovascular disease. Creativity and an innovative approach to incorporating the subject matter will be highly valued in the application process.

Filmmakers are invited to apply for the funding by submitting a treatment to Galway Film Centre by Friday 25 March :

“The research that is being done in CÚRAM is at the cutting edge of modern science and we hope that this work will inspire filmmakers to make films that are informative, creative and the start of a whole new wave of film and science projects”, explained Declan Gibbons, manager of Galway Film Centre.

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