Virtual Cinema is a film scheme created by the Irish Film Board for the making of high-quality short films that are suited to the new forms of digital video consumption. Films made under the scheme can be live-action or can use any kind of animation technique. The scheme aims to encourage exploration of fresh filmmaking ground, with no creative holds barred and films may be made in Irish or English. The IFB fund up to 10 films per annum, with a maximum duration of 2 minutes and a maximum budget of €2,000.
The 2009 Scheme is now accepting online applications and the deadline is November 21st 2008.
The premiere of the 2008 Virtual Cinema Scheme was held at The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7 Friday the 27th of June 2008 as part of the Darkligh Festival.
The 10 finalists films were:
A Facebook Fatwa, Eamonn Carey Deer Park, Billy Walsh Don't Leave Me Hanging, Paddy C. Courtney The Athenrides, Fat Kitty Films Paranoid Fat Chick Gets Fired, Cecilia McAllister Chips, Rachael O'Kane/ David Freyne The Perils Of Internet Dating, Simon Eustace Rapunzel - The Blonde Years, Trish Groves/Fiona Ashe Stay Out Of My Bag, Frances Roe When Nuns Attack, Boru..
Watch them online youtube.com/virtualcinema