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Normal People director joins judging panel for short film contest

Director Lenny Abrahamson

Director Lenny Abrahamson

Eoin Murphy

AWARD-winning film director Lenny Abrahamson has been unveiled as one of the lead judges for the annual Virgin Media Discovers Short Film competition.

The Normal People director joins Derry Girls creator and screenwriter Lisa McGee on the panel of judges for this, now yearly contest.

The other judges include Mullingar-born actor Niamh Algar, who stars in Ridley Scott’s new HBO Max series, Raised by Wolves and screenwriter and executive producer Ursula Rani Sarma.

From a total prize fund of €150,000, 10 shortlisted projects from new and established filmmakers will be given €9,000 each to invest in the development of their script.

Two winners will be selected from these final scripts by our judging panel and will win €30,000 worth of investment each to fund the production of a 10-minute short film.

This afternoon Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy issued a call out for contestants to enter this year's competition.

“The Irish are known to be great storytellers, but what I really like about the Virgin Media Discovers Short Film Competition, is that it opens up so many opportunities for aspiring filmmakers.

“Whether it’s your first time or it propels you onto a national platform so that your story can educate, spark conversations, celebrate inclusiveness, and shine a light on the issues that shape our world.”

Now in its second year, the Virgin Media Discovers Short Film Competition is open to new, emerging and established filmmakers across drama, comedy, fiction, thriller and animation.

The competition is designed to recognise the contribution and impact that the TV and film production sector creates for Ireland’s economy, society, culture and democracy.

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