Part of ongoing investment in skills and training for the creative industries.
Warner Bros. Ireland has awarded a scholarship to Allyn Quigley, an MA Screenwriting student at the National Film School at Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), it was announced today by Josh Berger, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain.
The Warner Bros. Creative Talent scholarship will, over the course of a year, provide Allyn with funding support and a short, paid placement at Warner Bros. Ireland’s Dublin offices, as well as access to screenings and mentoring support from Warner Bros. executives in the country.
Previous Warner Bros. Creative Talent scholars, Miriam Devitt, Ciaran Dooley and Daniel Kelly, have gone on to enjoy further success. Miriam Devitt’s short film “The Space in Between” was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Aer Lingus Irish Filmmaker competition and Ciaran Dooley’s “The Great Wide Open” was nominated for an Irish Film and Television award in 2016. Daniel Kelly has also celebrated awards success after winning an Irish Writer’s Guild Award in 2015 for Best Screenplay with his film “Into Night.”
Josh Berger CBE, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain, said:
“We are thrilled to welcome Allyn into Warner Bros. Creative Talent. This scholarship at the National Film School at IADT is part of our continued commitment to finding, funding and supporting talented people from all backgrounds, and we’re delighted by the achievements of our previous three scholars. We’re sure Allyn will enjoy similar success and wish him all the very best.”
Rónán Ó Muirthile, Head of the National Film School IADT said “The National Film school at IADT is once again delighted to partner with Warner Bros as part of its scholarship scheme for young talent. Allyn Quigley is a talented young filmmaker and he will benefit greatly from the association with Warner Bros.”
The Irish scholarship is an extension of Warner Bros. Creative Talent, a key part of Warner Bros. long-term investment in UK creative industry skills and training. Announced in 2013, Warner Bros. Creative Talent’s multi-layered investment encompasses scholarships at some of the UK’s most respected higher education institutions; apprenticeships with roles ranging from set-lighting to post-production; trainee positions on every Warner Bros.’ UK film production; year-long training course places for young people at inclusive theatre company, Chickenshed and work experience placements for schools local to Warner Bros.’ London HQ.
Warner Bros. has a storied film-making history in Ireland, most notably the 1996 production of Michael Collins, which became the country’s top-grossing film on release and still remains the highest grossing Irish film of all time. The film’s Academy Award-winning director, Neil Jordan, is also behind other Warner Bros. hits including Interview with a Vampire and award-winning film The Butcher Boy.