Irish Film Board funds 10 shingles

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LONDON -- The Irish Film Board said Wednesday it has picked 10 production banners from 45 applicants to benefit from its multiple-project development funding plan launched in September.

The IFB, headed by CEO Simon Perry, said the funding aims to create "a fresh approach to the provision of support for producers who have an attractive slate of projects that they are seeking to develop."

The selected production shingles were required to have at least two viable movie projects in development or available to them for development.

The funding confers autonomy on recipients, who are trusted to know what projects to develop and how, the IFB said.

The successful applicants represent a mix of producers covering a spectrum of experience, taste and ambition. The winners include the Irish filmmaking trio of Robert Walpole ("The Mighty Celt"), Paddy Breathnach ("I Went Down") and Paddy McDonald ("The Mighty Celt"), who are currently prepping "Shrooms" under their banner Treasure Entertainment.

The nine other companies are: Blinder Films, Cartoon Saloon, Element Films, Grand Pictures, Newgrange Pictures, Quidam Prods., Samson Films, Still Films and Zanzibar Films.

No financial details were available.
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