RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen have announced a new season of Storyland, the award-winning commissioning project for emerging Irish drama.

Storyland offers Irish talent an opportunity to make original programmes, viewable to a global audience via the RTÉ Player.

The fifth series of Storyland ran on RTÉ Player earlier this year and won a number of international awards and generated additional opportunities, both within and outside RTÉ, for writers, directors and producers to apply and develop their talents.

For the sixth series, RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen will commission five single dramas of up to 20 minutes duration, available both nationally and internationally on RTÉ Player.

Launching the sixth season of Storyland, Jane Gogan, Head of Drama in RTÉ Television said: "Storyland continues to play a significant role in the development of the television and film industry in Ireland.

"The opportunity is there for Irish talent to showcase their work and become the key creators of television drama and film for an audience that craves brilliant stories.”

Aspiring and experienced drama production teams are now invited to pitch their ideas to make one of five drama commissions.

Two information Open Days will be held for television, film and digital content professionals - one in RTÉ at 7pm on Wednesday June 3 and a second, hosted by Northern Ireland Screen, in The Mac, Exchange Street West, Belfast at 1pm on Friday June 5. The closing date for submissions is July 31.

Glen Killane, MD RTÉ Television, welcomed the alliance with Northern Ireland Screen, “We are delighted to welcome Northern Ireland Screen as partners in the sixth series of Storyland and we look forward to working closely with them in the coming months.

"Their involvement reflects our shared commitment to providing valuable platforms for creative writing, directing, producing and acting talent on the island of Ireland to reach audiences, both here and internationally."

To reserve a place at the Storyland Open Day information event in RTÉ, interested parties are asked to email: storyland2015@rte.ie.

To reserve a place at the Belfast Storyland Open Day please email: rsvp@northernirelandscreen.co.uk.

For further information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/RTÉStoryland