Welcome to Storyland.

About Storyland 2018

RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen today announced that they are seeking submissions from writers and producers to develop new original online dramas for the next season of Storyland. The online drama series gives emerging Irish creative talent an opportunity to make original Irish stories available to a national and global audience on RTÉ Player.

RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen will select five scripts from those submitted and work closely with the script writers and producers on the development of each script. Writers from the worlds of television, film, theatre, literature, documentary and journalism are being sought, whether or not they have written for television or film before. Directors will then be contracted once the scripts have been further developed and are ready for final development and pre-production.

This year Storyland will develop five projects of up to 20 minutes duration.  Up to five dramas, each with a budget of € 31,000, will then be commissioned.

David Crean, Executive Producer for RTÉ Television said ‘The new series of Storyland will explore dramas focused around a theme of ‘rage’. We want this year’s Storyland dramas to tell a modern Irish story challenging orthodoxy and subverting our perceptions of normality.The point and purpose Storyland is to broaden the reach of who gets to write drama, helping new writers and producers to develop. This year we have had Oonagh Kearney, Colin Murphy, David McCrea, Ewen Glass writing for Storyland – all original voices with something to say about contemporary Ireland’

Now in its eighth year, Storyland continues to offer an invaluable platform for Irish writing, directing, producing and acting talent throughout the island of Ireland. Previous Storyland commissions have gone on to be commissioned for RTÉ TV series in comedy and drama, developed in to a feature film, won numerous international awards and have generated additional opportunities, both within and outside RTÉ for the writers, directors, producers and actors.

Richard Williams, Northern Ireland Screen CEO, said "Teaming up with RTÉ on Storyland is a perfect partnership for us, allowing us to support the development of, and invest in, a new generation of talent. We can’t wait to see what great stories and new voices will be discovered through the scheme this year."

Four Open Days will be held across the country in November to share more details on Storyland:

  • Belfast 6th November (Please register by emailing rsvp@northernirelandscreen.co.uk)
  • Galway 8th November (Please register by emailing storyland2018@rte.ie)
  • Dublin, 9th of November (Please register by emailing storyland2018@rte.ie)
  • Cork 10th of November (Please register by emailing storyland2018@rte.ie)

The closing date for submissions is 15th of December 2017.

About Storyland 2017

RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen launch four brand new 20 minute dramas from Storyland 2017 on RTÉ Player. Currently in its seventh season, Storyland 2017 brings original stories to a global audience, showcasing a great breadth of Ireland’s creative talent across writing, acting, producing and directing.

This season features four brand new dramas telling diverse, contemporary Irish stories.  From the tale of a Kurdish refugee arriving by truck to Ireland in Leave to Remain, a story about the real hardships facing anyone trying to get back to work in On the Hemline, insight into post BREXIT uncertainty in Northern Ireland in A Sign of Things to a mixed-race girl struggling with her identity in 1980’s Belfast in Cry Rosa, each drama tells a different story about contemporary life.

New and emerging talent featured includes the screen debut of eleven year old Cork schoolgirl Kaci Power O’Driscoll who plays the spirited daughter of the main character, Martha in On the Hemline and 11 year old Grace Fleming taking the lead in Cry Rosa.  The four Storyland 2017 dramas also feature established actors including IFTA Award Winners Martin McCann (Maze) in Cry Rosa and Eileen Walsh (Pure Mule) in On the Hemline, along with Cathy Belton (Nowhere Fast) and Nigel O’Neill (Game of Thrones) in A Sign of Things

Previous Storyland commissions have gone on to be commissioned for RTÉ comedy and drama series, developed into feature films and have won numerous international awards as well as  generating additional opportunities, for the writers, directors, producers and actors.

The four production companies awarded the commissions are Afro-Mic Productions, Tyrella Film Productions, Lacada Entertainment and Treasure Entertainment.

Storyland 2018 is open for proposals the closing date is the 15th of December 2017.