Cape Town based writer, lecturer and filmmaker Dermod Judge has been accepted as a Full Founding Member of the IFTA a€” the Irish Film and Television Academy. This entitles him to full voting rights at the annual awards in the writing chapter. Dermod was on the awards jury last year when Hotel Rwanda won the best screenplay award. He has been spending more time in Europe and specifically Ireland where he has several screenplays at various stages of development.
One of his short screenplays; The Death of Brian Boru was shortlisted in the Irish Filmbase/RTE Short Film Awards out of 250 entries and another short screenplay; St. Patrick and Ossian is awaiting the jury results for this years’ awards. These form part of a series of humourous takes on Irish history and legend which Dermod has written over the past few years. He had hoped to get funding for the series of five films called collectively The Short(Film) History of Ireland but is submitting them individually to various short film projects in Ireland.