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FilmOffaly & Filmbase announce their 2014 Bursary Award


Calling all Filmmakers

This funding initiative aims to foster creative and resourceful filmmaking in Co. Offaly. They are looking for original, entertaining stories by talented filmmakers, who – if selected – must set and shoot their project in the county.

The award will be given to one successful applicant who will receive €8,000 towards the cost of their production, along with one year’s membership to Filmbase, a 50% discount on equipment hire from Filmbase and more.

Domhnall Gleeson was the first recipient of the Award in 2009 for Noreen and Brendan, who stars in the film, recently said the FilmOffaly award “makes you stop talking about it, and just do it… everything is there, by hook or by crook or because it is well planned”. The Gleeson’s took a 4 day break while filming Harry Potter to make Noreen in January 2010, which has gone on to win multiple awards, been shown on RTÉ and has over 10,000 hits on YouTube.

Other success stories include Toy Soldiers, the 2011 bursary winner directed by Mike Hayes and written by Matthew Roche, which has had much success, winning at Belfast Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh and Dublin International Short Film & Music Festival as well as screening at festivals in the US.

How to Apply

In order to be eligible for the award, applicants must have full, legal rights to the material they are submitting. Short films of any style and genre will be accepted as long as they are under 20 minutes in duration. Simply attach three copies of your script along with a 500 word synopsis and application form and post to:

FilmOffaly Award,

Arts Office,

Offaly County Council,

Charleville Road,


Co. Offaly

Short-listed applicants will then be contacted for interviews and will need to provide further documentation, more details of which can be found in the downloadable PDF guidelines below. Deadline for submissions is 3pm on Friday 4th April 2014.

Download Application

All posted entries must be postmarked by Thursday 3rd April and anyone shipping their scripts internationally are advised to allow an extra week for additional postage time.

To download the application forms and guidelines click the links below:

Application Form