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One of Filmbase’s key roles is to offer filmmakers and film artists access to funding for drama, documentary, animation and experimental works for distribution through traditional means (television, theatrical release) and new media. Filmbase offers a number of funding schemes for short films in the English and Irish languages with broadcasters RTE and TG4. Filmbase also partners with a range of other funding bodies and organisations, including the Arts Council, to provide access to feature funding schemes suitable for drama, documentary, animation and experimental works.

For a list of the current funding opportunities available through Filmbase please see below. Filmbase strives to deliver new opportunities for filmmakers and film artists and actively seeks out new partnerships to help make this happen.

Deadline Extended to March 1st.

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Events, Funding, News, Opportunities | 0 comments

National Youth Media Awards competition The competition is primarily aimed at secondary schools, colleges and youth clubs nationwide and is supported by the Department of Health, the HSE, the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Healthy Ireland,The Union of Students in Ireland, The Irish Second Level Student Union and the website. is Ireland’s National Drug and Alcohol Information and Support Website.The site has in excess of 120,000 unique Irish visitors each year and over 500,000 international visitors. This annual drugs education competition aims to help students explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society. To enter, students are asked to research topics or share their personal experiences and create either: a short video, an audio podcast, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) Why do some young people use drugs? (b) What impact does alcohol have on relationships? The age categories for entering are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-25. By getting involved, students can explore the issue of drugs and alcohol from a constructionist learning experience. This can have a more meaningful impact on their own understanding of the issues – as this type of learning experience is effective when people are also active in making tangible objects in the real world. In turn, schools can take a proactive and innovative approach to raising awareness and understanding of the issues; issues that affect the lives of many young people in Ireland. On this basis, we are asking all schools to encourage students to enter – as individual entrants – or as a group project. Winners from the four age categories will receive an iPad mini and the overall winner will receive a prize of €2,000. Winners will also have their work published on The competition coincides with existing modules delivered through the S.P.H.E curriculum. The competition also allows a unique opportunity for the topic of drugs and alcohol to be explored in Art, English and Media class. Video, audio, article and poster entries created by young people as part of the competition are available on the site.These are useful resources which can be used to raise awareness among students in schools. have collaborated with the 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival to present a number of entries from the ‘Let’s Talk About Drugs’ National Youth Media Awards Competition Short Video Category. are encouraging young people to enter the competition for the possibility of having their work featured as part of the festival which takes place mid-February. The competition has also collaborated with The Irish Times Student Hub ( As a result winning entries will be considered for publication on Irish Times Student Hub (and future 2nd level hub) subject to editorial approval. You will find full competition details, information for teachers, recommended research sites and examples of previous winners at...

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#GetIntoFilm: Short Film Funding Opportunities in Ireland

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Current Schemes, Events, Film News, Filmbase News, Funding, Funding, News, Opportunities, Short Film Funding | 0 comments

#GetIntoFilm: Short Film Funding Opportunities in Ireland

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Short Film Funding Opportunities 2017 Information Session

****Deadline Past. check here for more opportunities ****

Filmbase’s next #GetIntoFilm information evening will take place at Filmbase on Monday 13th February on short film funding opportunities for filmmakers in Ireland.

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SHORT SHOTS Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Scheme 2017

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Events, Film News, Funding, Funding, News, Opportunities, Pre Production and Production | 0 comments

SHORT SHOTS Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Scheme 2017

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Application Deadline: Thurs 16th February 2017, 5pm

****Deadline Passed. Check here for more opportunities****

This unique scheme doesn’t just fund films, it offers the next generation of filmmakers a programme of development and production support.

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NEW 2017 DATES: CLOSE UP – Development scheme for Actors

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Acting, acting, Current Schemes, Film News, Filmbase News, Funding, News, Opportunities, Pre Production and Production, Production Training, Training | 0 comments

NEW 2017 DATES: CLOSE UP – Development scheme for Actors


Filmbase Talent Development Scheme

Starting Tuesday 14th Feb 2017
Deadline to apply: ****Deadline Passed, More dates TBA****
Filmbase is delighted to announce the second in a series of talent development schemes for actors. CLOSE UP is a professional development programme for actors at Filmbase.

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Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Funding, News, Opportunities | 0 comments


Bursary Award 2016: Collaborative Film

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2016 aims to support individual professional filmmakers working in the area of collaborative film.
The Arts Council has provided this €10,000 bursary award as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create.

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Offline Film Festival

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Funding, News, Opportunities | 0 comments


Take your first step on the road to The Oscars and get involved in the 57 Hour Filmmaking Challenge at the 2016 OFFline Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday October 12th to Sunday October 16th in Birr, Co Offaly and the surrounding region.

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