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Application Guidelines

Applicants must complete the Reel Art application form and submit it, together with the materials listed below, on or before 17:00 on Friday 13th October 2017. Only hard-copy applications will be accepted. Online and late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants will be notified in December 2017 if they have been shortlisted. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in Dublin in December 2017.

Applications must include the following:

  • Completed application form
  • One sentence synopsis
  • One paragraph synopsis
  • Treatment (maximum 6 x A4 pages in 12 point font)
  • Notes outlining intended approach
  • Budget and budget summary (including music and subject clearances, deliverables and marketing materials)
  • CVs of the creative team involved in the proposal including director, producer, writer, editor
  • Evidence of ownership of rights. (Copies of all option and writers agreements entered into in respect of story and script if applicable to the project)
  • Written confirmation in the form of clearances and permissions of key subject’s willingness to participate
  • 3 excerpts of Director’s work (not showreel)
  • Any relevant supporting materials.

Assessment of Projects

Applications for Reel Art will be assessed in two stages coordinated by Filmbase. Filmbase will process and coordinate the assessment of all applicants on behalf of the Arts Council and will communicate with all applicants directly. The process for assessment is detailed below and is intended to ensure that the making of awards is as fair and transparent as possible.

The Process

All fully-completed applications, correctly addressed and labeled and received at Filmbase by the closing deadline of 5pm Friday 13th October 2017 will be processed as follows:

  • Application will be acknowledged in writing
  • Adviser(s) will make assessments of each project
  • Adviser(s) will recommend projects be considered for shortlist or not considered for shortlist
  • Panel including representatives from the Arts Council, Audi Dublin International Film Festival and an external peer reviewer will assess all applications, review recommendations and decide upon the final shortlist
  • All applicants will be notified in writing of the shortlist decisions
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in Dublin in December 2017. The selection panel will include representatives from the Arts Council, Audi Dublin International Film Festival and an external peer assessor
  • The interview panel will make final decisions on the shortlisted projects. Applicants will be contacted in writing to inform them of decisions.
  • Successful projects will receive an offer of finance subject to contract.

The treatment of subjects for Reel Art must be original, imaginative and aesthetically-driven as outlined in the Purpose and Priorities of the award. Subjects and treatments that are televisual rather than filmic will not be considered. Proposals for biographic treatments of artists will only be considered in exceptional cases where the proposed approach is particularly unique. Films may be in Irish, English or bilingual. Applicants must be in a position to make their proposed film for a total maximum budget in the region of €70-80,000 and to deliver the completed project on or before 1 December 2018.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the scheme Guidelines and Additional Information in detail before applying.

Assessment Criteria

Applications will be assessed in a competitive context according to the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the proposal meets the purpose and priorities of the Reel Art scheme
  • The creativity and quality of the project proposal
  • The track record of the creative team
  • The provision of equitable conditions and remuneration for artists involved in the project
  • The demonstrable ability of the team to complete and deliver the project with the available funds (within a total maximum budget of €70-80,000) and within the time-frame allowed (on/before 1 December 2017)
  • The completeness of the application.

Note: Applicants should be born in, or be resident in, the Republic of Ireland to be eligible for this scheme.

How to Apply

Application forms must be downloaded from the link below and hard copy applications only (4 copies) should be sent to:

Reel Art 2017
Curved Street
Temple Bar
Dublin 2

T: + 353 1 679 6716


Reel Art Application Guidelines

To download these application guidelines click one of the following links:

Reel Art Guidelines to Download
Reelart Guidelines 2017

Reel Art Additional Information to Download


Reel Art Application Forms

For a copy of the Application Form, please click on the link below.

Please note the Application Deadline is 5pm Friday 13th October 2017. Applications received after the deadline has passed will not be considered.

Reel Art Application Form Word Doc


Reel Art Application Form PDF




Reel Art Deadline: Friday 13th October 2017, 5pm