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FUNDING NEWS: IFB in association with Filmbase announce the Catalyst funding and mentorship scheme

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Exciting New Opportunity for Emerging Filmmakers: CATALYST Production Scheme Now Open for Applications

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (BSÉ/IFB), in association with Filmbase, are delighted to offer three teams of emerging filmmakers the chance to produce a low-budget (€350,000) feature film through the Catalyst funding and mentorship scheme. The teams will have access to key industry experts who will offer individual mentoring and guidance along the way.

The first Catalyst initiative, launched in 2007, led to the production of the feature films Rewind, One Hundred Mornings and Eamon. Now BSÉ/IFB is opening up a second Catalyst scheme to ambitious, motivated filmmakers who want to make an original, exciting and audience-focused feature film on a low budget without sacrificing high ambitions.

How does it work?

To be eligible to apply for an award of funding, potential applicants must first complete two days of seminars which will give an overview of low-budget filmmaking. These seminars will take place on Saturday, November 30th, and Saturday, December 14th, 2013. Seminar attendees will then be given a three-month period to prepare a package and screenplay for consideration.

The three chosen filmmaking teams (producer, writer and director or writer/director) will be given the opportunity to produce their feature film on a budget of €350,000, with support from BSÉ/IFB personnel and access to a panel of key industry experts. The teams will endeavour to afford all technical personnel/crew working on the projects the opportunity to advance a grade in their profession. The cast and crew will be provided with appropriate training and/or mentorship where deemed necessary.

Who can apply to attend the Catalyst seminars?

Catalyst seminars are open to individuals from the following disciplines in filmmaking: producers, writers, directors and writer/directors. Selected participants will be encouraged to connect with other filmmakers at the seminars, to form new teams or to enhance existing ones.

Producers, directors and writer/directors are required to have that credit/role on at least one short film and/or television drama episode and/or commercials and/or viral-online series.

Writers are required to have that credit on a produced short film and/or television drama and/or commercials and/or viral-online series or to have a project (feature film, TV drama/episode, viral-online series, stage play or radio play) commissioned or in funded development. Applicants will be asked to provide their show reel or an example of their produced work.

Priority will be given to

Priority will be given to:

  • Irish citizens and Irish residents
  • Emerging talent with produced credits through existing funded schemes or commissioned projects

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Students in full-time or undergraduate education may not apply.

Those who were awarded funding through the first Catalyst initiative may not apply.

Places will be strictly limited and the decision of BSÉ/IFB is final.

How to apply

Applicants must complete the Catalyst application process at before Friday, November 1st, 2013 in order to be considered for the seminars. An administrative fee of €20 will be charged to those attending the seminars. Successful applicants will be notified by email by Wednesday, November 13th, 2013.

Full details of the requirements and the competition process here.

To apply to attend the Catalyst seminars, please go to

Catalyst is a low-budget filmmaking initiative created and funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board in association with Screen Training Ireland and Filmbase.