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#GetIntoFilm: Short Film Funding Opportunities in Ireland

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Short Film Funding Opportunities 2017 Information Session

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Filmbase’s next #GetIntoFilm information evening will take place at Filmbase on Monday 13th February on short film funding opportunities for filmmakers in Ireland.
Funding opportunities panel will include representation from Irish Film Board, Films Centres, the Arts Council and Arts Offices.

There are a significant number of short film schemes and funds available to filmmakers in Ireland in 2017 supporting a range of live action, animation, documentary and experimental film projects.

These opportunities include those from Filmbase, broadcasters, Film Commissions and regional Arts Offices, the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board. The information session will be an opportunity to outline the aims and objectives of funds which are available this year and to highlight the key requirements of each one.

Some key dates for upcoming awards include:

Filmbase Short Shots, Thursday 16th February
Arts Council Film Project Award, Thursday 2nd March
Film Offaly / Filmbase Short Film Awards, Friday 3rd March
Kildare Short Film Bursary, Monday 20th March

Additional deadlines for other schemes have yet to be confirmed.

Panelists will include representatives from Filmbase, Film Offaly, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council, Kildare Arts Office, the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board. Other funds will also be covered in the session.

The panel will focus on the qualities needed surrounding a great short film and how filmmakers should approach an application. Each organisation will discuss their specific criteria needed to complete a successful application and deliver a strong and dynamic short film.

Filmmakers thinking making an application to a short film funded scheme are encouraged to attend regardless of their creative backgrounds.


Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ Irish Film Board

The role of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry, investing in talent, creativity and enterprise. The agency supports writers, directors and production companies across these sectors by providing investment loans for the development, production and distribution of film, television and animation projects.

The IFB also supports and promotes the Irish screen industries at major international markets and festivals, promotes inward investment, the use of Ireland as a location for international production and provides support for companies filming location in Ireland. The agency provides a strategic vision for industry training through Screen Training Ireland.

Short Film Schemes

FOCUS SHORTS is a short film scheme for the making of live-action, fiction films that act as a proving-ground for Irish creative talents aspiring to write, direct and produce films for the cinema.

SHORT STORIES invites film-makers to use their imagination and give us some succinct, creative and even entertaining films on the theme of TRIBES.

REAL SHORTS is a new short documentary film scheme which will enable creative documentaries with high cinematic production values.

FRAMEWORKS is an established scheme for the making of animated short films which is considered to be continually successful in stimulating ground-breaking new work from Irish animators.

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FilmOffaly is Offaly’s Film Commission and a project of Offaly County Council. Up and running since 2008, we have seen an increase in film activity in Offaly in recent years and are particularly delighted to see crews returning to film in Offaly. Situated in the heart of Ireland, Offaly boasts a unique landscape, good road and rail infrastructure and plenty of experience and enthusiasm in hosting film productions.

FilmOffaly/Filmbase Short Film Award 2017
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!


Kildare County Council Arts Service

Kildare County Council Arts Service offers arts support in a variety of creative areas.
‘All About Eva’ was commissioned through the Per Cent for Art scheme. This feature film was shot on location in Athy in May 2014. Directed by Ferdia Mac Anna and produced by Kildare County Council, the film was written by local writers and featured local cast and crew. The film premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2015.

Kildare County Council/Short Grass Film Bursary Award 2017
Kildare County Council/Short Grass Films wishes to further develop its support for film production in the county, by commissioning two original films to be shot in County Kildare in 2016/17

Under this commission scheme, two awards of €12,500 will be made. The awards will be made towards the cost of the film production

Short film, feature film, documentary, animation, experimental and artist films will all be considered

Applications are invited for original script ideas from filmmakers at all stages of their development.


The Arts Council of Ireland

The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts. We work in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.

Film Funding
Available film funding opportunities can be found in the link below.


How to book your ticket for the #GetIntoFilm February information session?

WHEN: Monday 13th February 2017
TIME: 7pm to 8.30pm
WHERE: Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin.
COST: Free for Filmbase Members or €5 for Non-Members.

#GetIntoFilm is an open question series so engagement from the audience in encouraged.
These events are always FREE for Filmbase members and €5 for non-members but make sure to book your place; there are only a limited number of places available.

To book your spot please contact Filmbase on 01 679 6716 and dial 0 for reception. For more information, contact