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About Reel Art

Reel Art is an Arts Council scheme designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme. Operated in association with Filmbase and the Audi Dublin International Film Festival, Reel Art will support two films with a grant of €70-80,000 per project. Reel Art films will be premiered at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2019.

The Arts Council’s purpose in offering Reel Art is to support film artists to make documentary art films that would not otherwise get made. The scheme offers film artists a unique opportunity to make artistic film works on arts subjects. Film artists should have a passion for their subject and be able to transpose this to the screen. Projects should be conceived for theatrical exhibition at film festivals and in arthouse/cultural cinema settings. Only proposals for original, imaginative and aesthetically-driven treatments of arts subjects will be considered while proposals that offer visually engaging, creative and experimental approaches to their subject will be prioritised.

A Reel Art film is not a television documentary. 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.

A key aim of Reel Art is to complement, rather than replicate, the documentary and other funding programmes offered by the Arts Council, broadcasters and funding agencies in Ireland.

Successful projects will be required to complete at least one Digital Cinema Print (DCP) for festival screenings, including ADIFF, as part of the delivery requirements for Reel Art.

Reel Art films must be made within a total maximum budget of €70-80,000 and must be completed on/before 1st December 2018.

Reel Art Application Deadline:

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 13th October 2017 at 5pm.

Please note applications should be sent by hardopy only to Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.