March deadline announced for the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film funding award scheme


Do you have a great script that needs to be made?  Do you want to take your first major step on a professional filmmaking career? Then apply now for the first round of the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film award scheme 2012! 


The Filmbase/RTÉ short film award scheme is seeking the next generation of Irish filmmakers.  This scheme is a fantastic opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers to get their films made with funding and industry support.  Filmbase and RTÉ will support four short film projects with funding and facilities worth up to €20,000 each in 2012.  The next deadline for the award is 5pm on Friday 30th March; up to two awards will be made in this round.


Short films have long been the proving ground for many professional filmmakers.  To date the Filmbase/RTE Short Film Award scheme has funded over 100 short films.  Filmmakers who have received early career support from the scheme have included Kirsten Sheridan (In America, Disco Pigs, August Rush), John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix), Martina Niland (producer of Once) and 2011 IFTA/Irish Film Board Rising Star nominee Ian Power (The Runway).


Competition for short film funding in Ireland is intense and the Filmbase/RTÉ scheme is one of the few opportunities open to new filmmakers. The emphasis in the Filmbase/RTÉ scheme is on the quality of the creative ideas therefore the initial application only requires entrants to submit a script; production notes are not required until the interview stage.

Anyone interested in applying should check out the Filmbase website at for details on the award.  Make sure to read all of the guidelines thoroughly before applying even if you have applied for the scheme before as updates/changes are made between rounds.  There are also additional resources available from the Filmbase website including notes from readers, a case study of a Filmbase/RTE funded short and more.


Filmbase/RTE Short Film Award Scheme Deadline: 5pm on Friday 30th March 2012 (up to two awards will be made in this round)


Writing Great Short Films

Filmbase will also be hosting a special masterclass with Karen Lee Streeton Writing Great Short extensive international experience of short films. Using her background in script development, Karen will run an intensive one-day workshop on the fundamentals of good short film writing. Through a mixture of lecture, tutorial, workshop and case study, participants will learn how to write and craft a great short film script that will stand out.  Anyone interested in attending can opt for Friday 9th OR Saturday 10th of March.

Places are limited so book early.


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