Call For: Applications for Project Manager positions at Bord Scannán na hEireann/ the Irish Film Board

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As part of the IFB’s long term strategy to continually enhance project development and production the Board is seeking to appoint three Project Managers by January 2013. The Project Managers will manage projects across all genres from the initial concept / development stage right through production financing to cinema release and other exhibition to Irish and international audiences. This structure will provide multiple access points for applicants who will have the option to approach any one of the three Project Managers with development or production applications for their projects.

The Board has engaged the first Project Manager (Rory Gilmartin) and is now seeking to contract with the two remaining Project Managers so that the team of Project Managers may be put in place with the requisite and complimentary skills to address the range of activities undertaken by BSÉ/IFB.


The successful candidates will be providing his/her services to BSÉ/IFB directly reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and will be working on development and production funding applications in relation to cinema feature films, feature documentaries, television animation and television drama.

The successful candidates will be a member of the agency’s core creative team comprising the CEO and the three Project Managers. The services will include working with producers, directors and writers on the development and production funding of projects (as well as other BSÉ/IFB funding initiatives including short films and other film development and film production initiatives) as well as liaising with other production financiers including film distributors, broadcasters, state film funding agencies, sales agents and other co-financiers.

The Project Managers will meet as the core creative team (with other staff of BSÉ/IFB in support) to discuss and make recommendations to the Board of BSÉ/IFB in relation to applications for development funding at least once a month (Development Meetings) and for production funding at least once a month (Production Meetings). They will be liaising with producers, directors and writers both before and after applications are considered and decisions made. They will be presenting applications for funding which have been addressed to or allocated to them at Development Meetings and Production Meetings. They will also be working with the CEO on initiatives to develop creative talent working in film and on initiatives for film financing and film production company development.

The Project Managers will have the advice and support of a panel of consultants who will be in place to support the creative work of the Project Managers particularly on script development and related matters. The consultants will be drawn from Irish and international creative talent and will be available to the Projects Managers on an ongoing basis.


  • Experience of working in the film and television industry is essential;
  • Demonstrated experience in the development process and the assessment of projects from a creative perspective;
  • Ability in working with Irish creative talent including writers, directors, producers and with creative talent in bringing projects to production readiness and potential financial support;
  • Ability to assess film projects from an Irish and international audience viewpoint
  • Ability to assess levels and suitability of film funding in delivering film projects to audiences;
  • Experience of dealing with complex production proposals containing both creative talent and matching financial information with a view to supporting quality Irish films, creative co-productions, television animation, drama and feature documentaries;
  • A track record of being able to balance the cultural and creative considerations with a demonstrable understanding of the unique role of a national screen agency;
  • Proven experience in developing and maintaining sound relationships with writers, directors, producers, sales-agents, distributors, co-financiers and other key stakeholders;


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to convince and influence outcomes – remaining calm under pressure while representing the Agency at a wide variety of fora;
  • Ability to juggle a large and varied workload, to take direction, but to be able to work unsupervised on a day-to-day basis on film projects;
  • A highly motivated, proactive self-starter with a keen eye for detail and a commitment to excellence with a dedication to delivering on the goals of the IFB.
  • A team player working with the other Project Managers and the CEO who can positively contribute to a dynamic and innovative working environment;


Interested applicants are invited to forward a detailed CV that highlights relevant experience and a covering letter (x 2 copies) in strict confidence, marked “Confidential” by Friday 26th October 2012 at 5.00pm to:

James Hickey
Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board
23 Dock Road

The covering letter should address how your experience and skills will contribute to the position of Project Manager and the challenges inherent in the role.

The target remuneration for this position is €60,000 (ex VAT) annualised and negotiable. Remuneration will be confirmed upon offer of a position.

A shortlist for first round interviews will be prepared and candidates for a possible second round may be expected to prepare script coverage and make a short presentation of a selected project at second interview stage.

One of the two Project Managers who are contracted will be based in Dublin, the other will be based in Galway and each will be working on a consultancy basis invoicing for his/her services monthly for an initial period of two years. Candidates should indicate in their application whether they are available to be based in Dublin or Galway.

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