Arts and Disability Connect 2020

The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland announce the 2020 Arts and Disability Connect funding scheme for artists with disabilities.

Specifically targeted at individual artists with disabilities Arts and Disability Connect includes New Work, Mentoring and Training awards.

Application forms and guidelines for Arts and Disability Connect 2020 are available to download from Monday 13 January at

Arts and Disability Connect deadline: Monday 24 February at 4pm

Information Sessions
Join Amie Lawless as she talks through how the scheme works and take the opportunity to ask any questions over tea and coffee. This year we will host information sessions in Cork, Carlow, Navan and Dublin.

21 January – Crawford Art Gallery, Cork at 2pm
29 January – Visual, Carlow at 2pm
30 January – Solstice Arts Centre, Navan at 2pm
06 February – Project Arts Centre, Dublin at 2pm

Please email if you would like to attend an information session. All of the venues are accessible to wheelchair users. Let us know if you have any additional access requirements.

For information about the awards and application support please contact: Amie Lawless, / 01 8509006

Arts and Disability Connect is Funded by the Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland.


Submissions & Funding Deadlines


Screen Ireland Funding Decisions for the 2nd Quarter of 2019

Screen Ireland has announced the successful applicants for funding at development, production and distribution stages for the second quarter of 2019.

  • Project Development

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Under Moscow Moon Caroline Campbell Caroline Campbell Against the Grain Films €13,000
    The Aran Islands Pat Collins Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride, Sharon Whooley Harvest Films €11,600
    The Littlejohn Affair Marcus Fleming Element Pictures €6,600
    A/V Pierce Ryan Hail Mary Pictures €19,560
    What We Know About Men Peter Murphy , Rachael Moriarty Peter Murphy , Rachael Moriarty Cornelia Street Productions €20,300
    Paradigm Gavin Kilduff Gary Duggan Hail Mary Pictures €17,100
    Sidelined (aka Ladies Senior Three) Ailbhe Keogan Parallel Films €4,000
    Law of the Land John Butler Cormac Deane, Tony McKiver Treasure Entertainment €28,600
    The Sticks Paul Kennedy Paul Kennedy New Decade TV Ltd €17,700
    Zola and Anne Marie Vicki Kisner Vicki Kisner Blue Ink Films €8,500
    One Way Ben Conway Ignition Film Productions €10,500
    Stolen Michael Garland , Lisa Mulcahy Michael Garland , Lisa Mulcahy Grand Pictures €5,000
    Death Space Conor Finnegan Conor Finnegan Lovely Productions €17,100
    Taking The Picture Michael Creagh, Matthew Hurd, Stephen Hogan Tile Media Ltd €26,500
    Wolf Nathalie Biancheri Nathalie Biancheri Feline Films €33,600
    Riley Anya Camilleri Ruth Carter Blue Ink Films €13,000
    The Lost Queen Carol Freeman Kristina Yee Paper Panther Productions €19,250
    Don’t Come After Me AJ Annila David Turpin Tailored Films €17,900
    Woken Alan Friel Alan Friel, Rebecca Pollock Fantastic Films €17,410
    How to be Black Christian O’Reilly Blue Ink Films €18,000
  • Animation Development

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Fia’s Fairies Muireann Ní Chíobháin Little Moon Animation €20,000
    Luka Pooka Gary O Neill Richard Hansom Zink Animation Ltd €17,400
  • Documentary Development

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Kozak Sean O’Cualain, David Burke David Burke Dot Television €15,000
    The Bow Eamon Little Eamon Little Wildfire Films €15,000
    The Kazakh Steppe Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell Cyprus Avenue Films Limited €15,000
    The Da Vinci in the Kitchen Loic Jourdain, Mirjam Strugalla Loic Jourdain, Mirjam Strugalla Soilsiu Films €15,000
  • Screenplay Development

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Young Girl Juanita Wilson Andrew Meehan, Juanita Wilson €18,000
  • TV Drama Development

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    The Third Testament Jamie Hannigan Wild Atlantic €30,000
    Sarah Says Ciaran Donnelly T4 Productions €15,000
    Becoming Casement Thaddeus O’Sullivan Mark O’Halloran Saffron Pictures €29,450
    Meet Your Faker Hugh Travers, Lisa Terle World 2000 €30,850
    The Stranger Eithne Verling As I Am Productions €16,600
    Tainted Declan Croghan Footnote Productions Ltd €25,000
    Gage Daniel O’Hara Alex Barclay Shin Awil Productions €9,750
    Asking For It Hildegard Ryan Hildegard Ryan, Eva O’Connor Footnote Productions Ltd €29,500
    Richter Anna McPartlin, Simone Nathan Blinder Films €15,000


    • Direct Distribution

Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
Losing Alaska Tom Burke Tom Burke Marcie Films €10,000
When All is Ruin Once Again Keith Walsh Keith Walsh, Jill Beardsworth Twopair Films €10,000
  • Distribution Support

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Metal Heart Hugh O’Conor Paul Murray Sentio Ar Ltd t/a Break Out Pictures €30,000
    Vita & Virginia Chanya Button Eileen Atkins, Chanya Button Wildcard Distribution €12,500
    Papi Chulo John Butler John Butler Eclipse Pictures €34,000
    Prisoners of the Moon Johnny Gogan Johnny Gogan Eclipse Pictures €10,000
    Float Like A Butterfly Carmel Winters Carmel Winters Eclipse Pictures
  • Fiction Irish Production

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Let the Wrong One In Conor McMahon Conor McMahon Workshed Films €650,000
    Borderland Ronan Bennett Parallel Films €800,000
    Cutters Rachel Carey Rachel Carey O’Sullivan Productions €600,000
    Beards David Freyne David Freyne Atomic 80 €700,000
    Mo Ghra Buan Peter Murphy, Rachael Moriarty Peter Murphy, Rachael Moriarty Macalla Teoranta €300,000
    Foscadh Sean Breathnach Sean Breathnach Magamedia €300,000
    Beards David Freyne David Freyne Atomic 80 €50,000
    Wildfire Cathy Brady Cathy Brady Samson Films €75,000
    Sea Fever Neasa Hardiman Neasa Hardiman Fantastic Films €50,000
    The Racer Kieron J Walsh Ciaran Cassidy Blinder Films €100,000
    Puffin Rock Feature Film Jeremy Purcell Sara Daddy Cartoon Saloon €300,000
    Glimpse Benjamin Cleary Michael O’Connor, Benjamin Cleary €50,000
    The Edge of Chaos Sam Uhlemann Sam Uhlemann New Stage Films €100,000
    Untitled Anna Rose Holmer, Saela Davis Shane Crowley Sixty Six Pictures €Unquantified Offer
    Bird Naomi Sheridan Naomi Sheridan, Charlotte George Underground Films €Unquantified Offer
    Wolf Nathalie Biancheri Nathalie Biancheri Feline Films €800,000
  • Fiction Creative Co-Production

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Sweetness in the Belly Zeresenay Mehari Laura Philips Parallel Films €50,000
    My Salinger Year Philippe Falardeau Philippe Falardeau Parallel Films €200,000
    The Last Rifleman Terry Loane Kevin Fitzpatrick Ripple World Pictures Limited €250,000
  • Animation Television Production

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    Fantasy Ireland Trevor Courtney Ciaran Morrison, Mick O’Hara Igloo Animations €220,000
    Mya Go – Season 2 Alan Foley Senta Rich, Amy Stephenson, Liam Kavanagh Piranha Bar €150,000
    Saturday Club John McDaid Aidan O’Donovan, Colm Tobin Turnip & Duck Ltd €91,200
  • Documentary Production

    Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award
    The 8th Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O’Boyle, Aideen Kane Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O’Boyle Cowtown Pictures €150,000
    A Short History of Decay Sarah Share Sarah Share New Decade TV Ltd €125,000
    Father of Cyborgs David Burke, Sean O’Cualain David Burke Dot TV & Films €100,000
    Devil in the Feet Ruan Magan Ruan Magan Tyrone Productions €75,000
    Demons and Dancers Pat Collins Pat Collins Harvest Films €75,000
    Hostage to the Devil: In Pursuit of Evil Marty Stalker Rachel Lysaght, Marty Stalker Underground Films €34,300
    TUKDAM: A Question of Life and Death Donagh Coleman Donagh Coleman Wildfire Films €110,000

Call For: Submissions for Wexford Short Film Fund Award

Wexford County Council Arts Office in association with ‘Bodecii Film’ have announced a new Film Fund Award. The aim of this annual award is to provide funding and support to filmmakers looking to develop ambitious and creative short films based in the County Wexford region.

The focus of this award for 2018-2019 is on filmaker/writer collaborations and is titled ‘Wexford Stories’. ‘Wexford Stories’ is a unique opportunity to encourage directors/producers nationwide team with 1 of the 10 Wexford Writers who have previously taken part in Wexford Screen Writers Professional Development Workshops run by the Arts Office and Bodecii Film in 2017 -2018. The outcome of this intensive screen writing programme, where the writers were mentored by film industry professionals, are ten short screenplays that create exciting, dynamic and engaging screen stories.

Funding will be available through the scheme to support one short film with a budget of up to €10,000 funded through Wexford County Council Arts Office. The award also consists of project management support from Bodecii film ( based in Wexford) as well as €1,800 towards equipment hire with film lighting company ‘Teach Solais’.

Wexford Stories welcomes application from a diversity of filmmakers nationwide with a passionate vision who wish to collaborate with the Wexford writers. The goal is to open the door to emerging Wexford writers to team with established and emerging Irish directors and producers.

For full terms and condition and general enquiries please contact: and / or Lisa Fortune – Arts Office Wexford County Council: Tel: 053 9196369

All applications for film fund must be emailed directly to Online applications only.


Call For: Applications for Student Media Production Awards 2018

Creative Europe Desk Ireland MEDIA and Filmbase invite media students in Ireland to apply for support for the production and distribution of graduate film and media projects. This support will be open to any student, or groups of students, collaborating on the creation of an audiovisual film, documentary or multimedia project as part of their final year coursework.

  • Information Session 06 March in Filmbase | Apply here to secure your place.
  • Application Deadline 20 March | Eligibility & Application Forms available here.

These awards will provide support for film and media students graduating into the Irish and European audiovisual industries and to encourage graduates to develop the essential skills necessary for creating future funding applications. As such the application process for support replicates key aspects of the application process for Irish and European project funding.

Two projects will be awarded a cash contribution of up to €750 to support their production budgets and to facilitate the development and implementation of a marketing and distribution strategy for their completed works. In addition, film-based projects will be offered access to facilities at Filmbase and individual consultation on festival strategy and international marketing for short films.

Students interested are invited to attend an Information Session on Tuesday 6th March from 3.30 – 4.30pm in Filmbase. This session will present an overview of the key supports available from Filmbase and CED Ireland, provide key advice for making funding applications, and answer specific questions on this new initiative. Please click here to register for the information session.


Further information is available from Filmbase – please submit queries by email to


Call For: Applications for dlr First Frames Scheme

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Tom Murphy, with from left, 2017 award winners Bjorn Mac Giollaa  and Ciaran Hickey. Also pictured are Barry Dignam & Bernadette Meagher, IADT; Alan Fitzpatrick, Filmbase; Georgina Sweetnam & Ciara King, dlr County Council.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council supports emerging filmmakers under the dlr First Frames Scheme. Now its second year, the Scheme is fully funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office and DLR Local Enterprise Office, and managed by Filmbase.  Additional equipment and facilities support is provided by the National Film School, IADT.

2018 Scheme – call for applications

Inviting applicants for the 2018 Scheme.  Funding will be available to support two short films with budgets of up to €10,000 each, with additional equipment and facilities support from Filmbase and IADT valued at up to €10,000 per project.

Information evening

dlr Arts Office and Filmbase will host an information evening for interested applicants on Thursday 15 March in the Studio, dlr LexIcon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire.  This will include an introduction to the scheme along with some industry speakers. This event is free, however places are limited. To register your interest click here.  Full details of the application process are available in the brief.

dlr First Frames scheme aims to provide funding and support to emerging filmmakers looking to develop ambitious and creative short films based in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown region. DLR Local Enterprise Office is supporting this opportunity to promote employment in the film making industry in DLR.


Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board Publishes 2018 Funding Guidelines

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) wishes to notify applicants that the 2018 Guidelines for its Production and Development Funding schemes have been published. These provide important information including details of the IFB’s criteria and requirements, funding levels available and deadlines for submissions.

A number of changes will be introduced for 2018 including:

Development Funding

  • The introduction of a new development budget template for use with all submissions to the relevant schemes.
  • The deadline for applications to the International Television Drama Development scheme will be 28th February, 29th June and 31st October 2018 only.

Production Funding

  • The introduction of new funding levels for Fiction: Irish Production
  • The addition of enhanced production funding for female directing talent attached to projects which qualify for Documentary Production

Applicants are required to familiarise themselves with the Production Funding Guidelines and Development Funding Guidelines which are downloadable from the relevant sections of the Funding page on the IFB website in advance of making a submission to the IFB



Call For: Submissions for Reel Art 2017

The Arts Council has announced the deadline for the 2017 Reel Art scheme.  Launched in 2008, Reel Art is 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 wholly support two films with grants of €70-€80,000 per project.  Reel Art films will premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival in February 2019. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 13th October 2017 at 5pm.

The Arts Council’s purpose in offering the Reel Art scheme is to support film artists to make documentary art films that would not otherwise get made. A key aim of the scheme is to complement, rather than replicate, the documentary and other funding programmes offered by the Arts Council, broadcasters and funding agencies in Ireland.

Reel Art projects should be conceived for theatrical exhibition at film festivals and in arthouse cinema settings. Only proposals for original, imaginative and aesthetically-driven treatments of arts subjects will be considered. Proposals that offer visually engaging, creative and experimental approaches to their subject will be prioritised.

Projects successfully funded through the Reel Art initiative may be eligible for additional Exhibition Support Funding of up to €12,500 following completion and premiere at ADIFF 2019. This funding is offered by the Arts Council in order to assist film artists in maximising their audiences nationally while also supporting the film artists, who made the films, to work in an international context.

Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film for the Arts Council notes “The Reel Art Awards are very important to the Arts Council. They demonstrate clearly the Arts Council’s passionate support for innovative and challenging work from film artists with distinctive creative visions. We hope that the addition of a dedicated exhibition support fund will significantly enhance opportunities for successful film artists to reach their audiences in the most appropriate ways possible for these unique films”.

Film artists interested in applying for Reel Art are invited to attend an information session on the scheme on Tuesday 5th September at 3pm in Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. This session will outline the purpose and priorities of the award and will answer questions on the scheme. Anyone interested in attending should register their interest by sending an email to<>.

Guidelines for Reel Art 2017, together with application forms for the scheme are available for download from the website www.<> as are details of previous Reel Art projects.


Funding Initiative: Cine4 Development Scheme

TG4, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board (IFB) and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) are collaborating in the Cine4 Development Scheme, a new joint-funding initiative to support the development and production of feature films in the Irish language. Open to live-action, feature-length, drama film projects in the Irish language, the Cine4 Development Scheme aims to encourage strong storytelling, visual flair and high production values appropriate for the big screen.

The first round of applications for feature-length projects has been reviewed by a panel of assessors from TG4, BSÉ and BAI.  There were 30 applications from 21 companies and assessors remarked on the high quality of the submissions.  Today the successful five companies who will be offered development budgets up to €25,000 have been announced.

The successful companies are Abú Media with the project, ‘Finky’; Danú Media with the project, ‘Saoi’; Fíbín Media with the project ‘Finscéal’; Macalla with the project, ‘Arracht’; and, Wildfire Films with the project ‘Sail Óg Sarah’.

Developed screenplays and production plans from these companies will be assessed further, with two of these chosen for entry into the next appropriate round of the BAI Sound & Vision scheme for production funding.  The two films with budgets of up to €1.2million produced as a result of the Cine4 Development Scheme will be given a full festival life and theatrical release prior to their broadcast premiere on TG4.

TG4 Director General, Alan Esslemont, said: “We were delighted with the very strong interest shown by the independent production sector in this partnership drama initiative with the IFB and the BAI. I’d like to thank all the companies who participated and because the response from the sector was so strong we have decided to announce a second round of the Cine4 Development Scheme immediately.  As one of Ireland’s public service broadcasters, TG4 plays a key role in the fostering of Ireland’s creative economy and we believe that films created through the Cine4 scheme will delight audiences and also open doors internationally for Irish film-makers.”

Commenting on the announcement James Hickey, Chief Executive IFB, said: “Development funding is fundamental to the creative process involved in getting a script to the next level, ready for production. We are delighted to be working on this feature film initiative and I’d like to congratulate the award-winning teams. I am looking forward to working with them and TG4 on the development process which will help bring their creative visions to life. The IFB provides development and production funding for Irish language content across feature film, TV drama, animation and feature documentaries.”

Commenting on the announcement, BAI Chief Executive, Michael O’Keeffe, said: “I would like to congratulate the five successful companies who have received development funding through the Cine4 initiative. Through the administration of the Sound & Vision Broadcasting Funding Scheme, the BAI has been a key partner for Irish language films and drama series. I am confident that the funding provided through Cine4will greatly assist the further development of these five projects and will advance the initiative’s aims in relation to creativity and high production values.”

Because of the strength of the applications from the initial round, TG4, the IFB and the BAI also today are delighted to announce a call out for applications for the second round of the Cine4Development Scheme. The deadline for this second round is October 6, 2017.


Full details of the scheme, including terms, conditions, deadline dates etc are available from