IFB Announce After ’16 Projects


Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board has announced the successful After ’16 projects to be funded. After ’16 is a once-off initiative which will commemorate, celebrate and ruminate on 1916 and how the events of Easter Sunday and beyond forged the landscape of the century that followed.

Nine short film projects in total will be funded by this once off scheme.

The successful fiction projects are:

  • A Terrible Hullabaloo, directed by Ben O’Connor, written by Aoife Noonan and produced by Bob Gallagher, for Bowsie Workshop.
  • Goodbye, Darling, to be directed by Maria Elena Doyle, written by Alex Barclay and produced by Fiona Kinsella for Jumper Productions.
  • My Life for Ireland, to be directed by Kieron J Walsh, written by Pat McDonnell and produced by Damien O Donnell for Suitable Films.
  • The Cherishing, to be written and directed by Dave Tynan and produced by Dave Leahy for Warrior Films.
  • The Party, to be directed by Andrea Harkin, written by Conor O Neill and produced by Emmet Fleming for Fleming Creative.


The successful non-fiction projects are:

  • A Father’s Letter, to be directed by Joseph Dolan, written by Sinead McCoole and produced by Niamh Heery for Swansong Films.
  • Baring Arms, to be written and directed by Colm Quinn and produced by David Clarke for El Zorrero Films.
  • Mr Yeats and the Beastly Coins, to be directed by Niamh Guckian, written and produced by Ann Marie Hourihane.
  • Granite and Chalk, to be directed by Stephen McNally and Patrick Hodgins. It will be written and produced by Naomi O Leary, for NaoimCo.



Inaugural VFX and Animation Traineeship Launch


Screen Training Ireland, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board and Animation Skillnet have announced the launch of the inaugural VFX and Animation Traineeship Programme for the Irish Animation and VFX sectors. The launch will take place in Dublin on the 11th of May and will include a key note address from Dreamworks Animation Director and Writer Dean DeBlois.

The launch will also include presentations from top Irish Animation and VFX Studios including Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films, JAM Media, Boulder Media and Screen Scene VFX.

The Traineeship Programme will run over a 12-month period targeted at developing skills and talent in the Irish VFX and animation sector. The programme will involve a mix of on-the-job training/mentoring as well as additional specialist training/mentoring delivered through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland. The participating trainees will receive tailored training along different priority pathways to include 2D Animation, 3D Animation, VFX CG, VFX Compositing, Pipeline/Technology, and Production Management.

The participating studios and trainees are:

Boulder Media
Trainee: Alan Tighe
Brown Bag Films
Trainee: Ken Chambers
Cartoon Saloon
Trainee: Sonia Naqvi
Trainee: Sean Quill
JAM Media
Trainee: Marianna Farris
Trainee: Katie O’Meara
Kite Entertainment
Trainee: Cathryn Gamble
Pink Kong
Trainee: Niall Byrne
Piranha Bar
Trainee: Mark Shaw
Screen Scene VFX
Trainee: Sammy Khalid
Telegael/Studio Beochán
Trainee: Leigh O’Brien
Windmill Lane VFX
Trainee: Daryl McMahon



Film Board Announce New Five-Year Strategic Plan


Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) Chairman Bill O’Herlihy, together with the IFB Board, today announced their intention to undertake a new five year strategic plan, focused on the future direction of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

The first stage of putting this strategic plan in place will be to begin a review of the aims, visions and goals of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, so that a new strategic vision can be created which will best deliver on Government policy across the development of Irish filmmaking and the film, television and animation industries.

Commenting on the announcement today Bill O’Herlihy, Chairman, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said: “We intend to put in place a new five year strategy for the IFB. This will be a comprehensive strategic plan which will focus on the future goals for the agency itself, and the outcomes the IFB will deliver for the industry. Therefore we will include a wide and detailed consultation with key industry stakeholders and the organisations representing Irish producers, writers, directors, cast and crew and the animation sector, which will begin immediately.”

The consultation with the industry stakeholders will be structured around interviews, focus groups, and an on-line questionnaire, all of which will be focused around a number of key questions which will interrogate the role and future direction of the agency.

The overall strategic plan, the development of the key questions and the industry consultation will be carried out with appointed independent consultants, Crowe Horwath.

This strategic review follows on from the Creative Capital Report which was a review of the overall industry published by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in 2011. Based on figures in the PWC Report of 2008 of a turnover of €550m in the audiovisual production sector in Ireland and 5440 full time equivalent jobs, the Creative Capital Report, projected a growth in turnover to over €1 billion and in jobs to over 10,000 over a five year period.

It is expected that the new strategy document for Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board will be published in early 2015.

For more information on the role of the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board visit www.irishfilmboard.ie


Small Changes to IFB Funding Processes and Application Dates


Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (BSÉ/IFB) have announced a change to the deadlines for all development, production and distribution funding schemes.

The new upcoming application deadlines for production and distributionfunding are as follows:

Friday 13th June 2014

Wednesday 13th August 2014

Friday 12th September 2014

Applications will be processed within 5-6 weeks of the deadline. This change is being implemented to allow further time to engage with BSÉ/IFB Project Mangers in advance of making an application.

The procedure for the assessment of all development funding applications remains the same. The deadline for the receipt of applications is the last working day of every month. Applications will be processed within 6-8 weeks of the deadline. Please note however that there will be no deadline for all development applications in July. There will no deadline for screenplay development applications in August (in addition to July), as the scheme is currently under review. 

The upcoming deadlines for development funding are as follows:

Monday 30th June 2014

Friday 29th August 2014 (for project development, animation development, international development and documentary development only. No deadline for screenplay development until further notice)

Tuesday 30th September 2014
Applicants are advised that the online system will close at 1pm on the day of each deadline. Applicants are advised to give themselves ample time to prepare, upload and submit applications as incomplete submissions will not be accepted once the system has closed. Please consult the relevant page of the BSÉ/IFB funding programmes section of the website prior to making an application.


IFB Overview of 2013 and Outlook for 2014


Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), the national development agency for the Irish film, television and animation industry published details of all production activity undertaken in Ireland in 2013. The figures for the industry show that production activity for the independent film, television drama and animation sector has reached the highest level on record, contributing over €168 million* into the Irish economy through employment creation and spend on local goods and services. This represents an increase of approximately 18% on 2012 figures and 42% on 2011 figures.The details were outlined by James Hickey, Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, at an event which gave an overview of the industry in 2013 and an outlook for the year ahead. Speaking at the event, Mr. Hickey said: “This has been a strong growth year for the independent film, television and animation industry, with significant positive benefits both for Irish culture and the economy. The availability of strong Irish talent and creativity across all aspects of the production cycle, as well as growing numbers of enterprising Irish production companies, are just two of the factors that are driving this upward trend and helping to build Ireland’s reputation in the global industry.”

A key focus of the Board in 2014 will be to continue to invest in creative talent to help develop and deepen overall skills through the delivery of a diverse range of training programmes through our training arm Screen Training Ireland.”

2014 Slate of Projects

There are a number of exciting projects in the development pipeline with the IFB. These include Glassland starring Jack Reynor (Transformers, What Richard Did) and Toni Collette and directed by Gerard Barrett (Pilgrim Hill), and an adaptation of Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn starring Domhnall Gleeson (Sensation) and Saoirse Ronan (Byzantium).

Audiences can look forward to a wide range of film releases in 2014 including the upcoming comedy The Stag starring Andrew Scott, Hugh O’Conor and Amy Huberman in March, the sci-fi film The Last Days on Mars directed by Ruairi Robinson and Calvary starring Brendan Gleeson in April, and Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank starring Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Fassbender in May.

Review of 2013

This year the IFB supported twelve Irish feature films, six creative feature co-productions, seventeen feature documentaries, two TV dramas and eight animated projects.

Over the course of 2013, the funding arm of the IFB directly invested €7.5m in feature film, television drama and animation projects. This investment enabled Irish producers to raise €59.5 million, which was invested directly into the Irish economy through employment and spend on local goods and services.

While film and animation production has remained steady, 2013 has seen significant growth in major international high-end TV drama production. This was driven partly by the IFB International Production Fund which has played an important role in attracting international TV drama production to Ireland over the last number of years. Production activity in this area has increased over the past two years from €28 million in 2011 to €81 million in 2013.

Support from this Fund contributed to bringing Ripper Street and Vikings to Ireland for their first seasons. Both concluded a second season of filming in 2013, providing a significant boost to Ireland. The first series of Penny Dreadful, which is also in receipt of the IFB International Production Fund, began production in Ireland this year and was worth over €33 million to the Irish economy.

Investment in Local Talent

Other projects supported by the IFB that will come to market in 2014 include films by established directors Mary McGuckian (The Price of Desire), John Boorman (Queen and Country) and Ken Loach (Jimmy’s Hall); first-time feature directors Vivienne deCourcy (Wild), Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey) and Lisa Mulcahy (The Legend of Longwood); and returning feature directors Ken Wardrop (Gentlemen), Niall Heery (Gold) and Terry McMahon (Patrick’s Day).

Production also began on the animation feature film Song of the Sea from the company behind the Academy Award® nominated The Secret of Kells. Irish animation TV producers performed outstandingly at Cartoon Forum this year, presenting the highest number of IFB-backed animated series ever to key financiers. These projects included Puffin Rock, narrated by Chris O’Dowd, which sold to Nickelodeon Junior.

Outlook for 2014

“We are forecasting another strong year next year. Major films already in the mix for 2014 include Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Fassbender, and Calvary, starring Brendan Gleeson, both of which will have their World Premiere at Sundance in January, showcasing Irish talent on the world stage.

“There is no doubt that a supportive Government policy and IFB investment are assisting Irish producers to compete internationally. Section 481 has put Ireland on the map and the enhancements of this measure in the recent Budget are welcomed. We anticipate that this will be the engine for additional growth in 2014, helping to further develop this high-value creative industry for Ireland,” Mr Hickey concluded.


* This figure of €168 million represents the Irish expenditure for all projects which went into production this  year  in the categories  of independent film, TV drama, animation and feature documentary only. It does not include broadcaster spend in the categories of entertainment, lifestyle, documentary and factual.

The Irish Film 2014 production catalogue is now available online. View it here.





IFB Funding Applications Now Accepted Online


Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) have announced that they are now accepting applications for development, production and distribution funding loans online.

Applicants wishing to apply for funding must register on the IFB website, create a personal login and proceed through the new application process.

There are a number of changes to the application process, so it is advisable that applicants acquaint themselves with the new online application process, allowing enough time to complete the full application prior to the IFB funding deadlines.

You can find full details here

It is advised that all applicants read the How to Apply Guidelines before making an application.

Upcoming funding deadlines are:

IFB Development Funding Applications: Friday November 29th 2013
IFB Production Funding Applications: January 10th 2014

Helpful Links:

• Register with the new IFB Application System
• Read the IFB How to Apply Guidelines
• Read more about the new Documentary Development funding.


Successful Gearrscannáin Projects Announced

Gearrscannain for news

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (BSÉ/IFB) have announced the two projects chosen for the latest Gearrscannáin short-film scheme.

Written/directed by Medb Johnstone and produced by Clodagh Ní Bhric, Rince is a glance at life in a family of dancers in the west of Ireland.

Directed by Brian Deane, produced by Eamonn Cleary and written by Matthew Roche, Céad Ghrá is follows two best friends Colm and Donal who have heard that the prettiest girl in their primary-school class “likes” them. But this isn’t good enough for Donal — he wants to find out who she likes the most.

Gearrscannáin is a BSÉ/IFB funding scheme for the production of Irish-language short films that appeal to a general audience. The initiative encourages fresh, new directorial voices; filmmakers who are willing to take risks and challenge viewers.