Call For: Applications for Irish Film Board Frameworks Animation Scheme

 Illustration: Adeline Pericart

The deadline for the Irish Film Board short animation scheme Frameworks has been announced. Applications will be accepted until Friday, 20th April.

Frameworks is an established scheme for the making of animated short films which has been incredibly successful in stimulating ground-breaking new work from Irish animators. Projects selected for funding will combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a broad audience.

Irish animation has been drawing much international acclaim in recent years with Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty being nominated for a Best Short Animation Academy Award, The Rooster, The Crocodile and The Night Sky being nominated for a prestigious ASIFA Hollywood Annie Award and Old Fangs receiving critical acclaim at the renowned Sundance, Annecy and the London film festivals.

The Frameworks scheme is co-funded by BSÉ/IFB, the Arts Council and RTÉ.

Films may be made in Irish or English with Irish applications being actively encouraged.

For more information on making an application and to download an application form visit the Funding Programmes section of the Irish Film Board website.

A Bheochantóirí!! Spriocdháta Nua Frameworks Á Fógairt

Tá áthas ar Bord Scannán na hÉireann spiocdháta nua a fhógairt do Frameworks – scéim na ngearrscannán beochana. Glacfaí le hiarratais go dtí an Aoine, 20ú Aibreán. Is scéim bhunaithe rathúil í Frameworks do léiriú gearrscannáin bheochana, atá ag spreagadh saothair nuálacha ó bheochantóirí Éireannacha.

Beidh taiscéalaíocht chruthaitheach i gceist leis na tionscnaimh a roghnófaí, agus ba chóir go mbeidh sé ar a gcumas acu lucht féachana leathan a tharraingt. Tá clú idirnáisiúnta bainte amach ag beochan Éireannach sna blianta beaga anuas, le hainmniúchán do Dhuais an Acadaimh – An Gearrscannán Beochana Is Fearr faighte ag Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty a stiúraigh Nicky Phelan agus a scríobh Kathleen O’Rourke. Moladh freisin The Rooster, The Crocodile and the Night Sky, a scríobh agus a stiúraigh Padraig Fagan, don ghradam suntasach Annie de chuid ASIFA Hollywood. Taispeánadh Old Fangs de chuid Adrien Merigeau ag an bhféile cháiliúil Sundance, agus ag Féile Scannán Annecy agus Féile Scannán Londan anuraidh, le moladh óna léirmheastóirí.

Tá Scéim Frameworks maoinithe ag BSÉ, An Chomhairle Ealaíon agus RTÉ. Is féidir scannáin a dhéanamh as Gaeilge nó i mBéarla, agus cuirimid fáilte mhór go háirithe roimh iarratais as Gaeilge. Le tuilleadh eolais a fháil ar conas iarratas a dhéanamh agus chun foirm iarratais a íoslódáil, téigh chuig Clár Maoiniú Frameworks ar laithreán gréasáin BSÉ.



Call For: Applications for Inside Pictures

Inside Pictures, the leading film industry business training and leadership skills development programme, launched its 2012 programme on 7th February 2012, and is now open for applications.


In its ninth year, Inside Pictures is open to applicants from across the whole of the European Union. This top level and highly regarded programme is for 15 ambitious executives and producers who want to expand their business knowledge of the international film industry, extend their network of senior contacts, raise their profile and develop their leadership skills.


Comprised of three intensive one-week modules and a tailored project, Inside Pictures takes place in London and Los Angeles between June and December 2012. For full details of the course structure and confirmed speakers go to


The focus of the programme will be to develop the cutting edge industry business knowledge, management skills, profile and cross-industry contact network needed for leaders, from across the industry, to thrive in the global business of film. Seminars, workshops, studio visits and events will cover all aspects of the international film business – from development through production, financing, worldwide distribution, marketing and exhibition and latest digital developments.



Minimum five years’ relevant experience in production, development, acquisitions, directing, distribution, marketing, exhibition, advertising, sales, legal, business affairs, consultancy of finance. Fluent spoken and written English.


Dates and Locations:

Module 1: 18-22 June 2012 (London UK)

Module 2: 17-21 September 2012 (Los Angles USA)

Module 3: 12-17 November 2012 (London UK)

Presentations: 29 November 2012 (London UK)



Full Participant: €6,000

London Module Only Participant: €3,000


For more information check or contact Programme Manager Corinne Ranaraja at or on 07539 231 372


Reel Art 2009 Calls for Applications

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 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Reel Art will support three films with a grant of up to €80,000 per project. Reel Art films will be premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February 2011.

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.

Reel Art films must be made within a total maximum budget of €80,000 and must be completed on/before 1st December 2010.

Application Forms and further guidelines can be found at

The deadline for applications for the 2009 round of the scheme is 5pm Wednesday 4th November.


Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Award 2009

Filmbase is calling on all emerging filmmakers to apply for the January round of the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Award scheme. Aspiring and seasoned scriptwriters, producers and directors can apply for this award which will fund up to three new short films from a total fund of €30,000 (an additional production and post-production facilities package is also offered to each production team as part of the award). Applications for the award will be accepted from Friday 16th of January. All applications for the award must be at Filmbase by the deadline, which is 5 pm Friday 30th January.

Ireland’s longest running short film award scheme, the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Award aims to uncover new talent and encourage a fresh approach to filmmaking. This award is suitable for those looking to break into the Irish film industry or for those more experienced filmmakers who may be looking to develop a new approach to their craft. The award is not suitable for full-time students; however, recent film graduates are welcome to apply. Over the last two decades numerous films have been made under the scheme, many of which have screened and won awards at film festivals both nationally and internationally.

For more info, or to download the application form, click here or contact Clare at Filmbase by email on or phone 01 679 6716.


Arts Council Announce New Bursary Awards Deadline

The Arts Council has announced a new closing date for Round 1 of its 2009 Bursary Awards. This has been brought about by an increase in applications of over 25%. The new closing date is Thursday, 27th November 2008 at 5.30 pm.

It is planned that all applications received prior to the closing date will receive a decision in February 2009. The closing date for Round 2 will be in April 2009.

The aim of the award is to allow artists, working in any context or in any art form, to buy space and freedom to concentrate on a body of work and provide the equipment, facilities and third party expertise to develop practice. Recipients can receive up to a maximum of €15,000 per year through the Bursary award. A number of multi-annual bursaries, which offer artists funding for up to a three-year period, are available each year.

New guidance notes and application forms are available online at c and hard copies will be available at the Arts Council from Monday 10 November.


Reel Art Launched

The Arts Council, in association with Filmbase and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival have announced a new scheme to provide funding for documentary filmmakers. Entitled Reel Art, the scheme will offer grants of up to €80,000 to three documentaries with an artistic theme. The Reel Art films will be made for theatrical exhibition and will be shown at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February 2010.

Applications should be sent in hardcopy to Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 before 5 pm on Wednesday, 5th November 2008.

Further information is available on the Reel Art website or from Filmbase, the operator of the scheme,


Film Critics Wanted

The Talent Press is a new project organised by the Berlinale Talent campus, Goethe-Institute, and FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics). Young film critics and journalists will be invited to Berlin to report on the films at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival (5–15 February 2009). The program is open to young film critics or journalists under 30 years old and who have published articles either in print or online. The deadline for applications is 8th October 2008.

For more information and details of the application process see


Deadline for 2nd Scanbitz Short Film Challenge

Clones Film Festival 2008 in association with Scanbitz have launched the second Scanbitz Short Film Challenge. The challenge invites experienced filmmakers, writer and crew to script, prep, scout locations, cast, rehearse, film, edit and present a finished short film in just three days. Last year’s competition resulted in five films which can be viewed at

The winner will receive the prestigious ‘Francie’ Trophy and a cash prize.

Each team will be given a budget of €500 to cover all expenses – petrol, phones, art dept, photo-copying, costumes, make-up, catering, etc. Accommodation is not provided, though festival organizers will provide assistance with accommodation seeking if necessary. Clones Film Festival will provide a production base, and a runner. The rest: location permissions, cast, props etc. must be organized by the participants. Clones Film Festival will provide a production assistant who will liase with the teams and act in an advisory capacity.

Interested production teams are invited to submit a short detailed proposal of the film they wish to make (max 200 words). Films can be any genre – drama, documentary, stop-motion animation, though it must be feasible to shoot in one day with a skeleton crew. Feasibility will be taken into account when proposals are judged.

Films can be any length, though they MUST be completed over the weekend (24– 26 October). Deadline for receipt of finished films is 2pm on Sunday 26th October. All filmmakers must be able to attend the ‘Francies’ award ceremony on the closing night of the festival on the Sunday 26th October.

Deadline for entries is 3rd October 2008 and entries and proposals must be submitted by email. Submissions will be acknowledged within 24 hours.
Send your proposal, team name and CV or credits of your proposed project’s director/producer, camera operator, editor and any other key crew to

For more information, please contact Harry Cleary at 047-52309 or 086-3542895