Call For: EU Commission Slate Funding

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The EU Commission have just announced details of the latest Call for Slate funding.
 

The deadline is February 4th 2016 – (11am Irish time).
 
Please note that there is only one slate funding deadline per year. 

Eligible companies can apply for funding for a slate of 3-5 Animation, Drama or Creative Documentary projects to a maximum total of €200,000. If you are more interested in Single Project funding, the deadlines for this scheme are November 19th and April 21st. Please note that you can apply in only one of the three development deadlines. All information can be found on the MEDIA funding section of the new Creative Europe Desk Ireland Website.
 

http://www.creativeeuropeireland.eu/media/funding/production/slate

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Deadline for Frameworks Announced

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Frameworks is a scheme for the making of animated short films which is considered to be continually 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 general audience, however please note this is not a scheme aimed at children.

The scheme is co-funded by BSÉ/IFB & RTÉ.

Films may be made in English or Irish (if produced in the Irish language subtitling will be necessary for festivals & sales worldwide)

The deadline is 1pm on Wed, 15th April, 2015

The online system will automatically close down at 1pm on this day so please ensure your submission is completed and submitted well in advance of the deadline as late applications will not be accepted by email or otherwise.

Parameters of the Scheme

  • Number of films: Up to 3 per year
    • Duration: Maximum 6 minutes
    • Max. budget per film: €46,000
    • Method: All forms of animation acceptable
    • Delivery: 2x HD Cam, DCP & HD File (Apple Pro-Res or Equivalent)

IMPORTANT NOTES:

TIME FRAME

When preparing your submission applicants should carefully consider the production timeframe. Producers will have a window in which to bring the projects to approved rough cut stage in early March 2016 and delivery must then be completed strictly by May 2016.

ARCHIVAL CLEARANCES  & RIGHTS

For films using archive material or which require any other kind of rights in order to produce the film – full clearances in all media in perpetuity must be included at application stage and costed into the budget.

Who Can Apply?

Applications are invited from producer/director/writer teams (where the producer and director are not the same person) subject to eligibility guidelines as follows:

Producers: Must provide a CV demonstrating their ability to produce animation.

Directors: Must have previously directed at least one animated short film*

Writers: Must have previous writing experience eg. screen, published or online work (links to online work should be provided on their CV).

Producers, Directors and Writers may apply to make more than one FRAMEWORKS film but may not receive funding through the scheme more than three times in a 10 year period.

Projects submitted twice before which were unsuccessful may not reapply.

The scheme is not open to full-time students

* FRAMEWORKS is not a wide-open scheme in terms of the talent it aims to attract: it is designed to enable the making of short animated films by producers and directors with strong creative voices and some measure of professional experience. Accordingly a short film made as part of college work will not be considered eligible in this context, though a graduation film that has achieved significant festival exposure might be.

Procedure

Submissions will be examined with consideration given to the screenplay and the creative team. A shortlist of around eight teams will be invited to attend an interview.

Awards will be made to up to three teams, the number of FRAMEWORKS to be funded being dependent upon the overall standard of submissions. Teams selected must attend an information day in order to be entitled to claim their funding.

Important Features of the Scheme

  • FRAMEWORKS films should be originated and creatively led by Irish talent or talent resident in Ireland, and their productions should be practically managed from Ireland by a production company registered in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Producers must provide evidence of their ability to acquire all rights worldwide in perpetuity in all forms of media now known and to be invented.
  • One producer only may be approved and credited for selected projects.
  • The following rates will apply to the production budgets of all films made under the scheme:

The WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER FEES should be in line with the budget, the overall cost of the project and the intentions of the scheme. Fees deemed excessive will be adjusted should the projects be selected.

Insurance:                 Allow 1.2% of the budget

Contingency:             Allow 5% of the budget (a production fee should not be included)

  • BSÉ/IFB & RTÉ will have approval rights over the following elements of all films funded under the scheme:

Shooting script (the Funder may appoint a script editor in certain cases)

– Budget
– Production Schedule
– Key animators and other technical crew – requires pre-approval
– Casting – voice and/or other – requires pre-approval
– Various animation stages throughout production
– Rough Cut
– Credits

  • Any significant changes to a selected project’s screenplay, schedule, key personnel or cast that are not approved by BSÉ/IFB & RTÉ may result in the award being withdrawn. If such changes are necessary, they must be discussed with the Funder.

 

Rights

The IFB will retain non-exclusive rights in all media in Ireland and non-exclusive promotional rights for the rest of the world.  RTÉ will retain non-exclusive internet rights and a number of broadcasts in Ireland.  The rest of the distribution rights will remain with the film maker who can choose to appoint a sales agent or distribute the film themselves.  The IFB feel this will provide vital training in the area of distribution and will enable filmmakers to build relationships with distributors directly.

The IFB have a policy of submitting Frameworks films to a list of approved international festivals after they have been premiered in Ireland.

How to Apply

Applications can now be made online – ‘Make an Application

Please ensure you have read the How to Apply guidelines prior to making an application.

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Call For: Applications for FilmOffaly/Filmbase 2015 Short Film Award

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FilmOffaly and Filmbase have announced the launch of our 2015 Short Film Award. This funding initiative aims to foster creative and resourceful filmmaking in Co. Offaly. The scheme is looking for original, entertaining stories by talented filmmakers, who – if selected – must set and shoot their project in the county.

The award will be given to one successful applicant who will receive €8,000 towards the cost of their production, along with one year’s membership to Filmbase, a 50% discount on equipment hire from Filmbase and more.

In order to be eligible for the award, applicants must have full, legal rights to the material they are submitting. Short films of any style and genre will be accepted as long as they are under 20 minutes in duration. Simply attach three copies of your script along with a 500 word synopsis and application form and post to:

FilmOffaly Short Award
Arts Office
Offaly County Council
Charleville Road
Tullamore
Co. Offaly

Short-listed applicants will then be contacted for interviews and will need to provide further documentation, more details of which can be found in the downloadable PDF guidelines here.

Deadline for submissions is 3pm on Friday 20th March 2015.

All posted entries must be postmarked by Thursday 19th March 2015 and anyone shipping their scripts internationally are advised to allow an extra week for additional postage time.

 

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Call For: Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Awards 2014 (Round 1)

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Filmbase and RTÉ are seeking Ireland’s most exciting new filmmaking talent and will support four short film projects with funding and facilities worth up to €20,000 each in 2014.

Closing date: 5pm Friday 9th May 2014
Funding available: €10,000 cash & matching facilities
Open to: Short film projects (live-action / animation / experimental)
Who can apply: New and established filmmakers welcome to apply

Visit filmbase.ie for further information.

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FilmOffaly/Filmbase 2014 Bursary Award Announced

FilmOffaly & Filmbase have announced the launch of their 2014 Bursary Award. This funding initiative aims to foster creative and resourceful filmmaking in Co. Offaly. They are looking for original, entertaining stories by talented filmmakers, who – if selected – must set and shoot their project in the county.

 

The award will be given to one successful applicant who will receive €8,000 towards the cost of their production, along with one year’s membership to Filmbase, a 50% discount on equipment hire from Filmbase and more.

 

 

In order to be eligible for the award, applicants must have full, legal rights to the material they are submitting. Short films of any style and genre will be accepted as long as they are under 20 minutes in duration. Simply attach three copies of your script along with a 500 word synopsis and application form and post to:

 

FilmOffaly Award

Arts Office

Offaly County Council

Charleville Road

Tullamore

Co. Offaly

 

Short-listed applciants will then be contacted for interviews and will need to provide further documentation, more details of which can be found in the downloadable PDF guidelines below. Deadline for submissions is 3pm on Friday 4th April 2014.

 

All posted entries must be postmarked by Thursday 3rd April and anyone shipping their scripts internationally are advised to allow an extra week for additional postage time.

 

Application forms and guidelines can be found below –

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BAI Announce Updates to Recently Signed Funding Contracts

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The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) has recently signed contracts with 12 independent producers and six radio stations that were awarded production funding to make TV or Radio programmes in recent rounds of the Broadcasting Funding Scheme – Sound & Vision II.

The Scheme was established to provide funding support to enable the production of high quality programmes that deal with the themes of Irish culture, heritage and experience, programmes to improve adult literacy and those programmes in the Irish language.  The Broadcasting Act, 2009 extended the Scheme further to offer funding to programmes that deal with the themes of media literacy and global affairs and increased the percentage level of funding for the Scheme, via the television licence fee, to 7%. The details of some recently signed contracts are outlined below.

Dublin based Athena Media was awarded funding for the production of four projects: ‘Grassroots’, a human interest radio series, is based on the stories of people making a real difference in society through their work with community development projects aimed at those with mental health issues. The series received funding of €13,000 and will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108FM. ‘Winning Women: Going for Gold in London 2012’ is an 8 part radio series which follows some of Ireland’s female athletes as they prepare to represent Ireland at the London Olympics this summer. The series will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108FM and received funding of €19,000. ‘Beyond Limits’ is a television documentary charting the stories of some athletes that will compete in the 2012 Paralympics. The project received funding of €60,000 and will be broadcast on Setanta Sports. While, ‘Citizens: Lockout 1913’ is a documentary radio series which is being made to mark one hundred years since the dramatic events of Dublin’s labour lockout. The production will work in collaboration with some of Ireland’s key national archives and social historians and will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio One. The project received funding of €25,000.

Claremorris Community Radio also signed contracts for the production of four projects: ‘Cúram Cares’ is a radio series which will document the importance of the Cúram Family Centre to the community of Claremorris. The project received funding of €6,000. ‘Race to reform’ will examine the history of Claremorris race course from the 1900s up to the modern day and will look at the various sporting, cultural and commercial clubs that have made the race course their home over the years. The project received €4,000 in funding. ‘The People’s Court’ received funding of €4,000, and will tell the short history of the Dáil courts in 1920s Ireland and sittings in Ballinrobe and Claremorris. ‘Claremorris Open Exhibition: Big Art in a small town’ will include the production of a radio documentary and an outside broadcast to celebrate the 35 year history of the Claremorris Open Exhibition, the annual contemporary art exhibition held in the town each year. The project received funding of €6,000 towards the cost of production.

Meanwhile, Tile Films has received funding to produce two-part television documentary, ‘The Graves of the Disappeared’. The project will focus on the Irish War of Independence and the subsequent Civil War and will investigate the resting places of some of those who disappeared during the conflict. The project received €198,000 in funding and will be broadcast on TV3.

Spin South West has signed contracts to produce three radio projects for broadcast on the station. ‘Market Mornings’ will follow and collect the sounds and stories of young traders and customers at Limerick’s Milk Market. The project received funding of €3,000. €3,500 in funding was provided for the production of, ‘Doing it for themselves’, which will explore the experiences of a number of individuals in the South West who have independently promoted musical performances and events spanning a variety of genres since the 1990s. ‘Smart Arts’ is a series of short programmes that will profile the work of five people from the South West who are linked through their work in the arts and have been successful in their chosen fields outside of Ireland. The project received funding of €9,500.

Elsewhere, Cork Independent radio producer Fiona Gough signed contracts relating to two projects: ‘Cork on Song’ is a six part series that will celebrate the rich musical culture and heritage to be found in Cork City and County and will feature some of Cork’s finest singers, song writers. The project received funding of €11,000 and will be broadcast on C103FM. ‘Frank Ryan – out of the shadow’  will be broadcast on WLR FM and tells the story of two Frank Ryans. Frank Ryan Senior was a Waterford butcher turned famous tenor and now his grandson Frank Ryan is preparing to return to the stage after a twenty year break. The project received funding of €5,000.

Cork’s Life FM has signed a contract to produce a series of programmes entitled ‘Fort Camden – History and Rebirth’ that will tell the story of the restoration and revival of Fort Camden in Crosshaven. The five part series aims to uncover the history and culture of this historic building. The station received funding of €7,200 towards the costs of producing the series.

Cork’s student radio station UCC 98.3 FM received funding of €3,500 to produce ‘Irish traditional food future looks bright’. The series of four programmes will look at the development of Irish, but principally the Munster traditional and artisan food sector. The series will feature interviews with UCC’s food scientists, as well as food producers and exporters.

Kieran Hurley, a Cork based radio producer, received funding to produce the ‘The Lady Freemason of Cork’. This programme will document the history of the Freemasons in Cork and tell the story of the only ever female Freemason, who was a Cork woman. The project received funding of €3,975 and will be broadcast on UCC 98.3 FM.

The documentary ‘Piano Portraits – Fanny Robinson’ will tell the story of this relatively unknown but highly gifted 19th Century Irish pianist. This documentary will feature specially recorded versions of her music and is being produced by Dublin-based pianist Una Hunt. The project received funding of €16,000 and will be broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM.

Máiréad Uí Dhomhnaill will produce an Irish language radio series for broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. The series entitled ‘Scéalta – Fadó agus go Deo’ will explore the tradition of storytelling in Ireland and speak to students and storytellers of all ages to find out what the tradition means to them today. The project received funding of €15,000.

Judy Meg Ní Chinnéide has received funding to the tune of €7,470 towards the production of Irish language series ‘Spioradáltacht ar an Imeall’, which will focus on some of the newer spiritual movements and belief systems in Ireland today. Each programme of the series will feature one particular community with the reporter attending the many cultural and spiritual events. This project will be broadcast on Raidió na Life.

Tipperary Mid-West Community Radio will produce 32-part series ‘My Place’. Each of these 15 minute features will look at various place names throughout Tipperary and from where those names originate. The station received funding of €14,800 towards this series which will be broadcast later this year.

Daithí Mc Mahon has been granted €9,000 in funding to produce a docu-drama project for broadcast on Radio Kerry. ‘End of the line’ will take listeners on a historical journey along the Tralee to Dingle railway which operated between 1891 and 1953 using a mix of history, interviews and original drama.

While, Lisa Madden, an independent producer from County Louth has received funding to make ‘Knock, Knock, Who’s there?’ This programme will tell the story of “Willie’s bus to Knock” an annual expedition from Monasterboice, County Louth to the Shrine at Knock that has been operating for the last 35 years. The project received funding of €4,400 and will be broadcast on LMFM Radio.

Funding of €4,000 was awarded to John Scally who will produce a radio documentary on the life and legacy of footballer Dermot Earley. ‘The Earley Years’ will be broadcast on local radio station Shannonside FM.

Independent producer Mary Phelan, trading as Sound Woman Productions, received funding of €20,500 to produce a four part documentary series that will explore the role that music plays in human relationships at an interpersonal and social level. Each of the four programmes will focus on a particular music genre from classical to jazz. When completed, ‘Making music together’ will be broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM.

Ciaran Ryan signed contracts for two radio projects: ‘Independent Day’s’ explores the culture behind independent record stores across Ireland and how they are faring in the face of economic, technological and consumer trends. The project received funding of €3,250 and will be broadcast on RTÉ 2XM. The other project ‘Sounds of the Summer’ received funding of €8,900 and will be broadcast on Spin South West. It will feature 40, two minute sound collages recorded at various events and activities taking place in the region during the summer months.

Finally, Ocean FM has signed contracts to produce two projects: ‘Paddy at the Prom’s will follow one reporter’s experience of attending the Proms and whether or not music cuts through class and culture. The project received €8,400 in funding. The second project ‘If walls could talk’ will seek to tell the varied history of Sligo Gaol and the stories of some of the inmates who were incarcerated there over the last two centuries. This project received funding of €7,200 and will be broadcast on Ocean FM in the coming months.

Funding Rounds

The next closing date for the receipt of applications to the Scheme (Round 15) is 13th July at 12 noon. For application guidelines and further information please visit www.bai.ie

The BAI expects that funding decisions arising from the most recent round of the Scheme (Round 14) will be announced in late July/early August.

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BAI allocates €7.8Million towards the production of television programmes

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) has announced funding decisions for Round 11 (TV) of the Broadcasting Funding Scheme.

Grants totaling €7,861,000 have been offered to support the production of 43 television projects which will be broadcast on Public Service, Commercial and Community Television stations. All the projects deal with the themes of Irish Culture, Heritage and Experience.

The package of recommended projects includes a range of documentary, drama, animation and entertainment programmes, 12 of which will be in the Irish Language. 16 of the projects are intended for broadcast on Commercial and Community television stations.

A total of 98 applications were received in this round. The funding package was ratified by the Authority at its meeting on 5th September following the consideration of recommendations made by assessment panels.  The assessment panels are comprised of experts from the audiovisual sector and BAI Staff. The BAI will now commence contract negotiations with each of the successful applicants.

Speaking about the announcement, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland said “The Broadcasting Funding Scheme continues to be a major source of funding for both the broadcasting and independent television production sectors in Ireland. While documentary remains the most popular genre in terms of applications received, and the most successful in terms of funding offered, we are particularly pleased with the increase in the amount of projects funded in the Drama and Animation genres on this occasion. Once again the Scheme has awarded vital funding that will enable broadcasters and producers to make high quality programmes that will inform and entertain Irish viewers”.

Details of recommended projects are available here.

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Call for Media Proposals to Support Coverage of Development Issues

Call for Media Proposals to Support Coverage of Development Issues

Media professionals are now invited to apply for funding under the winter round of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, an initiative of Irish Aid aimed at increasing public understanding of global development issues.

The Simon Cumbers Media Fund was established in memory of the late Irish journalist Simon Cumbers, who was killed in Saudi Arabia while working with the BBC in 2004. The aim of the Fund is to promote more and better quality coverage of development issues in the Irish media and, by extension, to promote a greater understanding of the work of Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development.

Media professionals and students are invited to submit proposals to cover a development issue, which will involve travel to a developing country. The Fund is open to all media disciplines and encourages proposals that promote positive impressions of developing countries across areas such as health, education, environment, business and sport. Projects that explore the issue of hunger and / or that are relevant to the Millennium Development Goals will be favoured by the judging panel, as will projects that focus on Irish Aid’s partner countries in Africa and Asia.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday, 16th September 2011.

Two information workshops for media professionals interested in applying to the Simon Cumbers Media Fund will take place over the coming weeks – the first in Dublin on 5th September at the Irish Aid Information and Volunteering Centre, Upper O’Connell Street, and the second in Cork on 6th September at the Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay.

 

The Simon Cumbers Media Fund has two funding rounds each year: one in summer and one in winter. Former successful applicants have gone on to travel to – and report on issues in – countries such as Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Previous Simon Cumbers Media Fund projects have also won and been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards and festivals, including the Clarion Awards, the PPI Radio Awards, the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, the New York Festival, the Western Development Commission John Healy Award and the One World Media Awards.

 

Full details on registering for the Simon Cumbers Media Fund workshops – and on how to apply to the Fund – are available at www.simoncumbersmediafund.ie.  For information on Irish Aid, see www.irishaid.gov.ie.

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Funding Announced for Irish Language Projects

As a result of its first funding round in 2009, the Irish Language Broadcast Fund has announced its latest funding decisions. The wide range projects awarded includes a third series of youth drama Seacht and a docu-drama about Charles Byrne, an 8ft tall ‘giant’ Tyrone man who lived in the 1700s.

For a full listing of all projects awarded and more information, please click here.

The remaining deadlines for 2009 are Friday 29th May and Friday 25th September.

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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.

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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 www.reelart.ie or from Filmbase, the operator of the scheme, www.filmbase.ie

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