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)



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.


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.


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.



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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