Filmbase is seeking applicants for a one year Tús Programme sponsored support initiative for those who are unemployed and on the Live Register. The programme will provide a supportive environment for highly motivated individuals to develop their own work opportunities in creative industries.

Filmbase are looking for applicants who meet the criteria for Tús sponsorship and who have the demonstrable potential to develop their skills as freelance Writers, Producers or Directors. We are seeking to identify, nurture and support 12 participants who have a genuine ability to develop projects and skills which may be commercially feasible as film, television or transmedia projects.
The programme will provide a structured environment which will support dynamic and creative individuals, under supervision and guidance, to develop their practical skills, industry awareness, employability, and practical project development.

Filmbase will provide support the programme through targeted training, access to shared office resources, production equipment, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Supports will include:

• A city centre, shared unit incubation hot desk office
• Access to film and video production equipment
• Access to film and video editing facilities
• High speed internet access, suitable for large video file uploading
• Access to industry specific software, including Final Draft, Final Cut Pro X, Movie Magic Budgeting, Movie Magic Scheduling and the Adobe Creative Media Suite.
• Access to Filmbase Training Courses under an individually tailored learning plan
• Access to meeting rooms and rehearsal spaces
• Individual one-to-one professional mentorship
• Training in film related software

The development of creative partnerships between participants will also be encouraged as part of the support initiative.

About Tús

Tús is an activation initiative for those who are unemployed and on the Live Register. It is intended to support the work readiness of those who participate.

Eligibility to Participate

Participation in the scheme is open to persons who:
• have been continuously unemployed for at least 12 months and “signing” on a full time basis
• are in receipt of a jobseekers payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 12 months
• are currently in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance

Those who do not meet the above eligibility criteria can not be considered for this scheme.
In addition, applicants who are offered a placement on this scheme will need to be approved by their local Department of Social Protection case officer upon selection.

What will Participation Mean for Your Social Welfare Entitlements?

The Tús rates of payment will be equivalent to your existing Jobseeker’s Allowance plus a top-up rate of €22.50 per week, with a minimum payment of €210.50.
You will retain all other Social Welfare Entitlements that you currently qualify for.

Can I Undertake Additional Work?

While on Tús, participants will be able to undertake additional commercial employment and will be supported to pursue this. However, your additional work must not interfere with your Tús commitments and you must contact the Revenue Commissioners with regard to any other work undertaken to ensure tax compliance, etc.
While participating on Tús, it is open to participants to terminate their contract if offered alternative commercial employment or training opportunities.

How Is This Tús Programme Organised

The Filmbase Writers, Producers, Directors Tús programme is a joint initiative of Filmbase and the Ballyfermot / Chapelizod Partnership. The placements run at Filmbase with the support and assistance of the Ballyfermot / Chapelizod Partnership through their Local Employment Services Network. Additional administrative and liaison support for all participants will be provided by Ballyfermot LESN who will monitor and report on programme and individual progress to the DSP.

How To Apply

If you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above and wish to be considered for this programme please apply by 5pm, Friday 17th February with the following information:

1. >Completed Online Application Form
2. Letter outlining your professional development goals for the year, if supported through the programme
3. Current, up-to-date CV
4. Links to sample work(s) already produced
Your application must clearly identify whether you wish to be supported as a Writer, Producer or Director.
Applications must apply online by clicking: Online Application Form
Please do not send hardcopy applications.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview and selected applicants will be offered a place, subject to approval by their DSP Case Officer, beginning in March/April 2017 for 12 months.

Additional Information

Additional information on the Tús programme can be found on the Department of Social Protection website at:
Additional information on Filmbase can be found through the Filmbase website at:
Additional information on Ballyfermot Local Employment Services Network can be found at:

For general enquiries about participation in the Writers, Producers, Directors Tús initiative please email tus@filmbase.ie


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