The Kerry Short Film Bursary is now open for submissions.

The Kerry Short Film Bursary 2021 is open for applications.  A fund of €10,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant towards the cost of producing a 10-12min short drama or documentary film in the county. This Bursary is funded through Kerry County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland and is intended to support & encourage filmmaking within the county. Filmmakers will also be assisted through Kerry College – Monavalley Campus, Tralee, a centre of excellence for film training. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Thursday April 22nd.

In 2021 the focus is on a strong creative connection with Kerry. At least one of each application’s core creative team (Writer/Director/Producer) must be living in Kerry. If you are interested in networking with Kerry based writers, directors & producers please contact

An online information session on March 18th will provide details on how to submit a competitive application. Applicants are advised to attend this webinar to ensure their submission has the best chance of success. Register with to attend. Application forms & guidelines are available on There is a two-stage selection process in this open competition with previous winners excluded from entering. Stage one involves a shortlisting of applications while stage two requires an online interview with the shortlisted creative teams on May 13th.  

Kerry ETB’s Film Development Officer, Siobhan O’Sullivan, outlined “the importance of the film bursary in developing the film sector within the county” and emphasised that “in 2021 we are looking for fresh voices and new stories that reflect modern Ireland.” Kerry County Council Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly, described the award as “a critical way to support filmmaking talent and to highlight locations, facilities and skills available in Kerry.” Patrick Connor Scarteen, Mayor of Kerry, further outlined that “this bursary is an important route for filmmakers gaining experience in their craft while it continues to promote Kerry as a location for film.” Owen O’Donnell, Director of Further Education & Training with Kerry ETB, commented that “Kerry College, a centre of excellence for film training, is delighted to see this bursary which is an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in filmmaking.” 

Applicants must shoot on location in Kerry.  Screen Kerry, the Kerry Film Office, will offer location support and guidance as requested. 


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