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BAI Funding

18th February 2021

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced details of 2021 funding allocations under its Sectoral Learning & Development programme and its Sponsorship Scheme. Funding of €646,000 has been approved by the BAI to support a range of activities.

The allocation of funding to a range of industry networks to support their various learning and development activities is a core part of the BAI’s work under the strategic objective of Enhancing Innovation and Sectoral Sustainability. Additional funding is also offered to support schemes for community broadcasters and temporary services, and initiatives for Irish language, gender, and other diversity projects.

The funding includes €342,488 which will be awarded to 16 industry and representative organisations under the Network Funding strand of the programme. WGI are one of those organisations.

WGI Director Hugh Farley says, “WGi is delighted to have received the support of BAI’s sponsorship fund and its Sectoral support. It is a recognition of the work we do to support our members and promote the status of the writer within the audio-visual sector. At a time of great uncertainty, the award gives us an opportunity to run events which are relevant and meaningful.”

Further details here.

WGI Welcomes Screen Ireland Additional Funding

27th April 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, last week Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland announced a series of measures to support the screen industry at this difficult time. To directly support screenwriters, Screen Ireland committed to an enhanced investment of an additional €100K in the Screenplay and Spotlight Development Schemes. Further details about this enhanced investment are now available, allocated evenly between the two existing funds:

  1. An additional €50,000 will be allocated to the Screenplay Development Scheme (Established Talent). The current deadlines for submissions, application process and assessment criteria remain as before, but this increased investment will allow for budget flexibility in the remaining rounds for 2020.
  2. An enhanced investment of €50,000 into the 2019 Spotlight Development Scheme will facilitate an additional five awards in the current round of selections. There will now be 15 participants on the scheme instead of the original 10. All 15 writers will also be offered the opportunity to apply with new project ideas to the Screenplay Development Scheme for up to a period of 12 months after completion of the Spotlight scheme.

The Spotlight scheme is a structured development scheme aimed at discovering and developing diverse, fresh and exciting new screenwriting talent in Ireland, with guidance and mentorship from leading industry figures at the very beginning of their careers. Screenplay Development for Established Talent supports experienced writers/directors to write a live action or animated feature film from initial idea stage in the form of treatments or early script draft to a viable first draft screenplay.

WGI welcomes the additional funding. It is an important first step in reforming the development funding model.

This initiative guarantees a greater proportion of awards for screenwriters who wish to develop a first draft or a treatment before seeking a producer. Hitherto the Screenplay Development Loan had accounted for only 22% of total development funding disbursed by Screen Ireland.

We welcome the very constructive engagement with SI staff and expect to have further discussions when the suite of measures to alleviate the economic blow due to the Covid 19 crisis have bedded in.


16th April 2020

Screen Ireland today launched a comprehensive package of measures to support the Film and TV sector. The initiatives will divert a significant amount of funding from production into development including a slate-funding scheme which will lead – they believe – to more opportunities for experienced writers.

An additional €100,000  has been committed to Screenplay Development (formerly known as ‘Writer-only’) funding and a new iteration of the Spotlight scheme for less-established writers. ‘We welcome the imaginative measures Screen Ireland have introduced at this particularly challenging time’, said WGI Director Hugh Farley. ‘Our members have continually sought additional support for writer-only projects and the results of our most recent polls (details here) demonstrate vividly just how vital it is.’

You can find full details of the Screen Ireland initiatives at :

Screen Ireland Announces New Guidelines For Feature Film Development Support

3rd April 2020

Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland has announced revised guidelines across feature film development funding categories, in order to make the application process easier and more streamlined for Irish filmmakers. The agency is also improving the process for applying for Additional Feature Film Development, aimed at helping producers to maintain momentum during the development process.

Feature Film Development (formerly Project Development) funding and Screenplay Development will now have more concise application requirements, creating less paperwork for applicants as well as ensuring more clarity for teams around their projects at the initial development stages.

Other benefits to the new guidelines include no longer having to submit full scripts. Instead, applicants with be asked to provide a short synopsis with a detailed treatment or the first act of the script with a two-page synopsis outlining the complete story.

The Additional Feature Film Development fund, is specifically for projects already in receipt of Screen Ireland funding. As a way of helping producers to maintain momentum during the development process, projects which have closed off an initial stage of funding will be able to submit on a rolling basis with prior Project Manager approval. If approved for submission, projects will then be brought to the next available Development meeting.

To coincide and support these new changes to the development funding process, Screen Skills Ireland, will deliver a series of free webinars as part of their online ‘Screen Talks’ initiative focusing on key related topics such as Writing Treatments, and Writing Synopses and Log Lines.

The application system will be open from Monday, April 6th and the next Development Funding deadline is April 30th.

Inside Applicants

29th March 2011

Inside Pictures 2011Inside Pictures, one of the leading film industry business training and leadership skills development programme has launched its 2011 programme and is now looking for applicants.

In this, its eighth year, there are exciting new developments and for the first time Inside Pictures will be open not only to applicants from the UK but also from across the whole of the European Union. In a further new phase, Qwerty is also forming an exciting new partnership with the National Film and Television School, the UK’s national centre of excellence for postgraduate education, in order to deliver the ambitious new programme.

This year FÁS Screen Training Ireland and Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board are collaborating with Inside Pictures to offer support of 80% of course fees for up to two eligible and experienced Irish applicants. The successful applicants will be executives and producers who display determination to succeed. They will have at least five years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry such as television.

Application forms can be downloaded from, or requested from the Inside Pictures office via 01494 731 402 or e-mail The deadline for applications is 4th April 2011.

For more information, criteria and full application details, go to, or contact Sorcha Loughnane at FÁS Screen Training Ireland – email; ph: 01 6077468.