Posts Tagged ‘funding’


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 :


24th May 2016

After the new Irish government was formed, and the cabinet appointments were announced, an astonishing decision came to light: a new hybrid department called the Department for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & the Gaeltacht which will be helmed by Heather Humphreys TD.

This caused consternation among arts organisations and creatives around the country and it galvanised into an online petition, organised by Joe O’Brien.

Give arts, culture and heritage the respect it deserves by creating an independent Department and setting a funding target of 0.6% of GDP (the EU average spend on arts/culture). Ireland has one of the lowest levels of public support in the EU.

It has already garnered over 13,000 signatures. You can sign it now, and share it, if you haven’t done so already.

It spawned a hashtag on Twitter called #ArtsDeptNow, which is one of the best ways to track the emerging conversation about the lack of funding and focus on the arts.

Academic Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald has created a blog post, called Get in Formation: Irish Arts & Heritage Rising, that offers a comprehensive overview of the issue and keeps track of all of the articles being written about this matter online and in print.

The National Campaign for the Arts has also issued a Press Release calling on Minister Heather Humphreys to adopt a new all-party approach to national cultural policy.

Many prominent artists/writers/directors/actors are now calling for change, and using social media to alert Heather Humphreys and the cabinet to the fact that the Arts are not just a cultural photo op, but a vital resource that requires proper funding and recognition.

Sixty Second Stories

23rd June 2011

Sixty Second Stories

Sixty Second Stories is a global survey of cinematic storytelling from a new generation of filmmakers. Emerging filmmakers from all over the world are being asked to produce Sixty Second Stories – the best ninety stories will become a feature film. The feature will premiere at the 2012 Berlinale, before playing festivals around the world.

Deadline: 3rd October 2011

To find out more, download an entry form and preview some of the other films submitted so far, visit the Sixty Second Stories website

2011 Arts Bursaries

16th June 2011

The deadline for the next round of Arts Council Bursary Awards is Thursday 14 July 2011.

The following awards will be offered:

  • Dance Bursary Award
  • Literature Bursary Award
  • Opera Bursary Award
  • Street Arts and Spectacle Bursary Award
  • Visual Arts Bursary Award
  • Young People, Children and Education Bursary Award

More details on how to apply for the awards is available on the funding section of the Arts Council web site.

Inspire a Generation

15th June 2011

ReachOut.comReach Out is launching a national film competition to promote positive attitudes to mental health and challenge stereotypes around the issue. To enter create a short film or animation (90 – 180 seconds). The film should explore mental health related topics in a positive light, and how we can get through tough times.

Possible topics could include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bullying
  • Relationships
  • Loss and grief

Films can be live action or animation. All finished pieces must be high enough quality for use on Example pieces can be viewed on Reach Out’s video wall.

The competition has two stages:

  1. Submit a brief on proposed video, including a storyboard of scenes. Briefs will be reviewed by judging panel based on message interpretation, creativity and production plan.
  2. The successful submissions will be invited to produce their video project. These teams will then compete for the prizes outlined below.

Films will be featured on, accredited to the film-maker.

Overall winner: €2,000 and an internship with leading Irish ad agency Cawley-Nea
Runner-up: €1,000
Second runner-up: €500

Who should enter
This competition is best suited to film or animation graduates with experience in developing short multi-media pieces for online use. Dates and deadlines:

Deadline for submission of initial proposals to is 30 June 2011.
Shortlisted teams will be contacted by 15 July 2011.
Closing date for film submission 1 September 2011.
Award Ceremony October 2011.