Posts Tagged ‘Screen Ireland’


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 :

The Guild Invite your comments & questions on Screen Ireland’s new guidelines FOR FEATURE FILM DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT

3rd April 2020

Following on from its announcement regarding the revised guidelines across feature film development funding categories, Screen Ireland are inviting comment and questions about the changes, which will be put by the Guild on your behalf next week (tentatively Wednesday). You can read the Screen Ireland press release here access the guidelines and forms on Monday. Please read them carefully and send points you want raised to us by Tuesday at the latest at with subject line: ‘New SI guidelines’ and we will put as many as we can to Screen Ireland.

You may have concerns about the status of ‘Writer-only’ applications which have steadily reduced in number to the point of extinction and what that says about Screen Ireland’s commitment to the craft and profession of screenwriting.
You may have questions about the ‘Spotlight’ scheme and its efficacy.
You may wish to see a rider to development contracts offered to Production companies which mandates that writers receive fair and proportional pay for the work they have done which cannot be waived as a deferral if the producer takes a fee out of the funds.
You may have concerns that the ‘trickle-down economics’ theory of funding development through production companies unfairly privileges producers and does not provide sufficient income to provide professional screenwriters with a viable income.
You may feel that the feedback process for unsuccessful development applications is excessively cursory and unhelpful.

Whatever your questions are, we welcome them and we will endeavour to get answers.

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.