Irish Short Film

#Industry: Irish Film Board (IFB) announces guidelines for second round of Real Shorts documentary film scheme

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced the guidelines for its Real Shorts short film scheme.

Real Shorts is a new short documentary film scheme which will enable creative documentaries with high cinematic production values capable of reaching an international audience through theatrical and festival exposure. The filmmakers are encouraged to produce work with strong personal voices, presenting material which utilises the emotional and aesthetic technique of cinema.

Real Shorts can be up to 10 minutes in length and receive a budget of up to €20K

The deadline is 1 pm Fri 9th June 2017

Who Can Apply

Applications are invited from producer/director/writer teams (where the producer and director are not the same person) subject to eligibility guidelines as follows:

  • Producers – must demonstrate their ability to produce documentary and produced at least one short film.*
  • Directors – must show an ability to direct documentary material or have directed at least one short documentary film. Where a director plans to act as camera operator, the showreel should provide evidence of this ability also.*
  • Writers – must have previous writing experience eg. screen, published or online work (links to online work should be provided on their CV).
  • Projects submitted twice before unsuccessfully may not reapply.
  • This scheme is not open to full-time students
  • Producers, Directors & Writers may apply to make more than one REAL SHORTS film but may not receive funding through the scheme more than three times.

* REAL SHORTS is not a wide-open scheme in terms of the talent it aims to attract: it is designed to enable the making of short films by producers and directors with strong creative voices and some measure of professional experience. Accordingly, a short film made as part of college work will not be considered eligible in this context, though a graduation film that has achieved significant festival exposure might be.

For the avoidance of doubt, the writer, director and producer must all be attached at application stage and a COMPREHENSIVE CV should be submitted for each individual. Please note biogs will not suffice.

How to Apply

  • Applications should be made online using the ‘Make an Application’ button on the IFB page.
  • Please ensure you have read the detailed Application Guidelines for this scheme prior to making an application, which you can download from this page.
  • If you wish to make an application for funding by post, contact 091 561 398 for the relevant application form.

For more information, please see read the full Real Shorts guidelines.

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