Northern Ireland Screen has announced its first Short Film Call for 2015. The intention of which is to encourage Northern Ireland resident producers to make a significant contribution to local industry, and to develop Northern Ireland resident creative talent (writer, director producer teams).

This first call opens today, March 2nd, and runs until April 24th. A second call will open on September 1st, and run until October 3rd.

Filmmakers are invited to apply to the call for short film applications at Mini Individual and Mini Production level.

As it is now possible for the majority of people to have easy access to filmmaking equipment, expertise and distribution platforms for short form films, it is normally the policy of Northern Ireland Screen not to offer production awards for short or long form films to first time filmmakers. Before applying to NI Screen filmmakers will need to have completed at least one short factual or fiction film in live action or animation. These films must be available to view online.

NI Screen has four priorities for funding:

  • Filmmakers, whose filmmaking is supported by an established production company with a strong track record in film or television production.
  • Filmmakers, who can bring third party investment to their projects.
  • Filmmakers, whose previous films have garnered national or international awards.
  • This is not the selection criteria however priority will be given to filmmakers who fall within the listed priority categories.

The Mini Individual Production Awards are aimed at new writers and directors, with production awards of up to £2,250. Its intention is to give new writers and directors an opportunity to show what they can do. Applicants will be assessed on the quality of the applicant’s previous films, the quality of the proposed script, and the viability of the project in terms of ambition against budget.

The Mini Production Awards are aimed at companies working with emerging writers and directors, with production awards of up to £7,500. Its intention is to develop working relationships between emerging writers and directors and production companies who need their talents. Applicants will be assessed on the quality of the proposed script/project, the quality of the director’s previous films, and the viability of the project in terms of ambition against budget.

Interested short filmmakers will be asked to complete an initial project form to assess project feasibility and supply it with their script. To request a copy of the initial project form contact christine@northernirelandscreen.co.uk

If the project is considered feasibility for production, based on script quality as well as creative team experience, the creative team will be invited to apply for funding online.

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