A Film With Me In It
Production and Development Co-ordinator
IFB Funding Programmes /
Development Funding Procedures
Go to the page relevant to the type of funding you are seeking. (If you are not sure which is the relevant page, check the opening text of each possible page until you find the right one for you) There are the following pages to choose from:
- Screenplay Development Loans
- Project Development Loans
- Animation Development Loans
- International Development Loans
Read the right page carefully, paying close attention to any Notes at the head of the page, and to the paragraphs under Who Can Apply and Making an Application. The procedures for Partnership Development Loans have yet to be finalised and will be included when finalised.
If you are planning to make a re-application on behalf of a project that has previously been refused development funding by BSÉ/IFB, before submission you must contact the Production & Development Co-ordinator to secure an agreement for the re-application. Agreement is likely to be forthcoming only if the project has materially changed since the last submission.
Download the application form from the page relevant to the funding you are seeking, complete the form in full and collate all the additional materials required. Pay close attention to all instructions given on the application form. Incomplete submissions will not be processed.
Post, courier or deliver your application to BSÉ/IFB's head office in Galway, the address of which is given on the application form, and mark it for the attention of the Schemes & Applications Co-ordinator. Applications will not be accepted by fax or email.
If you require further information that you cannot find on the website, or if anything in the guidelines is not clear, please contact the Production & Development Co-ordinator, Sarah Dillon.
Development Funding Processes
Applications can be accepted on a monthly basis with a recurring deadline of the last working day of every month unless otherwise stated, and decisions will generally be reached on a monthly basis. Projects submitted will first be assessed by the Project Managers (Rory Gilmartin, Mary Callery and Keith Potter) along with the Production & Development Co-ordinator (Sarah Dillon). Reports from external readers will be obtained and will be available to applicants after the decision making process is completed.
Funding decisions will be endorsed by the Board on each month's submissions on foot of recommendations made by the Production & Development team to the other members of the Unit - the Chief Executive and Production Executive. An Executive from the Legal & Business Affairs team may examine the development budget submitted and assist the team in deciding the amounts to recommend to the Board for approval.
Following approval of a project by BSÉ/IFB, development will proceed in agreed stages, with the Project Managers and Production & Development Co-ordinator empowered to authorise cash tranche funding as required, or to cut off funding if he (after consultation with BSÉ/IFB colleagues) concludes that the project and its sponsors have ceased to make useful progress.
In addition to funding of projects in development by producers, as described so far in this section, BSÉ/IFB remains fully committed to its provision of support for writers applying on their own. Further, the scheme is extended to encourage directors to initiate project development. Applications for Screenplay Development Loans (as opposed to Project Development Loans applications made by producers), are invited from writers on their own, from writer-directors, and from teams of writers and directors. The level of funding available under the Screenplay Development Loan scheme is fixed, but subject to periodic review: currently the amount awarded to writers and writer-directors is €12,000 and to writing teams, writer-directors and to teams of directors and writers, €16,000, to be shared between them as they agree. All rights in projects supported remain with the writers or, in the case of directors and writers working together, as they agree between them.
Applications for Screenplay Development Loans are subject to the same procedure as Project Development Loans save that the documentation listed as requested for Project Development Loans is not required for Screenplay Development Loans.