Garage - CICAE Art and Essai Cinema Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2007
Once - Best Original Song (Falling Slowly), Academy Awards 2008
The Wind That Shakes The Barley - Winner Palme D'Or, Cannes Film Festival 2006
IFB Funding Programmes /
Distribution 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:
- Distribution Support
- Direct Distribution
- International Publicity (details of this scheme will be available once finalised)
Consult the appropriate 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.
As you will learn from the How To Apply guidelines downloadable from this page, before applying it is essential that you make personal contact with a BSÉ/IFB Executive to discuss the state of the project and its readiness for consideration.
If your initial approach is to explore whether an application is even appropriate, an email is likely to produce a speedier and more satisfactory response than a telephone call:
Distribution Funding Processes
If the outcome of your discussion of the project with the Executive in question is positive, 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.
Applications can be made on a monthly basis with a recurring deadline of the last working day of every month unless otherwise advertised. The application form requests basic information about the project (title, previous history with BSÉ/IFB if any), contact details of the production company and principal creative personnel (producer, director, writer) and a declaration and signature. It also lists additional materials that should be submitted, relating to the content and scale of the project (e.g. screenplay, CVs, budget information, etc).
Funding recommendations are made by a Project Group comprising all members of BSÉ/IFB Production and Development teams, members of the Legal & Business Affairs team and, on an ad hoc basis, consultants drawn from a small pool of non-BSÉ/IFB professionals retained for their specific skills. A BSÉ/IFB board member may also be present. Each submission will have been given in-depth consideration by individual members of the Project Group. Meetings of the Project Group are held every 4 to 6 weeks.
Recommendations by the Project Group will be expressed as recommendations to the Board of BSÉ/IFB which will then require a decision by the Board of BSÉ/IFB to give effect to them and thereafter be communicated to applicants. Decisions are generally sought from the Board immediately following a meeting of the Project Group and, if forthcoming, communicated to applicants within one week.
If you require further information that you cannot find on the website, of if anything in the guidelines is not clear, please contact the Production & Development Co-ordinator, Sarah Dillon.