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Documentary Development Loans

About the Funding
These loans enable the development of documentary films, with the emphasis on feature-length, creative documentaries capable of reaching an international audience through theatrical and festival exposure.

The maximum amount available for documentary development funding is €15,000. Applicants should note that in light of the pressure on BSÉ/IFB resources, awards considerably less than the maximum are likely to be offered.

Development funding is provided by BSÉ/IFB for the making of films predominantly in English or Irish, or a combination of the two.

Note that preference will be given to ‘feature documentaries' from creative teams who are engaged with making films for this medium Films aimed at a one-hour TV slot or shorter, with little or no international appeal, are unlikely to be supported. Besides BSÉ/IFB's commitment to cinema, this approach is also designed to respond to the manifest increase in theatrical audiences' desire to see documentaries.

Who Can Apply
Documentary Development Loans are available to producers with a documentary feature film they wish to develop, having gained clear access to the necessary rights in any material that is to be produced, and an agreement (at least in principle) with the director and any contributors.

How to Apply

Application Requirements: Logline, Synopsis, Treatment/Outline, Notes on development/execution fo the project, Development Budget, Evidence of Ownership of Rights

Applications can now be made online using the 'Make an Application' button on this page. Please ensure you have read the How to Apply guidelines prior to making an application.

If you wish to make an application for funding by post, contact 091 561 398 for the relevant application form. 

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