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FAQs: Funding Programmes

Funding Programme Queries

How do I apply for funding from BSÉ/IFB?

The full application procedure is outlined on our website here.

Can I submit a full screenplay for consideration for Screenplay Development Funding?

BSÉ/IFB will accept the first draft of a screenplay or you may also submit a 6-10 page treatment with 25 pages of the screenplay for consideration.

Are Readers Reports available for unsuccessful projects submitted for Development Funding?

Yes, reader reports are available upon request by emailing Sarah Dillon, Production & Development Co-ordinator sarah.dillon@irishfilmboard.ie

Are Readers Reports available for unsuccessful projects submitted for the Short Schemes?

Yes, reader reports are available upon request by emailing Jill McGregor, Short Schemes Co-ordinator jill.mcgregor@irishfilmboard.ie with the details of the project.

What are the criteria that BSÉ/IFB use to assess projects submitted for funding?

A detailed explanation of BSÉ/IFB criteria can be found on this page of our website.

Can you provide template writer agreement and option agreement?

No, professional legal advise should always be taken. However a list of the minimum contractual requirements of BSÉ/IFB can be reviewed in the Development Funding Guidelines downloadable from the website.

If I am an Irish Citizen no longer resident in Ireland, can I still apply for funding?

Yes, anybody can apply for funding but will be required to have an Irish (ROI) registered company to receive any award of funding. In the case of Screenplay Development Funding, only Irish residents and citizens will be considered.

Do I need to have a registered company to access funding from BSÉ/IFB?

All funding awards in excess of €15,000, must be contracted with a company registered in the State, as BSÉ/IFB will need to take security in the form of a charge over the company’s interest in the film project.

Is BSÉ/IFB development funding repayable?

Yes, any BSÉ/IFB development funding awarded is in the form of a repayable loan. It is only repayable on the first day of principal photography of the project.

Is the micro-budget scheme still in existence?

Yes, BSÉ/IFB still accept applications for projects that fall under the micro-budget schemes, although these awards are very rare. The IFB can fund 100% of the production cost of €100,000 for feature length films (live action and documentary. For further information, please consult the Fiction Irish Production Funding Section. The same form, procedures and guidelines apply.

Is the low budget scheme still in existence?

BSÉ/IFB's low budget scheme CatalystProject is not run on an annual basis however in addition to micro-budget films (as above), applications can be submitted for projects with budgets lower than €1,500,000 and BSE/IFB funding can represent up to 65% of the total budget. For further information, please consult the Fiction Irish Production Funding Section. The same form, procedures and guidelines apply.

Do I need a Tax Clearance Certificate?

Anyone (including companies not resident in the State) in receipt of BSÉ/IFB Funding must provide an up to date tax clearance certificate. Further information of availing of a certificate can be found here.

What are the criteria for applying for Completion Funding?

In order to apply for completion funding, you must be able to provided a rough cut of the feature length film and comply with a number of legal requirements as legislated by BSÉ/IFB. Please consult this page, and further information can be downloaded from the Completion Funding Application Checklist also available on this page.

Is BSÉ/IFB production funding repayable?

Yes, BSÉ/IFB production and completion funding is in the form of a repayable loan. BSÉ/IFB will expect to recoup pro rata and pari passu with any other equity investors and to receive an ongoing net profit share once recouped.

How can I access Section 481?

Applications for certification are now made to the Revenue Commissioners who handle the administration of the scheme. For more information, see here.

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