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FRAMEWORKS is a scheme for the making of animated short films which is considered to be continually successful in stimulating ground-breaking new work from Irish animators.

Projects selected for funding will combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a general audience, however please note this is not a scheme aimed at children.

The scheme is co-funded by BSÉ/IFB & RTÉ.  

Films may be made in English or Irish (if produced in the Irish language subtitling will be necessary for festivals & sales worldwide).

The 2017 deadline has now closed

The online system will automatically close down at 1pm on this day so please ensure your submission is completed and submitted well in advance of the deadline as late applications will not be accepted by email or otherwise.

Parameters of the Scheme

- Number of films:                  Up to 4 per year

- Duration:                               Maximum duration 6 minutes

- Max. budget per film:          €46,000

- Method:                                All forms of animation acceptable

- Delivery:                               DCP, Prores, HD Cam & BluRay                                            

* The application budget should reflect costs for delivery as above and subtitling if applicable.




When preparing your submission applicants should carefully consider the production timeframe. It is the producer's responsibility to ensure that the schedule and budget is achievable. Late delivery can affect future applications' so they must bring projects to approved rough cut stage by early March 2018 latest and deliver by May 2018. 


For films using archive material or which require any other kind of rights in order to produce the film - full clearances in all media in perpetuity must be included at application stage and costed into the budget.

Who Can Apply?

Applications are invited from producer/director/writer teams (where the producer and director are not the same person) subject to eligibility guidelines as follows:-

  • Producers - must provide a CV demonstrating their ability to produce animation.


  • Directors - must have previously directed at least one animated short film*


  • Writers - must have previous writing experience eg. screen, published or online work (links to online work should be provided on their CV).


  • Producers, Directors and Writers may apply to make more than one FRAMEWORKS film but may not receive funding through the scheme more than three times.


  • Projects submitted twice before unsuccessfully may not reapply.
  • The scheme is not open to full-time students

* FRAMEWORKS is not a wide-open scheme in terms of the talent it aims to attract. It is designed to enable the making of short animated films by producers and directors with strong creative voices and some measure of professional experience. Accordingly a short film made as part of college work will not be considered eligible in this context, though a graduation film that has achieved significant festival exposure might be.

For the avoidance of doubt, the writer, director and producer must all be attached at application stage and a comprehensive CV should be submitted for each individual.


  • Submissions will be examined, with consideration given to the treatment, creative notes and the creative team. We aim to achieve gender balance across the selected creative teams.


  • A shortlist of teams will be invited to attend an interview.


  • After a project has been shortlisted for interview, any significant changes to the treatment, schedule or key personnel may result in the withdrawal by BSÉ/IFB & RTÉ of the proposed interview. If such changes are necessary at this stage, they must be discussed with BSÉ/IFB & RTÉ.


  • Awards will be made on up to four projects subject to quality of the submissions.


  • Teams selected must attend an information day in order to be entitled to claim their funding.

Important Features of the Scheme   

  • FRAMEWORKS films should be originated and creatively led by talent resident in the Republic of Ireland and produced by an ROI registered limited production company. Irish creative talent abroad may also be considered but only if prepared to return for their production.


  • The proposed team must demonstrate their ability and methodology to complete the project on schedule and to the agreed specification. The funders will hold the producer responsible for the project and as such the producer should ensure they have full commitment from their team prior to commencement.


  • Producers must provide evidence of their ability to acquire all rights worldwide in perpetuity in all forms of media now known and to be invented. Particular attention should be paid to adaptation, life rights or any necessary archival materials that are essential to the project ensuring evidence of rights are available at submission stage and costs are accounted for in the submission budget.


  • Notes on proposed voice cast, key technical crew, music etc. should be included in the submission production notes.


  • One producer only may be approved and credited for selected projects where they will be expected to assume full responsibility for the production.
  • The following rates will apply to the production budgets of all films made under the scheme:- 

            - The WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER FEES should be in line with the budget, the                           overall cost of the project and the intentions of the scheme. Fees deemed excessive           will be adjusted should the projects be selected.  

            - Insurance: Allow 1.2% of the budget 

            - Legal fees & charges should be included.

            - Contingency: Allow 5% of the budget (a production fee should not be included)

  • BSÉ/IFB & RTÉ will have approval rights over the following elements of all films funded under the scheme:

            -          Shooting script (the Funder may appoint a script editor in certain cases)

            -          Budget

            -          Production Schedule

            -          Key animators and other technical crew - requires pre-approval

            -          Casting - voice and/or other - requires pre-approval

            -          Various animation stages throughout production

            -          Rough Cut

            -          Credits

  • Any significant changes to a selected project's screenplay, schedule, key personnel or cast that are not approved by BSÉ/IFB & RTÉ may result in the award being withdrawn. If such changes are necessary, they must be discussed with the Funder.


The IFB will retain non-exclusive rights in all media in Ireland and non-exclusive promotional rights for the rest of the world.  RTÉ will retain non-exclusive internet rights and a number of broadcasts in Ireland.  The rest of the distribution rights will remain with the film maker who can choose to appoint a sales agent or distribute the film themselves.  The IFB feel this will provide vital training in the area of distribution and will enable filmmakers to build relationships with distributors directly.  

The IFB have a policy of submitting FRAMEWORKS films to a list of approved international festivals after they have been premiered in Ireland.

How to Apply 

Applications can now be made online using the 'Make an Application' button on this page. 

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