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Project Development Loans

About the Funding
Project Development Loans enable producers to commission screenplays and undertake all practical work necessary to prepare a feature film project for production.

The maximum amount available at any one time is €50,000; the maximum total amount that BSÉ/IFB can provide to any one project is €100,000. Any amount of development funding above €50,000 provided to a project must be matched by third party funding from other sources. 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. 

Who Can Apply
Project Development Loans are available to producers with a feature film project they wish to develop, clear access to the necessary rights in any material that is to be adapted for the screen, and an agreement (at least in principle) with the screenwriter they wish to commission. The commitment of a director can lend weight to an application but is not essential at the outset.

How to Apply

Application Requirements: Logline, Synopsis, Treatment/Outline (6-10 pages) or Screenplay, Notes on further development, 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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