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Reality Bites

About Reality Bites 
Reality Bites is a scheme to enable the making of short documentaries.

The scheme aims to encourage experimentation and the realisation of fresh approaches to non-fiction filmmaking. Projects selected for support may be journalistic or creative, observational or aesthetic, objective or personal, but they will all contain something new in their use of the documentary form. Short sketches of subjects being considered for longer-form treatment may also be appropriate to this scheme.

Films may be made in Irish or English.

The deadline for for the 2013 Reality Bites Scheme has passed. 

Parameters of the Scheme

   -  Number of films:             up to 3 per year

   -  Duration:                         maximum 12 minutes

   -  Budget per film:              maximum €15,000

   -  Format: 
             -  Origination on any digital format
             -  Delivery on digi-beta, HD Cam and DCP
             -  Further funding to cover costs of 35mm prints may be 
                provided where a film obtains a bona fide theatrical 
                release in Ireland or is invited to a major international 
                film festival, subject to BSÉ/IFB regulations in force at 
                the time

*Please note that this scheme is delivered on HD Cam,  Digi-beta and DCP, and the application budget should reflect the costs required to deliver on these formats

Who Can Apply
Applications are invited from producer/director teams, subject to eligibility guidelines as follows:

Producers - must be able to prove some relevant production experience
Directors - must provide a showreel demonstrating ability to direct documentary material (and, where a director plans to act as camera operator, the showreel should provide evidence of this ability also)

Producers and Directors - there is no limit to the number of REALITY BITES an individual may apply to make

The scheme is not open to full-time students.

Application forms should be downloaded from BSÉ/IFB's website, completed in full, and sent - together with all the additional materials requested - to BSÉ/IFB's head office in Galway. (It is not possible to apply for BSÉ/IFB funding by fax or online.) Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Submissions will be examined, with consideration given to the script and the creative team, by a group of assessors put together by BSÉ/IFB from in-house and externally. A shortlist of around six teams will be drawn up, who will be invited to attend an interview.

Awards will be made to up to two teams, the number of REALITY BITES to be funded being dependent upon the overall standard of submissions. Teams selected must attend an information day in order to be entitled to claim their funding.

The IFB will retain non-exclusive rights in all media in Ireland and non-exclusive promotional rights for the rest of the world.  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 Reality Bites films to twenty international festivals, after they have been premiered in Ireland.

The distribution rights for films contracted prior to 2010 have not changed.

Important Features of the Scheme

  • As a general rule REALITY BITES films should be originated and creatively led by Irish talent or talent resident in Ireland, and their production should be practically managed from Ireland.
  • For selected projects producers must acquire all rights worldwide in perpetuity in all forms of media.
  • One producer only may be approved and credited for selected projects.
  • The following rates will apply to the production budgets of all films made under the scheme:

- Daily rate for all cast and crew (as agreed annually with the 
Film Group of Unions) June 2010-June 2011: €120

  • BSÉ/IFB will have approval rights over the following elements of all films made under the scheme:
         -  Shooting script
         -  Key technical crew
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