Find out about development, production and distribution funding for writers, directors and production companies across the film, television and animation sectors.
We provide a range of development funding programmes to enable writers, directors and producers to develop and prepare a project for production.
We provide a wide range of production funding programmes to enable and encourage high levels of production activity across the film, television and animation sector.
We provide a range of distribution funding programmes to assist bona fide Irish distributors and producers in Ireland with the theatrical release of IFB-supported feature films.
The full application procedure is outlined on our website here.
The 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.
Yes, reader reports are available upon request by emailing Sarah Dillon, Production & Development Executive, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, reader reports are available upon request by emailing Jill McGregor, Short Schemes Co-ordinator email@example.com with the details of the project.
A detailed explanation of IFB criteria can be found on this page of our website.
No, professional legal advise should always be taken. However a list of the minimum contractual requirements of the IFB can be reviewed in the Development Funding Guidelines downloadable from the website.
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.
All funding awards in excess of €15,000, must be contracted with a company registered in the State, as the IFB will need to take security in the form of a charge over the company’s interest in the film project.
Yes, any 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.
Yes, the 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.
The 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 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.
Anyone (including companies not resident in the State) in receipt of IFB Funding must provide an up to date tax clearance certificate. Further information of availing of a certificate can be found here.
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 the IFB. Please consult this page, and further information can be downloaded from the Completion Funding Application Checklist also available on this page.
Yes, IFB production and completion funding is in the form of a repayable loan. 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.
Applications for certification are now made to the Revenue Commissioners who handle the administration of the scheme. For more information, see here.