New Writing Development

New Writing Development Loans

New Writing Development Loans enable emerging writers, writing teams or writer & director teams to prepare the screenplay for a live action or animated feature film project.

About the Funding 

New Writing Development Loans support an emerging writer, teams of writers, or writer and director team to write a live action or animated feature film project from treatment/outline stage. Awards of up to €8,000 for an individual or up to €10,000 for teams of two or more individuals are available. In addition to the award, successful candidates will partake in a collective workshopping stage over a six - nine month period with access to bespoke training, script editing, mentors and screenwriting experts.

Development funding is provided by the IFB for the making of films predominantly in English or Irish, or a combination of the two. 

Who Can Apply 

New Writing Development Loans are available to emerging talent defined as Irish (born or resident in the Republic of Ireland) individual writers, teamd of writers, and writer and director teams where each applicant can demonstrate a track record in the creative arts via other writing work (including writing on TV serial drama, soaps etc.), short film making or appropriate third level qualifications.

How to Apply 

Applicants must consult the Guidance Note and Development Funding Guidelines (downloadable below) in advance of a submission.

Applications can be made online using the 'Make an Application' button on this page - please note that the New Writing Application page will be open to applications from early 2018. If you wish to make an application for funding by post, contact 091 561 398 for the relevant application form.

Application Requirements

Logline, Synopsis, Treatment/Outline (6-10 pages) and Sample Screenplay (25 pages), Notes on further development with personal statement, Evidence of Ownership of Rights.

Current Downloads

Screenplay & New Writing Development Guidance Note

Development Funding Guidelines 2017

Evidence Of Ownership of Rights Letter