Project Development

Project Development Loans

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

About the Funding 

Project Development Loans enable Irish producers to commission a 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 the 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 IFB resources, awards considerably less than the maximum are likely to be offered. 

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 

Project Development Loans are available to Irish 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 Development Funding guidelines (downloadable below) 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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