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Creative Animation


Northern Ireland Screen’s Creative Animation Scheme is designed to develop Northern Ireland resident junior creators/animators through the production of animated short films. The scheme provides junior level creators/animators with the opportunity to develop their own ideas with support from established animation companies.

The scheme is supported via funding from the Screen Fund and BFI Network. Northern Ireland Screen will support the production of up to two animated short films through funding awarded in the financial year 2018-19.

The scheme is currently open for applications with a deadline of Friday 21st September 2018.

The scheme is open to Northern Ireland based animation companies which have identified emerging talent that could be supported through this funding to develop and create animated short films. The identified individual (creator/animator) should not be a principal of the company and should not currently be working in IP generation.

The scheme is designed to ensure that the animation company can provide the support and guidance needed for the creator/animator to deliver a quality animated short film on schedule and budget. As such the applicant animation company must have a substantive base. This includes:

  • Long term premises in Northern Ireland;
  • At least 5 full time employees which can include people on short term contracts;
  • The facilities to produce and deliver an animated short film


Max Budget per film:                                  £40,000
Duration:                                                        Maximum duration 10 minutes
Delivery by:                                                    December 2019
Required deliverables:                                Hard drive, DVD and stills

Northern Ireland based production companies can make an application for the full budget of £40,000.


  • The applicant company should be a Northern Ireland based animation production company with a substantive base;
  • The creator/animator should be a Northern Ireland resident;
  • The creator/animator identified should not currently be working in IP generation and should not be a principal of the company;
  • The applicant company must be willing to engage in a formal option agreement with the creator/animator regarding the project;
  • If the project is based on existing work then the company needs to have the rights to develop it;
  • The funding is to support the creator/animator to produce an animated short film.


All applications including supporting documentation must be received by Friday 21st September 2018. All applications will be assessed with decisions intended to be made in November 2018.


Please contact Christine Morrow, New and Emerging Talent Executive ([email protected]), to discuss a potential application before applying. After this discussion a link to the online application form will be sent out. Alongside the general supporting documentation the following items are also required:

  • A CV for the creator/animator
  • Story outline, treatment including concept art and a script for the project
  • A provisional schedule for the project

All applicants must complete an online application form. Please ensure that all supporting documentation is submitted either online with your application or via email to Nicky Coyle, Funding Executive ([email protected]).

Failure to provide the requested supporting documentation will result in your application being eliminated from the Creative Animation call.


  • All productions supported by Northern Ireland Screen will be required to make a contribution to the Skills Investment Fund (SIF), the training levy to be collected and distributed by Skillset on behalf of the industry. Producers will have to pay 0.5 per cent of their budget to the SIF. The ceiling on any one production is capped at £40,860. This should appear as a line item in the budget. This levy does not replace any existing provision for the employment of trainees that may be in the budget: the SIF levy is an additional training cost. For more information about the film levy, or to apply please visit Creative Skillset.
  • All productions supported by Northern Ireland Screen must commit to, and adhere to, the Northern Ireland Industry Code of Practice published by Northern Ireland Screen. A copy of this code is available on the online application site.

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