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Funding

Games


Northern Ireland Screen is developing the digital content sector through the support of indigenous talent working in gaming, e-learning, web and mobile. We provide development funding for projects, advise on skills development opportunities and help find complementary partners. We also aim to establish Northern Ireland as an attractive place for international developers and publishers to come for large scale digital content productions.

Northern Ireland Screen offers funding in the following areas

Project Development Funding

Project development funding is available to companies working in the interactive content sector for the development of games, e-learning, web and mobile projects for international markets and distribution.

How much is it?

  • 90% of project budget for projects with a budget up to £10,000
  • 75% of project budget for projects with a budget of over £10,000 and less than £20,000
  • 50% of project budget for projects with a budget of over £20,000 up to a maximum of £100,000

All development awards are recoupable loans.

Who can apply?

Project development funding is available to independent production companies based in Northern Ireland and European production companies which have an office and staff based in Northern Ireland.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying to the Northern Ireland Screen Fund, we ask that you start by contacting Donal Phillips, Interactive Content Executive, to discuss the project.



Project Production Funding

Northern Ireland Screen offers production funding in the form of a recoupable loan. The fund is intended to assist in completing budgets on productions which are almost fully financed. Northern Ireland Screen will not consider a production with less than 65% of its funding already in place.

Northern Ireland Screen is looking for productions which contribute to building a sustainable digital content industry in Northern Ireland and which can show a direct economic benefit to the region.

Projects must be commercially viable and able to demonstrate clear possibilities for commercial exploitation. In the case of games, the attachment of an experienced publisher will be an asset, as will domestic or USA distribution.

Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and therefore the UK video games film tax breaks apply.

How much is it?

The Northern Ireland Screen Fund for digital content production funding, can invest a maximum of £500,000, up to a ceiling of 25% of the overall project budget.

Who can apply?

The Northern Ireland Screen Fund is open to all legally incorporated companies who can fulfill the British Cultural Criteria and the project criteria outlined above.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying to the Northern Ireland Screen Fund, we ask that you start by contacting Donal Phillips, Digital Executive, to discuss the project. If we decide the project could be eligible to receive support, you will be requested to submit further details through an expression of interest form, available when you have spoken to us.



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