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Hope: The 1998 Referendum

Northern Ireland Screen and the Community Relations Council are working together to support three new and emerging factual filmmakers, resident in Northern Ireland.

We are looking for up to three factual short films*:

  • with an individual budget of up to £7,500;
  • with a duration of up to 15 minutes;
  • with a confirmed delivery date before 8th May 2018.

*It is intended that one Production Company will produce all three-short films.

The shorts would centre on the 1998 All Ireland Referendum and convey a theme of hope. For the avoidance of doubt the Referendum is the point of interest NOT the Good Friday Agreement.

We are looking for compelling stories that capture the mood of the times and do justice to the hopes and fears at the time. What did the 1998 Referendum mean to you or your family or your community? How has the Referendum impacted on the lives of a generation born since then and on their aspirations? With the passage of time how has the world around you changed?


The successful applicant company will be:

  • A Northern Ireland based production company with a strong track record in factual film and television production as well as working with new and emerging filmmakers resident in Northern Ireland on the project.

The completed short films must be:

  • Directed by new and emerging filmmakers resident in Northern Ireland;
  • Focussed on the 1998 All Ireland Referendum;
  • Delivered by 8th May 2018.


  • The quality of the proposed story and treatment for each of the three films and the extent to which they address the brief provided;
  • The level of engagement with new and emerging filmmakers resident in Northern Ireland;
  • The track record of the creative team;
  • Viability of the proposal within the scope of the budget;
  • The ability of the team to adhere to the delivery deadline of 8th May 2018.


  • Closing date for applications: is Friday 9th February 2018.


  • Overall budget: £22,500 (for three short films)
  • Max budget per film: £7,500
  • Duration: Up 15 minutes per film
  • Delivery by: 8th May 2018
  • Required deliverables: Three short films to be delivered on DVD as well as a Quick Time Pro Res 4.2.2. on pen drive for each of the three short films)

Northern Ireland-based production companies can make an application for the full budget of £22,500.


Any queries on the Scheme should be directed to Christine Morrow, New and Emerging Talent Executive.

If you have read the eligibility and assessment criteria and wish to apply for funding then please contact Nicky Walshe, Funding Assistant for a link to an online application.

Please ensure that all supporting documentation is submitted either online with your application or via email to Nicky Walshe.

Please note – you should read the full Lottery, ACNI and Government Standard Conditions of Award document, which will become available to you via the online application link, before filling in an application.

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