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Shorts to Features 2017-2018

An initiative which provides an opportunity for emerging creative teams to create a short film which is tonally and thematically aligned with their feature film ambitions.

Applicants are invited to submit a LIVE ACTION FILM script at first draft or beyond. Applicants must also submit two short film ideas which will be developed through a series of development workshops in conjunction with Northern Ireland Screen’s Script Consultant and Northern Ireland Screen’s New and Emerging Talent Executive.

At the end of the development period Northern Ireland Screen will select up to three to go into production with a budget of up to £20,000.

The development work will take place between July 2017 and January 2018 with meetings every two months.  Participants MUST make themselves available for every meeting.

A team is eligible to apply if they can collectively answer YES to these three statements:

  1. The nominated director has directed two or more short films financed by public film funds or national broadcasters.
  1. The producer has produced three short films or has a strong track record in the development of scripted television.
  1. The writer is in development with Northern Ireland Screen on their first feature project and Northern Ireland Screen believes it is ready to attract finance.

Parties that fulfil the above criteria should contact Northern Ireland Screen’s New and Emerging Talent Executive, Christine Morrow, to discuss their projects.

Evidence of how you fulfil the criteria will be required.

Deadline for receipt of applications:          1700 hrs Friday 16 June, 2017

Shorts to Features is a joint initiative between Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI Net.Work.

For further information regarding the scheme, including application details, please click here.


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