Northern Ireland Screen offers production funding in the form of a recoupable loan with profit participation or in limited circumstances a grant. 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 screen 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 feature films, the attachment of an experienced sales agent would be an asset, as would UK or US domestic distribution. For television, an expression of interest from an international distributor or network broadcaster is preferable.
Funding is available towards the production of feature films, television drama, animation, factual and entertainment television and interactive content.
Level of funding available:
Before an application is submitted applicants should discuss their project with Northern Ireland Screen at which stage an indication will be given on the level of funding that can be applied for based on the overall finance plan, the economic return to Northern Ireland, use of Northern Ireland resident cast, crew, and HODs, engagement with Northern Ireland Screen’s skills strategy, and the timing of the project.
Who can apply?
The Northern Ireland Screen Fund is open to all legally incorporated companies who can fulfil the British Cultural Criteria and the Project Criteria.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in applying to the Northern Ireland Screen Fund, we ask that you start by contacting Andrew Reid, Head of Production, to discuss the project.
Code of Practice
Please read Northern Ireland Screen’s Code of Practice for Film Production in Northern Ireland here.