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New Shorts Focus 2019-20

***Deadline extended until Friday 21st June at 5pm***

Applicants to development stage                    

Scheme is open to entry level writers and writer/director applicants resident in Northern Ireland, particularly those from groups that are underrepresented within the film and television industry. If you want to direct your short, you must supply an online link to a film you previously directed. There is the possibility of transport bursaries for participation on the development scheme if required.

 Number of projects at development stage

6 projects will be chosen to go through a development process starting in September 2019 and finishing in March 2020.

Duration of Scheme

Seven-month development process with up to 3 projects selected to move into production after the initial development period.

Production Budget

The final films should be deliverable on a budget of £11,500 including in-kind contribution of £1,500. The in-kind contribution is supplied by the attached production company.

Funding application process

A Production company will be attached to each of the selected projects. That company will make the funding application. A production company is attached once the final projects are selected. Northern Ireland Screen can assist with the attachment of a production company if required.

Application criteria

Applicants must apply with a one-page outline for their project and include their cv. Two outlines per applicant can be submitted.

Who can apply?

Graduates from film studies qualifications, theatre practitioners, visual artists and cross-over talent from across diverse media sectors including photography and mixed media.

Deadline for receipt of applications: Friday 21st June at 5pm.

Submission materials

Please complete and return the application form by post to Northern Ireland Screen 21 Alfred Street Belfast BT2 8ED. Please return the monitoring form for the attention of The Monitoring Officer. Please attach CVs for the creative team. Please include Vimeo links to all previously completed short films. Applicants must have at least one independent credit on application to the Scheme. Both funded and independently made projects will be considered at application stage.

Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI are committed to ensuring that we consult with active practitioners within the disabled filmmaking community about current and future projects where there is a portrayal of disability and also in respect of industry access.  We want to see films that are authentically and mindfully cast with disabled actors and also see more non-specific casting, creating roles and visibility for disabled actors which do not reference disability as part of the theme or narrative.

In support of this and to avoid reinforcing negative stereotypes, we will no longer support work gratuitously featuring facially scarred villains. Supporting equal pay for disabled actors and filmmakers means that Northern Ireland Screen will now consider applications that include project costs related to access requirements for disabled practitioners and will have the ability to provide funding for such elements in addition to a scheme’s normal funding cap.


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