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WFTV Northern Ireland Event: Meet the Funders

Date Posted: April 24, 2018


Women in Film and Television is set to host a funding event titled ‘Meet the Funders’ on Monday 14 May from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Film Studio, Queen’s University Belfast. Development funding is arguably the most important stage of any project – but it is also one of the most competitive parts of the process. How can your application stand out from the others?

Philip Cooper (BAI), Sophie Hayles (Creative Europe Desk UK – Northern Ireland) and Suzanne Harrison (Northern Ireland Screen) will give key industry advice and insider knowledge about how to write a killer funding application and offer an overview on funding opportunities within development, production and training. Networking will take place after the event.


Philip Cooper, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Philip Cooper is a manager in the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) with responsibility for the administration of the Broadcasting Funding Scheme “Sound & Vision 3”.  Philip joined the BAI in 2007 and took over the operational management of the Scheme in 2017.

Sound & Vision 3 is the third iteration of the Funding Scheme which has been in existence since 2005 and is funded with 7% of the Irish Television Licence Fee.  To date, over £160m in funds have been granted to Radio and TV proposals.  For 2018, it is envisaged that over £11m will be granted to thematically relevant Radio and TV projects.   Funds are granted via structured application funding rounds of which there are two to three held annually.  Programming funded under the Scheme covers a range of genres and formats, including drama, animation, entertainment, documentary, adult and media literacy.  All projects funded must be broadcast/supported by an eligible broadcaster (for Radio, licensed by the BAI/for TV must be available free to air to a least 90% of the Irish State or be one of the two licensed Community TV stations in operation in Ireland.)

Sophie Hayles, Creative Europe Desk UK – Northern Ireland

Based at the British Council in Belfast, Sophie is responsible for promoting and facilitating both Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme and Culture sub-programme within Northern Ireland.

Sophie is an experienced arts professional in the public and private sectors – as a project director, relationship manager, strategist and fundraiser. Before joining the Desk, Sophie worked as an Associate with Counterculture Partnership LLP, a UK-based consultancy that supports cultural, creative and not for profit organisations to plan, manage and thrive. Previous roles have also included Strategic Development Manager at Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture, Strategic Relations Manager at the Whitechapel Gallery and Project Consultant for the British Council’s global arts initiative Cultural Leadership International. She began her career as Arts Manager with the British Council in Brussels, and setting up the private visual arts organisation ROLLO Contemporary Art. She speaks French and Italian as well as some German and Danish.

Suzanne Harrison, Northern Ireland Screen

Suzanne manages the funding department including the operation of production and development funding programmes across all sectors in the screen industry. Suzanne previously worked for BBC’s UK corporate charity, BBC Children in Need, managing the grants administration process and supporting locally funded projects and fundraisers

This event is for women in the film and television industry only, it is open to both members and non-members of WFTV. Registration details can be found here.

Event Details

Date: Monday 14 May

Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Venue: Film Studio, Queen’s University Belfast (via QFT)

University Road,



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