Filmbase offers a range of awards for Short Filmmaking and for Documentary. These awards are available for films in English and Irish. For the most up-to-date awards news, see the awards section of our news blog.
FilmOffaly Award 2013
Next Deadline: 3pm Friday 5th April 2013
This funding initiative aims to foster creative, resourceful filmmaking in Co. Offaly. FilmOffaly, Offaly's Film Commission in association with Filmbase, are looking for unique, original stories by talented new filmmakers, professional and novice alike. The only stipulation is that the filming must take place in Offaly!
Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Awards
Next Deadline: September 2013
This scheme awards funding for up to four short films a year. Cash awards of €10,000 (approx) are made to the successful candidates with full production facilities. Two awards will be made per round. Applications are now open for the first round of the award, deadline in April.
Film Scoring Programme 2013
Next Deadline: contact Filmbase for details
Irish filmmakers and composers are being given the opportunity to apply for up to four places on a one-day recording session in RTÉ studios in 2013. At this session original scores created by the composers for the filmmakers will be performed and recorded by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Filmmakers are now being asked to submit their films for consideration.
Next Deadline: 5pm on Tuesday 16th October 2012
Reel Art is an Arts Council scheme designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme. Operated in association with Filmbase and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Reel Art will support two films with a grant of €70 - 80,000 per project. Reel Art films will premiere at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February 2014.
Filmbase/RTÉ Doc on the Box Initiative
As part of RTÉ's TV50 celebrations, the RTÉ TV Documentary Unit and Filmbase have launched 'Doc on the Box' an initiative designed to encourage a fresh, emerging voice in video documentary direction and production. It will offer a single, three-month contract to one individual to produce, direct and deliver a 25-minute, original video documentary story that is aimed at a twenty-something audience for RTÉ prime-time television broadcast.
Deadline: 2012 deadline has passed
The Lasair awards, funded by TG4, are open to drama, comedy, animation, short sketches or other fictional formats in the Irish language and is open new and emerging filmmakers as well as students. This year the theme is 'Geal Gáire' and up to six awards will be made.
RTÉ Dance on the Box
Next Deadline: TBC
RTÉ Dance on the Box challenges film and dance artists to create work for the television audience. This jointly-funded initiative by the Arts Council and RTÉ aims to bring the energy and imagination of contemporary dance in Ireland to the TV screen and to stimulate the production of dance films.
Filmbase/Setanta Sports Short Documentary Award Scheme 2008
This is a new scheme, funded by Setanta Sports and administered by Filmbase, which aims to uncover and support new Irish filmmaking talent in the area of sports documentary filmmaking. The scheme will fund three original ten minute documentary films, which will be broadcast as part of the new Sport Matters series due to air on Setanta from next January. The shorts must be based on on any one of five topics corresponding to discussion topics to be covered in the series. Each film selected will receive €10,000 - €15,000 euros towards the production of their project film.