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    The Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced new funding for the making of short films, according to the Irish Times.

    The schemes will support projects with budgets of between €20,000 and €90,000 which will include live-action and animated short films for the internet.

    The board has introduced three schemes; Signatures, Reality Bites and Virtual Cinema.

    The Signatures scheme will be the flagship for showcasing live action film-making, encouraging strong, original story telling with big-screen production values.

    The funding will also cover a project called Reality Bites which is set to fund up to 3 short documentaries in a bid to encourage the experimentation in non-fiction film-making.

    Another scheme, Virtual Cinema will fund up to 10 high-quality shorts a year for an on-line audience.

    Apparently, projects commissioned under the schemes will be launched at the Cork Film Festival next year. Deadline for applications is November 30th and further information can be accessed on .


    nice little one here for a micro budget short

    [quote:64478]About Virtual Cinema
    Virtual Cinema is a new scheme for the making of high-quality short films that are suited to the new forms of digital video consumption. Films made under the scheme can be live-action or use any kind of animation technique.

    The scheme aims to encourage exploration of fresh filmmaking ground, with no creative holds barred. Deliberately, no guidelines are offered at this stage with regard to content or style, though material likely to give serious offence is unlikely to be funded.

    Films may be made in Irish or English.

    Parameters of the Scheme
    – Number of films: up to 10 per year

    – Duration: maximum 2 minutes

    – Budget per film: maximum €2,000

    – Format:
    – Origination on any digital format or flash animation
    – Delivery on digital format suitable for

    Who Can Apply
    Applications are invited from teams or individuals who can provide a CV and showreel demonstrating some relevant past experience. Full-time students are not eligible. [/quote:64478]


    See , IFTN is rong rong rong sometimes.

    Anyways on Saturday they said they’d be extending it. But We should not be applying for The Signatures funding unless we already have talked to them about a feature, that’s the long and short of it .

    On the 2000 thing , yeah , I think that’s just their way of cheaply finding some way to stave off the shite they get submitted every year and give guys with the " dyknow it’d be mad if we made a film that …." something to keep them distracted. No , Film board funding is now going to be directly about producers and directors the board wants in the business , writing shorts is relegated to a secondary status . ( hence the rates )

    Soon enough it’ll be find a producer and director who likes your short and we might let them make it . But realistically all this is fine . Let the Film Bard do that , it’s their Job.

    From the Film Board

    Applications are invited from producer/director/writer teams (where the producer and director are not the same person) subject to eligibility guidelines as follows:

    Producers – must have previously produced at least one short film*
    Directors – must have previously directed at least one short film*
    Writers – need not have previously written for the screen

    Producers, Directors and Writers – may apply to make more than one SIGNATURES film but not more than three in a 10-year period

    The scheme is not open to full-time students

    * SIGNATURES is not a wide-open scheme in terms of the talent it aims to attract: it is designed to enable the making of short films by producers and directors with new creative voices but also with some measure of professional experience. Accordingly a short film made as part of college work will not be considered eligible in this context, though a graduation film that has achieved significant festival exposure might be.

    • The following rates will apply to the production budgets of all films made under the scheme:
    – Producer: €2,000
    – Director: €2,000
    – Writer: €1,300
    – Writer-Director: €3,000
    – Daily rate for all cast and crew (as agreed annually with the
    Film Group of Unions) June 2007-June 2008: €115
    – Insurance: 1.2% of budget
    – Contingency: 5% of budget


    I’m Going to look for Clarification on those rates €2000 a day only for talent like me , must be Wrong.

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