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Call for applications open shortly for Focus Shorts, Screen Ireland’s short film scheme
06 Dec 2019 : News Desk
Screen Ireland
Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland has announced that applications for Focus Shorts, the short film scheme, will open next week.

Focus Shorts is a short film scheme for the making of live-action, fiction films that act as a proving-ground for Irish creative talents aspiring to write, direct and produce films for the cinema.

It aims to encourage strong, original storytelling, visual flair, and production values appropriate to the big screen. It offers an opportunity for producers, directors, and writers to work in a professional environment that will bring their experience up to a higher level and can be seen as a potential stepping stone for future full-length film-makers.

Focus Shorts can be up to 10 minutes in length and receive a budget of up to €50K.

The deadline for applications is 1 pm on Friday, 6th March 2020, and the application system will open next week.

You can find more information on the scheme, as well as guidelines and details on how to apply, here.

Who Can Apply

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 live action short film.*
  • Directors - must have previously directed at least one live action short film.*
  • Writers - must have previous writing experience eg. screen, published or online work (links to online work should be provided on their CV).
  • Projects submitted twice before unsuccessfully may not reapply.
  • Producers, Directors & Writers may apply to make more than one FOCUS SHORTS film but may not receive funding through the scheme more than three times.
  • The scheme is not open to full-time students

    * FOCUS SHORTS 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 strong creative voices and 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.

For the avoidance of doubt, the writer, director and producer must all be attached at application stage and a COMPREHENSIVE CV should be submitted for each individual. Please note biogs will not suffice.

Procedure

  • Submissions will be examined, with consideration given to the treatment, creative notes and the creative team. We aim to achieve gender balance across the selected creative teams. 
  • A shortlist of teams will be invited to attend an interview.
  • After a project has been shortlisted for interview, any significant changes to the treatment, schedule or key personnel may result in the withdrawal by Screen Ireland of the proposed interview. If such changes are necessary at this stage, they must be discussed with Screen Ireland.
  • Awards will be made to up to four projects depending on the quality of the submissions.
  • Teams selected must attend an information day in order to be entitled to claim their funding.




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