Screenplay Development (Established Talent)

Screenplay Development Loans

Screenplay Development Loans enable establised writers, writing teams or writer & director teams to prepare the screenplay for a live action or animated feature film project.

About the Funding

Screenplay Development Loans support an experienced writer, teams of writers, or writer and director team to write a live action or animated feature film project from treatment or first draft stage. Awards of up to €12,000 for an individual or up to €16,000 for teams of two or more individuals are available. Please note producers should not be attached at this stage. If a project is submitted including a production company and/or producer it will automatically be deemed ineligible for consideration.

Development funding is provided by Screen Ireland for the making of films predominantly in English or Irish, or a combination of the two.

Who Can Apply

Screenplay Development Loans are available to Experienced Irish Talent including individual writers, teams of writers, and writer and director teams where applicants have at least one produced feature film or fiction TV credit. Please note teams with one experienced writer and one less experienced writer (without a produced feature film or TV credit) are eligible to apply as a co-writing team.

Treatments should be detailed and endeavour to communicate a strong sense of theme, characterization (i.e. arcs and relationships), and tone as well as plot.  This is especially important in applications comprising of treatment and sample scenes only.

Application Requirements

In order to thoroughly assess the further development potential of applications the following documents are required:

  • Logline and Synopsis
  • Full length screenplay if available
  • Detailed Treatment (6-10 A4 pages excluding images)
  • 25 pages of sample scenes from the screenplay
  • Notes on further development
  • Evidence of Ownership of Rights

How to Apply

Applicants must consult the Development Funding guidelines prior to making an application. Applications can be made online using the 'Make an Application' button on this page. Applicants must read the Development Funding guidelines prior to making an application. Applications which do not meet the criteria set out in these guidelines will automatically be deemed ineligible for consideration.

If you wish to make an application for funding by post, contact 091 561 398 for the relevant application form.

2019 Development Application Deadlines

  • Thursday 28th February (includes TV Drama Development)
  • Tuesday 30th April
  • Friday 28th June (includes TV Drama Development)
  • Friday 30th August
  • Thursday 31st October (includes TV Drama Development)
  • Friday 13th December

Current Downloads

Development Funding Guidelines 2019