Funding for Irish filmmakers to complete a live-action, animated or documentary feature film.

About the Funding

This funding enables Irish filmmakers to complete a live-action, animated or documentary feature film (but not a TV drama or short film) which has reached post-production stage or later (rough cut stage) without Screen Ireland support, shows great theatrical promise and is in need of further funding.

Projects must be originated and creatively led by Irish talents - directors, writers, producers. Their content will generally express Irish culture in some way, and their practical management will be primarily in Irish hands. The majority of the production will have taken place in Ireland. Films that have screened publicly are not eligible.

Funding under this programme is generally provided by Screen Ireland for the making of projects predominantly in English or Irish, or a combination of the two.

Important Notes

Assessment of applications for Screen Ireland Completion funding is rigorous, with approval given only in cases where the material shot is of exceptional quality and where management of the production and its financing to date is transparent and clearly professional.

Screen Ireland offers Completion funding on a last-in-first-out basis, i.e. Screen Ireland will expect to recoup its investment ahead of any existing financiers, including the producer.

Projects must have had adequate production insurances in place for the entire production period and be evidence must be shown of obtaining the costs of E&O insurance cover.

Emphasis is placed on projects that have garnered strong market or festival interest or which have a strong marketing plan in place (festivals, sales and distribution).

Screen Ireland Completion funding is generally provided during the remaining stages of production in accordance with an agreed cash flow. Before starting to fund, Screen Ireland will need to review a full cost report. Screen Ireland will also need to be satisfied that any other parties' material interests in the project have been declared by the producer, and that any other financiers who have invested in the project have agreed the terms on which Screen Ireland’s Completion funding will be provided. 

Who Can Apply

Completion funding is available to Irish producers (independent production companies registered in the Republic of Ireland with an office and staff based in the Republic of Ireland). Funding is available for live-action, animated feature, or feature documentary projects. Clear access to the necessary rights in any material that has been adapted for the screen, full agreements in place with the screenwriter, director and all cast and crew, and evidence of production insurance and location clearances must be obtained before an application is submitted. Please note that funding is not available to assist the completion of projects that have not finished shooting.

How to Apply

Applicants must consult the Completion Funding Checklist and Production Funding Guidelines 2019 in advance of making a submission. Applications which do not meet the criteria set out in these guidelines will automatically be deemed ineligible for consideration.

A Project Manager must be consulted at least three weeks prior to making an application. If this is an application for a project that is currently in the Screen Ireland system, please contact the relevant Project Manager.

If this is an application for a new project, please fill out this form and email a copy to at least three weeks prior to the deadline.

Applications can be made online using the 'Make an Application' button on this page. If you wish to make an application for funding by post, contact 091 561 398 for the relevant application form. 

Production Application Deadlines for 2019

  • Friday 15th February * May BAI applications must be in by this deadline*
  • Friday 12th April
  • Friday 14th June
  • Friday 16th August * November BAI applications must be in by this deadline*
  • Friday 18th October
  • Friday 13th December

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