Funding for documentary feature films originated and creatively led by Irish talent.

About the Funding

This funding is for documentary feature films originated and creatively led by Irish talent - directors, producers and writers - the practical management of which will be primarily in Irish hands.

The emphasis is on feature-length, creative documentaries with high cinematic production values which are capable of reaching an international audience through theatrical and festival exposure and on new platforms. 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. 

Please note that documentaries aimed at a one-hour TV slot or shorter, with little or no international appeal, will not be supported.  Screen Ireland is determined to find and foster Irish talents capable of presenting non-fiction material in a way that transcends cultures and languages and utilises the aesthetic and emotional techniques of cinema to communicate its meaning. 

Please note the following Screen Ireland conditions: 

  • E&O insurance is required on all Screen Ireland supported feature length projects. 
  • All music and archive utilised in a project must be cleared worldwide, in perpetuity, across all platforms. Failure to comply with this will result in a serious breach of contract. 
  • Where Broadcaster support is involved, Screen Ireland will require a minimum eighteen-month theatrical window from the first theatrical screening of the project.

Screen Ireland is committed to growing companies that produce high-quality, internationally recognised documentaries in an efficient and responsible manner and to this end, the role of the producer is vital. Applications should present a clear understanding of the market and realistic plan for the exploitation of the film. Producers are encouraged to seek out international partnerships with producers, financiers, sales agents and distributors.

Screen Ireland is open to considering co-productions through this scheme which follow the principles set out under Fiction: Creative Co-Production.

Who Can Apply

Documentary Production 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) with a feature documentary project they wish to produce, with clear access to the necessary rights in any material and an agreement in place with the director, lead contributors, and screenwriter if applicable.

How to Apply

Applicants must consult the 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 considered ineligible.

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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