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 (but not invariably) provided by the FÉ/SI 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. Besides the FÉ/SI's commitment to cinema, this approach is also designed to respond to the manifest increase in theatrical audiences' desire to see documentaries. The FÉ/SI is keen to encourage documentary filmmaking that expresses a view of the world - past, present and future - that is both strongly personal and creatively Irish. Further, the FÉ/SI 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 FÉ/SI conditions:
- E&O insurance is required on all FÉ/SI 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, the FÉ/SI will require a minimum eighteen month theatrical window from the first theatrical screening of the project.
The FÉ/SI is committed to growing companies that produce high-quality, internationally recognised documentarues in an efficient and responsible manner and to this end, the role of the producer is considered vital. Applications should present a clear understanding of the market and realistic plan for the exploitation of the film. Producers are encoruaged to seek out international partnerships with producers, financiers, sales agents and distributors.
The FÉ/SI 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
Please ensure to consult the Production Funding Guidelines 2018 (downloadable from this page) in advance of making a submission.
Applications can now 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.
A Project Manager must be consulted prior to making an application.