About Frameworks

FRAMEWORKS is an initiative for the support of short animation film-making.

It is a flagship scheme for the Irish animation sector which has produced global award-winning films to a consistently high standard.

Projects selected for funding will combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a general audience, however please note this is not a scheme aimed at children.

The scheme is co-funded by FÉ/SI & RTÉ.  

Films may be made in English or Irish (if produced in the Irish language subtitling will be necessary for festivals & sales worldwide).

The deadline is 1pm Friday 2nd February 2018

The online system will automatically close down at 1pm on this day so please ensure your submission is completed and submitted well in advance of the deadline as late applications will not be accepted by email or otherwise.

Parameters of the Scheme

- Number of films:                  Up to 4 per year

- Duration:                              Maximum duration 6 minutes

- Max. budget per film:          €50,000

- Method:                                All forms of animation acceptable

- Delivery:                               DCP, Prores & BluRay                                                

* The application budget should reflect costs for delivery as above and subtitling if applicable.



When preparing your submission applicants should carefully consider the production timeframe. It is the producer’s responsibility to ensure that the schedule and budget is achievable. Late delivery can affect future applications’ so they must bring projects to approved rough cut stage by early March 2019 latest and deliver by May 2019. 


For films using archive material or which require any other kind of rights in order to produce the film - full clearances in all media in perpetuity must be included at application stage and costed into the budget.

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

* FRAMEWORKS is not a wide-open scheme in terms of the talent it aims to attract. It is designed to enable the making of short animated 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.


  • 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 FÉ/SI & RTÉ of the proposed interview. If such changes are necessary at this stage, they must be discussed with FÉ/SI & RTÉ.
  • Awards will be made on up to four projects subject to quality of the submissions.
  • Teams selected must attend an information day in order to be entitled to claim their funding.

Important Features of the Scheme   

  • FRAMEWORKS films should be originated and creatively led by talent who are Resident in the Republic of Ireland and produced by an ROI registered production company using an ROI based crew. Irish creative talent abroad who are Irish citizens may also be considered if prepared to return for interview in the event of being shortlisted and for the entirety of their production if successful in securing funding.
  • The proposed team must demonstrate their ability and methodology to complete the project on schedule and to the agreed specification. The funders will hold the producer responsible for the project and as such the producer should ensure they have full commitment from their team prior to commencement.
  • Producers must provide evidence of their ability to acquire all rights worldwide in perpetuity in all forms of media now known and to be invented.
  • Particular attention should be paid to adaptation, life rights or any necessary archival materials that are essential to the project ensuring the rights are available worldwide in perpetuity in all forms of media. Evidence of availability from the source must be included with the application and costs accounted for in the submission budget.
  • Notes on proposed voice cast, key technical crew, music etc. should be included in the submission production notes.
  • One producer only may be approved and credited for selected projects where they will be expected to assume full responsibility for the production. The following rates will apply to the production budgets of all films made under the scheme:
  1. The WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER FEES should be in line with the budget, the overall cost of the project and the intentions of the scheme. Fees deemed excessive will be adjusted should the projects be selected.  
  2.  Insurance: Allow 1.2% of the budget 
  3.  Legal fees & charges should be included.
  4.  Contingency: Allow 5% of the budget (a production fee should not be included)
  • FÉ/SI & RTÉ will have approval rights over the following elements of all films funded under the scheme:

            -          Shooting script (the Funder may appoint a script editor in certain cases)

            -          Budget

            -          Production Schedule

            -          Key animators and other technical crew - requires pre-approval

            -          Casting - voice and/or other - requires pre-approval

            -          Various animation stages throughout production

            -          Rough Cut

            -          Credits

  • Any significant changes to a selected project's screenplay, schedule, key personnel or cast that are not approved by FÉ/SI & RTÉ may result in the award being withdrawn. If such changes are necessary, they must be discussed with the Funder.


The FÉ/SI and RTÉ shall be granted non-exclusive internet rights in Ireland to allow streaming of the Film on their respective website, subject to agreed holdbacks. The FÉ/SI shall be granted a non-exclusive licence of distribution rights in Ireland in all media for promotional and publicity purposes and shall be granted non-exclusive promotional rights for rest of world. FÉ/SI shall also be granted the right to exhibit the Film at such exhibitions, promotions and festivals in Ireland and abroad as it may in its sole discretion decide. FÉ/SI shall also be jointly granted the distribution right to license the television rights of the Film in Ireland (subject to the rights licensed to RTÉ).  RTÉ will be entitled to three (3) broadcasts and/or transmissions of the Film in Ireland and shall be granted non-exclusive internet rights in Ireland.  The rest of the distribution rights will remain with the film maker who can choose to appoint a sales agent or distribute the film themselves. FÉ/SI feel this will provide vital training in the area of distribution and will enable filmmakers to build relationships with distributors directly.  

The FÉ/SI have a policy of submitting FRAMEWORKS films to a list of approved international festivals after they have been premiered in the Ireland.

How to Apply 

Applications can now be made online using the 'Make an Application' button on this page. 

For any enquries relating to this scheme or for more information on any of the short film schemes, please email