Major funding for Irish-language film and TV announced at Galway Film Fleadh

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TG4, in association with Screen Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen, have announced a range of new material for budding filmmakers at the Galway Film Fleadh this weekend.

The three organizations have announced a series of new Irish language development funds, aimed at supporting new and emerging talent.

Ceim Eile aims to develop scripted fiction for television, You s will support short filmmakers, and a new program of factual shorts is also in the works.

Mary Ellen Ní Chualáin, Head of Commissioning at TG4, said they were “committed to supporting Irish creative talent to produce engaging and contemporary stories in the Irish language”.

“We want to see more Irish-language content screened at festivals and theatrical releases, as well as being available on TG4 and TG4’s player globally.”

A one-time pilot project, Ceim Eile welcomes applications for the development of single-episode scripted dramas lasting 30 minutes with an investment of €420,000.

Eight projects will be shortlisted with a development fund of €15,000 each, of which three will be selected to go into production, with a budget of €100,000 each.

Submissions for Ceim Eile are required to have fluent Irish speakers while supporting a diversity of talent from different backgrounds and communities.

Applicants must partner with an experienced production company as part of the submission with the means to bring the film to fruition in both development and production.

said Screen Ireland’s Andrew Byrne. “Following our investment in the development of Irish-language television series last year, we are delighted to continue to support new and emerging Irish-language voices and a diversity of talent.”

“These new initiatives offer a range of opportunities and allow all audiences to be touched by authentic, ambitious and contemporary stories.”

A scripted short film initiative March 2022 was also announced during Film Fleadh on Saturday.

The objective of this joint initiative You s (meaning beginning) is to encourage, nurture and promote original theater in the Irish language and to support diverse creative voices the Gaeilge at an early stage in their career.

The program aims to develop dramatic short films lasting between 10 and 12 minutes.

Ten ideas will be shortlisted in Tús 2022 and will each receive a €3,000 development fee. Three of them will be produced with a budget of €30,000 each.

A factual shorts initiative with a budget of €187,000 will also help develop creative and ambitious Irish-language documentaries for festival release, broadcast and digital platforms.

The fund will support the development of 8 documentary projects (about 10′ each) and 6 documentaries of about 25 minutes in order to finance the production of 3 short films of 10′ and 3 television documentaries of 25′.

Áine Walsh, Head of Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund, said: “Skills development in the Irish language production sector has always been an integral part of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund.”

“We are delighted to partner with TG4 and Fís Éireann on this initiative which will give new and emerging talent the opportunity to develop and produce dramatic shorts and documentaries.”

“We are excited to see what wonderful new stories and talent will emerge from this partnership,” she said.

More details are available at tg4.ie/ga/coimisiuin/

TG4, Ardán and Galway City of Film also announced today the first TG4/Ardán Short Documentary Film/Gearrscannán Funding Awards.

Two teams will receive funding to produce and deliver a short documentary as Gaeilge.

This award is open to filmmaking teams in the City and County of Galway and/or films produced in the City and County of Galway.

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