Skills Development Events Funding Scheme



Screen Skills Ireland supports Skills Development Events including masterclasses, workshops, seminars, webinars and panel discussions as part of film festivals and other events or through online/remote delivery during the current crisis, where the Skills Development Event will expose industry practitioners to international best practice for the screen sectors.

In all cases support is offered only if the organisers meet the strict criteria and conditions below.

The Skills Development Event Funding Scheme is open all year round.

Application Process

Read the Criteria and Requirements sections below.

Applicants must fill in the Skills Development Events Funding Scheme Application Form and submit via email to a minimum of eight weeks prior to the commencement of the Skills Development Event.

The application must contain: a full breakdown of the proposed event; a budget, including additional funding/sponsorship and projected income (if any); and tutor/speaker biographies.

The panel for the Skills/Events Funding Scheme meets 6 times a year so applications should be submitted a minimum of 8 weeks in advance of the planned skills event. Decisions will be based on the application form and how beneficial the event is to the Irish Film, Television, Animation or related sectors.

In order to draw down final payment the organisers must submit a completed Evaluation Form which will be emailed when funding is approved. Retrospective applications will not be accepted.


The Organisation applying for support must be based in Ireland and the proposed Skills Development Event must be taking place in Ireland. If the Skills Development Event is to be delivered online, then it must be primarily aimed at Irish participants.

The organisation must have strong links to the screen sector in Ireland and can include festivals, guilds, stakeholders and industry bodies. The scheme is not open to third level colleges or to public funded agencies/organisations. See contracting section below that outlines the contracting documents that the organisation must be in the position to supply.

Due to limited resources, the application process is competitive. Benefit to the Irish Film, Television, Animation or related sectors must clearly accrue from the running of the event.

In general, the maximum funding available for each Skills Development Event (including online events) will be €2,500.

However, where merited, the panel may approve funding of up to €5,000 for high quality events (including online events) that have a significant reach and impact; and that present unique skills development opportunities for the sector.

The decision to support any individual event will only be made on receipt of the completed application form containing a full breakdown of the event, budget and tutor biography.

A maximum of one event will be supported per organisation/festival per year, except when two proposals of extraordinary merit are submitted presenting unique skills development opportunities that cannot be replicated at another time.

Requirements of the Event

The event must be for established and emerging industry professionals working in the Irish film, television, animation and related sectors.

The minimum required length of the event should be 3 hours with a 15-minute coffee break. If the event is online/remote then the minimum length of the event should be 1 hour.

If participant fees are to be charged then they must be set at a maximum of €50 per person for a 3-hour event and €100 per day for a longer event. Online events should generally have no fee or a low fee for participants. However, a case for a higher fee can be made, and will be considered by the panel.

The event organisers must process all applications for the event.

When allocating places, the event organisers must demonstrate a fair and transparent process based on strict criteria which must be furnished in advance of selection to Screen Skills Ireland.

The organisers must have all attendees sign in and return the sign in sheet to Screen Skills Ireland.

All documentation and publicity must state the event is supported by Screen Skills Ireland and must contain the Screen Skills Ireland logo.

Insurance to cover the proposed event is the responsibility of the organisers.

Priority Themes for 2021

Screen Skills Ireland particularly welcomes applications for events that address one or more of the following priority themes for 2021:

  1. Advanced international skills development initiatives for above the line talent – writers, directors, producers, actors etc.
  2. Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  3. Sustainability/Green Production
  4. Future Technology/Virtual Production
  5. Improving Workplace Culture & Wellbeing
  6. Regional Development
  7. Careers in the Screen Industry

Application Process

Please download and complete the Skills Development Events Funding Scheme Application Form and submit via email to a minimum of eight weeks prior to the commencement of the Skills Development Event.

Award Payments

Once successful applicants to the scheme are notified, Screen Skills Ireland will begin to process the award payments.

Below are the details of the payment process.

The award will be paid in full up to 30 days after completion of the contracting process (upon receipt of the signed contract and requested documentation). Payment will not be processed until all requested documentation has been received.

A Final Evaluation Form must be submitted on completion of the Skills Development Event (Template Provided). Excerpts from the Evaluation Form may be published on the Screen Skills Ireland website and social media channels with the approval of the organisation.

Contracting Documentation

Successful applicants will be asked to provide the following documents as part of the contracting process:

  • Organisation Management Team and Board of Directors (if applicable).
  • Bank Account Details (in the organisation’s name).
  • Tax Clearance Cert or Tax Registration & Access Number for the Organisation.
  • Budget and Finance Plan for the Proposal.
  • Evidence of Insurance policy to cover the activity in the proposal.
  • Confirmation of registration of the Organisation with National Vetting Bureau (if applicable) in accordance with the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016