Funding worth over €130,000 awarded to eight organisations to deliver skills development activities and initiatives for a diverse range of groups and roles across the screen sector. Screen Skills Ireland, the skills development unit within Screen Ireland, has today announced the eight organisations that have been awarded funds from the second round of the Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme, worth over €130,000. The scheme was launched in April as part of the overall measures announced by Screen Ireland to support the creative screen industry as it continues to experience unprecedented levels of disruption due to COVID-19. The first round of funding saw eleven organisations and initiatives access funding. A number of these, such as the launch of Raising Films; the publication of protocols for restarting live-action film and television production by Screen Producers Ireland; the virtual National Youth Film and Animation School; and online skills events for actors from Bow Street Academy, have already launched and started to make an impact. The quality of applications for this round was once again extremely high, resulting in a competitive selection process. Following a rigorous panel assessment of the applications, funding has been allocated to eight organisations.
- Irish Film and Television Academy for a series of online webinars, panel events, and masterclasses designed to share the experience and practical techniques of top Irish industry experts.
- Cluster Fox Films for an initiative to work with community groups in disadvantaged areas to teach filmmaking skills through making five short films.
- Bodecii Films for a structured scripting programme for screen writers in Wexford.
- Screen Composers Guild of Ireland for a series of online workshops as well as a bursary fund to support opportunities for assistant composers.
- Animation Ireland for a research project into the available roles and skills needs of the animation industry, targeted at students and recent graduates with the aim of developing out a competency framework for the sector.
- Women in Film and Television Ireland for a series of activities including online masterclasses, panel discussions, and a networking event.
- Film in Limerick for a series of introductory webinars on careers in film, and a professional development programme for aspiring filmmakers and crew from underrepresented groups living in the Mid-West.
- IMIRT for a series of online workshops with international industry speakers to support the development of the Irish games sector.
Speaking about the funding scheme, Gareth Lee, Screen Skills Ireland Manager, said, “Screen Skills Ireland is delighted to announce the awards for the second round of the Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme, and offer our congratulations to the recipient organisations. We believe the activities that are supported through this scheme are of a high quality and will greatly benefit the Irish screen sector.” For more information about the Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme, please visit the scheme’s webpage.