Arts Council

 The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland. The Arts Council’s role in film is distinct and is central to the provision of a national infrastructure for film culture in Ireland. The focus is on supporting film artists and on providing for and developing audiences for cultural cinema. The Arts council share responsibility for public policy and support for film with the Irish Film Board, which works to develop the Irish film industry. In addition the Arts Council’s role complements the work of RTÉ, TG4 and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland in the area of television production.

A number of schemes and initiatives have been established for the particular support of film.

Reel Art is an Arts Council scheme designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme. Operated in association with Filmbase and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Reel Art supports the making of two films with a grant of €70,000-80,000 per project. The deadline for applications for Reel Art 2014 is 5pm on Friday, 17 October 2014.  

Film artists interested in applying for Reel Art can attend an information session on the scheme in Filmbase.

Splanc! is a joint initiative of the Arts Council and TG4. It supports the making of creative documentaries on the arts in Irish and is operated on a biennial basis. Full details for the next round of Splanc! can be found in the AVAILABLE FUNDING section of the Art Council website. For further information on the various schemes and incentives available please contact the Arts Council directly. T: +353 618 0200 For general film related queries please contact Jennifer Lawless E: T: +353 1 618 0250