Short Film Funding

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue, Director Michael Lavelle

Filmbase/RTE Short Film Funding
The Filmbase/RTE Short Film Awards are the longest running short film scheme in the country and seek to give new and emerging filmmakers an opportunity to produce creative fiction projects. Applications are invited twice per year (in March and September) and are open to filmmakers at all levels.

Filmbase/TG4 Lasair Short Film Funding
In addition, Filmbase runs the Lasair, Irish language short filmmaking scheme in association with TG4. Past successes from this scheme include Yu Ming Is Anam Dom, winner of over 40 international festival awards.

Filmbase/Temple Bar Cultural Trust Made in Temple Bar Fund
Filmbase are currently running the Made in Temple Bar film competition and have funded 4 teams of filmmakers to produce short 3 minute films for online distribution, made in association with Temple Bar Cultural Trust. Films will be posted online later this summer.

RTE Dance on the Box
Filmbase have administered three rounds of the RTE Dance on the Box scheme on behalf of RTE and the Arts Council.

Dance on the Box

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About Filmbase

Filmbase 25 Years Supporting Irish FilmFilmbase 25 Years Supporting Irish Film

Filmbase is a not-for-profit resource organisation for new and emerging filmmakers in Ireland. Based in the landmark Curved Street building in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar, Filmbase has been supporting Irish filmmakers for 25 years.

Filmbase provides funding for short film and documentary production, production and post production equipment and facilities, training courses, casting and rehearsal spaces, networking events, masterclasses along with general support and advice.

Filmmakers who received early career support from Filmbase include John Moore (Flight of the Phoenix, Max Payne, Omen 666), Kirsten Sheridan (Disco Pigs, In America, August Rush), Martina Niland (Once,Pavee Lackeen, The Honeymooners), Daniel O’Hara (George Gently, Skins), Ian Power (The Runway), Shimmy Marcus (Headrush, Soul Boy) and many many others.

Filmbase also publishes Film Ireland magazine, Ireland’s only dedicated film magazine.

Film Ireland Magazine



Filmbase Building Dublin

Filmbase occupies the landmark Curved Street building in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar. Other occupants of the building include the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland and the Writers Guild of Ireland. The building is adjacent to the Irish Film Institute, Creative Europe Ireland Desk , accessCinemas, and close to the Dublin headquarters of the Irish Film Board, placing Filmbase in the centre of a network of national film institutions.

Filmbase is a founding partner of the Screen Talent Europe network for film resource centres and workshops across Europe.



Filmbase is supported by  Arts Council
Filmbase acknowledges the funding support of RTE and TG4 for short film productions  RTE  TG4
Filmbase is an Apple and Adobe Authorised Training Centre  Adobe Authorised Apple Authorised

Catalyst Project: Digital Feature Film Production Scheme

Filmbase was one of the partners in the groundbreaking Catalyst Project initiative, run in association with the Irish Film Board, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, TV3, FAS Screen Training Ireland and the Arts Council. The scheme was uniquely designed to provide training for emerging filmmakers to develop feature film projects suitable for low-budget production.

In addition to the training modules, the scheme provided funding of €275,000 to each of three selected projects from first time feature film makers. All three films have received a theatrical release in Ireland, have played major festivals internationally and have all won awards at home and abroad.

The three films funded under the first round of the scheme were:

Eamon (Writer/Director Margaret Corkery, Producer Seamus Byrne)
IFTA nomination Margaret Corkery, Rising Star

One Hundred Mornings (Writer/Director Conor Horgan, Producer Katie Holly)
IFTA Winner, Suzie Lavelle, Best Cinematography; Zebbie Award Conor Horgan, Best Feature Film Script

Rewind (Writer/Director PJ Dillon, Producers Alex Jones, John Wallace)
IFTA Winner, Amy Huberman, Best Actress

Masterclasses, Screenings & Events

Filmbase runs frequent masterclasses, screenings and events designed to create opportunities for emerging filmmakers to meet and discuss filmmaking with more experienced practitioners. Some notable recent events include:

Saoirse Ronan Public Interview

Saoirse Ronan at Filmbase

Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, Hanna) helped Filmbase celebrate 25 years by taking part in a special public interview about film, acting and her career.

An Audience with Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman at Filmbase

Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Harry Potter, Dogma) met with Filmbase members to discuss his career as both an actor and a film director.

Stunt Masterclass with Roger Yuan

Roger Yuan

Fight choreographer and stunt performer Roger Yuan (Batman Begins) undertook a special series of fight scene demonstrations for actors and filming techniques for directors.


The Road To The Oscars

An evening of short film and discussion with three Oscar nominated short film makers to discuss their work. Juanita Wilson (The Door), Steph Green (New Boy) and Nicky Phelan (Granny O Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty) all took part.


Adventures in Independent Cinema with Ted Hope and Christine Vachon

Two of independent cinemas leading lights, Ted Hope (21 Grams, In The Bedroom) and Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry, One Hour Photo) gave a very candid discussion about filmmaking from a producers perspective.



A series of regular monthly screenings and discussions held at Filmbase providing an overview of contemporary short filmmaking in all its facets.


Funding Your First Feature

A Panel discussion outlining ways to finance your first film. Speakers included Mark Byrne (Irish Film Board), John Gleeson (HBC Finance), Brian Gormley (Philip Lee and Co.), Edwina Forkin (Zanzibar Films) and Paul Donnovan (Grand Pictures).