DEADLINE: 5PM Thurs 28th Jan

 This unique scheme doesn’t just fund films, it offers the next generation of filmmakers a programme of development and production support.

Championing Ireland’s diverse and dynamic emerging filmmakers, we offer development support for shortlisted projects, as well as production and distribution support to the eventual greenlit films. People with good ideas should be encouraged to apply regardless of their creative backgrounds. A wide net will be cast to find new writers, producers and directors with a clear sense of visual storytelling and an original voice.

The purpose of Short Shots is to stimulate a truly independent and unique approach to creative filmmaking. Through this scheme, Filmbase and RTÉ are looking for ambitious films and authentic stories that will excite and resonate with audiences.

The culmination of the programme will be the opportunity of producing a short film with a production budget of €10,000 in a stimulative and supportive environment.


DEADLINE: 5PM Thurs 28th Jan

Stage 1 – Story and Film Development Workshops

This initial phase of the programme will be about stimulating ideas, challenging preconceptions and preparing participants to submit projects for development and mentoring.

Stage 2 – Script and Project Development Workshops

We will allow approximately 12 – 15 projects through to the second phase of development. Each project will be given individual time with a script editor to develop their project ideas. The shortlisted group will also be given time with Development Executives from RTÉ, Filmbase and short film distributors to outline the importance of good storytelling, realistic project development within the budgets available and the market for short films once completed, both domestic and international.

Stage 3 – Final Selection and Production

The applications will be shortlisted to a final 8 – 10, who will be brought through to interview stage. From these, 4 films will be selected for production. Each film will receive a combination of production funding, equipment facilities and a production mentor.

For application forms and further information visit


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