The MEDIA Offices of Creative Europe Desk Ireland have announced that six Irish companies have been successful in the latest deadline of funding for Content Development of a Single Project. The total awarded was €280,000 which is the highest amount awarded to any one country in this round. Of the six projects, three were animations, two were documentaries, and one was a feature drama.
The animated projects which received €60,000 each were I've Got a Time Travelling Monkey on My Back from Treehouse Republic and Peek Zoo from Igloo Films, both of which were pitched at Cartoon Forum last September. The third animation is Brain Freeze High a co-porduction between Kite Entertainment and Turnip & Duck, a spin-off of their highly successful show Brain Freeze on CBBC.
Two documentaries received €25,000 each: Sophie Fiennes’ next project The Pervert's Guide to the Twenty First Century, produced by Blinder Films and Old Friend - New Master: Will China Save Europe’s Piano industry? from Gambit Pictureswho produced the successful A Doctor’s Sword in 2016. Tailored Films run by Ruth Treacy and Julianne Forde received funding for the only Irish drama which was successful in this round, Winter Lake.
The €280,000 awarded in this round brings the total awarded to Irish Companies since the start of the current Creative Europe MEDIA Programme to nearly €5.6 million. This deadline was a particularly successful one for Ireland with Irish applications for this scheme hitting a 46% success rate, one of the highest rates to date.
‘Access to Development funding has been repeatedly cited as being the key to a successful industry so we are delighted that so many companies are gaining access to this important funding,’ explained Orla Clancy of the Dublin MEDIA Office. ‘The awards are a testament to the high quality and international potential of the projects submitted. It is also great to see first time applicants getting funding with 4 of the 6 awarded companies receiving MEDIA funding for the first time.’
Eibhlín Ní Mhunghaile of the MEDIA Office in Galway noted, ‘With Brexit looming, continued access to Creative Europe funding is vital for the international growth of the Irish audiovisual industry. The Dublin and Galway MEDIA Offices are here to advise companies on their applications so we recommend that companies who are thinking of applying to come to us so we can ensure that they’re putting their best foot forward!’
You can see the full list of all successful Single Projects in this round, by category and country, here. Have a look at the overall results of Irish funding from Creative Europe since 2014 on our Funded Projects page, and see some of the Current Projects from Irish companies that are on screens in Ireland, showing in international film festivals, or that have secured international TV distribution deals.
The next Single Project Development funding deadline is expected to be in November 2017 and will be announced in September.