2017 Review - A Good Year for Irish MEDIA Projects!
14 December 2017

2017 Review - A Good Year for Irish MEDIA Projects!

Irish Companies Awarded over €1.7m by Creative Europe MEDIA in 2017

We’re looking back at 2017 which was another successful year for Irish companies! Production companies, games companies, markets and festivals applied for Creative Europe MEDIA funding under its different funding strands. Over €1.7m in project development, training, market, and film distribution support was attracted into the Irish economy from Creative Europe funds. Our creative audiovisual industries employ thousands of people and are a vital part of a growing sector which always needs development support.  

Many new companies and organisations were successful in their MEDIA applications for the first time in 2017. One of these was Park Films with their new Crewing App, Rangle, awarded under the Access to Markets scheme which also funds the Galway Film Fair at Galway Film Fleadh.

The Single Project scheme is often the first port of call for emerging productions companies when seeking development funding. It’s also a way to ease into your first MEDIA application! This year we had many first timers including Tailored Films, LightCube, Kite Entertainment, Treehouse Republic and Blinder Films.

In 2017, two Irish game companies received Games Funding for their narrative-led projects: Pewter Games and Tribal City Interactive. Every year we host Games Funding Information sessions in Dublin and Galway so watch out for those early in 2018!

€771,525 in Slate Development funding was awarded to four Irish companies: Element Pictures, Deadpan Pictures and Subotica for Drama; and Moetion Films (Galway) for Animation. Being awarded MEDIA Slate Development signals a company’s strength in project management and business planning. The next Slate Development Call closes on 06 Feb 2018.                                                                                                                                                                                  

Our Event Highlights

Throughout 2017, both the Dublin and Galway MEDIA Offices held a number of events, funding workshops and networking sessions. Without a doubt the highlight of our year was our Balancing the Industry event with WIFTI – we even got trending on Twitter for the day! This unique event looked at European strategies to achieve gender balance in the film and television industries. We brought over European filmmakers to share stories and best practice in terms of evening the gender balance in the industry. 

Creative Europe MEDIA Galway hosts an annual Co-production Dinner at the Galway Film Fleadh which pairs producers with funders and broadcasters. And this year we had a full house with a waiting list outside! Watch the video below to see how it works and why it’s so important for Irish producers.

Our Video Games Seminars in Dublin and Galway in January 2017 introduced games companies to the MEDIA Games Funding scheme. Our Dublin event was live-steamed via Twitch and the recording is available on IMIRT's website here


Have a look at our Current Projects page for more details but here are just a few selections from some of the year’s most talked about Irish films, documentaries, and animations all of which were supported by MEDIA funding:

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer | Fiction | Element Pictures | Joint winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival 2017
  • Handsome Devil | Fiction | Treasure Entertainment | Best Irish Feature 2017 Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards (DFCC) and DIFF 2017
  • The Farthest | Documentary | Crossing the Line Films | Won Audience Award & Best Irish Documentary DIFF
  • School Life | Documentary | Soilsiú Teoranta | Special Jury Prize in the Golden Gate Awards at SFFILM, one of the biggest film festivals in the US
  • Puffin Rock | Animated TV series | Cartoon Saloon | Nominated for an International Emmy Kids Award
  • Acceptable Risk | TV series, RTE1 | Saffron Moon

Also in 2017, Wild Ireland (Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar), a documentary from Crossing the Line Films on the wildlife and landscapes of Ireland’s Atlantic coast won Best Natural History Film at the Grierson Awards. This is the UK’s most prestigious documentary prize. Beating the BBC’s Planet Earth 2 and a host of the finest wildlife films of the year, directors John Murray and Cepa Giblin said they were 'stunned and humbled in equal measure to bring home the award.' The two-part TV series was developed and produced with the support of MEDIA TV Funding for Crossing the Line Films for TG4 in association with BBC, ORF, PBS, France TV and NDR.  



Here are just a few MEDIA suported Irish projects to watch out for in 2018. Sign up for newsletter or check our social media for regular updates.

  • The Breadwinner | Cartoon Saloon, Animated Feature | Supported by MEDIA Sales Agent Distribution funding
  • Wolfwalkers | Cartoon Saloon, Animated Feature| Supported by MEDIA Slate Development Funding.
  • The End of Romance | FILM | Director and writer, Trish McAdam received the largest single funding award from the Irish Film Board this year for her feature about Maud Gonne. The project was awarded Single Project Development funding in 2015.
  • Sea Fever | FILM | A supernatural thriller written and directed by Neasa Hardiman and produced by Fantastic Films who received Single Project Development funding in 2014.
  • Cuba's Wild Revolution | Nature Documentary | Crossing the Line Films.


We host several events and workshops throughout the year. Here are a few to watch out for in 2018:

Dublin Events

  • Bursary Information Day for Documentary | Thursday 18 January, Dublin | With Screen Training Ireland, Irish Film Board, and EDN. 
  • Games Information Session | Dublin, 25 January 2018
  • Copyright Seminar | Dublin, February 2018
  • Breakfast events in Dublin | Keep an eye out for our Breakfasts which feature guest speakers and the opportunity to network over a good breakfast!

Galway Events

  • Marketing Workshop | March, Galway
  • Co-production Dinner | JulyGalway Film Fleadh 
  • Advanced Development Workshop with Emmanuel Oberg | 18-20 September, Galway

Happy New year - see you in 2018!