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Short Film Schemes

Northern Ireland Screen runs a number of short film schemes throughout the year. These schemes are aimed at developing Northern Ireland resident creative talent (writer, director producer teams).

Short Film Schemes:

  • Short Film Call ( company applications closes on Friday 7th June 2024/ individual applications closes on Friday 19th July 2024)

Northern Ireland Screen supports the production of Short Films with funding via the Short Film Call. The Short Film Call is for production funding and covers live action, factual and virtual reality short films.

  • Shorts to Features (currently closed)

A scheme which provides an opportunity for emerging creative teams to create a short film which is tonally and thematically aligned with their feature film ambitions.

New Shorts Features is is a fiction development scheme specifically for under-represented new and emerging Northern Ireland resident writer and writer/director talent. This is the only development scheme that we run for short film.

This scheme is intended to develop Northern Ireland resident junior creators/animators through the production of animated short films.

See the application pack here. 


Northern Ireland Screen can provide support for new and emerging writers, directors and producers to attend one screening of their Northern Ireland Screen supported live action, animation, factual, or fiction short film at an international Oscar or BAFTA accredited film festival.

To be eligible for this support, your short film must be in receipt of an invitation to screen at one of the international film festivals on the Oscar or Bafta accredited film festivals lists. Screenings at UK and Ireland Oscar or BAFTA accredited film festivals are NOT eligible.

Short filmmakers must apply as soon as their short film has been invited to screen at an international Oscar or BAFTA accredited international film festival.

Full details and information on how to apply can be found here.


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