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Short Film call

Northern Ireland Screen has been awarded Lottery Funds through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and BFI NETWORK to support the production     of Short Film at both Individual and Company level.

The aim of this funding is to:

  • Encourage Northern Ireland resident producers to make a significant contribution to developing talent within the local
  • Develop Northern Ireland resident creative talent who intend to work professionally in factual or fiction
  • To help individuals and creative teams progress from new talent, through emerging talent and on to established talent.

By offering structured, merit based, opportunities Northern Ireland Screen intends to develop new and emerging creative talent to the point that it is of interest to the wider film, television and digital content industry.



Northern Ireland Screen will organise two calls, a call for individuals and a call for companies in 2023/24.

The call for company applications closes on Friday 7th June 2024

The call for individual applications closes on Friday 19th July 2024


Northern Ireland Screen strongly encourages applicants that applied to a previous call and were rejected not to re-apply with the same project unless the script has substantially changed.



Funding is available at individual and production company level to produce live action, factual and virtual reality short films normally up to 15 minutes in length.

Where Northern Ireland Screen is the sole funding body, it is our expectation that all productions will make maximum use of Northern Ireland labour, locations, facilities and trainees (if applicable) including hiring all key Heads of Departments from within Northern Ireland (unless otherwise agreed in writing with Northern Ireland Screen).

All films must be shot digitally on location in Northern Ireland with post-production taking place in Northern Ireland. At Northern Ireland Screen’s sole discretion factual shorts may be filmed outside of Northern Ireland with Northern Ireland creative talent and crew attached.

Funding Levels

  • Individuals can apply for a funding award of £6,000.
  • Companies can apply for a funding award of either £12,500, £17,500 or £22,500. Companies must select which level of award they wish to apply for, subject to meeting the criteria for each level, from one of the follow award levels:

Level 1: Awards of £12,500

Level 2: Awards of £17,500

Level 3: Awards of £22,500

Companies are not permitted to apply to more than one award level with the same project.

Please refer to the Short Film Call 2024/25 Guidelines for further information including key assessment criteria, priorities for funding and a list of FAQs.


Please read the full Short Film Call 2024/25 Guidelines before requesting an application link. If the FAQs do not answer your question, then please contact Christine Morrow, New and Emerging Talent Executive, ([email protected]) for further information.

If you have read the Short Film Call 2024/25 Guidelines and wish to apply for funding then please contact Nicky Coyle, Funding Executive, ([email protected]) to request a link to an online application form.  Please state the level of funding you wish to apply for in your email.

Please ensure that all supporting documentation is submitted either online with your application or via email to Nicky Coyle. Failure to provide the requested supporting documentation will result in your application being eliminated from the current short film call.

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