Last week, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland announced a further range of stimulus supports for the Irish screen industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide practical and effective funding measures to support production companies and creative talent in developing a strong slate of quality projects, so that the industry can emerge from the current situation in a position to scale up production activity.
Guidelines for the following funds have now been released, with further updates to come:
- Strategic Slate Development Fund
- Enhanced Project Development Fund
- Strategy and Financial Planning Support for Companies
In addition, direct support for screenwriters will come in the form of enhanced investment in the existing Screenplay Development and Spotlight Schemes, with €100,000 allocated between the two funds, allowing for more flexibility in funding budgets and an increased number of participants on the structured new writers scheme.
Source: Screen Ireland News, 24th April 2020.