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 XL from Kite Entertainment which is 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 Pictures who 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. 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.
Orla Clancy – MEDIA Office in Dublin

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!
Eibhlín Ní Mhunghaile – MEDIA Office in Galway

You can see the full list of all successful projects by category and country here.

The next development funding deadline is expected to be in November 2017 and will be announced in September.

The upcoming TV Programming deadline on 30th May offers production funding for TV Projects. For further information, eligibility criteria and contact details, check out the Creative Europe website where you can also sign up to their monthly newsletter: www.creativeeuropeireland.eu.

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