Information session on how to get a short film funded

AN information session on How to Get Your Short Film Funded will be presented by Filmbase and FilmOffaly at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Tuesday, March 8 from 2pm to 5pm.

AN information session on How to Get Your Short Film Funded will be presented by Filmbase and FilmOffaly at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Tuesday, March 8 from 2pm to 5pm.

This free seminar will comprise of a programme of short films followed by a presentation and a Q&A with Alan Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of Filmbase.

Short films have long been the proving ground for many of those who want to become professional filmmakers. Seven Oscar nominations for short films in eight years, including this year’s The Crush, have proven that Ireland is punching well above its weight internationally when it comes to talent, craft and passion for telling cinematic stories.

As well as being an artform in their own right, when short films are successful at festivals and on television they bring attention to the filmmakers which can create an awareness of their work and help them get their next projects financed.

Competition for short film funding is extremely high and all funders are regularly inundated with projects. So how do you ensure your project rises to the top amongst hundreds of other entries?

FilmOffaly, in association with Filmbase, will present an information session and programme of short films for prospective filmmakers intending to apply for funding from Irish funding agencies. The session will be hosted by Filmbase director, Alan Fitzpatrick, who will cover the various funds available to Irish filmmakers, submission processes, avoiding common mistakes and preparing an interview package.

This session will be especially useful for anyone intending to submit a script for the Filmbase/RTE Short Film Awards (deadline March 25) and the FilmOffaly/Filmbase award (deadline April 1). Tea/coffee will be provided.

Booking is essential at 057 91 22911 or birrtheatre@eircom.net.