Kerry Film Bursary
Filmmaking in Kerry is set to receive a boost with the recent announcement of a new short film bursary by Kerry County Council and The Arts Council. ‘Kerry is a great location to shoot a film and we are keen that filmmakers all over Ireland hear about the Bursary’, stated Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council, Councillor John Sheahan.
The Film Bursary Award aims to foster talent, creativity and activity in film making in County Kerry. The Bursary is for a short drama film of 10 to 12 minute in duration & is set as a grant and valued at €15,000 for 2018.
Announcing the award Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer said “We are looking for film makers with some experience in the field, who are working in the short drama genre and who have a script that has been developed, seen by a Director, and has had input from a producer”. An experience in filmmaking is required and applicants will need to prove that a director and/or a producer has seen the script and has a sense of its suitability to go to production. On announcing the Bursary, Sinead O’Reilly Head of Local Arts at The Arts Council stated ‘a bursary to support film making ensures that a culture of filmmaking is encouraged at local level. This feeds into the mainstream industry and the generation of future opportunities’.
The Bursary is funded through Kerry County Council with support from the Arts Council. “Film in Kerry is part of a rapidly growing industry and developing the county’s capacity to respond to and support filmmakers is a tradition that we are proud of in Kerry County Council. The Bursary further iterates our support in this regard”, stated Moira Murrell, CE at Kerry County Council.
Applications to the Bursary can be made online and all details can be found on https://form.jotformeu.com/KerryCoArts/film-bursary-award-kerry-2018 Applicants must shoot in Kerry but do not have to be from Kerry to apply.
Kerry Screen Commission, which is based within the Arts Service of Kerry County Council, will offer location support and guidance as requested and especially in relation to accessing locations and local resources.
A development seminar detailing information on the Award will be held at Kerry County Council, County Buildings, Rathass, Tralee on Thursday 12th April from 2-4pm. The seminar will offer insight into filming in Kerry, procedures for shooting in Kerry as well as additional resources available to the successful recipient. A Location Manager will be present on the day and the seminar will be facilitated by the Arts Office at Kerry County Council. The seminar will also provide information on the award criteria, guidelines and application format.
There is a two-stage selection process in the open competition. Stage one involves a shortlisting from applications received, while stage two requires an interview in Kerry.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Friday 27th April 2018.