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BCI Awards €3.8m in Sixth Sound & Vision Round
13 Mar 2008 :
The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) has announced funding of €3.8m for 24 new television projects in the fifth funding round of their Sound & Vision scheme.

53 television applications were received from the sector, a decrease of 71 when compared to the previous round. In this round documentary projects fared well with 58% or €2.2m in funding proposed for documentaries dealing with the arts, biography, culture, history and music. Animation and children’s programming accounted for almost 30% of the funding allocated, with four programme proposals receiving support. Other genres which received funding included adult literacy, drama and sport.

30% of the total fund available was granted to Irish and bi-lingual programmes, and 61% of programmes funded will be shown on public service broadcasters, while the remaining 39% of programmes will be aired on a mix of commercial and community television.

The previous four rounds of Sound & Vision have seen the allocation of a cumulative total of over €40m for television since the scheme’s inception in October 2005. This latest round sees a drop in the overall size of the funds allocated, with €8.5m awarded in the 2007 round. Commenting on the announcement Chief Executive of the BCI, Michael O’Keeffe, said “The amount allocated reflects the reduced funding for the scheme in 2008, now that the backlog from previous years has been allocated. Prior to the commencement of this round we had engaged with broadcasters and applicants to advise them that the backlog had been cleared. Coupled with the fact that programme makers are still in the process of making programmes funded in previous rounds, the decline in the number of applications for this round is not surprising. However the quality of applications continues to rise, as evidenced by the allocation of 35% of the amount requested in the current round, which is up from 25% in round four.”

The deadline for the receipt of applications for the sixth round of Sound & Vision for radio has recently passed and in excess of 200 applications were received.

 

Applicant

Project Name

Broadcaster

Genre

€ Award

% of Prog budget

1

Borderline Productions Ltd.

Show me the Mummy

BBC NI

Documentary - History

100,000

41%

2

Paul Flanagan

Funky Lingo

DCTV

Children

60,000

47%

3

Brian Gray

Pushers Out - The Story of Concerned Parents Against Drugs

DCTV

Documentary - History

60,000

46%

4

Bill Tyson

The House

DCTV

Adult Literacy

220,000

79%

5

The Media Co-op /Near fm 101.6

Bunkered Irish Paintball Television

DCTV

Sport

15,000

10%

6

Bill Tyson

Changing Faces

DCTV

Documentary - History

15,000

18%

7

P5TV

The Meath 2008 Charity Cycle Challenge

P5TV

Sport

14,500

89%

8

The Organic Centre & Leitrim Media Centre

Growing in Confidence

P5TV

Documentary - General

36,000

89%

9

Araby Productions

Patrick Collins – Painter

RTE

Documentary - Arts

91,000

69%

10

Waldovision Ltd.

Stanley Woods - Forgotten Hero

RTE

Sport

120,000

80%

11

Jam Media

Roy

RTE

Animation

500,000

10%

12

RTE Television

Out Of Their Skin

RTE

Children

392,000

70%

13

Roy Esmonde

Keep The Home Fires Burning

RTE

Documentary - History

111,000

69%

14

Setanta Sports

Sport Matters

Setanta Sports

Sport

350,000

38%

15

Glass Machine Productions

An Páistí Beo Bocht

TG4

Documentary - Biography

104,000

43%

16

Mac Dara Ó Curraidhin

A Boatload of

Wild Irishmen

TG4

Documentary - Biography

100,000

62%

17

Bandit Films

Ag Teacht's Ag Imeacht Uaim

TG4

Documentary - Biography

80,000

80%

18

Telegael Teo

Aifric

TG4

Children

200,000

14%

19

Wildfire Films

Anseo

TG4

Drama

400,000

26%

20

Sonas Productions

Ceol na Réabhlódí

TG4

Documentary - Music

80,000

30%

21

ArkHive Productions

Aicí­d

TG4 / BBC NI

Documentary - Nature

90,000

58%

22

Red Pepper Productions

How the Irish

have Sex

TV3

Documentary - Culture

250,000

59%

23

Short Comedy Theatre Company

The History of

Irish Comedy

TV3

Documentary - Culture

220,000

88%

24

Sideline Productions

Living with Murder

TV3

Documentary - General

250,000

51%







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