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BCI’s ‘Sound & Vision’ Funds 31 TV Projects
20 Oct 2009 :
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BCI) has today, October 20th, announced funding for 31 television projects through Sound & Vision, the Broadcasting Funding Scheme. Significant grant support has been provided in this round for adult literacy, animation, drama and children’s programming.

13 of the 31 projects funded are for Irish and bi-lingual projects, and these projects account for 50.2% of grants provided. 94.5% of the grants provided are to independent production companies, while the balance goes to commercial and community broadcasters.

Proposals for funding, which totals €4.1m in this most recent round, were approved at the last meeting of the Board of the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, following consideration of recommendations made by the assessment panels. The panels are comprised of external experts from the television sector, subject experts from the relevant thematic areas, and BCI staff members. A total of 83 eligible applications were considered for funding.

Speaking about the funding granted, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland says: “We were especially pleased in this current round to support high quality applications in a wide variety of genres, but notably in the areas of drama, animation, children’s programming and adult literacy. The enactment of the new Broadcasting Act 2009, has provided for changes to both the levels of funding and the genres eligible to apply to ‘Sound & Vision’. Proposals for revisions to the fund are currently with the European Commission and the BAI looks forward to the roll-out of a revised ‘Sound & Vision’ Scheme in the coming months.”

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland will now begin the process of contract negotiations with all successful applicants. ‘Sound & Vision’, the Broadcasting Funding Scheme, was established to support programmes dealing with the themes of Irish culture, heritage and experience, in the Irish and English languages, as well as programmes in support of adult literacy.

Some of the TV programmes recommended by ‘Sound & Vision’ for funding are Fastnet Films’ ‘Gualainn le Gualainn (Shoulder to Shoulder)’ for TG4; Wildfire Films’ ‘House of Colour’ for RTÉ, Paradise Pictures’ ‘The Secret Life of Teenagers’ for TV3 and Red Pepper Productions’ ‘Education Nation’ for TV3.

Applicant Project Title Genre Broadcaster Award % of total Budget
Hotshot Films  Our Will & Our Lives  Documentary – History  BBC NI  €32,400 26%
Cork Community Television  Allihies Copper Mines  Documentary – History  CCTV  €12,000 83%
Fastnet Films  Gualainn Le Gualann (Shoulder to Shoulder)  Documentary- Sport  TG4  €210,000 76%
Waxwing Wildlife Productions Ltd  Ag Dul In éag  Documentary – Nature  TG4  €150,000 62%
Grand Pictures  Trivia  Drama  RTÉ  €350,000 31%
Loopline Films  Hugo Hamilton - How to Belong  Documentary – Arts  TG4  €107,000 85%
Zampano Productions  T.K. Whitaker - Seirbhíseach an Stá¡it  Documentary – Biography  TG4  €72,000 84%
Wildfire Films  House of Colour  Documentary – Arts  RTE  €60,000 32%
Paradise Pictures  The Secret Life of Teenagers  Factual  TV3  €127,000 85%
SportsVision  Jim Bolger - The Master of Cool  Documentary – Sport  Setanta Sports Ireland  €100,000 66%
Flickerpix  The Forest of Atramentrous Birds  Animation  BBC NI  €58,000 75%
Athena Media  Pat Falvey - My Private Everest  Documentary – Biography  Setanta Sports Ireland  €110,000 64%
Nemeton Teo  Na Céad Fight Clubs  Documentary – General  TG4  €96,000 80%
Midas Productions  Coiscéimenna/Steps  Documentary – Culture  TG4  €150,000 83%
Animo Television  Stuck for Words  Adult Literacy  RTÉ  €300,000 67%
Red Pepper Productions  Education Nation  Documentary – History  TV3  €208,000 89%
Tile Films  Cé e a Chónaigh í mo Theachsa?  Documentary – General  TG4  €168,000 35%
Scratch Films  Francis Barrett's Guide to Travellers  Documentary – Culture  RTÉ  €140,000 55%
Beyond the Pale Prods  Voices from the Grave  Documentary – History  RTÉ  €210,000 64%
Monster Animation and Design Ltd.  Punky  Animation  RTÉ  €300,000 25%
TV3  Banned in Ireland  Documentary – Culture  TV3  €90,000 90%
Ned Kelly Pictures  Mná Dí-beartha/Banished Women  Documentary – History  TG4  €150,000 56%
Mind the Gap Films Ltd  Ireland - Dig It  Children  RTÉ  €150,000 54%
P5TV  Navan Roots  Documentary – History  P5TV  €16,000 83%
P5TV  Navan's Cathedral  Documentary – History  P5TV  €10,000 42%
Ballymun Communication Ltd  Scéal na Laochra  Documentary – History  DCTV  €15,000 39%
DCTV  Our Thing  Documentary – Arts  DCTV  €50,000 50%
Magamedia  Corp & Anam  Drama  TG4  €550,000 28%
DCTV  Story World  Children  DCTV/Near FM  €50,000 40%
Near TV  CRC TV  Entertainment  DCTV  €40,000 77%
IMI pictures  Amhráin an tSuláin  Documentary – Culture  CCTV  €50,000 51%




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