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Cine4 Development Scheme Winners Announced & Second Round Opened
31 Jul 2017 : Katie McNeice
Still, 'An Klondike' - Micí Bán Connolly played by Timmy Creed
Successful applicants to the scheme have been revealed by TG4, the Irish Film Board and the BAI which are collaborating on the joint-funding initiative to support the development and production of feature films in the Irish language.

Five applications have been selected out of a total of thirty applications from twenty-one companies, with assessors opening a second round of applications due to the quality received in the first.

The deadline for this second round is Friday, October 6th 2017.

€25,000 in development funding has been awarded to each of the following projects:

  • Abú Media, ‘Finky’
  • Danú Media, ‘Saoi’
  • Fíbín Media, ‘Finscéal’
  • Macalla, ‘Arracht’
  • Wildfire Films, ‘Sail Óg Sarah’

Developed screenplays and production plans from these companies will be assessed further, with two of these chosen for entry into the next appropriate round of the BAI Sound & Vision scheme for production funding.

The two films with budgets of up to €1.2million produced as a result of the Cine4 Development Scheme will be given a full festival life and theatrical release prior to their broadcast premiere on TG4.

Alan Esslemont, Director General, TG4:
“We were delighted with the very strong interest shown by the independent production sector in this partnership drama initiative with the IFB and the BAI. I’d like to thank all the companies who participated and because the response from the sector was so strong we have decided to announce a second round of the Cine4 Development Scheme immediately. As one of Ireland’s public service broadcasters, TG4 plays a key role in the fostering of Ireland’s creative economy and we believe that films created through the Cine4 scheme will delight audiences and also open doors internationally for Irish film-makers.”

James Hickey, Chief Executive, IFB:
"Development funding is fundamental to the creative process involved in getting a script to the next level, ready for production. We are delighted to be working on this feature film initiative and I'd like to congratulate the award-winning teams. I am looking forward to working with them and TG4 on the development process which will help bring their creative visions to life. The IFB provides development and production funding for Irish language content across feature film, TV drama, animation and feature documentaries."

Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive, BAI:
“I would like to congratulate the five successful companies who have received development funding through the Cine4 initiative. Through the administration of the Sound & Vision Broadcasting Funding Scheme, the BAI has been a key partner for Irish language films and drama series. I am confident that the funding provided through Cine4will greatly assist the further development of these five projects and will advance the initiative’s aims in relation to creativity and high production values.”

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