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BAI's Sound & Vision Scheme: Element Pictures' The Dry and Deadpan Pictures' Dead Still S2 among recipients
05 Jan 2021 : Nathan Griffin
Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced details of the latest funding awards under the Sound & Vision 4 Broadcasting Funding Scheme and details of additional funding for 2021.

A total of 23 TV projects will benefit under Round 37. Of the €5.58m allocated under Round 37, TV projects will receive €5.3m while €289,000 will go to radio. Round 37 was significantly oversubscribed, attracting 190 applications seeking approximately €22.2m in funding. The allocation of €5.58m includes additional funding support of €1m secured by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, TD. Successful projects cover such areas as Irish culture, heritage and experience, Irish history, natural environment, and traditional and contemporary arts.

Some of the highest funding recipients included Loosehorse’s new one-part (75mins) educational programme Treaty 21, which will air on RTÉ One and received €280,000; Coco Television’s four-part (50mins) entertainment programme,Generation Dating, which received €308,000 and will air Virgin Media One; Abú Media Teo’s 13-part (30mins) educational series, Na hInnealtóirí, which will air on TG4 and received €309,158.

Crossing The Line has received €125,000 for their upcoming one-part (50mins) documentary labelled as a love letter to nature as musicians, composers and performers, accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, immerse themselves in Ireland’s natural world and bring us music inspired by the wild, which will air on RTÉ One. 

Magpie 6 Media’s 52-part (5mins) animated preschool series about a very small family living in a great big West Clare forest, The Wee Littles received €400,000 and will debut on RTÉjr.

Four dramas are also among the top funding decisions with Deadpan Pictures’ Dead Still (Series 2) receiving €350,000. A broadcaster is yet to be confirmed, but the show will resume a similar six-part (60mins) format as was seen in the first season of the show. DoubleBand Films new 90-minute TV drama, Fréamhacha (Roots) is due to feature on TG4 having received €400,000 from the latest round of Sound & Vision. Tiger Darling Productions have also received €300,000 for their upcoming TV Drama Sparrow, which is yet to confirm a broadcaster. 

Finally, Element Pictures will follow up their internationally acclaimed TV series Normal People with a new TV drama, The Dry, which received €485,000 in the latest funding round. The series is described an irreverent, sharp, funny and moving 6x30min comedy drama by the award-winning Irish screenwriter and playwright Nancy Harris, which seeks to provide viewers with an honest depiction of an Irish family in denial. 

Separately the BAI has announce details of additional funding supports under Sound & Vision for 2021, including the operation of rounds to allocate a further €3.9m secured by the Minister for the sector. Anticipated rounds include a focused round for commercial radio (€2.5m), and an open funding round, to include a call for projects to help address challenges being faced by the live music sector. It is expected that both these rounds will run in Q1 of 2021, with further details to be announced early in the new year. Another open round is planned for later in the year, and a focused round for community radio.

“This has been a very difficult year for broadcasters and independent programme makers and the BAI is pleased to be able to announce funding of more than €6.2m for the sector under Rounds 36 and 37,” said BAI CEO, Michael O’Keeffe when commenting on the announcement. “In particular given the oversubscribed nature of Round 37, with the level of funding being sought significantly exceeding the money available, we very much welcome Minister Martin’s allocation of an additional €1m for this round.”

“We hope that the overall funding, along with earlier S&V rounds during 2020 and other assistance provided by the BAI and the Government will help the sector through this difficult period,” O’Keeffe continued. “Likewise, the BAI would like to thank the Minister for the further financial support provided to Sound & Vision for funding rounds in 2021. This additional funding will contribute greatly to Sound & Vision during the year and its allocation will provide much needed support for the sector.”

The BAI will now commence contract negotiations with all successful applicants for Rounds 36 and 37. 

A full list of the projects being offered funding is available to download here.

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