6 February 2023 The Irish Film & Television Network
DoubleBand Films, Paper Owl Films, and Triplevision among funding recipients for Irish Language Broadcast Fund 2021
22 Nov 2021 : Nathan Griffin
Irish Language Broadcast Fund
Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund (ILBF) has announced its latest funding decisions for 2021.

Funding was awarded across a wide genre of TV and online content with a total of 18 projects receiving funding.

The aims of the ILBF are to promote the production and broadcast of quality Irish language content for an audience in Northern Ireland and beyond and to help grow the local Irish language production sector.

Here is a round-up of some of the funded projects:

Lí Ban a wonderful animation written by Máire Zepf for Paper Owl Films for TG4, S4C and BBC Alba is a unique retelling of the mythological origins of Lough Neagh. In M’ainm Mo Scéal, a production by Ronin Films for TG4, children from across the country will learn more about their names’ origins and discover the stories behind them.

In Triplevision’s observational documentary Gaelchúrsaí for BBC Northern Ireland we’ll meet students, teachers and employers as they embark upon a new Irish Language vocational training scheme. RTÉ audiences will also have the pleasure of meeting farming families from across Ireland in Strident Media’s Saol Na Feirme, as we see them face the highs and lows of rural life.

Below The Radar’s topical Irish Language discussion show An Focal Scoir will return to BBC Northern Ireland for its 6th series and GAA fans can learn about the stories of Ireland’s most iconic and revered provincial GAA grounds in Below The Radar’s An Talamh Naofa on TG4.

DoubleBand Films will delve into the music and culture of the Irish Traveller tradition in Ag Taisteal Siar on TG4. Their other production Frank Aiken: An Díchuimhne will introduce TG4 audiences to Dr. Síobhra Aiken as she digs deeper into her family’s involvement in the Irish revolutionary period to try to piece together her great-grandfather Frank Aiken’s war record.

In Dearcán Media’s Tumtha for RTÉ, Pauline Scanlon will investigate the history of the “preparatory colleges” in post-revolutionary Ireland and their attempt to generate a cadre of Irish language teachers to Gaelicise the newly independent country. 

Iarsmaí na hIarsmalainne, also by Dearcán Media for TG4 and BBC Northern Ireland, will explore how following recent Black Lives Matter protests, Irish and British museums as well as State and private collections are re-examining collections of empire related material, particularly the ethical issue of holding onto human remains as well as items either stolen or acquired in dubious circumstances.

Clean Slate Production’s In Ainm an Athar for BBC Northern Ireland will examine the crisis in the Catholic Church in regards to the lack of new priests, the reasons for it and the possible solutions to the problem.

For music lovers, Ireland’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Canada’s Natalie MacMaster take us on a Canadian road trip with a difference, meeting incredible performers and engaging characters as they explore the incredible shared musical heritage that will forever connect Ireland and Canada in Tyrone Production’s Ceol Cheanada on TG4.

Macha Media’s Díolta faoina Luach for BBC Northern Ireland will share a beautiful and lyrical account of the tragic human story behind one of Ulster’s epic songs.

Imagine Media’s Cuimhníonn Ceoltóirí Dhoire for TG4 is a hybrid musical/factual commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Derry’s Bloody Sunday.

As a St. Patrick Day’s Celebration, Big Mountain Production’s Ceiliúradh na Féile Pádraig will showcase the best of local and national talent from all music genres for one unforgettable night on both BBC Northern Ireland and TG4.

Raidió Fáilte has also been awarded funding to continue their successful training and broadcasting scheme for the 10th year running.

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