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Submissions now open for Kerry Short Film Bursary 2023
15 Mar 2023 : News Desk
Kerry Short Film Bursary
A fund of €10,000 is available to the successful applicant towards the cost of their production.

This Bursary is funded through Kerry County Council Arts Service and the Arts Council of Ireland to support and encourage filmmaking within the county. Filmmakers will be assisted through Screen Kerry, the Kerry ETB Film Development Office, and Kerry College Monavalley Campus.

This is a competitive award and applicants are advised to attend an online information session on March 15th, which will provide details on how to submit a competitive application. Applicants are encouraged to attend this webinar to ensure their submission has the best chance of success. Register with siobhan@screenkerry.ie to attend.

Kerry ETB Film Development Officer, Siobhan O’Sullivan, outlined: “the importance of the film bursary in developing the film sector in Kerry and giving upcoming filmmakers the opportunity to develop their craft”. Kerry County Council Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly, described the award as “a critical way to encourage filmmaking in the county, highlighting locations, facilities and skills available in Kerry”.

Applications should have a strong creative connection with Kerry, with at least one of the core creative team (Writer/Director/Producer) either from or living in Kerry. Proof of address will be required at shortlisting stage.

There is a two-stage selection process in this open competition with previous winners excluded from entering. Stage one involves a shortlisting of applications while stage two requires an online interview with the shortlisted creative teams in May.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday April 14th.

The Kerry Short Film Bursary has had a successful run to date with Haven, directed by Mo O’Connell winning an award at the Chicago Irish Film Festival, and lead actress Maria McDermottroe winning best actress at the Toronto Women’s International Film Festival. The 2020 film Ship of Souls was longlisted for the 2022 Academy Awards.

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