Reel Art scheme Grants 2017 for Documentary Filmmakers

Reel Art is an Arts Council scheme that provides film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme.
Closing date 17:00, Friday 13 October 2017
Maximum awarded €80,000
Artform and practice(s) Film
Applicant type All
Collaborative application possible? Yes
External agency Filmbase
Contact Alan Fitzpatrick
Telephone 01 679 67 16

Reel Art is an Arts Council scheme designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme. Operated in association with Filmbase and the Dublin International Film Festival, Reel Art will support two films with a grant of €70–80,000 per project. Reel Art films will be premiered at the Dublin International Film Festival in 2019.

The Arts Council’s purpose in offering the Reel Art scheme is to support film artists to make documentary art films that would not otherwise get made. A key aim of the scheme is to complement, rather than replicate, the documentary and other funding programmes offered by the Arts Council, broadcasters and funding agencies in Ireland.

Reel Art projects should be conceived for theatrical exhibition at film festivals and in arthouse cinema settings. Only proposals for original, imaginative and aesthetically-driven treatments of arts subjects will be considered. Proposals that offer visually engaging, creative and experimental approaches to their subject will be prioritised.

Projects successfully funded through the Reel Art initiative may be eligible for additional Exhibition Support Funding of up to €12,500 following completion and premiere at ADIFF 2019. This funding is offered by the Arts Council in order to assist film artists in maximising their audiences nationally while also supporting the film artists, who made the films, to work in an international context.

Please note

Film artists interested in applying for Reel Art are invited to attend an information session on the scheme on Tuesday 5 September at 3pm in Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, which will outline the purpose and priorities of the award and answer questions on the scheme. Anyone interested in attending is required to register their interest by sending an email to

Guidelines and application forms

Guidelines and application forms are available to download from the Reel Art website at the following link:

Making an application

Applicants must complete the Reel Art application form and submit it, together with the materials listed below, on or before 17:00 on Friday 13 October 2017. Only hard-copy applications will be accepted. Online and late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants will be notified in December 2017 if they have been shortlisted. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in Dublin in December 2017.

Applications must include the following:

  • Completed application form;
  • One sentence synopsis;
  • One paragraph synopsis;
  • Treatment (maximum 6 x A4 pages in 12 point font);
  • Notes outlining intended approach;
  • Budget and budget summary (including music and subject clearances, deliverables and marketing materials);
  • CVs of the creative team involved in the proposal including director, producer, writer, editor;
  • Evidence of ownership of rights. (Copies of all option and writers agreements entered into in respect of story and script if applicable to the project);
  • Written confirmation in the form of clearances and permissions of key subject’s willingness to participate;
  • 3 excerpts of Director’s work (not showreel);
  • Any relevant supporting materials.