Partnership fund to support arts documentaries in Ireland
The Arts Council of Ireland and the Irish Film Board have partnered to create a new fund for creative arts-based documentaries called Documenting the Arts. Due to commence in January 2005, the new fund combines the resources of the IFB and the Arts Council to part-finance between 10 to 12 quality national interest documentaries a year. Submissions will be accepted for Irish language, English language or bilingual documentaries. ‘This exciting partnership with the Arts Council has been crafted to leverage IFB's existing documentary funding across more projects to better serve our documentary clients,’ said IFB CEO Mark Woods. ‘All the Irish broadcasters have expressed support for the fund and this is a great example of cross agency cooperation providing more opportunities for Irish filmmakers to get their stories on the screens." ’The Documenting the Arts Fund is a unique opportunity to stimulate diverse, innovative, creative documentary filmmmaking and will continue to build on the partnership the Arts Council enjoys with the Irish Film Board and broadcasters,’ added Arts Council Film Specialist Jane Doolan. Draft guidelines for the Fund will be created in the coming months, then distributed for industry consultation before being adopted. The Film Board and the Council have previously partnered on the Cultural Cinema Consortium, the CineMobile project and various short film schemes. For more information, CLICK HERE.