Irish Film Board: Distribution Support

Institution: Irish Film Board


Funding for bona fide Irish distributors to help defray the costs of theatrical release in Ireland (including Northern Ireland) of feature films already in receipt of BSÉ/IFB production funding, and to stimulate more effective publicity and promotion in support of their release.

Distributors are expected to take full responsibility for the preparation of a film for release in the Irish market and for its physical distribution.

Who can apply

BSÉ/IFB distribution support funding is available to bona fide distribution companies established in the Republic of Ireland which are planning to release a qualifying film theatrically in Ireland (including Northern Ireland).

Qualifying films for the purposes of this scheme are full-length feature films (fiction, animation or documentary) that are already in receipt of BSÉ/IFB production or completion funding.

In order to be considered as a bona fide distribution company, and thus eligible to apply for funding under this scheme, the applicant must be able to demonstrate either that it is in the business of distributing films regularly in the Irish market or that it has verifiable plans to establish itself as such a company.

Funding under this scheme is not available to non-Irish companies planning direct distribution of a qualifying film in the Irish market, but is available to bona fide Irish distributors handling a qualifying film in Ireland under a sub-distribution arrangement with a non-Irish company. In these instances, funding may be requested only to help defray eligible costs borne by the Irish distributor. Costs shared by another territory i.e. the UK must be delineated clearly in an application.

BSÉ/IFB can contract only with companies incorporated in the Republic of Ireland.

Funding available

Funding is provided in the form of limited-recourse loans recoverable from a share of revenues from the exploitation of the film. Repayment of this loan is applicable once the distributor expenses, which will have been agreed in advance with BSÉ/IFB, have been recouped.

Under this scheme release costs of qualifying films are divided as to those that are eligible for BSÉ/IFB marketing support and those not eligible. Accordingly the following costs are not eligible for distribution support:
- Creative and production costs of key art, posters, press ads, TV/radio spots, press book;
- Costs of release prints, trailer prints, censorship submission, exhibitor screenings, market research;
- Despatch costs, tracking costs.

The costs of publicity and promotion of qualifying films in the Irish market are considered as eligible costs under the scheme. Distributors may apply for distribution support funding to cover 90%, up to a maximum of €75,000, of the following costs:
- Media space costs: TV. press, radio, outdoor, online;
- Publicity costs: media screenings, talent visits, festivals in Ireland; and (to the extent not provided by the production) stills/clips/EPK for editorial use;
- PR agency fees, if work not handled in-house and if approved by BSÉ/IFB;
- Promotional costs: trailer design and edit, website, talker screenings, special promotions, manufacture and distribution of merchandise for promotional use only.

Contact details

Sarah Dillon
Production and Development Coordinator

Eligible candidates

  • Company based in the region
  • Distributor

Types of funding available

  • Distribution/Sales

Applications accepted from