Irish Film Board: Direct Distribution Funding

Institution: Irish Film Board


Funding for Irish producers to help defray the costs of a limited theatrical release in Ireland (including Northern Ireland) for feature films already in receipt of BSÉ/IFB production funding, that have been unable to secure suitable theatrical distribution by a bona fide Irish distribution company.

The producer is expected to take full responsibility for the preparation of the film for the theatrical release in the Irish market, and for its physical distribution. Meaningful consultation with the BSÉ/IFB is required through all stages of the release.

Who can apply

BSÉ/IFB direct distribution funding is available to production 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 feature-length documentary films that are already in receipt of BSÉ/IFB production or completion funding.

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

Funding available

Direct distribution funding is capped at 80% of the total distribution budget, up to a maximum amount of €15,000. The funding is structured as a limited-recourse loan, recoverable from theatrical revenues, but not revenues derived from DVD, VOD and TV exploitation.

The BSÉ/IFB will require full approval over all incurred costs.

Accordingly the following costs are eligible for direct distribution support:
- Costs of release prints;
- Trailer design and creation;
- Creative and production costs of key art, posters, and advertising;
- Censorship submission;
- Media space costs;
- Marketing, publicity and promotional costs.

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