The Actor as Creator

Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland (Screen Ireland) is the national development agency for the screen sector investing in Talent, Creativity and Enterprise. Screen Ireland’s role is to support and promote Irish film, television and animation through fostering Irish artistic vision and our diverse creative and production talent, growing audiences, and attracting filmmakers and investment into the country.

Screen Ireland in partnership with Screen Skills Ireland and Bow Street Academy - The National Screen Acting School of Ireland are collaborating on The Actor as Creator. This talent development and showcasing initiative will showcase the unique creative voices of 30 actors. Each actor will be allocated a grant of €2,500 towards producing a short filmic work (minimum 3 minutes) that expresses their creative vision.

The Actor as Creator” is open to experienced screen actors. Actors are asked to submit a proposal based on a concept, script and / or character they have originated.  The successful recipient will originate, perform and produce the short filmic work.

The commissioned actor must be the key performer. All works created and/or produced by the actor must adhere to all Government guidelines and protocols to ensure compliance with Covid-19 related public health protection measures.

Originality, distinctiveness and personal expression are to be the focus rather than production values. Screenwriting, filming, lighting and editing tutorials/webinars will be delivered online to support the selected actors. 

The finished works will be showcased by Screen Ireland.

The actor may work on the piece alone or with a creative collaborator(s) if they so wish (while adhering to Government guidelines and protocols to ensure compliance with Covid-19 related public health protection measures).

Application Process

Each applicant must submit the following in their application form:          

  • A biography of the applicant to include work CV (1 page)
  • A detailed synopsis of the project (1 Page)
  • Short Outline of the concept / story (1 Page)
  • Character breakdowns (1 Page)
  • A short, filmed pitch about their vision for the project and their commitment to this concept (3 minutes maximum). This can include scene demos or simulacrums. This should be submitted via an Unlisted YouTube link as part of the application.

If the project is submitted including a production company and/or producer, it will automatically be deemed ineligible for consideration.

Applications should be made sending the attached application form to from Wednesday 27th May to Wednesday the 17th of June – the subject line should state The Actor as Creator. Turnaround on decisions should be within 3 weeks.

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05 Jun 2020


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