• Application Guidelines


      ENGINE Shorts is a short film development and production scheme for new and emerging filmmaking talent who are based primarily in any part of Tipperary, Clare or Limerick.


      We want to support and help to further develop a vibrant film scene in the region and for that reason this scheme is aimed at supporting emerging filmmakers who have decided to base themselves and develop their careers in the MidWest.


      Who is the scheme for?


      The scheme is open to emerging and aspiring directors and producers, who are over 18, with at least some experience of filmmaking, as well as first-time screenwriters or practitioners working in other mediums such as television, theatre, literature and other forms of visual and/or performing arts who wish to work in narrative fiction filmmaking.


      Students in full-time education are not be eligible to apply as writers, directors or producers but they can work in other crew roles and can attend open training events.


      What is an emerging filmmaker V an aspiring filmmaker?


      What we mean by an emerging filmmaker is someone who has experience in filmmaking already. Perhaps making some self-funded or student productions as a writer, producer or director, but still working towards making a first feature / TV drama and a career in film / Television.


      Aspiring directors or producers - without experience of directing or producing are not eligible to apply for this scheme, with the exception being those who have experience in another visual and /or performing art form that they can evidence.


      New screenwriters with no previous experience are eligible.




      Writer, producer and directors and encouraged to apply as a team, however we will also accept proposals from individual screenwriters.


      Note that team applications will be favoured, as team applications are more likely to be have undergone some development and the scheme is designed to support this.




      We encourage applications from those who are proportionately under-represented within the screen industries, disabled people, minority ethnic communities, women, LGBTQI+ groups and those who have been socially and economically disadvantaged by their circumstances and upbringing.


      We are aware of the lack of diversity in the screen industries and we want to work to improve this. We want to see stories on screen that reflect life in the Mid-West region and we want to see crew that are made up of members from across all of our communities.


      What are we looking for?


      ENGINE shorts is looking to support creative and ambitious voices to realise stories that have the potential to engage a wide audience.


      The filmmakers that tend to succeed are the ones who work incredibly hard to research and learn the craft, and who push their stories to create the best films they possibly can. ENGINE shorts is designed to support those who not only have interesting ideas, but who are also serious about developing scripts and collaborating with other talent to make the best films that they can.


      We want to see hidden worlds, screen-worthy characters and creativity, not imitation. Moments that work as short films, not truncated feature ideas. Give us what-if? Not so-what!


      Note that ideas that are adaptions are only eligible if you already own the rights to the original material and you can show this.


      Please note the following parameters for the scheme:


      Budget: up to €12,500

      Further funding can be raised independently but must be in place at time of application and credit guidelines must be followed.

      Content: The scheme supports narrative fiction films. It doesn't fund documentary or animation project. All genres are eligible within narrative fiction filmmaking.


      Duration: Maximum duration for film films is 10 minutes including all credits.


      Eligibility Checklist


      - Aged 18 or older.

      - Individual applications - must be based full-time in Limerick, Tipperary or Clare.

      - Experience of filmmaking if applying as a producer or director. Exemption for individuals with experience in other visual art forms.

      - Screenwriters - both experienced and first-time screenwriters can apply.

      - Team applications - 2 of 3 roles must be based in region, 3rd role must have strong links to region.

      - Full-time students are not eligible.

      How to Apply

      For teams applying, the producer should send the application and be the point of contact.

      For individual writers applying, the writer applies and will be the point of contact


      You can apply now by filling out the application form here.


      Before applying, you will need to prepare the following information to upload when applying:


      - A Story Outline (Max 2 pages)

      - A Personal Statement - why and how you want to make the film? 1 statement per project/team. (Max 2 pages)

      - A Short Bio for all team members attached - writers, producer, director. (One file - max 3 pages)


      - A full-script (max. 10 pages) OPTIONAL - YOU DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT A SCRIPT AT THIS STAGE.

      - Web link(s) to previous work that is available to view online - vimeo / youtube / imdb links etc. Optional but recommended.


      > F.A.Q. updated 23/01/21

      > Slides from Info Webinar on 18th Jan (click to download PDF)



      Applications will be accepted from Wednesday January 6th to Friday January 29th at 12noon