The Arts Council has announced the deadline for the 2013 Reel Art scheme. Launched in 2008, Reel Art is designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme. Operated in association with Filmbase and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Reel Art will wholly support two films with grants of €70-€80,000 per project. Reel Art films will premiere at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February 2014. The deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 16 October at 17:00.
The Arts Council’s purpose in offering the Reel Art scheme is to support film artists to make documentary art films that would not otherwise get made. A key aim of the scheme is to complement, rather than replicate, the documentary and other funding programmes offered by the Arts Council, broadcasters and funding agencies in Ireland.
Reel Art projects should be conceived for theatrical exhibition at film festivals and in arthouse cinema settings. Only proposals for original, imaginative and aesthetically-driven treatments of arts subjects will be considered while proposals that offer visually engaging, creative and experimental approaches to their subject will be prioritised.
Film artists interested in applying for Reel Art are invited to attend an information session on the scheme at the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street on Wednesday, 19 September at 3.30 pm. Representatives from the Arts Council and JDIFF will outline the purpose and priorities of the award and will answer questions on the scheme. Anyone interested in attending is required to register their interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated guidelines for Reel Art 2013, together with application forms for the scheme are available for download from the website www.reelart.ie as are details of previous Reel Art projects.