14 September 2011: Splanc! 2011

TG4 and an Chomhairle Ealaíon/the Arts Council invite submissions for the 7th season of Splanc!, the innovative television documentary scheme that supports the creative exploration of the arts in Ireland.

This year the scheme aims to support a number of documentaries on one or a number of art forms for a series of programmes that will provide an insight into the arts and into the making of art in Ireland today.

All art forms are eligible for consideration and proposals for visually engaging programmes that take a fresh and compelling approach to their subject will be prioritized.  Areas of particular interest that have not been prominent in Splanc! films to date are:  architecture, circus, dance, music, street art, theatre, traditional arts and visual arts. Proposals which would be more suitable for Imeall, TG4's weekly arts review series, will not be considered for Splanc!

A total fund of €120,000 is available. Successful documentary projects may apply for additional financial support from other funding agencies if desired.

Ideas for single programmes or series will be considered. Half hour duration is preferred but the fund will consider hour long films on an exceptional basis. Projects will be selected by representatives of An Chomhairle Ealaíon/the Arts Council and TG4.

TG4 will administer the commissioning of the films and TG4's Terms of Trade will apply. Representatives from both TG4 and An Chomhairle Ealaíon / the Arts Council will select the projects for production. 

TG4, An Chomhairle Ealaíon/the Arts Council encourage the employment of film workers working through the Irish language.

  • Series duration: 2 x 50’ or 4 x 25' series
  • Production Budget: €120,000
  • Format: Broadcast widescreen, 16:9 with English subtitles
  • Language Format: Irish language or bilingual - Irish and English

Submissions should be sent to TG4, Baile na hAbhann, Co. na Gaillimhe.


Deadline for receipt of submissions is 1pm on Friday, 11 November 2011.


Submissions must include:

  • Splanc! commissioning form;
  • Detailed treatment; 
  • Notes outlining intended approach;
  • Detailed production budget and budget summary (including music and subject clearances, deliverables and marketing materials);
  • CVs of the creative team involved in the proposal including director, producer, writer, editor;
  • Evidence of ownership.  Copies of all option and writers agreements entered into in respect of story and script if applicable to the project;
  • Written confirmation in the form of clearances and permissions of key subject’s willingness to participate;
  • 3 excerpts of Director’s work (not showreel);
  • Any relevant supporting materials.

Successful shortlisted applicants must be available for interview in late November 2011.

The award for the series will be made by TG4 and standard commissioning terms will apply to the production agreement.  It is expected that projects will be completed and available for broadcast on the TG4 primetime schedule in Autumn 2012.

Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.
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Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.

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