Cinema Digitisation Scheme / Round 2

Closing date: Closing date passed

Maximum awarded: €75000

Artform & practices: Film

Applicant type: All

Collaborative application possible? Yes

External agency: Irish Film Board

External agency web address:

Contact: Fionnuala Sweeney

Position: Head of Film

Telephone: 618 02 64


The Arts Council and Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board announced the second round of the Cinema Digitisation Scheme.   A joint initiative of the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board, the Cinema Digitisation Scheme is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport. 

The scheme is designed to ensure that:
(a) Irish audiences in all parts of the country have access to a range and choice of cinema programming that is more diverse than the commercial ‘mainstream’; and

(b) Irish cinema operators offering ‘non-mainstream’ programming have an opportunity to install digital projection equipment at a cost that is compatible with their turnover and operating costs.

Under the scheme capital funding towards the cost of purchasing and installing digital projection equipment will be made available to cinema operators:

(a) who can demonstrate that the installation of digital projection equipment will enable them to avail of the cultural and audience development opportunities afforded by new technology; and

(b) who undertake, maintain or increase a commitment to offering a diverse programme of films on a year-round basis.

The Department of Tourism, Culture & Sport has agreed to make funding of up to €500,000 available for the scheme which is being managed by the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board.  Two types of capital grant funding will be offered: Major Capital Support - Digital Projection 2K DCI Standard (maximum grant per installation: €75,000) and Minor Capital Support - Digital Projection less than 2K (maximum grant per installation: €25,000).

The purpose of the scheme is to help to build and support a national circuit of digitally-enabled arthouse cinema screens in a variety of venues throughout Ireland. The Arts Council and the Irish Film Board also wish to encourage partnerships between cinema operators, local authorities, venues, film clubs/societies and film festivals in order to best provide for film audiences in their area.


Applicants must complete the Cinema Digitisation Scheme Application Form and return 6 hard copies of it, together with all associated documentation, to:

Fionnuala Sweeney
Head of Film and International Arts
The Arts Council
70 Merrion Square
Dublin 2

The deadline for applications is 17.00 on Friday, 1 October 2010

Please note that only hard copy applications will be accepted and that applications will not be accepted by fax or email.  Applications will not be accepted after 17:00 on Friday, 1 October 2010. 

Guidelines and application form

Click on the following links to download a copy of the guildeines and the application form:


For further information, please contact Fionnuala Sweeney at the Arts Council on 01 618 02 64  or Teresa McGrane at the Irish Film Board on 091 561398.

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