Donegal Film Office Short Film Bursary Award 2024


Donegal Film Office has secured funding from Creative Ireland for a fourth year for a Short Film Bursary Award in Donegal.

The Donegal Film Office Short Film Bursary is a creative response to showcase film makers living and working in Donegal.  A grant of €10,000 will be awarded to a filmmaker towards the cost of the production of a short drama or documentary film of 10-12 min duration to be shot in Donegal in 2024.  The Bursary aims to foster talent, support creatives, and increase activity in filmmaking in the County.   Applications are being sought from film makers who have a script that has been developed, seen by a Director, and has had input from a Producer. The Film Office is looking for original, entertaining stories by talented filmmakers who, if selected, must set, and shoot their project in County Donegal.

Aideen Doherty Donegal Film Office added,

“The Film Office wishes to support indigenous filmmakers in Donegal. We are delighted to see film makers choosing Donegal as their home and are excited to see the growth of the sector.  In 2023 an investment of €9.3m was spent in screen productions in Donegal with local crew, cast, accommodation and services benefiting. Film is a driver for economic development and local stories being made that showcase the county on a worldwide stage drive tourists to Donegal.  We are grateful to the National Creative Ireland Programme 2023-2027 for their continued support and affording the county this opportunity”.

The closing date for receipt of applications is set at 4pm on 29th March 2024.


Donegal County Council welcomes submission to the Film Bursary Call from all applicants regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, membership of the Traveller community, disability, religion, family status or socio-economic background and is committed to equal opportunity for all applicants. The Council is keen that submissions to the Film Bursary /Call reflect the diversity of communities in Donegal.