Westmeath Film Award

Westmeath Film Award

About the Award

This award is funded by Westmeath County Council Arts Office and the Arts Council. It aims to foster talent, creativity and activity in filmmaking in County Westmeath. A grant of €10,000 will be awarded to a local filmmaker towards the cost of production of a short drama or documentary film of 10-15 min duration to be shot in Westmeath in 2024.

We are looking for innovative, entertaining stories by talented filmmakers who, if selected, must shoot their project in County Westmeath. Westmeath County Council will offer location support and guidance as requested, especially in relation to accessing locations and local resources.

Evaluation and Assessment

Proposals will be evaluated under the following criteria:

  • Presentation professionalism of proposal presentation. (10%)
  • Originality uniqueness and creativity and originality of the story. (30%)
  • Clarity in dialogues, narrative arc, sound, visual and understanding. (20%)
  • Plot how the story unfolds. The actions, events, conflicts and turning points that propel the story forward. (20%)
  • Feasibility of Production elements (production plan, shooting schedule, budget). (20%)

How Can I Apply?

Apply via the online submission form

Filmmakers are invited to submit applications from 19th April – 31st May 2024. Once applications have opened, applicants will be invited to submit the following:

  1. Script (without authors’ names)
  2. Logline & Synopsis of project (including general plot outline)
  3. Outline of Production Plan
  4. Financial / budget details (Download budget template here)

Applicants may also choose to include further materials, at their own discretion, including treatments, Director’s notes, Producers notes.

Download budget template


  • Applications open Friday 19 April 2024
  • Deadline for applications 31 May 2024
  • Selection panel will meet 11 June 2024
  • Awarded by mid-June

Westmeath Film Award Guidelines & Conditions:

  1. Quality proposals are encouraged from filmmakers who have developed their professional practice in filmmaking.
  2. One of the core creative team (Writer/Director/Producer) must be from or living in Westmeath. (Proof of personal address is required)
  3. Applicants must have a short drama script or documentary treatment, of 10-15 minutes in duration to shoot in Westmeath. Film applications that indicate/read as longer than 15 minutes will be deemed ineligible.
  4. Applicants must illustrate that they have full legal rights to the material they are submitting.
  5. Applications need to provide all the materials indicated in the Application checklist.
  6. The shoot must take place in Westmeath, and thus applications need to display sufficient knowledge of Westmeath as a location for filming.
  7. Up to two applications per filmmaker or legal entity will be accepted.
  8. Opportunities to have the film screened in Westmeath will be explored, and suggestions around same may be included in application.
  9. Westmeath County Council cannot undertake to support a proposition that would conflict its mandate as a local authority.
  10. Projects that need significant additional finance (e.g. drama based), have been part-shot or have been shot entirely are not eligible to apply.
  11. The Westmeath Film Award is to a maximum of €10,000. If a balance of funds is required, then the source must be identified clearly and detailed in your proposal.
  12. The selected filmmaker must have the capacity to complete production in a timely manner. If a production has not commenced within 3 months of the award, then Westmeath County Council retains the right to award the Award to number two on the panel.
  13. All applicants must have an Irish Revenue Access Number (formerly Tax Clearance Certificate) from the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.
  14. Codes of Practice Observance; Child First Guidelines including appropriate Garda Vetting procedures, Health & Safety Regulations, Equal Opportunities policies and procedures must be in place and adhered to where relevant and in all cases.
  15. Westmeath County Arts Office and the Arts Council must be acknowledged by the applicant on all websites and social media platforms, publicity, press and marketing material produced in connection with the Film and Film Award.
  16. Westmeath County Council’s logo and the logo of the Arts Council must be included in the final cut, in all associated printed material, on posters, flyers etc and on all websites. Copies of all such material produced must be sent to Westmeath Arts office.
  17. Please note that Westmeath County Council reserves the right not to award the film award if none of the applications received are deemed to be suitable. In this instance Westmeath County Council reserves the right to pursue a different process.
  18. Eligibility and compliance with these guidelines and conditions does not guarantee receipt of an award.
  19. Acceptance of these conditions and guidelines is implied by submission of an Application to the Westmeath Film Award 2024.

Download the 2024 guidelines.