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Short Documentary Bursary


Ardán and Galway City of Film fund an annual Short Documentary Bursary, a documentary funding scheme for filmmakers in Galway City and County.

This bursary is for up-and-coming filmmakers to help them take one of their first steps in their filmmaking career. Successful applicants are given a bursary of €3000 to help them make a short documentary of between five and fifteen minutes in duration.

Previous recipients of this bursary have gone on to have their films screened at the Galway Film Fleadh, as well as other national and international film festivals.

Mentorship with Donal Haughey

The selected filmmakers are mentored by Galway-based documentary filmmaker Donal Haughey of Hawkeye Films. Donal has produced and/or directed over thirty documentaries both for his own company, Hawkeye Films, and as a freelancer.

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Short Documentary Bursary Guidelines:

Proposed short films will be between 5 and 15 minutes in duration.

Participating filmmakers must be from or based in Galway, or the film must be about some aspect of Galway City or County.

A bursary of up to €3000 is available per film.

The participating filmmakers will be mentored by established documentary filmmaker Donal Haughey.

Ardán encourages both English and Irish language project applications.

Film teams must be prepared to go into production within 2-3 weeks of signing the agreement and aim to submit their first cut by the required deadline.

Selected projects will need to ensure a healthy gender balance across the filmmaking team.

Priority will be given to diverse applicants. If you feel this applies to you, please include a short statement in your application.

Any applicant who will be a full-time or part-time student during the current academic year may NOT apply.

For further information please email:

This bursary is made possible by support from Galway City Council, Galway County Council, and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.