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Dig Where You Stand – new funding scheme for young documentary filmmakers in Galway City & County

Galway Film Centre is delighted to announce a new funding scheme for young filmmakers in Galway City and County called Dig Where You Stand.

Galway Film Centre has worked with a large number of filmmakers over the past number of years creating over 70 community films under the ID Projects scheme as well as nurturing new filmmaking voices in the recent Galway Stories Film Production Camp with Screen Talent Europe. Through Dig Where You Stand, the plan is to build on this experience, to develop a pool of young filmmaking talent in Galway and to offer emerging local filmmakers a chance to develop their talent as documentary filmmakers.

Dig Where You Stand is a phrase with its roots in Sweden, popularised by author Sven Lindqvist, based on the idea that by researching and learning about their own history and the place where they are living, individuals and groups will regain more control over the understanding of their lives and their inter-connectedness.

By exploring the richness and potential of our own communities and embracing their diversity, the intention is that young Galway filmmakers will find interesting and worthy documentary subjects in both Galway City and County. Filmmakers are encouraged to look at the broad themes of Migration, Landscape and Language which resonate not just in Galway but throughout Europe, and tie-in with the themes invoked by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

The Dig Where You Stand project will also provide opportunities for young and emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to link into the Screen Talent Europe Network and the project will offer a professional progression route for filmmakers with opportunities to connect with their European counterparts.

Manager of Galway Film Centre, Declan Gibbons, noted “Galway Film Centre is committed to developing the four strands of Enjoyment, Learning, Participation and Production which correspond both to our core mission and the core mission of the UNESCO City of Film designation. We are very excited to announce this new funding scheme and to develop and nurture a pool of fresh filmmaking talent in Galway”.


  • Two individual short documentary films, 10 to 15 minutes in duration, will be produced, with one based in the Galway City and one in the County Galway.
  • Participating filmmakers must be based in Galway and be under 35 years of age.
  • A budget of up to €6000 is available per film.
  • The participating filmmakers will be mentored by established documentary filmmakers.
  • Themes include Migration, Landscape and Language in line with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.
  • Galway Film Centre will provide support through equipment, advice and assistance.

How to apply:

Filmmakers submit the following by email to: digwhereyoustand@galwayfilmcentre.ie

  • 1 page outline of their documentary idea. (PDF)
  • Proposed budget of up to €6000. (Excel file)
  • Up to date current CV. (PDF)
  • 2 links to previous work. (Vimeo/Youtube/Website)
  • Email/letters of commitment from key contributors. (PDF)
  • Complete submission to be sent in 1 email with subject line including reference to Galway City or Galway County.

Applicants will be shortlisted and then called for interview in late July.

DEADLINE for applications is: 5pm, Monday 17th July

Any further information please email: admin@galwayfilmcentre.ie or call 091 770748.

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Galway Film Centre acknowledges the funding support of Galway City Council and Galway County Council for Dig Where You Stand.

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