Kerry Short Film Bursary

The Kerry Short Film Bursary is in place to foster talent and activity in filmmaking in County Kerry and is generously funded by Kerry County Council and the Arts Council. The Bursary is for a short drama or documentary film of 10 to 12 minutes duration to be shot in the county.

The 2021 Bursary is now open for submissions with a deadline of 5pm on Thursday April 22nd.

This year both short documentary (10-15mins) & drama (10-12mins) are being accepted.

Also, a core member of each team applying for the bursary, ie Writer/ Director/ Producer, must be from or living in Kerry.


An online session for Writers, Directors & Producers based in Kerry and elsewhere to network with each other and find possible collaborations will take place on Friday 26th March from 3-4.30pm. Email to take part.

A meeting link will be sent on the day. 


Competitive Applications

This Bursary is highly competitive and we are asking for the widest range of stories possible. We are interested in screenplays that reflect aspects of Irish experience across different generations/gender/ethnicities & class that tell a broad story of Irish experience. It is important that Kerry features on screen and so is worth high-lighting locations you are thinking of using. (A selection of locations is available on

The successful team are encouraged to hire local crew to work on the shoot & a crew list is available from the Screen Kerry office.

You can access the guidelines & application form here:

Previous Winners

The inaugural winners in 2018 were Megan K Fox, writer/director, and Hazel Cullen, producer, with the award winning film, “Cailin Alainn”, a story about a young man growing into his identity while at Irish College in Kerry.

The following year Tristan Heaune, writer/director, and Ronan Cassidy, producer, won with the film “Harvest”, which chronicles an older man’s struggle with his declining health.

In 2020, Jean Pasley, writer/director, and producer, Greg Burrowes, won with Jean’s script “A Ship of Souls”, the story of a young widowed Japanese woman who arrives in Kerry to grieve her husband’s sudden passing with his Irish family.