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ILBF Digital & Audio Content Call
The ILBF is welcoming applications for the development and production of digital and audio content.
Applications are welcomed for a range of new and additional digital content to sit on existing platforms, that can demonstrate a wide reach to the target audience, or be marketed to the target audience, including but not limited to broadcaster platforms.
We welcome applications for the development or the production of any genre of content, but it should not duplicate existing Irish-language digital content.
In particular, we welcome:
- content that complements existing Irish-language television or radio programming.
- content that is targeted at adult learners of Irish.
- content that supports the delivery of Irish-medium curricula at preschool, primary and post-primary level.
- content that supports the Irish-language curricula in schools outside of the Irish-medium sector.
- content that supports parents/guardians/carers of pupils attending Irish-medium education, or studying Irish in schools outside of the Irish-medium sector, who may have limited understanding of the language themselves.
Potential content could include, but is not limited to:
- Animating existing books or making them interactive, with easy to follow, age-appropriate, recorded text.
- The development of interactive mathematics resources, including games and apps.
- The extension of the CCEA Snas & Blas digital series approach to other academic subjects such as History and Geography.
- Interactive resources that can be used in class or independently at home along the lines of models available for other modern languages, eg métro électro for French.
- Support resources for A Level literature.
It is recommended that proposals for primary and secondary school content are discussed with relevant stakeholders including CCEA and an tÁisaonad to ensure compliance with curricular requirements and good practice, and to avoid duplication. Similarly, proposals for preschool content should be discussed with Altram to ensure compliance with the needs of the preschool sector curriculum. Proposals for parental resources should ideally complement and support preschool and school curricula. Proposals should also include details of a proposed educational advisor/practitioner who would provide the necessary advice and support during the production.
Applications are welcomed for Irish language audio content that could be broadcast on radio stations that are freely available to a NI audience and also, for independently-hosted podcasts that can demonstrate a wide reach of the target audience.
Any genres of content will be considered; however, we would particularly welcome:
- radio drama
- specialist factual/documentary
- content that would complement existing or planned Irish-language television programming, this could include repackaging of television content
- audio books
For independently-hosted podcasts, applicants should provide details of the podcast platform and how the content would be marketed to the target audience.
For specific genres of content and slot detail for audio and digital content on BBC Gaeilge, please read their guidelines here.
For specific genres of content and slot detail for audio and digital content on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, please read their guidelines here.
As with all ILBF-funded content, we welcome content that ensures prominence of the Ulster dialect, geography, history, society and culture. A minimum of 75% of the spoken word must be in the Irish language.
Deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 26th of August.
Please note BBC and RTÉ’s internal deadlines ahead of this:
- Submission date for BBC Gaeilge and RTÉ: Monday 25th July 2022
- Shortlist announced by BBC Gaeilge: Friday 12th August 2022
- Pitching to BBC Gaeilge: Monday 15th August and Tuesday 16th Aug 2022
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