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WRAP Commission Professional Development Support: Access to Markets 2024

WRAP Commission to provide support for Regional professionals to attend international markets/trade events

WRAP Is a joint initiative between Ardán and WDC, in association with local authorities in Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, and Údarás na Gaeltachta. As part of its efforts to support regional Film, TV, and Games creators across these counties the WRAP Commission offers support for producers to attend international markets & trade events such as the Marché du Film in Cannes, or GamesCom. 

Support Available 

WRAP can offer financial support towards registration/accreditation for international Marketplace such as: 

Attendance/Registration Fees: WRAP may cover or subsidise the cost of registration for Marketplace Attendance, granting access to market screenings, networking events, and industry seminars such as: 

  • Cannes Film Festival, France – May 14-25
  • Annecy International Animation Film Festival & Market, France – June 9 – 15
  • Sheffield DocFest, UK – June 12-17 
  • Gamescom, Germany – August 21 -25 

Logistical Support: WRAP may offer logistical support to assist producers in navigating the complexities of attending Cannes, including: 

  • Providing information and guidance on visa requirements, travel arrangements, and accommodation. 
  • Offering advice on maximising the benefits of attending Markets, including advice on scheduling meetings, preparing pitch materials, and following up with contacts after the event. 

What is NOT Covered: WRAP cannot cover the following: 

  • Travel Expenses 
  • Accommodation 
  • Non-Registration-related costs 

Access to Markets: Assessment Criteria 

Accreditation Rules:  Please note that any application will be subject to the normal accreditation requirements of each market which may include verifying you/your company and requiring other materials such as IMDB listing etc. 

Residency in the WRAP Region: Producers seeking support from the WRAP Fund must be resident in the WRAP region, comprising Galway, Clare, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, or Donegal.  

Track Record: Producers should have a demonstrated track record of professional experience and success in the industry, which may include previous credits on successful productions, awards or recognition, participation in industry training programs, or membership in professional organizations.  

Project Proposal: Producers must submit a project proposal outlining the project or projects they intend to promote at Market, including information such as synopsis, budget, financing plan, target audience, and distribution strategy. 

Budget and Finance Plan: must demonstrate their ability to cover any remaining costs not covered by WRAP  

Funding Necessity: You must demonstrate that you are not already in receipt of funding for attending the Market you are applying for.  

Please Note: This is a COMPETITIVE process and WRAP cannot guarantee support for Marketplace attendance.  

How To Apply 

Email with your details, your request for assistance, and the name of the Market you wish to attend. Please use the subject line: “Market Attendance Support”. This is a rolling call, but it is strongly advised that you get in touch 6-8 weeks prior to a marketplace closing registration if possible.  

WRAP Is a joint initiative between Ardán and WDC, in association with local authorities in Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, and Údarás na Gaeltachta. 

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God’s Creatures To Premiere In Directors’ Fortnight At The Cannes Film Festival 2022

Irish feature film God’s Creatures has been selected for it’s world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors’ Fortnight. With support from the Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund (WRAP Fund), the psychological thriller shot on location in Donegal in the Spring of 2021 and stars Emily Watson and Paul Mescal.


From award winning directors Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer, the film is produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly following her critically acclaimed successes Ammonite and Lady Macbeth from a screenplay by Shane Crowley. Set in a windswept fishing village, the story follows a mother who is torn between protecting her beloved son and her own sense of right and wrong. A lie she tells for him rips apart their family and close-knit community in this tense, sweepingly emotional epic.


Locations including Teelin, Killybegs and Kilcar form the stunning backdrop for the film which received assistance from the Donegal Film Office within Donegal County Council. A24 are handling international sales. God’s Creatures is supported by A24, BBC Films, Screen Ireland, and the WRAP Fund.


2022 will herald the full return of the Cannes Film Festival and the 54th edition of the Directors’ Fortnight section which will run from May 18-27.

The WRAP Fund is an initiative of the Western Development Commission and Ardán in association with the local authorities of Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Údarás na Gaeltachta.
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