Last Updated: 08th January 2018


Acting Controller, RTÉjr and Group Head, RTÉ Children's: Colm O'Callaghan

Executive Producer, Animation & Independent Commissioning - Pauline MacNamara



RTÉ offers a content for children and young people across two channels and four platforms. RTÉjr, for youngsters aged under 7, delivers a broad mix of original and acquired live action and animated programming, games and information across four commercial-free platforms. RTÉjr digital TV and Radio stations run daily from 0700-1845 while the complementary online and mobile services are available 24/7. The schedule is shaped to reflect the activities of the target audience and includes a late afternoon co-viewing strand designed for children to enjoy alongside their older siblings and guardians.

RTÉ2, RTÉ's second channel, offers pre-school programming in the mornings. This is followed by a mixed programming block in the afternoons for older children (aged 7-12), branded TRTÉ.


RTÉ looks for content which reflects the world in which young people in Ireland are growing up, and which has the capacity to engage fully with its target audience. Diverse styles and approaches are welcome and it is likely that projects will have applications or potential across more than one platform. Essential for all proposals is a clear understanding of the proposed target audience and their needs, and the potential to bring something original, innovative and exciting to our audience.
Of particular interest to us at this time are co-productions with broadcasters or content producers in other countries. These should deliver material reflective of and relevant to youngsters living in Ireland in a way that is cost-effective to RTÉ.


Original commissions provide highlights in our schedules for young people. We are interested in innovative production models, original onscreen/online style and diverse approaches to storytelling in concepts which explore or reflect the lives of youngsters growing up in Ireland today. Co-productions on proposals which will contain a strong Irish component and provide our audience with good value-for-money content are particularly welcome. Given the profile of our audience every proposal should have an original complementary cross-platform component or dimension. As we are unlikely to commission a subject area already in the schedule, we highly recommend you familiarise yourself with our output before finalising your idea or proposal.



No. Of Episodes / Duration: 1 x 15 minutes

Budget: Up to a maximum of ¤100,000

Closing Date: Friday 16th March 2018 at 12 Noon (Strict Deadline)


RTÉ's Young People's Programmes is seeking proposals for an original, short children's drama as part of its participation in the Eurovision Children's Drama Series 2018, which is operated by the EBU [European Broadcasting Union]. This is an international co-production exchange whereby RTÉ commissions and delivers to the EBU one children's film [or 'episode'], suitable for sharing with other broadcasters, as a result of which it receives Irish broadcast rights for all episodes made/commissioned as part of the exchange by other participating broadcasters.

Films in the series must be original and this commission for the Irish episode is contingent on the production company clearing all rights on an exclusive, transferable and worldwide basis, i.e. covering all writers, performers, composers et al. Please read both the Eurovision Rules which apply to the series and the Eurovision Executive Producer's guidelines - these are available at:


These should help in preparing a proposal. Please note that, in respect of RTÉ's involvement, the deadlines and calendar dates specified for the pre-production milestones will vary from those given in the Rules but that all other provisions of the Rules will apply. This includes the obligation by the production company which makes the film to comply with any reasonable instructions issued by the supervising Eurovision Executive Producer.

Each film in the series should tell a story for children aged from 6 to 9 years, and it should be suitable for broadcast to children under this age even if it is not specifically made for them. It will be broadcast in the evening co-viewing slot on RTÉjr.

The main character[s] or actor[s] should be aged between 8 and 11 years and be active protagonists. Stories should feature children from diverse social backgrounds, have clear plots, take account of the audience's appetite for action, fantasy and adventure and should be partly set outdoors.

The story should not rely on plot alone but should be character-driven and should appeal the emotions of the young target viewers. When thinking of story ideas, we would encourage submitters to think of genres as this can help the audience relate to the story: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Period Drama, Horror/Ghost Story, Thriller, Detective, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fable, Musical, Personal Drama etc. These have delivered several of the most successful films made for this initiative to date.

The film may use an out-of-vision or third-person storyteller, it may have a narrative in the first person or there may be no narrator at all. However, the narrative should not exceed one-third of the overall duration and a smaller percentage is recommended. Films in this series to date have been cinematic in style and approach, and similarly we want the Irish film to be visually-driven to a large degree, although a small amount of synchronous dialogue [which will require translation by other broadcasters] is acceptable.

Any synchronous dialogue should also be supported by the action or the narrative. The Eurovision Rules also require that the main actors are in no way related to anyone from the production team.

To see a selection of the films which have been produced to date in the exchange, please visit: https://showcase.ebu.ch/gallery/children-s-drama-series-1

As a whole, the Irish film must reflect the values of RTÉjr, which aims to explore and reflect the world in which youngsters in Ireland are growing up. Accordingly, the production must be fundamentally inclusive, prepared to embrace children of all backgrounds, abilities, cultures and ethnicities.

RTÉ Young People's is now seeking submissions from independent companies to produce the Irish film in this series. Please note that this commission also encompasses the production and delivery of approximately eight of the other countries' films in English-language dubbed versions and this cost is included in the quoted budget. The quoted budget does not need to cover the Participation Fee which will be a separate cost to RTÉ.

Submissions should demonstrate the company's ability to deliver in the following areas:

1. A strong, original story and a treatment that is convincingly age-appropriate - we want a film that promises to engage viewers aged between 6 and 9 years [and is suitable for screening to younger children, i.e. not too scary/dark for RTÉjr]. The series theme/title ['TELL ME A SECRET'] must feature clearly but it can be interpreted laterally/creatively

2. The company, particularly key personnel proposed for this series, must demonstrate a proven track record in the production of films or television programmes for children. We are looking for an experienced film or television director with a strong leaning towards working with children; and a writer with a clear affinity for, and understanding of, the target audience age group of 6 to 9 years

3. The submission should outline a convincing casting strategy along with any initial casting suggestions

4. An understanding of the Eurovision Rules, including a willingness to engage with Eurovision's Executive Producer, who will work with the company/producer to ensure the production is of the required standard and who will have the authority to approve or reject a treatment, make editorial decisions and, in specified circumstances, exclude a participant. Please note that the deadline for delivery of the completed programme and the other 8 dubbed films will be 12th October 2018.

5. The proposal must include a costed plan for dubbing into English approximately eight of the series' other films and delivering these dubbed versions ready for broadcast to RTÉ.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system: https://e-commissioning.rte.ie/SWIFT.Web/skins/rte/login.aspx under the programme category "Young Peoples - EBU 2018"


Animated Shorts Scheme 2018

RTÉ Young Peoples Programmes is delighted to announce that the 2018 Animated Shorts Scheme is open for submissions.

Following on the success of the Scheme in 2016 and 2017 from which five shorts were commissioned each year, the 2018 scheme is seeking well developed proposals for animated shorts (duration: 90-120 seconds).

We aim to award contracts to up to five successful submissions. The total Scheme budget is €50,000.

We are interested in proposals for shorts which will be broadcast as part of the RTÉ children's schedule - on either RTÉjr (under 7s) or on TRTÉ on RTÉ2 (7-15s).

The successful shorts proposals will demonstrate strong character(s), strong narrative, an understanding of the target age-group, excellent visual design and quality writing.

All animation styles are eligible and encouraged - 2d, 3d, CG, stop motion, mixed. Projects which demonstrate an ability to deliver a unique short entertainment experience will be favoured. Shorts must be original and character-driven. Comedy is attractive but not necessary.

This scheme is open to all animators and creatives. In the case of new talent, partnering with an experienced animation producer is advised.

The shorts are an endgame in themselves however the scheme can also provide producers with an opportunity to develop and idea, to create a calling card for a bigger project. If you have a character you feel is worth exploring for any of these audiences, perhaps this scheme is for you.

Proposals will be judged primarily on their merits as stand-alone shorts.

Submissions should include a completed script, storyboard, character designs, budget, director's treatment and cvs for the key personnel attached to the project.

Budget available for each short: to a maximum of €10,000.

Closing date for submissions: 12 Noon Wednesday 31st January 2018.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the
eCommissioning system:
under the programme category Young Peoples "Animated Short Scheme 2018" by 12 noon Wednesday 31st January 2018 (Strict Deadline)

All of the completed shorts commissioned in the 2016 and 2017 Animated Short Scheme are available to view on the RTÉ Player

(Boybog Productions)
TONK & SQUISH (Daily Madness)
ZOOT & FRIENDS (Turnip & Duck)




Number: 10, 15 or 20 episodes

Duration: 5 - 7 Minutes per episode

Budget: €52,000 per hour

RTÉjr is interested in original character-centred, script-based programmes for its young audience. Stories based in both fantasy worlds and the real world are of interest and themes should be of interest to young children. The programmes may or may not feature children in them. We are interested in long-running series (minimum 10 episodes) and episodes should be short in duration.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
under the programme category "Scripted Short Form"



Number: 10, 15 or 20 episodes

Duration: 5 - 7 Minutes per episode

Budget: €52,000 per hour

To complement the compelling observational documentary and wildlife programming in the schedule, RTÉjr is looking for ideas for short-form quiz-style shows, for comedy proposals, for cooking ideas catering specifically for under 7s.

We are seeking proposals which explore inter-generational relationships in studio or location based challenge formats which empower young children and encourage engagement between the youngest and the oldest in the community. (e.g., 7 v 77 year-olds),

In addition we are seeking scientific and philosophical programming for the under-7s - How does the world work? How do we relate to the people around us? Life in the Sky: Clouds, stars, planets, birds . Proposals exploring these areas in a treatment designed for young children are of interest.

Other ideas which you are passionate about may also be of interest. High volume, short form formats are key elements for any submission and we are interested in proposals with new writers and a variety of on-screen talent including new and existing talent, live and puppets and all age groups.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
under the programme category "Studio or location based Short Form "



What are we looking for?

Number: Multiples of 5 or one-off specials

Duration: 2mins, 5mins, 7mins and 11mins episodes

Budget: RTÉ Finance available to a max. of €60,000 per hour*

RTÉ YPP is interested in receiving your proposals for animated series suitable for the RTÉjr audience. The RTÉjr audience is made up of two distinctive groups - under 4's and 4-6 year olds. For the Under 4s the world is a safe and magical place, and their lives are very defined by the range of their daily interactions. Series which continue to be successful with this audience include NELLY AND NORA, PUFFIN ROCK, JOE & JACK, FLUFFY GARDENS. For 4-6 year olds the world is opening up as they deal with everything going to school offers. For this audience PUNKY, WILDERNUTS, PLANET COSMO and GARTH AND BEV work particularly well.

When submitting an animation proposal for consideration it is helpful for us to have as much detail as possible. Ideally this should include Producers CV and Production Company information and similar for proposed co-producers, production bible (Including character description, project synopsis and episode outlines;) any completed scripts or pilot; rough indication of budget and finance plan including additional sources of finance.

Proposals may be considered for general broadcaster support, support for BAI Sound and Vision Funding or other funding support. While it is appreciated that funding models necessitate proposals for animated series looking towards the international market, proposals that have an Irish resonance are of particular interest to us. This may be reflected in a number of ways including visual design; specific character qualities; soundtrack; editorial content amongst others.

We are also interested in proposals that offer versions in both Irish and English languages, as well as potentially other languages which are part of Ireland's cultural diversity. Proposals which bring an original or unique point of view, understanding or dimension to the RTÉjr schedule will be particularly welcomed.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
under the programme category "Animation for RTÉjr"

*Please note budget ranges are indicative only, and proposals that can achieve lower costs per hour will be particularly attractive'.


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Please note budget ranges are indicative only, and proposals that can achieve lower costs per hour will be particularly attractive'.


Please note:

The discussion of, or initial interest in, a proposal does not represent a commitment to commission by RTÉ and should not be understood as such. Commissioning decisions will reflect the quality of proposals received and the scheduling priorities operating at the time. RTÉ's financial position will also be a factor.

Any proposals previously submitted to RTÉ in categories listed here, and which were rejected on a first reading in a previous Round, should not be re-submitted and will not be reconsidered.


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