Donegal County Council is enticing filmmakers to shoot a short drama or documentary in the county this year with the offer of a €10,000 grant.

Funding for the Donegal Film Office's first 'Short Film Bursary Award' has been secured from Creative Ireland and now the office is putting the call out to filmmakers to apply for it.

The bursary aims to foster talent, creativity, and activity in filmmaking in Donegal and will be given towards the cost of the production of a short film of 10-12 minute duration.

The script must have already been developed, seen by a director and had input from a producer.

Aideen Doherty of the Donegal Film Office said:" We are looking for original, entertaining stories by talented filmmakers who, if selected, must set and shoot their project in Co Donegal."

The bursary is a priority for the film office for this year.

Ms Doherty said that "Donegal has lots to offer the industry by way of talent, landscapes and services and we look forward to showcasing the end product."

The film office was set up by Donegal County Council in 2003 to promote Donegal as a location and it acts as the main resource for filmmakers in the county and for those who wish to come there from around the world to film.

A new website for the office was launched in 2015 by Donegal actor Sean McGinley at Glenveagh National Park.

He said: "This website is a wonderful representation of what makes Donegal great, the landscape, the history, but most of all the people."