The winner of the gong in ‘The One That Got Away’ category belongs to the hit BBC TV drama series, The Silence, which featured among 37 feature films and 47 documentaries refused funding by the Irish Film Board over the past two years, The Sunday Times reports.

The article lists a range of submissions of would-be projects that didn’t get funding – including several from well-respected actors and producers. The Board says projects have to meet a range of criteria, such as originality, contribution to the economy and having a good chance of a cinema release.

“We receive a large amount of applications, so the funding process is competitive, resources are limited, and those projects that meet more of the criteria than others are more likely to receive funding,” a spokeswoman said.

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