International films and television dramas film in in Ireland every year, using the country's production infrastructure and growing post-production resources. Ireland’s success is built on talented Irish producers, directors, writers, cast, crew and service providers, backed by consistent Irish government support and a tax incentive for film and television worth up to 32% of qualifying local spending.
Screen Ireland (formerly Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board) is the national development agency for the Irish film industry investing in talent, creativity and enterprise. The agency supports and promotes the Irish film industry.
In early 2018 the sci-fi drama Nightflyers became the first to use Troy Studios outside Limerick in the west of the country. Period feature film Vita & Virginia, starring Elizabeth Debicki, used Dublin as a stand-in for 1920s London in 2017.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its follow-up The Last Jedi filmed scenes along the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast.
In recent years, Ardmore Studios in County Wicklow has hosted TV dramas Into the Badlands, Penny Dreadful and Little Women, as well as features The Professor and the Madman and The Man Who Invented Christmas. Nearby Ashford Studios has been the long-term home of the hit TV series Vikings.
No formal film permit system exists in Ireland. However permission is required from the private location owner or the local authority responsible for any public location. The Irish Film Board co-ordinates two important industry networks; The FILM DUBLIN Partnership and the Network of Regional Film Offices. These networks provide logistical support in an efficient manner and can greatly assist with on-location filmmaking.
Ireland currently has three main studio facilities. With production based largely on the east coast in the Dublin area, Ardmore Studios offers five stages south of the capital in County Wicklow, while Ashford Studios has three stages, also in Wicklow.
Troy Studios is now open outside Limerick on the west coast and is scheduled for expansion in 2019.
The Section 481 tax incentive for film and television contributes up to 32% of your expenditure on Irish post production, CGI and VFX. Therefore, it makes financial sense to not only film in Ireland but to post produce here too. Production budgets for post production can of themselves be very substantial so it is worth looking at Ireland to carry out post – even if shooting has happened elsewhere.
Ireland’s post sector offers value, excellent service and top talent. Film and TV drama recently posted in Ireland include Sinbad for SKY1, The Silence for BBC1, The Take for Sky One, Primeval for ITV1 and John Michael McDonagh’s feature film, The Guard. Ireland’s CGI and VFX capabilities in high end feature film and television drama are growing, driven by major international contracts won by WindmillVFX and Screen Scene Post Production. Screen Scene credits include Game of Thrones for HBO. WindmillVFX recent credits include Haywire for Relativity Media and Lockout for EuropaCorp.
Ireland offers a diverse range of film locations, including beautiful unspoilt rural landscapes and modern urban centres. There is a wide variety of architecture including castles, graceful Georgian squares and Victorian terraces, small towns, villages and dramatic coastline. All this is within easy reach of Studio facilities in the east and west of the country.
Whether you want to recreate period Britain as presented in The Tudors, World War II Normandy as was the case in Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, contemporary New York as in Jim Sheridan’s In America or showcase a very modern and vibrant Dublin as Steven Soderbergh did recently in Haywire, Ireland presents a wealth of opportunity for filmmakers.
There is a wide range of film equipment and facility companies operating in Ireland that can provide video and film equipment rentals including cameras, lenses, lighting, grip, audio & sound, monitors, tripods & support, car mounts, dollies and jibs for all production budgets - large and small.
Most equipment rental companies are based in the Dublin, Wicklow and Galway areas, although there are several smaller rental houses spread throughout the country.
Ireland has a wide range of highly experienced and award winning film and television crew.