Ireland film industry gets €200m boost

The Irish government is set to channel €200m of additional investment into the Irish Film Board (IFB) over the next ten years.

The Irish government is set to channel €200m of additional investment into the Irish Film Board (IFB) over the next ten years.

The money will be used to fund more co-productions, of which the Oscar-winning Room (pictured) and the Oscar-nominated Brooklyn were recent examples.

Ireland film industry gets €200m boost
Room

A regional production fund will support filming outside Ireland’s production hubs of Dublin and County Wicklow.

In 2016, the IFB received funding of €10m – the increased investment could result in annual funding of up to twice this figure.

Further, the film board will be known as Screen Ireland from June this year.

“The IFB very much welcomes the announcements of the government’s long-term commitment to capital funding for media production and the audiovisual industry over the next ten years,” said James Hickey, chief executive of the IFB.

“We also very much welcome the announcement of the change of name to Screen Ireland, giving full expression to the widening remit of the IFB across the film and screen content sector.”

Ireland is keen to expand its film and TV industry further west from Dublin, with part of the €200m funding also being earmarked to help boost crew training in the country’s regions.

Two Star Wars movies have filmed in the west of Ireland in recent years and Troy Studios in Limerick has already hosted the sci-fi drama Nightflyers, based on a novella by Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Ireland.

Ireland film industry gets €200m boost
Room

The Irish government is set to channel €200m of additional investment into the Irish Film Board (IFB) over the next ten years.

The money will be used to fund more co-productions, of which the Oscar-winning Room (pictured) and the Oscar-nominated Brooklyn were recent examples.

A regional production fund will support filming outside Ireland’s production hubs of Dublin and County Wicklow.

In 2016, the IFB received funding of €10m – the increased investment could result in annual funding of up to twice this figure.

Further, the film board will be known as Screen Ireland from June this year.

“The IFB very much welcomes the announcements of the government’s long-term commitment to capital funding for media production and the audiovisual industry over the next ten years,” said James Hickey, chief executive of the IFB.

“We also very much welcome the announcement of the change of name to Screen Ireland, giving full expression to the widening remit of the IFB across the film and screen content sector.”

Ireland is keen to expand its film and TV industry further west from Dublin, with part of the €200m funding also being earmarked to help boost crew training in the country’s regions.

Two Star Wars movies have filmed in the west of Ireland in recent years and Troy Studios in Limerick has already hosted the sci-fi drama Nightflyers, based on a novella by Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Ireland.

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