Nightflyers among key Irish incentive recipients

Sci-fi drama Nightflyers was a key TV series to benefit from Ireland’s filming incentive programme in 2018.

Sci-fi drama Nightflyers (pictured) was a key TV series to benefit from Ireland’s filming incentive programme in 2018.

The show, based on a novella by Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin, qualified for tax credit support of at least €10m, according to figures from Ireland’s Office of the Revenue Commissioners.

Nightflyers among key Irish incentive recipients
Nightflyers

Nightflyers follows a team of human space explorers sent to the outer reaches of the solar system to make contact with an alien intelligence. The show was the first to film at Troy Studios outside Limerick.

History Channel’s scripted drama Vikings qualified for the same scale of filming incentive support, as did dystopian martial arts series Into the Badlands.

Ireland’s production industry could get a profile boost with the announcement that London-based sales and film finance company Bankside Films has entered into a new venture with Screen Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen.

Bankside will produce and fund up to two movies a year, with the involvement of creatives from both sides of the border.

“We are excited to be able to lend support to directors in bringing their projects to fruition and our objective will be to identify unique directorial voices and compelling takes on story and genre which will attract the attention of distributors worldwide,” said Stephen Kelliher, director of Bankside Films.

Screen Ireland invested nearly €14m across 50 different productions last year and has had its funding increased to €16.2m for 2019.

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

Image: Syfy

Nightflyers among key Irish incentive recipients
Nightflyers

Sci-fi drama Nightflyers (pictured) was a key TV series to benefit from Ireland’s filming incentive programme in 2018.

The show, based on a novella by Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin, qualified for tax credit support of at least €10m, according to figures from Ireland’s Office of the Revenue Commissioners.

Nightflyers follows a team of human space explorers sent to the outer reaches of the solar system to make contact with an alien intelligence. The show was the first to film at Troy Studios outside Limerick.

History Channel’s scripted drama Vikings qualified for the same scale of filming incentive support, as did dystopian martial arts series Into the Badlands.

Ireland’s production industry could get a profile boost with the announcement that London-based sales and film finance company Bankside Films has entered into a new venture with Screen Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen.

Bankside will produce and fund up to two movies a year, with the involvement of creatives from both sides of the border.

“We are excited to be able to lend support to directors in bringing their projects to fruition and our objective will be to identify unique directorial voices and compelling takes on story and genre which will attract the attention of distributors worldwide,” said Stephen Kelliher, director of Bankside Films.

Screen Ireland invested nearly €14m across 50 different productions last year and has had its funding increased to €16.2m for 2019.

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

Image: Syfy

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