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Cork Film Centre Faces a Total Funding Withdrawal by 2015
17 Feb 2014 : Aisling Newton
The Arts Council have announced a funding cut of 50% for Cork Film Centre in 2014, with a total withdrawal of funding in 2015.

The Centre, which was established 21 years ago, relies on the council for 60% of its core funding. The 50% cut of €35,000 casts doubt over the future of the film centre and opportunities for future filmmakers and TV directors in the area.

The Centre is seen as an essential support to filmmakers and artists, helping them develop and promote film in Cork and throughout the southern half of Ireland. It is one of three in Ireland including the Galway Film Centre, who have seen cuts of 40% this year, and Filmbase in Dublin who have seen no cut in core funding.

The Cork centre has seen its Arts Council funding fall from a high of €102,000 around 2008, to just €70,000 last year. The centre receives some support from Cork City Council and Cork County Council, as well as generating limited income through workshops and occasional special projects.

Cork Film Centre has enabled many filmmakers to make their first films through access to advice, equipment and facilities. Enda Walsh’s debut, ‘Not a Bad Christmas’, was made under the Cork Film Centre/RTÉ Short Script Awards. He has gone on to have international success with such films as ‘Disco Pigs’ and ‘Hunger’. ‘No Limbs, No Limits’, the Joanne O’Riordan story, which was made with extensive support from Cork Film Centre, is screened at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival last weekend.

Currently, animator Dave Pedley, formerly of Aardman Studios (Chicken Run), and Frameworks animator, Jane Lee, are mentoring four groups of animators on new projects. Jane is one of the many filmmakers who developed their careers through the Film Centre.

In 2013 over 300 young people participated in workshops at the Cork Film Centre. This activity has led to the First Cut! Youth Film Festival, which runs this year in the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, between February 27th and March 1st, with screenings, workshops and seminars.

In recent years the Cork Film Centre facilitated the establishment of the Cork Screen Commission during its incubation period with support and funding from the Cork City Council and Cork County Council. The role of the Screen Commission is to actively market the Cork region as a film location, and to provide advice and help with all aspects of filmmaking in the region.

The Cork Film Centre, which is the only film resource south of Dublin and Galway, now faces the challenge of an uncertain future, but intends to try to find ways of continuing to respond to the needs of filmmakers and artists.

The board is said to be seeking a meeting with Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan and are exploring all funding avenues.

For more information on the Cork Film Centre, check out their webpage here

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