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Funding Cuts Are ‘Stolen’ Opportunities for Current and Future Filmmakers
04 Mar 2014 : Aisling Newton
The Cork Film Centre, which is the closing credit in Yvonne Keane’s debut short film ‘Stolen’, is set to face a fatal blow to funding and is expected to cease filmmaking services towards the end of this year.

By the end of the year ‘Stolen’ will have played at film festivals across Europe and North American and unfortunately serve as an historical document for the Cork Film Centre. The Cork Film Centre’s core funding has been cut 50% for the coming year by The Arts Council, who have further stated that, as of March 2015, they will be withdrawing from their recurrent funding relationship with them. But the initial cut will cease filmmaking services right before the launch of the 2014 Cork Film Festivals.

Last year Keane’s short film ‘Stolen’ won both the best in Cork prizes in Indie Cork and the 58th Cork Film Festival. The lauded film was produced by Epic Productions and "would have been impossible to make without the equipment and moral support of film centre,” says Producer Chris Cullen. He added that “without the Cork Film Centre there wouldn’t be a filmmaking scene in Cork today.”

Cork is currently home to several film festivals, many of which have a specific ‘Made In Cork’ program. The Cork Screen Commission and UCC have begun an undergraduate course in Film and Screen Media. There are also several production companies in Cork, like Epic Productions, eager to compete with their Dublin and international counterparts.

Writer and director Keane is currently running a scriptwriting course in the Cork Film Centre. In its last few months it will inspire a new breed of filmmakers anxious to follow the success of ‘Stolen’. But the question still remains over who will facilitate and support these young filmmakers next year and in the years to come?

Information on the scriptwriting course in the Cork Film Centre can be found here


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