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Screen Ireland commits to initial measures to support the Irish creative screen industries impacted by COVID-19
19 Mar 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Screen Ireland
Screen Ireland has been monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic on a daily basis and recognises that this represents an unprecedented challenge for the Irish creative screen industries.

As the impact of the virus continues to grow rapidly and significantly affect all sectors, Screen Ireland want to highlight Screen Ireland’s commitment to supporting the Irish film, television and animation industry during these unprecedented times.

The health and safety of our wider community is our primary concern.  Screen Ireland continues to follow government guidelines and is taking all appropriate action to limit the spread of the virus. In response to the current situation, Screen Ireland advises all industry professionals to consult HSÉ and DFA websites listed below for the most accurate and up-to-date information on health and travel advice.

Screen Ireland is currently working with our international partners, key stakeholders across the industry and Minister Josepha Madigan TD and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to assess the potential scale of the impact.  Their aim is to provide continued support for Ireland’s creative screen industries during this challenging period. As part of our commitment, Screen Ireland has announced an initial range of measures, all of which they hope will assist those working within the sector. 

These measures are as follows:

  • Screen Ireland will provide 90% funding upfront on all development loans to Irish screenwriters and production companies through to 31st May 2020.
  • Existing development and production loan offers, which are due to expire in the coming months will all be extended to 31st May 2020.
  • Screen Ireland will provide additional marketing and distribution support for upcoming Irish film and TV releases during this period.
  • Screen Ireland will continue to provide skills development opportunities for industry practitioners, with Screen Skills Ireland delivering some of its planned activity for 2020 online free-of-charge over the next 6-10 weeks. 

From an operations perspective, Screen Ireland and Screen Skills Ireland staff continues to work remotely and all funding schemes will continue to be made available. Screen Ireland is supporting its  filmmakers and current productions on a case-by-case basis due to the numerous complexities and variables involvedThe funding application process across all areas from development, production, distribution, and publicity will continue as normal as possible.

During these exceptionally challenging circumstances, Screen Ireland will continue to work with our partners to monitor the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and will review and update these measures in response to further developments.  Please contact them with any COVID-19 related queries or concerns at info@screenireland.ie.

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