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Minister Catherine Martin TD opens Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland Industry Day 2022
05 Oct 2022 : News Desk
Screen Ireland welcome Minister Martin to Industry Day.
More than 400 professionals from the screen industry gathered in Dublin, as part of Screen Ireland’s first in-person industry events since the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event at the Lighthouse Cinema was opened by the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD. On the back of the €1 million increase it received to its capital fund in Budget 2023, announced last week, Screen Ireland revealed details relating to a number of new funding initiatives, worth a total of €3 million.

Screen Ireland stated that enabling the Irish screen industry to explore new avenues for storytelling is a key focus for the upcoming funding spend. Included in the new funding measures is a focus on capitalising on the new digital gaming tax credit. A 2023 Gaming Pilot Fund will be launched in the coming weeks. An IP/Option consultation was also singled out as an opportunity to support Irish producers retain and compete in the negotiation for Irish IP, as well as in the wider international marketplace.

Screen Ireland’s Production and Development teams gave a preview of the upcoming updates for funding areas and processes in 2023, which will continue to invest in sustainable growth and expand on the range of supports for the industry.

In production, this took the form of continued investment in company development, with the announcement of a new round of the Creative Futures Slate Fund, with €2.5 million invested in building of projects and in-house creative development teams in Irish production companies.

The second round of the Animation Concept and Immersive Storytelling Fund was confirmed to open later this week, supporting the development of new innovative formats and content with a view to driving new audiences, with up to €50,000 available for projects based in emerging technologies.

The agency also reiterated its support for film and Ireland’s national cinema culture, with additional marketing and distribution funding supports to bolster new and existing audiences for Irish film.

Addressing the industry representatives gathered, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, said: “The screen industry demonstrated exceptional resilience throughout the pandemic and we were all grateful for the creative content developed by those of you in attendance that kept us entertained and inspired through those darkest of days. Nonetheless, I know that it was also a challenging time for many of you working in the industry, and I am delighted to have been in a position to provide €37.7 million in funding to Screen Ireland in Budget 2023, and an increase of €1 million in capital funding. Government recognises the value of the work that you do, from both a social and economic perspective, and Screen Ireland has exciting plans for the distribution of the funding that it is sharing with you.”

Désirée Finnegan, CEO of Screen Ireland added: “We are delighted to be able to announce a number of initiatives today, opening up new avenues of storytelling for the next generation. The Animation Innovation Fund will create opportunities for companies who want to explore new platforms and technologies, from virtual reality to interactive content. We are also delighted to be launching a new pilot gaming fund at today’s event. Screen Ireland is also committed to regional activity and following the budget last week, we were pleased to announce that €3.5 million of the 2023 budget will be ringfenced for regional  activity.”

Screen Ireland also outlined its commitment to regional activity and following the publication of Budget 2023 last week, the organisation announced that €3.5 million of its 2023 budget will be ringfenced for regional activity, taking into account the need for further supports in that area.

Tied hand in hand with the development of the indigenous industry is a strong and skilled crewbase and Screen Ireland’s National Talent Academies, and progress in areas across skills and talent development, were key topics for discussion. As well as regional development, an international outlook also remains essential. The importance of maintaining strong international partnerships and relationships, both in Europe and around the world, was also outlined.

Click here for more information about Screen Ireland schemes and funding.

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