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Aiden Gillen Confirmed for ‘The Maze Runner’ Sequel
29 Sep 2014 | Fox have announced that Aiden Gillen has been cast in the main villain role for the 'Maze Runner' sequel, which is being fast-tracked for a 2015 release after the box office success of the first film out this month. 
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‘Ellie the Ace’ Flies High
26 Sep 2014 | Cartoon Saloon, best-known as the studio behind Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated and IFTA award-winning feature ‘The Secret of Kells,’ is currently developing animated series ‘Ellie the Ace.’ The €4.5 million series project was pitched this week at Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, France. 
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Northern Ireland Screen to host Creative Industries Tax Briefing Day
24 Sep 2014 | Northern Ireland Screen, in conjunction with BFI, HMRC and Invest NI, are to hold an information day on the Creative Industries Tax Relief System on Tuesday, 7th October. The conference looks set to be of interest to anyone interested in producing films, TV shows, cartoons and video games as it will run the audience through the feasibilities and realities of  the tax relief system. 
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Lenny Abrahamson and Element Pictures to adapt Laird Hunt’s novel ‘Neverhome’
24 Sep 2014 | Element Pictures have acquired film and TV rights to Laird Hunt’s critically acclaimed novel ‘Neverhome’, with long-time Element collaborator Lenny Abrahamson set to direct and Ed Guiney producing. 
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Irish Co-Production ’11 Minutes’ begins Dublin shoot this week
23 Sep 2014 | ’11 Minutes’, an Irish/Polish co-production, is to begin its five day Dublin shoot this week. Backed by the Irish Film Board and Element Pictures, the film stars Irish actor Richard Dormer in the lead, who is best known for starring in ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Good Vibrations’ and can be seen in the upcoming Irish thriller ‘71’. 
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Production Wraps on documentary series ‘From Tee to Green: The Story of Irish Golf’
19 Sep 2014 | Production has completed on the free to air Setanta Ireland channel on a new series exploring the story of Irish golf – from its mythical origins to Rory McIlroy’s recent successes. 
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Interview with Neasa Hardiman, Director of upcoming ‘Scott and Bailey’ Season 4 finale
19 Sep 2014 |

Director Neasa Hardiman is directing the two part finale of the BAFTA-nominated ITV police drama ‘Scott and Bailey’, currently airing on ITV. IFTN talks to Neasa (‘In The Club’, BAFTA-winning ‘Tracy Beaker Returns’) about how her directing style and the show’s specific tone are in ‘perfect alignment’, how she landed the season finale, the show’s very authentic female characters, her directing style, her upcoming film projects and some advice to budding filmmakers.

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A ‘Noble’ Cause
17 Sep 2014 | True life stories have gripped Irish filmmakers and audiences time and time again, so Stephen Bradley’s hard work on ‘Noble’ - about the Dublin woman who would start a world-famous orphanage foundation for street children - might just pay off. 
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BAI's Sound and Vision Funding Offers
16 Sep 2014 | BAI's 21st Sound and Vision Funding Offers have been announced. 
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'Fair City' Celebrates 25 Years
16 Sep 2014 | Popular Irish Soap ‘Fair City’ to celebrate 25 years of broadcasting this week. 
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Dublin Editors Host Star Wars Editor
16 Sep 2014 | Editors Group Event with Mary Jo Markey 
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Filming Starts On Simon Fitzmaurice’s Feature
15 Sep 2014 | Evanna Lynch, known for her role as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films will star in the title role as Emily. 
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Teams Shortlisted for next stage of Catalyst Project
05 Sep 2014 | After an intensive and competitive assessment process, the Irish Film Board has announced that nine teams have been shortlisted, to go through to the next interview stage of the Catalyst Project. The final goal will see the winning team receive funding and mentorship to produce a feature film. 
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Abu Media begin filming on Western Drama Series 'Klondike'
04 Sep 2014 | Last week saw filming commence on Abú Media’s new four-part drama series KLONDIKE. The series is set against the backdrop of the Alaskan Gold Rush of the 1890’s and tells the story of the Connollys; three emigrant Irish brothers from Rosmuc, Galway, who make their way to the Klondike Valley in the hope of striking it rich. 
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Panti Bliss Documentary Launches Campaign to help fund its completion
01 Sep 2014 | ‘The Queen of Ireland’, a new documentary about Panti Bliss, has launched a campaign to help fund its completion. 
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‘All Black na hEireann’ Commences Production
01 Sep 2014 | Filming has just begun on ‘All Black na hEireann’ which tells the amazing story of Irishman Dave Gallaher, the Donegal man who changed rugby forever, who was one of the first captains of the All Blacks. 
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‘Blind Date’ Headed for TV3
28 Aug 2014 | Sony-owned indie Stellify Media is to remake ‘Blind Date’ for TV3. Radio and television presenter Lucy Kennedy will host the new show. The commission is the first order for the Northern Irish indie, which was set up earlier this year by Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy (read more here). 
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TV3 Launches New Home-Produced Shows as part of Autumn schedule
28 Aug 2014 | TV3 has confirmed its 2014 Autumn Schedule and 2015 programming plans in a special presentation from Dublin’s Mansion House yesterday. TV3 and 3e will deliver a wide variety of new content across a number of key genres from Entertainment and Lifestyle to Sport & Events, News & Factual, International Acquisitions and Soap and Drama. TV3 Group will invest over 50% of its programming budget on home-produced content next year. Over 2500 hours of home-produced content will be aired in 2015, and TV3 will broadcast 30 new original programmes and 8 new entertainment shows. 
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Irish Animation Projects To Be Pitched at this year’s Cartoon Forum
26 Aug 2014 | Nine Irish animation projects will be among the 86 projects pitched to buyers and investors at the Cartoon Forum next month. 
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‘From The Dark’ wraps in Ireland
25 Aug 2014 | MPI/Dark Sky Films and Workshed Films have completed principal photography on Conor McMahon’s horror story set in Laois. 
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