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2021 Breaks Records as €500 million Spent on Film & TV Production in Ireland
18 Feb 2022 : Nathan Griffin
Production on Disney's Disenchanted
Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland have announced that €500 million was spent in 2021 in the Irish economy across Film, TV Drama, Documentary and Animation.

Despite the pandemic, Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland has announced that 2021 saw Ireland break the previous record  for spending across the Irish Screen Sector. The previous record was set in 2019, prior to the pandemic, yet 2021 saw a spend of €500 million, an increase of 40% on the 2019 figures.

The spend includes  both local and international productions and has resulted in approximately 12,000 local jobs being supported.

In 2021, local Irish film activity increased by 52% from 2019, reaching the highest year ever for the category. Similarly, Local TV drama production spend also increased by 40% from 2020, showcasing the impact of increased funding and support since Screen Ireland’s introduction of development funding for TV drama in 2015. Since then, TV drama spend has increased by 145%. Local Irish animation also demonstrated an increase in production in 2021 of 27%.

International production activity grew by 45% with projects such as Disney’s Disenchanted, which filmed on location in Dublin and Wicklow, with over 1,000 Irish people employed on the production as well as other large-scale productions such as Apple’s Record-breaking TV-Series Foundation which shot in Troy Studios in Limerick.

In 2021 Irish film and television projects filmed on location all around Ireland including counties Limerick, Mayo, Cork, Leitrim, Donegal, Wicklow Galway, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Clare, Dublin and Wicklow.

Fís Eireann / Screen Ireland has attributed this to Ireland's competitiveness for attracting international productions, the body’s own development funding opportunities, direct support from government, among other contributing factors.

Speaking on the record-breaking spend Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland Chief Executive Desiree Finnegan said:

 "This record-breaking level of film and TV production in Ireland demonstrates the dedication and resilience of all those working across the sector.

Despite immense challenges, the producers, directors, writers, cast and crew continued creating world-class stories to entertain audiences at home and abroad.”

"Government support through increased funding and TV drama stimulus provided by Minister Catherine Martin TD has played an essential role in the industry’s recovery and subsequent growth, generating a substantial contribution to the economy, creating significant employment and skills development opportunities."

Screen Ireland confirmed the record levels of production for 2021 after a successful trip to the Berlin International Film Festival, aka the Berlinale, and its associated European Film Market (EFM).

This announcement follows more good news for the Irish Film Industry where Irish-Language Feature An Cailín Ciúin, became the first Irish film to compete as part of Berlinale’s official selection – was praised by judges for its “delicate” storytelling and “unique atmosphere” before winning the grand prix of the Festival’s Prestigious Generation Kplus International Jury





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