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Cannes Film Festival: Element Pictures' The Souvenir: Part II selected for Directors' Fortnight
09 Jun 2021 | Irish production company Element Pictures continues a fantastic week of achievements with the news that Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir: Part II has been selected for the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight strand at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. 
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Director Martin Danneels and producer Ann Ní Chríobháin discuss Marú Inár Measc
02 Jun 2021 | Produced by Ann Ní Chíobháin and directed by Martin Danneels, Marú Inár Measc is a new and compelling four-part true crime documentary series by Midas Productions for TG4. 
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Making an Impact: Creative Europe MEDIA's Investment in the Irish Industry (2014-2020)
28 May 2021 | The MEDIA programme has invested €48 million in the Irish audiovisual industry since 1991 celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. 
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“No one person could tell this story;” Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, and Maeve O’Boyle discuss The 8th
25 May 2021 | We spoke with the three directors behind the documentary to find out more about the origins of their collaboration, interweaving a narrative between contemporary and historical materials, and the art of verité filmmaking. 
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Shane Meadows to make first BBC series with Element Pictures
19 May 2021 | Revered writer/director Shane Meadows will tackle his first ever television drama for the BBC with Ireland’s Oscar-nominated production company Element Pictures. 
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Amazon in talks to acquire MGM Studios in $9 billion takeover
18 May 2021 | Global tech giant Amazon is reported to be preparing a $9 billion (€7.37b) takeover bid of one of Hollywood’s most famous studios, MGM. 
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Irish talent assembles for Marvel & DC blockbusters
07 May 2021 | Marvel Studios welcomed fans back to the cinemas this week alongside a teaser for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU) earlier this week. 
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Ruth Treacy of Tailored Film selected as Ireland's representative for EFP Producers On The Move
06 May 2021 | Irish producer Ruth Treacy has been selected by Screen Ireland as Ireland’s representative for the latest instalment of the long-standing programme that promotes promising producers and foster international co-productions. 
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Writer James Phelan discusses his Platform 31-selected project Forsaken
29 Apr 2021 | We spoke with screenwriter James Phelan (Galway Races, Striking Out), a recent recipient of funding from the inaugural Platform 31 bursary, for which to support the development of his latest feature film script. 
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Upper limit of Section 481 tax incentive seen as “barrier" to Ireland securing large-scale international productions, new report finds
29 Apr 2021 | Troy Studios and Ardmore Studios CEO Elaine Geraghty believes that the upper limit of €70 million on the Irish Section 481 tax incentive is acting as “a barrier” to Ireland securing “large-scale international productions”. 
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Netflix and Apple projects among highest beneficiaries of 2020 Section 481 film and television tax relief
23 Apr 2021 | Revenue has released details of the beneficiaries of Ireland’s Section 481 Film & Television Tax Relief Scheme for 2020 with Netflix’s Vikings: Valhalla and Apple’s Foundation availing of the top bracket of tax relief. 
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“A ‘red carpet’ is a working girl who’s too good to work the streets”; Director Scott Altman discusses Amazon Prime-acquired debut feature
22 Apr 2021 | Having begun life in the Irish film industry as a pyrotechnician at Ardmore Studios, Scott Altman left Ireland to pursue a career in directing where he cut his teeth directing commercials and music videos for the likes of MTV. 
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“You never know unless you ask, right?”; director Eoin Macken discusses Here Are The Young Men
13 Apr 2021 | We caught up with multi-talented actor, writer, and director Eoin Macken to find out more about his latest feature film Here Are The Young Men; the process of adapting the novel to screenplay, reimagining Celtic Tiger Ireland on screen, and working with a fantastically exciting cast. 
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“For me, it was about taking away, stripping back, and allowing the performances to shine through;” Editor John O’Connor discusses Smother
01 Apr 2021 | We caught up with John O’Connor, one of the editors on Treasure Entertainment’s drama Smother, to find out more about the impact of Covid on the editing process, collaborating with director Dathaí Keane, and delivering the series via remote working. 
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“Our job is to make the show sound like you’re there, but you shouldn’t see our hand in the process;” Fionán Higgins and Mark Henry on the sounds of Smother
31 Mar 2021 | We caught up with Sound Supervisor, Fionán Higgins and Re-Recording Mixer, Mark Henry to find out more about their work on Irish drama series Smother, their close collaboration with director Dathaí Keane, and the challenges of adapting and delivering a series while working remotely during Covid. 
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"It wasn't just about getting to the end of the shoot; we also needed to produce the series we had set out to make before Covid;" Producer Rebecca O'Flanagan discusses Smother
26 Mar 2021 | Having debut on RTÉ One earlier this month to wide acclaim, we caught up with Smother Producer Rebecca O’Flanagan of Treasure Entertainment to get a better insight into the production's disrupted journey to the screen, adapting and filming during COVID, and acquiring a fantastic ensemble cast. 
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“It's one of the only remaining genres where you can push boundaries and be subversive”; Ivan Kavanagh discusses his horror, Son
19 Mar 2021 | Following the Irish premiere of his unnerving character-driven horror at VMDIFF where he picked up the George Byrne Maverick Award from the Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards, we caught up with writer/director Ivan Kavanagh to find out more about his new film, Son. 
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Deadly Cuts closes first virtual Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival
15 Mar 2021 | As the curtain comes down on the 19th Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival with the World Premiere of Rachel Carey’s black comedy Deadly Cuts, we round up the festival winners and speak with Festival Director Grainne Humphreys about delivering VMDIFF’s first fully digital edition. 
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Chris Baugh and Brendan Mullin discuss Boys From County Hell
05 Mar 2021 | We caught up with producer Brendan Mullin and writer/director Chris Baugh about filming their upcoming feature Boys From County Hell, which will make its sold-out Irish premiere at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival this Saturday, March 6th. 
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“A great script is an incredible springboard for the success of any film”; BFE-nominated Editor Úna Ní Dhonghaíle talks with IFTN
26 Feb 2021 | We caught up with IFTA and BAFTA winning editor Úna Ní Dhonghaíle to discuss her latest project Misbehaviour, for which she recently received a British Film Editors (BFE) Award nomination, working with Kenneth Branagh on Belfast & Death on the Nile, and some insight and advice on the craft of editing. 
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