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Ted Sheehy

  • Irish Film Board appears safe from government budget cuts


    The Irish film industry is understood to have escaped savage cuts to its Government funding after this week’s emergency budget.
  • Leap Year jumps on Ireland's new tax deal


    The US feature Leap Year staring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode has been green lit for an Irish shoot at the end of this month.
  • James Morris re-appointed Irish Film Board Chair for twelve months


    After a hiatus of five weeks, Ireland’s Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen, has announced the appointment of a new governing board for the Irish Film Board following the end of the tenure of the previous board members.
  • Inaugral 'Write Here, Write Now' awardgiven to Sonya Gildea for Faith


    The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in association withWaltDisneyStudios Motion Pictures (Ireland) have announced that Sonya Gildea's script Faith has won the inaugural 'Write Here, Write Now' screenwriting award.
  • Hunger dominates Irish Film & Television Awards


    Steve McQueen's Hunger collected six of the major film awards at last night's Irish Film & Television Awards ceremony in Dublin.
  • Irish arts minister urged to end delay in appointing Irish film board


    An opposition senator has today called on the Irish arts minister to end the delay in appointing members of the Irish Film Board.
  • Irvine Welsh to adapt California Schemin' for the big screen


    London-based Silverapples Media and Dublin-based Screenworks Film & TV have optioned feature film and documentary rights for Gavin Bain's as yet unpublished autobiographical California Schemin'.
  • Hunger, Kisses, 32A, The Escapist lead Irish Awards nominees


    The shortlist for the 6th Irish Film and Television Awards [IFTA] includes best feature film nominations for Marian Quinn's coming of age drama 32A; the prison-break thriller The Escapist; Lance Daly's festival favourite Kisses; the IRA hunger strike drama Hunger; and Ian Fitzgibbon's dark comedy A Film With Me In It.
  • Ireland tax break to offer 28% net benefit to producers


    Martin Cullen, Ireland's arts and film minister has confirmed that improvements to Ireland's Section 481 film and TV tax break are to be introduced as amendments to the country's 2009 Finance Bill.
  • Irish exhibitors to receive grants for switch to digital


    Ireland's Cultural Cinema Consortium has announced a scheme which will provide funding for the purchase and installation of digital projection equipment in Irish cinemas. The consortium comprises the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board (IFB),
  • Irish production heats up with Happy Ever Afters, Ondine


    Principal photography has commenced in Ireland on writer/director Stephen Burke's debut feature film Happy Ever Afters. Leading cast includes Sally Hawkins, Tom Riley, Deirdre Molloy and Simon Delaney.
  • Lance Daly's Kisses wins Best Irish Feature at Galway


    Lance Daly's Kisses took the laurels for Best Irish Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh in a year when the category was hotly contested by an unprecedented 14 Irish dramatic features, contenders among them being Ivan Kavanagh's Our Wonderful Home, Ian Fitzgibbon's A Film With Me in It and Rick Larkin's Satellites & Meteorites.
  • Secret Of Kells takes Ireland's Directors Finders Series Award


    Tomm Moore's Irish animation feature The Secret of Kells will be given a showcase screening on Sept 19 at the DGA Theatre, Los Angeles, to an audience of American distributors and industry personnel with the aim of securing a US distribution deal for the film.
  • Ireland's first fully digital cinema to open July 4


    Omniplex Cinemas, part of the Ward & Anderson cinema group, will open Ireland's first fully digital cinema on Friday. The Wexford Omniplex is a $14.2m (Euros 9m), eight-screen development with a total seating capacity of 1,577.
  • Ireland showing mixed box office fortunes


    Traditionally one of the strongest performing territories in Europe, Ireland is experiencing a marginal decline in year-on-year box office returns, according to new figures from Carlton Screen.
  • Galway celebrates 20th anniversary with O'Toole, Lange, and Pullman


    The 20th Galway Film Fleadh (July 8-13) will open with a screening of Fugitive Pieces, Jeremy Podeswa's drama set in Nazi-occupied Poland and adapted from the novel by Canadian poet Anne Michaels. The closing film is the unreleased Bonneville (2006), in which three women played by Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen take a road trip from Idaho to Santa Barbara.
  • Irish courts approve $96,540award to children shown in doc


    Five young school children whose images were used without permission in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Deliver Us From Evil, about American paedophile priest Oliver O'Grady, have had settlements totalling more than $96,540 (Eu62,500) approved by the Dublin Circuit Civil Court.
  • Irish Film Board appoints O'Neill and Notley to business roles


    The Irish Film Board (IFB) has appointed Patrick O'Neill to the new position of industry affairs executive and Laura Notley to the role of business affairs co-ordinator.
  • Irish Film Board proposes new Irish and world cinema TV channel


    The Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced a proposal for a new Irish TV channel, using new digital infrastructure, which will be dedicated to broadcasting the best of Irish, European and world cinema.The proposal has been made to the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources for inclusion in Ireland's new Broadcasting Bill which will be launched by Minister Eammon Ryan next month.The new channel will be a non-commercial, free to air service, available ...
  • Garage and Kings split film honours at Irish Film & Television awards


    From a fairly open field of nominees Element Films' Garage and Newgrange Films' Kings collected four awards each at the 5th Irish Film & Television Awards ceremony in Dublin last night.
  • Dublin opens tonight with In Bruges with Farrell and Gleeson present


    The opening of the Jameson Dublin International Film FestivalInternational tonight and the annual Irish Film & Television Awardson Sunday launch a hectic week of international guests, awards andscreenings in Ireland's capital.
  • Ireland - The Irish Revival


    Irish producers have their work cut out right now. With an 18% budget increase to $34.3m (EUR23.2m) for the Irish Film Board (IFB) there is more money available for low-budget, locally developed projects than ever before. Yet there are also fewer international film projects shooting in Ireland. Previously, projects such as King Arthur and The Count Of Monte Cristo could harness tax benefits from both the UK and Ireland. But changes to the UK's tax relief have made that ...
  • Consultant's report recommends improved Irish tax regime


    To coincide with the publication of Ireland's Finance Bill for 2008, the Irish government has today published a consultants' report commissioned last year in advance of the renewal of Ireland's Section 481 tax incentive.
  • Jameson Dublin International Film Festival confirm In Bruges as opener


    The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival has announced that In Bruges the feature film debut from award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh will open the 2008 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on February 15.
  • Kings, Garage lead Irish Film & Television Awards Nominees


    Kings and Garage lead the nominees for the fifth-annual Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs), which take place in Dublin on February 17.
  • Humphreys includes Katyn, Waveriders in first Dublin programme


    Grainne Humphreys, new Director of the Jameson Dublin InternationalFilm Festival (JDIFF), has announced the first titles included in her first programme for the sixth JDIFF, running Feb 15-24, 2008. There will be a Special Presentation of GW Pabst's classic Pandora's Box (1929) in the 900-seater Savoy Cinema with live accompaniment from 3epkano. New films include Katyn, Andrzej Wajda's ...
  • Irish budget gives 18% increase to Irish Film Board


    In this afternoon's Budget for 2008 Brian Cowen, Irish Minister for Finance, gave a generous 18% increase to the Irish Film Board and renewed Section 481 Film Relief until 2012.
  • Ireland facing majordrop in film production


    The annual Audiovisual Federation of the Irish Business & Employers Confederation annual report estimates a big drop in film production in Ireland this year.
  • Irish Film Board greenlights three films for Catalyst scheme


    The Irish Film Board has announced the three Catalyst feature film projects to receive the green light.
  • Irish scheme shortlists 10 for low-budget features


    Catalystproject, the new Irish low-budget feature scheme, has selected its shortlist of 10 film-making teams, three of which will be greenlit.
  • Cork's top shorts are Toyla and The Apology Line


    The Corona Cork Film Festival ended Oct 21 with a sold-out screening of Ang Lee's Lust, Caution. The festival estimates that more than 35,000 people attended films during the seven days of the festival, pushing box office takings up 9% from 2006.Several films sold out including the opening and closing films, the Slow Food screening of Babette's Feast, the Oscailt Irish language shorts, Made in ...
  • Irish Film Board cautions against expectation of completion funding


    With as many as 15 ultra low- and no-budget features being made without official funding 'below the radar' in Ireland each year the Irish Film Board held an information session at the Cork Film Festival to address producers' expectations of receiving completion funding from the agency.
  • Irish Arts Minister boosts production fund by $2.8m


    In his first major announcement since he took on responsibility for film in June, Irish Minister for Arts, Sport & Tourism, Seamus Brennan, has confirmed additional funding of $2.8m(Euros 2m) for the Irish Film Board (IFB), to encourage international film and television projects to shoot in Ireland.
  • Irish Broadcasting Commission grants $2.8m to five feature projects


    The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) announces Eu2.05m funding for five features in the fourth round of its Sound & Vision funding scheme.
  • Kings is Irish entry to Academy Awards


    IFTA, The Irish Film and Television Academy has today formally announced that Tom Collins's Kings has been officially selected by an independent IFTA jury as Ireland's submission to the 80th Academy Awards, in the Best Foreign Language Film category.Kings, which is predominantly in the Irish language, stars Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly and Brendan Conroy in the story of a group of emigrant Irishmen in London, drawn back together for the funeral of one of ...
  • Dublin Fest names O'Hagan as new CEO


    The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival has announced the appointment of Joanne O'Hagan as CEO, replacing Rory Concannon who left the festival earlier in the year to pursue his business interests.
  • Carney and Element team for Zonad


    Zonad , the new feature from director John Carney, begins principal photography hot on the heels of Carney's Sundance award-winning Once's critical and commercial success in the US. Carney is also signed to direct Town House for Fox in LA and New England in the Spring.Written by John Carney and his brother Kieran, the comedy centres on a convict who hides out in a village in rural Ireland and fools locals by pretending to be from outer space. Starring ...
  • Once's John Carney teams with Element for Zonad


    Principal photography begins today on Zonad, the new feature from director John Carney whose Sundance award winning Once is currently enjoying critical and commercial success in the US.Carney has also signed to direct Town House for Fox in Los Angeles and New England in the spring.Written by John Carney and his brother Kieran, Zonad is a comedy ...
  • Kings to get US showcase through Directors Guild


    The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) in association with the Directors Guild of America (DGA), has announced that the winner of this year's Directors Finders Series Award is Kings, directed by Tom Collins.
  • Marian Quinn's 32A takes debut prize at Galway Film Fleadh


    Marian Quinn's 32A picked up the first feature award at last night's closing ceremony at the Galway Film Fleadh. The Janey Pictures' coming of age story, an Irish/German co-production with Flying Moon Filmproduktion backed by the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, looks at the consequences for a group of girls as they take tentative steps toward adulthood. The runner up was
  • Irish producers get additional revenue share in new recoupment deal


    The Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced a new arrangement for loan recoupment which will enable producers financed by the IFB to share in revenues from their film or television projects, while the IFB itself is recouping its investment.
  • Galway bookends with Red Like the Sky and Seraphim Falls


    The 19th Galway Film Fleadh will open July 10 with Cristiano Bortone's feature Red Like the Sky, inspired by the true story of Italian sound editor Mirco Mencacci. Bortone will attend for a Q&A session following the screening.
  • Irons, Schlondorff, George to give Galway masterclasses


    The Galway Film Fleadh (July 10 - 15) will host masterclasses in acting, directing and screenwriting given respectively by Jeremy Irons, Volker Schlondorff, and Terry George.
  • Fuel's gold


    Small can be very sweet, as the Irish director discovered when his new film Garage was well-received at Cannes last week. He talks to Ted Sheehy.
  • Cork signs new three-year sponsorship deal with drinks importer


    The Cork Film Festival has announced a new headline sponsor in Barry Fitzwilliam Maxxium, Irish importers of Corona Extra, Absolut Vodka and other products.
  • Ireland agrees co-production agreements with three countries


    Ireland's Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism John O'Donoghue has received government approval for the signing of three bilateral co-production agreements with Germany, Luxembourg, and New Zealand.
  • Ireland: inward production


    Historically, Ireland has managed to attract high-end international productions, such as Mel Gibson's Braveheart and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. But the territory's bidding position has been undermined by a strong euro and a weak US dollar.
  • Irish fund backs Kisses, Alarm, Eden and Hunger


    The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) has backed four feature projects from the third round of its Sound & Vision Fund. The four projects will share a total of $1.7m (Euros 1.285m) between them from the BCI fund's $12m (Euros 9m) allocation to independent producers of television programming to be broadcast free-to-air in Ireland.
  • Irish partners launch catalystproject for low budget production


    A new production and training opportunity for screenwriters, producers and film directors to produce low-budget feature films has been launched in Ireland.
  • IFTA Awards - Celebrating Irish cream


    Pierce Brosnan (The Matador), Colin Farrell (Miami Vice), Cillian Murphy (Breakfast On Pluto, and The Wind That Shakes The Barley), and Neil Jordan (Breakfast On Pluto) are a few of the internationally recognised members of the Irish film-making community among the nominees for this year's Irish Film and Television Awards (Iftas).
  • Production - The view from Ireland


    When The Wind That Shakes The Barley picked up the Palme d'Or at Cannes last May it was the start of an undeniably upbeat year for the Republic of Ireland's film industry. Ken Loach's film, set and shot in and around Cork, showcased Ireland's locations to an international audience and 2006 also saw an upturn in production from Irish film-makers, not to mention an increase in new forms of funding and the emergence of promising talent.
  • Boyle, Byrne, Thomas, and McCaul first Dublin Festival award winners


    Consolata Boyle, Gabriel Byrne, Jeremy Thomas and Brendan McCaul to receive first four Volta Awards.
  • Dublin to open with Jindabyne and close with Sparkle


    John Carney, fresh from Sundance where his film Once won the coveted audience award, was on hand to launch the programme the fifth Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in Dublin last night. Once is among the new Irish films slated for the event.
  • DCL agrees deal with DTS for Irish D-Cinema upgrade


    Digital Cinema Ltd (DCL) plans to upgrade the first phase of its Irish D-Cinema installation in an exclusive agreement with US digital technology company DTS.The agreement provides for both parties to work together to facilitate the wider rollout of digital cinema in Ireland. So far 15 cinema sites are operational.DCL is an Irish subsidiary of Avica which set up its European HQ in Thurles, Co Tipperary nearly two years ago with plans to provide the world's first ...
  • Andrew Meehan appointed development head of Irish Film Board


    Andrew Meehan has been appointed Development Executive at the Irish Film Board (IFB). Working directly with chief executive Simon Perry, Meehan will participate in evaluating development funding applications for feature film projects, and in the management of projects selected for support.
  • Irish industry questions impact of $188m funding announcement


    There remains some confusion in Ireland concerning the Government announcement last week of a $188m (Euros 145m) contribution to the film industry under National Development Plan (NDP) spending for 2007-2013.
  • Fox continues Irish dominance with strong Rocky opening


    Twentieth Century Fox's Rocky Balboa beat the competition hands down in Ireland (North and South) on its opening weekend with a massive $1.2m (Euros 925,390). A major comeback for a franchise after 16 years in retirement, Sylvester Stallone's biggest Irish opening of all time took more than 40% of all ticket sales, bringing in original Rocky fans along with a second generation of young recruits.
  • Deliver Us From Evil to have international premiere in Dublin


    Lionsgate's Oscar-nominated documentary feature, Deliver Us From Evil, is to receive its international premiere at next month's Dublin International Film Festival.
  • Dublin Festival announces first selections for nine-day event


    The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) has made a preliminary announcement about this year's programme, which runs for nine days from February 16. New Irish titles include John Carney's Once, selected for the Sundance Film Festival and starring Glenn Hansard (who previously starred in The Commitments). The film is a contemporary musical set on the streets of Dublin, following a ...
  • Breakfast On Pluto leads Irish Film & TV Award nominees


    The shortlist of nominees has been announced for the 2006 Irish Film & Television Awards, the first to take place under the auspices of the recently re-constituted Irish Film & Television Academy.
  • Universal Pictures International appoints Irish team


    Universal Pictures International (UPI) UK & Eire has appointed an Irish team responsible for the sales, marketing and publicity of the company's products in Ireland.
  • Gabriel Byrne chairs New York Irish Cultural Centre


    Irish actor Gabriel Byrne has accepted the Irish Arts Minister's invitation to chair a working group to establish a permanent Irish Cultural Centre in New York.
  • Dublin's art-house Light House Cinema revived


  • Irish companies get slate development funding


    The Irish Film Board hasannounced ten successful applicants for its Multiple Project Development (MPD)funding, a multi-project development initiative drawn up in September.
  • Emma Scott joins Irish Film Board production team


  • Humphreys joins Dublin International Film Festival


  • Irish Film Board gets 15% funding increase for 2007


  • Irish film production dropped 50% in 2005


    Feature film production in Ireland in 2005 dropped 50% on the previous year, according to the Audiovisual Federation Review produced annually by Irish state and industry bodies.
  • Redgrave, Staunton on board for next Binchy adaptation


    Irish producer Noel Pearson, an Academy Award nominee for MyLeft Foot, willfollow his recent Maeve Binchy adaptation, Tara Road, with How About You' based on a Binchy short story.
  • Loughran to head new US Irish Film office


  • Belfast shoot starts for Collins' Kings


    Prinicipal photography hasstarted in Belfast on Kings, an adaptation of Jimmy Murphy's play The Kings of the Kilburn High Road about a group of Irish emigrantswho reunite for the funeral of one of their friends.Leading Irish actor ColmMeaney features in an ensemble ...
  • Cork Film Festival gets Death Of A President


  • Irish Film Board gets $3m boost


    Ireland'sMinister for Arts, Sport & Tourism, John O'Donoghue,has given supplementary capital funding of $3m (Euros 2.3m) to the Irish FilmBoard. The additional money is intended to facilitate an increase in film andtelevision production in the last quarter of 2006 and the first half of 2007.The move is part of a $21m (Euros 16.4m) ...
  • Ireland's BCI backs Lenny Abrahamson's Garage


    Garage, Lenny Abrahamson's second feature following Adam & Paul, has been awarded $833,513 (Euros 660,000) in the second round of funding from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland's (BCI) Sound & Vision fund.
  • Small Engine Repair takes first feature prize at Galway


    The 18th Galway Film Fleadh closed Sunday night with a preview presentation ofwriter/director David Gleeson's second feature The Frontline, a crime drama about vulnerable Congolese immigrantsin Dublin which will be released by BVI Ireland after itsofficial world premiere on August 25.The ...
  • Irish Film Board outlines new policies


  • Galway recruits Towne, Bates and Roeg


  • EC approves new Irish and Polish film schemes


    The European Commission hasapproved new and amended national aid schemes that support film-making inIreland and Poland under EC Treaty state aid regulations.
  • Hannigan appointed to European Film Academy


    The director of the CorkFilm Festival, Mick Hannigan, has been invited tojoin the European Film Academy.
  • Byrne and O'Reilly join Irish Film Board


    Byrne and O'Reilly joinIrish Film BoardThe Irish Film Board hasappointed Mark Byrne as its business & legal executive. Byrne has worked as anentertainment lawyer for the past three years and also acted on co-producer forfeature film Middletown. ...
  • British directors rush to beat Irish tax deadline


    Three veteran British directors are in the finalstages of pre-production on films which will commence shooting in Ireland before the end of the month. The three films aretimed to beat the 31 March deadline on the existing UK tax regime and are among a last group of productionsto utilise ...
  • Ireland revamps production tax breaks


    A vociferous chorus of approval has greeted the Irishfinance minister's radical overhaul of the Section 481 tax break for filmproduction. The maximum threshold for Irish spend has been raised from 55%-66%to 80% of budget, for all productions irrespective of size. And the cap on thetotal amount that may be raised for any one production has been lifted from $18m(Euros15m) to $42m (Euros35m).
  • Cillian Murphy launches Dublin Festival programme


    Cillian Murphy last night launchedthe programme for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) whichkicks off on February 17 with the world premiere of Paul Mercier's debutfeature, Studs.
  • Studs to kick off Dublin festival


    In a preliminaryannouncement the 4th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival has confirmedit will open on February 17 with the World Premiere of Paul Mercier's Studs.A debut feature written anddirected by Mercier and produced by Cúán and Fiach Mac Conghail (alsoproducers of Mercier's three short films) Studsis ...
  • Report confirms difficult times for Irish film industry


    The Audiovisual Federation of Ireland's employer's lobbyIBEC has released its annual report for 2005, reviewing production andemployment statistics across the film and TV sectors in 2004 and givingestimates for 2005.
  • Long promoted to Deputy Manager BVI Ireland


    Trish Long, Director of Marketing and Publicity at BVI Ireland for the lastfour years, has been appointed Deputy Manager BVI Ireland while retaining herexisting role and responsibility for the BVI Ireland campaigns for releasesfrom the Walt Disney Studios and international and Irish acquisitions.
  • Ireland nets Dragnet and Becoming Jane


    Feature films due to go intoproduction in early 2006 include Dragnet,written and directed by Steve Hudson, and BecomingJane directed by Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots). Dragnet ...
  • Irish Film Board gets 18 percent increase


    The IrishMinister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O'Donogue,has announced an overallbudget increase of 18.5 percent for the Irish Film Boardin 2006. Within a total allocation of $20.2 (Euros17.126m) the minister hasdecided to provide a sum of $17.7 (Euros15m) to the agency as capital fundingfor production, development and training next year.
  • Tony Herbert debut gets up to speed


    Fourweeks of principal photography has commenced on location in Dublin for SpeedDating, the debut feature of writer/director Tony Herbert,produced by John Conroy and Adrian Devane.
  • Galway Film Fleadh names McDermott as programmer


    The Galway Film Fleadh has announced that FelimMcDermott will be the new programmer for the July event which marks itseighteenth edition in 2006.Having studied filmproduction at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design& Technology, McDermott has worked for 10 years in numerous capacities witha variety of film organisations.
  • Northern Ireland enjoys a production boom


    Northern Ireland is enjoying a production boom with several filmsbacked by the Northern Ireland Film & Television Commission (NIFTC) beginning shoots.
  • Shooting begins on The Front Line


    Principal photography has startedin Dublin on The Front Line. Directed and written byDavid Gleeson (Cowboys and Angels)and produced by Nathalie Lichtenthaeler, The Front Line ...
  • Ogden on top for Irish Film And Television Awards


    Perry Ogden and Terry George took two awards each at the annual Irish Film and Television Awards ceremony held in Dublin.
  • Perry appointed chief executive of Irish Film Board


    In a widely-rumoured move, theIrish Film Board has confirmed the appointment of Simon Perry as CEO, effectiveJanuary 9 of next year.Perry, a former producer andhead of British Screen Finance between 1991 and 2000, is currently President ofAteliers du Cinema Europeen (ACE), the Paris based advanced ...
  • Sex, Order, Lackeen head Irish award hopefuls


    With theannouncement of a host, new venue and, for the first time, a live broadcast byRTE, the final elements of the programme for the Irish Film & TelevisionAwards have been put in place for November 5. Leadingthe pack with seven nominations is local low budget feature Trouble With Sexfollowed closely ...
  • Irish industry bolstered by flurry of winter shoots


    The Irish production sectorhas experienced its most difficult year since its resurgence in 1993 - but the hopenow is that a flurry of year-end shoots will help remove some of the tarnish.
  • Irish producers line up 'likely' local shoots


    Aftera slow seven months it looks increasingly likely that Irish producers will pushupwards of six locally developed features into production before the year-end.That they are "likely" to start means, as many producers are carefulto say, that the films are probable rather than definite and that financingdeals in many cases are in the process of being closed.
  • Low budget horror Nailed cranks up in Belfast


    Productionhas begun in Belfast on low budget horror feature Nailed from first-timedirector Adrian O'Connell and writer Stephen McAnena. The film,which is set in Brooklyn but being shot entirely on location in Belfast, starsCharles Porter and Sam Sarpong (American History X) as two pettycriminals on the run who hide out in ...
  • Irish producers lobby for RTE backing


    Irishproducer lobby group Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) has called on nationalbroadcaster RTE to invest more in local feature films.
  • Ogden's Traveller tale takes Galway honours


    Perry Ogden's Pavee Lackeen took the bestfirst feature award at the 17th Galway Film Fleadh, promising a strong run atinternational festivals, including Toronto, over the coming months.
  • Surprise restructure for Irish Film Board


    In a surprise move, theIrish Film Board has radically restructured, abolishing two senior positions inadvance of the appointment of a new CEO.It is believed that the Headof Production and Development, Brendan McCarthy, andHead of Marketing, Moira Horgan, have already been told that their contractswill not be renewed in September.Speaking to in advance of anofficial announcement of the restructuring, ...
  • Byrne premiere brings Fleadh to orderly close


    The 17th Galway Film Fleadh hasannounced its full programme, with the premiere of Anthony Byrne's debutfeature, Short Order, to close theJuly 15-11 event. An Ireland/UK/Germany co-production, Short Order joinsother previously-announced features including On A Clear Day, with Peter Mullan, Billy Boyd and Brenda Blethyn,which opens the event.
  • Clear Day to kick off Galway Film Fleadh


    The 17thGalway Film Fleadh will open on July 5 with On A Clear Day, the story ofa man who decides to swim the English Channel, with stars Peter Mullan, BrendaBlethyn and Billy Boyd in attendance.Noted as alaunching pad for new Irish films the Fleadh programme will have a strong localrepresentation this year, including premieres of ...
  • Irish producers ask: where's the money'


    "If Neil Jordan needs more than a million Euro from the FilmBoard to get a film made then what hope is there for the rest of us'" So wentthe comment made by one Irish film-maker as word got around that Jordan'slatest film, Breakfast On Pluto, had received the biggest ever fundinginjection made by the Irish Film Board.
  • Screen Producers Ireland appoints CEO, chairman


    Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) has announced theappointment of a new chief executive and a new chairman following their recentAGM. DavidMcLoughlin will take over as chief executive with effect from 9 May, whileRonan McCabe has succeeded Larry Bass as chairman. SPIrepresents over 225 independent film and television production companies ...
  • Ireland launches new documentary film fund


    The Arts Council of Ireland and the Irish Film Board (IFB)have called for applications to a new production fund entitled Documenting theArts. The fund is intended to finance five or six new documentaries per year.
  • Irish Film Board unveils pre-production funding scheme


    The Irish Film Board (IFB) has established apre-production funding scheme for fully financed productions experiencingcashflow difficulties during the completion of legal and financialarrangements. TheRevolving Pre-Production Fund (RPF) will offer a short term cash-flow facilityup to a maximum of Euros 150,000 to productions backed by the IFB. Euros300,000 ...
  • Multiplex boom set to boost Irish admissions


    Six new multiplexes will open in Ireland this year, in aconstruction boom that is tipped to boost Irish cinema admissions by 20% thisyear.
  • Avica unveils plans for Irish digital cinema network


    US digital cinema outfit Avica has unveiled plans tobuild a digital exhibition network on 515 screens across Ireland, both Northand South.
  • Belfast cinemas reduce ticket prices


  • Sturridge set to shoot Lassie in Ireland


    Charles Sturridge's adaptation of the 1938 children'sclassic Lassie Come Home is to startshooting in Ireland from April with additional filming taking place on the Isleof Man.
  • Collins' Dead Long Enough embarks on Irish shoot


    The secondlocally developed feature to commence production in Ireland in 2005, DeadLong Enough, starts principal photography today in County Donegal. StarringMartin Sheen, Angeline Ball, Jason Hughes and Douglas Henshaw, the film is aromantic comedy in which two Welsh brothers return to Ireland to relive amemorable ...
  • Ireland to appoint LA film ambassador


    Ireland's Arts ministerJohn O'Donoghue has proposed the appointment of an Irish film ambassador.O'Donoghue made theproposal while on a trade mission to Los Angeles to meet with senior executivesat Warner Brothers, Sony, Universal, Paramount, Disney and 20th Century Fox.Speaking ...
  • Studs cranks up for Dublin shoot with Gleeson


    A five week shoot starts this week in county Dublin onBrother Films' Studs, the feature filmdebut of playwright and theatre director Paul Mercier who has adapted his ownplay of the same title for the screen.
  • Mighty Celt to open Dublin festival


    The worldpremiere of Pearse Elliott's The Mighty Celt will open the DublinInternational Film Festival on February 11, it was announced at the programmelaunch this week (Jan 26). Elliottpreviously wrote Man About Dog, also produced by Treasure Entertainment,which was the highest earning local film at the Irish box office last ...
  • Irish film production to benefit from foreign funding


    With the exception of filmsfinanced under the Irish Film Board's low budget initiatives - such as TheTrouble With Sex, and the amateur soccer club drama Studs which isscheduled for a Dublin shoot in February - all Irish locally produced filmsrequire foreign co-producing partners and a significant element of foreignfinancing.
  • Irish Film Board appoints new members


    Ireland's Minister for Arts,Sport and Tourism, John O'Donoghue has announced the appointment of the newmembers of the Irish Film Board, effective January 17, for a four-year term.
  • Irish censor introduces new ratings system


    Two changes to existing film certificate categories arebeing introduced by Ireland's Film Censor, John Kelleher.A new '16'certificate will restrict admission to persons aged sixteen and over, and theexisting '12PG' and '15PG' certificates will be re-designated '12A' and '15A',where the 'A' denotes adult. The changes will take effect from Jan 1, 2005.There ...
  • Coixet's Life wraps on Belfast oil rig


    Production wrapped last week (Friday, Dec 17) in Belfast onIsabel Coixet's The Secret Life of Words, an El Deseo production starring Tim Robbins which shot for threeweeks in Madrid before coming to Northern Ireland.
  • Dublin festival unveils early highlights


    The 3rd Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF)has confirmed a number of high profile US films for the February 11-20 event,many of them tipped as winners in the forthcoming awards season.
  • Major budget hike for Irish Film Board


    Arts, Sport and Tourism Minister John O'Donoghue hasannounced an 18% increase to Euros 14m in the Irish Film Board's budget for2005.
  • Irish producers lobby for budget backing


    Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) has called on theGovernment to institute changes to benefit the industry in the forthcomingbudget for 2005.Increased funding for the Irish Film Board, removal ofthe cap on investment in feature film through Section 481, continuousexamination of the film investment tax incentive schemes offered in othercountries, the setting up of a fund to support Irish language producers andextra funding to Irish language broadcaster ...
  • Hurt joins Short Order cast


    John Hurt will join the cast of theIrish/UK/German co-production Short Order, currently in the final days of the German leg ofthe shoot which is due to wrap in Hamburg on November 5.Hurt joins Emma de Caunes, RadeSerbedzija, Cosma Shiva Hagen, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jack Dee in the story oflife, by turns realistic and fantastic, centred ...
  • Omagh wins best film prize at Irish awards


    There was no clear runaway winner at the Irish Film andTelevision Awards (IFTAs) hosted by James Nesbitt in Dublin on Saturday night.
  • Cork celebrates sell-out festival


    Launched with a packed house for the Irish premiere ofDamien O'Donnell's Inside I'm Dancing,the 49th Cork Film Festival closed its doors after a week marked by manysimilarly packed houses, with audiences frequently surpassing the organisers'expectations.
  • Irish production sector gears up for revival


    It certainly felt like the slowest year on record. Only oneor two films went into production in Ireland between January and the last daysof August.
  • Cork Festival kicks off with Dancing


    The CorkFilm Festival opens on Sunday night (Oct 10) with the Irish premiere of DamienO'Donnell's Edinburgh crowd pleaser Inside I'm Dancing.Now in its 49th year - and building to major 50thanniversary celebrations next year with an international symposium on the shortfilm during the city's tenure as European City of Culture - the Cork festivaloffers a growing local audience a diverse ...
  • Dog laps up ten Irish Film Award nominations


    The full list of nomineeshas been announced for this year's jury-based Irish Film and Television Awards(IFTAs).
  • Open to retire from Belfast's Queen's Film Theatre


    TheNorthern Ireland cinema business will mark the end of an era this month withthe completed upgrading of Belfast's Queen's Film Theatre (QFT) and theretirement of Michael Open who has programmed and managed the venue for threedecades.
  • Honeymooners launch for Film Dublin


    The IrishFilm Board has backed the launch of a location shooting initiative, FilmDublin, modelled on the Office of Film in the New York Mayor's Office.The movecomes just as production begins in Dublin on The Honeymooners, a $30mNew York-set comedy for Paramount. The Honeymooners has already testedthe initiative by closing ...
  • Ireland's cinema admissions hit all-time high


    The largest player in the Irish cinema advertising market,Carlton Screen Advertising, has reported an all-time high of 1.9m admissions inthe Republic of Ireland for the month of July. This compares with 1.6madmissions for the same month last year, a rise of 18%.
  • Irish production sector returns to form


    After a year in which production in Ireland had stalled to avirtual standstill the last days of August and early September will see adramatic return to form.
  • Ireland gets free test-screening programme


    The Irish Film Board (IFB) has launched a freetest-screening programme in Ireland for the feature films it has co-financed.
  • Boy Eats Girl on starter course in Dublin


    Production has begun on the first Irish feature to film inthe Republic of Ireland this year. Element Films', Boy Eats Girl, reunites producer Ed Guiney with director StephenBradley his former partner in Temple Films which developed and producedBradley's debut film, Sweety Barrett.
  • Adam & Paul takes top Galway honours


    Adam & Paul, the new debut feature film fromIrish commercials director Lenny Abrahamson, ran away with the Best FirstFeature Award at Sunday's closing event for the Galway Film Fleadh.
  • High costs hit Irish production business


    The state of the Irish film industry came under thespotlight in the Irish Dail (parliament) last week, where it was claimed thatnot one feature film has started production in the country in the past sixmonths.
  • Galway unveils broad Irish film programme


    The GalwayFilm Fleadh (July 6-11) will premiere Lenny Abrahamson's day in the life of two junkies, Adam & Paul, and close with Paddy Breathnach's dog racing comedy Man About Dog in a broad programme of recently made Irish features, documentaries and shorts.Abrahamsonis one of three Irish directors debuting with new features ...
  • Fond Kiss for Galway Film Fleadh


    The GalwayFilm Fleadh will pay special tribute to octogenarian Irish star Maureen O'Haraafter opening on July 6 with Ken Loach's Ae Fond Kiss.One of thefirst Irish actors to achieve star status in Hollywood, Maureen O'Hara will bethe subject of this year's public interview prior to a screening of John Ford'sThe Quiet Man (1952). ...
  • Green lit - Irish film industry turns to literature


    News from Cannes that Neil Jordan will film his adaptationof Pat McCabe's Breakfast On Plutolater this year may mark the resurgence of the literary adaptation in Irishfilm production. Jordan's earlier adaptation of McCabe's The Butcher Boy is often cited, in Ireland at least, as the bestIrish film of all time and expectations are understandably high for Breakfast On Pluto.
  • Four senior roles filled at Irish Film Board


    The Irish FilmBoard (IFB) has announced four senior appointments further to a recruitmentdrive launched in January.
  • Irish box office shock: Starsky & Hutch vs The Passion


    BVI's Starsky & Hutch squared up to Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ and took the round one opening weekend in cinemas in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Irish production industry in low budget regime


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  • Irish producers body appoints new director


    Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) has appointed Malcolm Byrne as its new director.
  • Irish exhibitors clamour for Passion prints


    Irish distribution company Eclipse Pictures, which is handling the Irish release of The Passion Of The Christ for Icon UK, has had to secure an additional 10 prints for the Irish release, such is the demand for the picture from exhibitors.
  • Catholics called on to denounce Gibson's Passion


    Following a viewing on Monday of Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ, the Chief Rabbi of Ireland, Dr Yaakov Pearlman, has asked the majority Catholic Church to denounce the film as anti-Semitic.
  • Irish Censor issues statement on Gibson's Passion


    The Irish Film Censor, John Kelleher, has taken the unusual step of issuing a press release which sets out the reasoning behind his granting of a 15PG certificate for Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ.
  • Irish Film Institute announces honourees, travelling programme


    The Irish Film Institute (IFI) has announced that the recipients of its 2004 awards for outstanding contribution to Irish film are Brendan McCaul, vice president and general manager of Buena Vista International, Ireland, and Rod Stoneman, director of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media and former chief executive of the Irish Film Board.
  • Ireland bucks downward Euro admissions trend


    Irish box office revenues continued to climb - up 4% to Euros 97.5m in 2003, while admissions bucked the downward European trend and rose by 1% to 17.4 million, according to year-end analysis of cinema-going in the Republic of Ireland from Carlton Screen Advertising.
  • Northern Ireland Film Production Fund launched


    The Northern Ireland Film & Television Commission (NIFTC) is inviting applications to its new Northern Ireland Film Production Fund.
  • Timbuktu premiere to open Dublin festival


    The Dublin International Film Festival is marrying strong local and international fare for its second edition with 97 features and numerous shorts being shown over ten days at three city centre cinemas.
  • Irish Film Board looks to recruit key staff


    The Irish Film Board (IFB), Ireland's national screen agency, has advertised for five full time positions.
  • Doolan joins Irish Arts Council as film specialist


    The Irish Arts Council has appointed Jane Doolan to the new part time consulting role of Film Specialist. She will be responsible for developmental work and for providing policy advice to the Arts Council on film.
  • Channel 4's Omagh drama wraps


    Production has wrapped in Navan and Dublin on Omagh, the dramatisation of events leading up to and the aftermath of the terrorist bomb atrocity which struck the Northern Ireland town of Omagh on August 15, 1998.
  • UGC offloads main Belfast multiplex


    UGC Cinemas UK has sold its ten-screen Belfast site for a reported £5.5m to Michael McAdam's Movie House Cinemas. Movie House already operate three sites in Northern Ireland - in Belfast (Yorkgate), Glengormley and Maghera.
  • BVI Ireland celebrates record breaking year


    Buena Vista Ireland has set a number of Irish distribution records in 2003 to become the number one Irish distributor for the first time in its ten years in business.
  • Ireland's Tribal looks to Bloom with Joyce adaptation


    Tribal Films, the new Irish distribution and sales outfit set up in July, has announced its acquisition of all Irish rights to Sean Walsh's Bloom with plans for an early February theatrical release.
  • Irish minister fires tax abuse broadside


    The Irish Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O'Donoghue, has issued a stern warning to producers about abusing the film industry's Section 481 tax break.
  • Report reveals Irish gov't thinking over Section 481


    The thinking behind the Irish government's decision to grant a reprieve to Section 481 in last week's Budget is revealed today in a major PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) report.
  • Ward Anderson move prompts Dublin speculation


    There is considerable speculation in the Irish industry about the direction of the family owned Ward Anderson Group, the country's largest exhibitor.
  • Irish relief as Section 481 wins extension


    Irish Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy confirmed in his Budget Speech today (Nov 3) that the film Section 481 tax incentive will be extended to the end of 2008 and that the cap on total investment in any one film will be increased from Euros 10.48m to Euros15m from 2005.
  • Dublin fest to expand for second edition


    The Dublin International Film Festival has announced a significant expansion of its programme for its second edition which takes place from 12-22 February next year.
  • Speers wraps Adam & Paul Dublin shoot


    After a snappy four-week shoot on location around Dublin, local commercials production house Speers Films will today (Nov 28) wrap Adam & Paul, the company's first foray into feature production.
  • UGC reopens Dublin multiplex


    The Irish production, distribution and exhibition trades turned out in force on Nov 25 for the re-opening of UGC's Euros 13m upgrade of their Dublin site.
  • Raggy Boy producer leaps into Wide Blue Yonder


    Formal pre-production will start in a week's time on Titian Red Pictures' Wide Blue Yonder according to producer Kevin Byron Murphy.
  • Irish Film Board gets 9% budget increase for 2004


    John O'Donoghue, Irish minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, announced a 9% increase in funding for the Irish Film Board in 2004 at a briefing yesterday (Nov 13).
  • Ireland's Section 481 film tax-relief still in question


    Ireland's joint parliamentary committee on finance has issued a report strongly in favour of the continuation of government support for the film industry.
  • Irish tax authorities to chase Euros 17m


    The Irish tax collection service, the Revenue Commissioners, has told a parliamentary committee that 6.4% of Section 481 tax relief over ten years had gone into non-compliant productions.
  • Sheridan's In America scores in Ireland


    Jim Sheridan's In America's launched in Ireland over the weekend, helping to boost a phenomenal year for home-grown films at the local box office.
  • Irish talent throws weight behind Section 481 campaign


    Irish directors and screenwriters have weighed in behind Screen Producers Ireland's (SPI) campaign for the retention of Ireland's Section 481 tax break beyond its December 2004 termination date.
  • Cork names short film prize winners


    The Cork Film Festival saw the The Jameson Award for best Irish short film go to director Simon Fitzmaurice for Full Circle.
  • Jonjo Mickybo cranks up in Northern Ireland


    Filming began in Northern Ireland yesterday (Oct 15) on Jonjo Mickybo, designer Terry Loane's feature film debut as writer and director.
  • Irish UIP Awards announced


    Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) has announced the winners of the UIP Irish Directors Awards which will be presented at the Cork Film Festival this coming weekend.
  • Intermission dominates Irish Film&TV Awards


  • Cork kicks off with Irish features, Hurt tribute


    British actor and long time Irish resident John Hurt will be the recipient of Cork Film Festival's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. The festival will host a public interview with the actor and screen a retrospective selection of Hurt's film and television work, including Ridley Scott's recut Alien.
  • Valenti bangs anti-piracy drum in Ireland


    Jack Valenti, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), spoke to over 150 Irish business leaders on Monday (Oct 13) at an Institute of Directors (IOD) lunch in Dublin.
  • Intermission joins landmark year at Irish box office


    Intermission hit the Euros 2m milestone for BVI at Irish cinemas on Wednesdaynight, adding to the lustre of 2003 as a landmark year at the local box officefor films made in Ireland.
  • Garai boards O'Donnell's Inside I'm Dancing


    Hot young UK actress Romola Garai has joined the cast of Damien O'Donnell's Inside I'm Dancing which will film in Ireland for eight weeks from October 20.
  • PriceWaterhouse delivers verdict on Irish tax incentive


    The Irish ministers of Arts and Finance have taken delivery of the PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC) report commissioned by the Department of Arts and the Irish Film Board to analyse the workings and effectiveness of the Section 481 tax incentive for the Irish film industry.
  • Irish producers step up campaign to save Section 481


    Industry body Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) has warned that many of the country's film graduates face unemployment or will have to emigrate to find work should the Irish government proceed with the abolition of the Section 481 tax incentive in December 2004.
  • Strong Irish opening for Intermission


    Colin Farrell, universally good reviews, and a campaign that included radio play for Farrell's soundtrack cover of The Clash's I Fought The Law combined to generate a strong opening weekend in Ireland for BVI's Intermission.
  • Woods confirmed as Irish Film Board chief


    The Irish Film Board has confirmed the appointment of Mark Woods as its new CEO, as predicted on (July 25).
  • Ireland's Breathnach cranks up comedy caper


    Irish director Paddy Breathnach (Ailsa, I Went Down, Blow Dry) gets back behind the camera on 25 August on the caper comedy Man About Dog, set in the Irish greyhound racing milieu.
  • UGC beefs up key Dublin multiplex


    The Euros 13m redevelopment by UGC of its nine-screen Parnell Centre site in Dublin city centre will conclude at the end of November, making it Ireland's biggest cinema according to the company.
  • Geraghty leaves Screen Producers Ireland


    Tracy Geraghty has stepped down as director of Irish producers' association Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) as of August 1 after seven months in the job.
  • Irish viewers elect favourite films for broadcast


    Irish terrestrial broadcaster RTE has launched an innovative, interactive scheme which allows its viewers to vote for and choose the film they want to watch each week.
  • Veronica Guerin gains ground in Ireland


    Joel Schumacher's Veronica Guerin has crossed the Euros 2m mark in Ireland for distributor Buena Vista International.
  • Irish government funds key arthouse venues


    The Irish Minister for Arts John O'Donoghue has announced the first recipients of capital funding through the Cultural Cinema Consortium scheme to assist the development of specialist cinemas.
  • Woods tipped to take Irish Film Board post


    Mark Woods, an expatriate Irishman based for many years in Australia is being strongly tipped as the new CEO of the Irish Film Board following Rod Stoneman's departure in September.
  • Debut Irish features impress at Galway


    The fifteenth Galway Film Fleadh (July 8-13) closed on a high over the weekend, with the universally shared view that it had been one of the best years for new Irish cinema at the event.
  • Schumacher's Veronica Guerin takes pole position


    Joel Schumacher's Veronica Guerin began its worldwide roll out in Ireland over the weekend - and opened to exceptionally strong business.
  • Specialist distributor launches in Ireland


    Tribal Films, a new US-Irish specialist distributor of art house and indie titles was launched by former Shooting Gallery exec Will Silke at the Galway Film Fleadh last week.
  • Ireland backs upcoming production outfits


    The production outfit behind Spin The Bottle - the highly anticipated closing film of this months's Galway Film Fleadh (July 8-13) - has been named as one of four companies to receive backing from the Irish Film Board.
  • Bollywood reaches Ireland


    Shooting has started in county Wicklow on Ayodhiya, Ireland's first Bollywood co-production.
  • Sheridan sounds warning to Irish government


    Jim Sheridan today gave the Irish government a bleak warning - retain the Section 481 tax incentive or 80% of Irish film industry activity will disappear and with it 80% of the direct employment it currently provides.
  • Galway festival confirms world premiere for Jordan's Intermission


  • Ireland gears up for renewed production activity


    A stagnant period of film production in Ireland comes to an end this week with the start of shoot on Pierce Brosnan's Laws Of Attraction, followed next week by Jerry Bruckheimer's King Arthur .
  • Banff winner tipped for US theatrical run


    A feature-length version of documentary Chavez - Inside the Coup, the critically acclaimed winner of the top award at this week's Banff television festival, is under negotiation for a US theatrical release says its producer, David Power of Ireland's Power Pictures.
  • Local debuts dominate Galway festival line-up


    New Irish films from directors Shimmy Marcus, Karl Golden and Sean Walsh dominate Galway Film Fleadh's initial line-up for its fifteenth edition on July 8-13.
  • Dead Bodies


  • Rod Stoneman to step down as CEO of the Irish Film Board


    Rod Stoneman, CEO of the Irish Film Board, is stepping down to take up the position of director at the newly-established Huston School of Film and Digital Media at the National University of Ireland Galway.
  • Spirited outing for new Irish film festival


    The inaugural Dublin International Film Festival (March 6-13) has clinched a major sponsorship deal with Jameson Irish Whiskey worth Euros 100,000.
  • Question mark hangs over Irish film industry


    The near-demise of the Irish Film Board last year has placed a question mark over the future direction of the Irish industry.
  • Soft Money - Ireland


  • 14 Irish companies get MEDIA development funds


    The Media Programme has confirmed Euros 1.07m in development funding for 14 Irish film and television companies.
  • Irish Film Board gets reduced government funds


    In line with its published spending estimates for 2003 (Screendaily, November 15) the Irish Government has reduced the Irish Film Board's allocation in its pared-back Budget for 2003.
  • Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan board new Irish Directors' Guild


    Following a year's preparatory work and international research the formal setting up of the Screen Directors' Guild of Ireland (SDGI) has been announced.
  • Dublin to get new international film festival


    With the slogan 'DIFF - it's different' the formation of Ireland's new Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) has been announced.
  • Tracy Geraghty appointed director of Film Makers Ireland


    Film Makers Ireland (FMI) has announced the appointment of Tracy Geraghty as the new Director of the association.
  • The Magdalene Sisters makes a deep impression on Ireland


    After just five weeks on release Peter Mullan's prize-winning The Magdalene Sisters has been seen by one in twenty of the Irish population, having passed the Euros 1m mark in the Republic.
  • Two more low budget features get underway in Ireland


    A further two low budget features started shooting in Dublin last week, bringing to seven the total of low budget films shot or shooting in Ireland so far this year. The two latest additions to the low budget reanimation of Ireland's production sector are Fatface Films' Halo Effect and Zanzibar Productions' Headrush.
  • Irish Film Board faces sharp budget cuts


    Amid a set of sweeping public service cuts announced in pre-budget estimates for 2003, the Irish government is set to reduce the Irish Film Board's funding by an aggregate 12.5%.
  • Ireland appoints veteran producer as censor


    The Irish Minister for Justice has appointed film and television producer John Kelleher (pictured) as the new Irish Film Censor.
  • Real Thing joins Irish low-budget craze


    A six-week location shoot will begin today in Limerick city on The Real Thing, a 1.5m Euro feature that marks the fifth low-budget feature to go into production in Ireland this year.
  • Richard Harris dies, aged 72


    The renowned Irish actor Richard Harris died on Friday night, aged 72. His passing was announced by his family, Harris was being treated for some months for Hodgkins Disease, a form of cancer, at University College Hospital, London where he died. He is survived by his sons, actors Jared and Jamie, and director Damian.
  • Magdalene Sisters to open Cork festival


    In a year when Dublin, the country's capital, appears to have lost its film festival, the Cork Film Festival is consolidating its position with its 47th annual appearance from October 6 to 13.A total of 1,300 Irish and International shorts films were submitted to Cork's competitive shorts competition this year. The festival will once again host the Jameson Award and offer other cash and facilities prizes to shorts from home and abroad. There is also a selection of Iranian shorts ...
  • Critical acclaim boosts Irish film industry


    After languishing in the doldrums for several years, things are beginning to look up for Irish film. Several local productions are about to start shooting and a slew of Irish helmed projects are hitting the world's cinema screens.Neil Jordan's latest film, The Good Thief, is getting raves. Similarly Jim Sheridan's In America has won strong reviews after its premiere in Toronto. In common with these two films Thaddeus O'Sullivan's period drama, The Heart of Me, ...
  • Distinguished Features to shoot Dead Bodies, premiere Puckoon


  • ContentFilm, Rapid Film cement Irish production partnership


    ContentFilm USA and Rapid Film Ireland have announced their partnership to produce 12 low budget feature films from Ireland over the next three years. The deal, similar to those established by ContentFilm in other countries, will source and produce local film scripts for international distribution.
  • Ireland gets multiple low-budget production schemes


    In advance of the anticipated announcement of a new Irish-American low-budget production partnership - between Ireland's Rapid Film and Ed Pressman and John Schmidt's New York-based ContentFilm, the Irish Film Board has launched two new low-budget feature film initiatives.
  • Cultural Cinema Consortium formed in Ireland


    In parallel with the UK Film Council's ongoing plans to fund a so-called virtual circuit of art house cinemas around the country, and in contrast to continental European efforts to access EU support for similar purposes, the Irish Arts Council has formed a Cultural Cinema Consortium with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI), the Northern Irish Film and Television Commission (NIFTC) and The Irish Film Board to 'enhance access to art house cinema on the island of Ireland".
  • Irish government's new film policy considered out of place


    Ireland is struggling to retain its attraction as a location for film producers thanks to increasing labour and service costs, growing competition from cheaper foreign locations and now, a new government arts department that seems oddly unenthusiastic about film.
  • O'Donoghue replaces De Valera at Ireland's Arts ministry


    John O'Donoghue, a former minister for justice, has become Ireland's Minister for Arts and Heritage following a cabinet reshuffle in which Sile de Valera lost her cabinet seat.
  • Ireland's Film Fleadh shows international flair


    Ireland's 14th Galway Film Fleadh from July 9 to 14 will host an actors' masterclass and public interview with Irish American actor Aidan Quinn. Quinn, who is in Ireland for two films - TV project Dark Eagle (previously titled Benedict Arnold), and Song For A Raggy Boy, scheduled for a July 1st start - will be joined in Galway by his noted cinematographer brother Declan.
  • Goldfish Memory wraps first digital production


  • Give Up Yer Aul Sins gets two Cork shorts awards


    Cathal Gaffney' s Give Up Yer Aul Sins (pictured) from Brown Bag Films, took two of the major awards for short films at the close of the 46th Cork Film Festival last night (14 Oct).
  • Irish producers and unions failing to reach accord


    A report on labour relations in the Irish film industry prepared for the Irish Film Board by Frank McGettigan and released Sept 19 concludes "there is little likelihood, in the short term at least, of the negotiation of agreements which satisfy both parties." For more than a year producers' organisation Film Makers Ireland (FMI) and the technical and craft unions have been unable to reach an agreement on pay and working conditions.
  • Thirty film censors gather in Dublin


    The Conference of European Classifiers takes place in Dublin 6-8 September after an opening reception hosted by Minister for Justice John O'Donoghue, under whose Government Department film censorship is dealt with in Ireland.
  • Chan to return to Ireland for Shanghai Knights


    Jackie Chan had only just arrived in Dublin to begin shooting on The Highbinders when he revealed that he is already planning a return visit to film the sequel to Shanghai Noon.
  • Irish films to suffer from low TV licence increase


    In a move which will bitterly disappoint state broadcaster RTE, the Irish government has approved an increase of just $15.50 (IR£14.50) in the annual television license fee, bringing the standard charge from $75 (IR£70) up to $99 (IR£84.50).
  • Ireland drops 'Censor' and changes certificates


    Coinciding with the release today of Pearl Harbor, Irish Film Censor Sheamus Smith has issued two new audience classifications for films released in Ireland - PG12 and PG15.
  • Ireland enjoys unexpected production boom


    Feature production in Ireland is heading for an unexpected upturn. It comes after a hesitant start to the year prompted by the threatened Hollywood strikes and exacerbated by industry anxiety that the UK's foot and mouth disease outbreak might spread to Ireland.
  • Dublin fest gets Wild About Harry


    This month's Dublin Film Festival (April 20-29) kicks off with Wild About Harry, the debut feature from Declan Lowney, the Irish director better known for his work on UK TV series such as Cold Feet and Father Ted.
  • Roddy Doyle adds Film Board to commitments


    WriterRoddy Doyle has been appointed to a revamped Irish Film Board by Irish Arts andHeritage minister Sile de Valera. The new board was announced after amonth-long vacuum, which arose when the remit of the last board members ran outon January 15.
  • Beckett on Film project rolls out in Dublin


    Top directors including Anthony Minghella, Atom Egoyan and David Mamet are expected to attend the ambitious "Beckett on Film" project, a week-long series of screenings of filmed versions of Samuel Beckett's 19 plays, which kicks off at the Irish Film Centre in Dublin today.
  • Irish cinema admissions up 18% in 2000


    Cinema admissions in the Republic of Ireland leapt by 18% to 14.89 million in 2000, compared to 12.45 million in 1999 - the largest year-on-year increase on record - according to figures from Carlton Screen Advertising.
  • Ireland reports static production spend


    Ireland's film and TV drama production spend grew by 12% to $129m (IR£114m) in 1999, according to industry figures just released, although figures for the audiovisual sector as a whole remained static at $165m (IR£145m).
  • Angela's Ashes, Saltwater triumph at Irish awards


    Alan Parker's Angela's Ashes and Conor McPherson's Saltwater between them took four of the six film prizes given out by the Irish Film and Television Academy at its second annual awards ceremony on Sunday night.
  • Ardmore lands Spyglass' Reign Of Fire


    Dublin's Ardmore Studios is to host the biggest ever production to shoot in Ireland - Spyglass Entertainment's $80m sci-fi actioner Reign Of Fire - which is set to star Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale.
  • Sheridan Group closes Dublin IMAX


    Dublin's 370-seat IMAX cinema, operated by the Belfast-based Sheridan Group, was closed down at short notice on Sunday (October 8).
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  • Irish Film Board, AtomFilms pair up for shorts


    The Irish Film Board and AtomFilms are set to unveil a joint initiative - "Irish Flash" - for the production and distribution of short films on the Internet. The move is the first step taken by the board since it made a policy decision late last year to direct some production funding towards new talent working with digital technology.
  • Marcus wins Miramax, Irish Film Institute award


    Shimmy Marcus is the winner of the 1999 Miramax award which was first established by Harvey Weinstein and the Film Institute of Ireland in 1994.
  • Ireland records best ever month at the box office


    Ireland recorded its best month ever at the box office in January 2000 with admissions reaching a staggering 1.9 million, up 23% on January 1999. Admissions in Dublin in January were up 30.5% on the previous year.
  • Nora


  • Nora premiere to open Dublin Film Festival


    This year's Dublin Film Festival (April 6-16) will open with the world premiere of Nora, directed by Pat Murphy, about the early relationship between Nora Barnacle and novelist James Joyce.
  • Irish Film Board backs Chosen Few


    The Irish Film Board (IFB) has offered production finance loans to four companies in its latest funding round: Treasure Films for The Chosen Few; Subotica Films for Shiney's Head; Magahy & Co for Timbuktu and Wide Eye Films for Running 2 Stand Still.