EXCLUSIVE: Steven Davenport will be the primary IFB contact for all international productions shooting in Ireland.

Steven Davenport

The Irish Film Board (IFB) has appointed Steven Davenport to the role of inward production manager.

Davenport will be the first port of call for both local and international producers filming in Ireland, providing on-the-ground logistical support. He will also be responsible for the promotion of Ireland as a shoot location.

Davenport has worked as a producer, production manager and location manager across film projects including John Carney’s Once, Erik Poppe’s 1000 Times Good Night and Ciaran Foy’s Citadel. TV work includes Love/Hate and Clean Break.

Recently, some of Ireland’s more remote vistas have played host to Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and the forthcoming Episode VIII, while Whit Stillman’s period drama Love & Friendship made use of capital Dublin, which doubled for Victorian London.

High-end television productions that regularly film in Ireland include Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, the BBC’s Ripper Street, and the History Channel’s Vikings.

Earlier this year, the Irish industry celebrated a haul of Oscar-nominations for the likes of Room and Brooklyn, as well as a record seven titles premiering at Sundance, while in 2015 the IFB helped push through an upgrade to the industry’s Section 481 tax incentive.