Tourism; Culture; Arts; Gaeltacht; Sport and Media | Film industry development
To ask the Minister for Tourism; Culture; Arts; Gaeltacht; Sport and Media the measures that she continues to take to encourage the growth of and further development of the film industry, indigenous and international here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Tourism; Culture; Arts; Gaeltacht; Sport and Media the extent to which she and her Department continue to encourage all forms of the arts including the stage and film industry, local voluntary groups and those interested in the promotion of the arts at amateur; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Tourism; Culture; Arts; Gaeltacht; Sport and Media the extent to which this country remains an attractive base for film locations; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
My Department’s priorities are set out in its published Statement of Strategy 2021—2023. The overarching goal is to ensure the “sectors recover and grow in a manner that underpins social cohesion and supports strong, sustainable economic growth, with a focus on a number of cross cutting goals of equality, diversity, social inclusion, the Irish language and environmental sustainability”. The Strategy sets out the actions that my Department will take over the coming period, both nationally and regionally, to enrich the quality of life in Ireland through supporting the development of tourism, culture, arts, sports, media and Irish language. In addition to their immense inherent value, these are valued by all of our communities as important resources for social cohesion, individual and community wellbeing and for the presentation of Ireland as an attractive destination for tourism and sustainable inward investment.
I was pleased to be able to announce continued record funding of €130m for the Arts Council for 2023 as well as significant support for the Night-Time Economy, Culture Ireland and Creative Ireland.
The Audio-visual Action Plan was launched in June 2018. This is an industry-wide, long-term plan, under the Creative Ireland Programme, developed to support the Government’s ambition to enable Ireland to become a global hub for the production of film, TV drama and animation.
The tax incentive for the Screen industries, Section 481, has been a cornerstone of the Irish screen industry in the creative and cultural value it has generated, both in terms of discovering and supporting new Irish voices, as well as showcasing Ireland’s power as an international partner, a cultural force across film, television and animation, not to mention a breath-taking location offering historic and natural beauty making it an attractive base for film locations.
Screen Ireland is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry, investing in talent, creativity and enterprise. The agency supports writers, directors and production companies across these sectors by providing investment loans for the development, production and distribution of film, television and animation projects.
Screen Ireland is doing great work in regional locations. Since April 2019, over 45 regional skills development plans have been submitted to Screen Ireland and over 500 regional skills development participants have been tracked on those productions. This has led to the development of a significant skills ecosystem in the regions. On the back of new skills opportunities on Section 481 productions in the regions, many regional Higher Education and Further Education and Training providers have developed new courses aimed at the screen industry including new Springboard and Traineeship programmes at institutions like Technological University of the Shannon, Atlantic Technological University, Limerick/Clare ETB and Kilkenny/Carlow ETB.
To build on this growth within the regions, Screen Ireland announced an investment of over €2,000,000 towards the establishment of five new National Talent Academies across Ireland in Wicklow, Limerick, Galway and Dublin for film and TV drama, animation and production crew. These Talent Academies will build on the success of the Section 481 skills model to develop and drive opportunities for diverse and regional talent on a national level. This along with the allocation of an additional €1m for Screen Ireland in 2023 will encourage the growth of and further development of the film industry, both indigenous and international.
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