Production spend in Ireland across feature films, TV and animation reached EUR361m in 2022, down on 2021’s record year, but an increase on a pre-pandemic 2019.
Although a fall from the record high of EUR500m in 2021, this has been deemed exceptional due to the increased level of activity taking place following the Covid-related production shutdowns.
Production investment in Ireland has grown at a steady level over recent years and 2022’s EUR361m is an increase of EUR4m on 2019.
Universal Pictures’ Cocaine Bear and Netflix’s Vikings Valhalla were among the international projects shot in Ireland in 2022. Irish projectsScreen Ireland is backing 44 upcoming projects, comprising nine feature films, three animation series, eight TV dramas, 13 documentaries and seven short films.
Among the feature projects is John Carney’s
Flora And Son
, produced by Treasure Entertainment and picked up by Apple TV following its debut at Sundance. Four Mothers by Darren Thornton is about a man who is tasked with caring of his friends’ parents for a weekend. Port Pictures produced it.
Jam Media’s animated feature A Greyhound Of A Girl , directed by Enzo d’Alo and based on a short story by Roddy Doyle, is premierring at the Berlinale later this month.Meanwhile, Screen Ireland has also announced a number of new initiatives for 2023, including a EUR3.5m Regional Support Fund. The new fund aims to support the development of skills around Ireland – outside of Dublin and Wicklow – and is targeted towards crew across all grades, including new entrants.Actor Colin Farrell is also to voice a new animated campaign promoting mental health support in the screen industries which is directed by Ian McCaffrey. Minding Creative Minds offers support such as weekly counselling sessions for a period of 12 weeks and legal, financial and career advice.Speaking the week after Irish films and talent led by The Quiet Girl
and The Banshees Of Inisherin secured multiple Bafta and Oscar nominations, Desiree Finnegan, chief executive of Fis Eireann/Screen Ireland, said: “The incredible Academy Awards nominations news last week is a further reminder of the impact that this sector can have, with Irish creative talent being recognised amongst the best in the world.”
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