Archive for March, 2009

481 Capped at 50 Million

26th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

According to IFTN amendments to Section 481, which regulates Irish film taxation, have been approved following the signing of a Commencement Order by Irish Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan.

The amendments are to increase the cap per project to €50 million (from €35 million), the individual investor cap for those wishing to invest finance in film in Ireland will increase to €50,000 per annum (up from the current limit of €31,750) and there will be a 100% relief on that investment – previously the relief was at 80%.

Martin Cullen, TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism welcomed the move; he said:

“The film and T.V. production industry is a fast moving and competitive global one. Ireland has now done what is essential to remain competitive in this crucial high-end inward investment industry. The investment pipeline for this year is promising and I believe that these adjustments to the tax investment regime will be the catalyst in securing those opportunities for Ireland.”

Minister Cullen added: “The film industry is the cornerstone of a smart and creative digital economy and with today’s announcement Government acknowledge its importance at this crucial time in our economic story. I believe that the provision will sustain and grow employment in this sector in the years ahead, grow our production capacities and help to embed this key creative industry. I encourage an Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the sector, to spearhead a major drive to deliver on this initiative.”

EIF 2009

26th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Stage reports that the Edinburgh International Festival has announced its programme for its 63rd festival, which will run from the 14th of August to the 6th of September.

In choosing the 75 productions for his third festival as EIF director, Jonathan Mills has taken the Scottish Enlightenment as his main theme, while including nods to the many classical composer anniversaries which are being celebrated this year – as well as Scotland’s year of Homecoming.

“The Enlightenment for me, very personally, is a point of departure only,” Mills explained to The Stage. “It is a phrase I am using both metaphorically and quite literally. So I am searching for things that have been enlightening from Scotland and I am recognising the enlightenment as a movement that was able to be created here.”

Irish Films Popular

25th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

According to the Irish Film Board the Irish film Kisses, written and directed by Lance Daly, has won the Audience Award at the Miami International Film Festival in the U.S.A.

The Irish Film Board also reports that the Irish short film “The Man Inside”, written and directed by Rory Bresnihan, has been named the Best European Dramatic Short at the European Independent Film Festival in Paris.

Galway Arthouse Cinema Go

24th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Times reports today that work will begin in June on Galway’s new €4 million arthouse cinema.

The project has been spearheaded by a group called Solas, which represents the Galway Film Society, the Galway Film Fleadh, the Galway Film Centre, and the Galway Arts Centre,

Three cinemas are incorporated in the design – a 176-seater at basement level, a 77-seater on the second floor and a 105-seater on the third floor including 28 seats on the balcony.

The cinemas, equipped for 35mm and digital projection, will screen films of the “widest cultural diversity and will offer programmes that are innovative in form and challenging in content,” the city council says.

“Programmes will include Irish-made films, films in the Irish language, European and independent feature films, documentaries, animation, classic films as well as thematic, archival and retrospective cinema. Special emphasis will be given to educational screenings and matinee opportunities for diverse audiences,” it says.

The development includes a cafe and a bar area, a book and DVD shop and an online archive link to the National Film Archive and “specialist online cinema resources”, the council says.

The project was earmarked in the current city development plan which recognised a “deficit of culture and arts infrastructure in the city”. The authority has acquired additional property in the area as part of its “cultural quarter” plans, incorporating the new cinema and the existing city museum.

The architecture blog, Archiseek, has blueprints and mock-ups of the planned structure.

Learn to Podcast

24th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

Filmbase are organising a free information session on the art of the Podcasting, at their premises in Temple Bar, Dublin, at 10.30am, on Wednesday 1st April.

The session will show how podcasting can be used as a learning tool by filmmakers and artists, and how filmmakers can use podcasting to distribute their own content online.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • What is podcasting?
  • Trends in the use of podcasting by artists: how music and video is being distributed online by bands.
  • Trends in the use of podcasting by teachers: learning online using podcasting, with specific reference to online post production tutorials for filmmakers.
  • Trends in the use of podcasting by organisations such as art galleries and film festivals.
  • Online distribution methods for podcasts.
  • Technical aspects of podcast distribution & preparing content for the web.

Session Facilitator:
The session will be led by multimedia producer and filmmaker John Callaghan. John produces and directs short films, music videos and mini documentaries. He also runs the successful video podcast site and is co-owner of the video production company Mercury Boy. John also releases his own work under the name Cal-TV.

If you would like to register an interest in attending this session please email your full name and contact details to events[AT]