Archive for June 23rd, 2009

Films Attract Tourists

23rd June 2009

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board reports that foreign tourists spent €4.9 billion in Ireland in 2007, and a remarkable 15% of visitors cited “film” as a factor that influenced them to travel here. The IFB reckons that equates to €735 million in direct foreign investment.

The article implies that with the recent success of Once, The Tudors, and The Secret of Kells in international markets Ireland may continue to see an influx of tourists inspired to visit by celluloid fiction.

Free Master Class for NI Writers

23rd June 2009

Northern Irish screenwriters have the opportunity to obtain one of ten free places on the Screenwriters’ Master Class at the Galway Film Fleadh, as organised by Northern Ireland Screen.

Four of the ten selected writers will be chosen for a one-to-one with Christopher Hampton.

For full details contact Development Executive Natasha Geary at by no later than 5pm on Tuesday, 23 June 2009.

Essential criteria to be considered for selection to attend the Master Class:

  • You must be resident for tax purposes in Northern Ireland
  • You must have previously received development money for a feature film or TV drama script
  • Experienced television drama writers with at least one commission or broadcast credit
  • Preference will be given to writers who have not attended the Fleadh before
  • You must be able to demonstrate a strategic need for attending the festival.

In addition, in order to be considered for a one-to-one with Christopher Hampton, you will need to have had a feature film produced and distributed in a commercial cinema or a television drama produced and broadcast.