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4.4% Cut for Irish Film Board

7th December 2010

Irish Film BoardThe capital budget for Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) has been announced as €16 million for 2011, which represents a 3% cut from the 2010 budget allocation. The administration budget has been reduced by 12.3% to €2,4 million, bringing the total budget cut for the IFB to 4.4%.

Commenting on the 2011 budget recommendations IFB Chairman James Morris said

“The combination of ambitious creatively driven Irish projects and high profile international productions all working in Ireland in the last year is set to continue into the year ahead on the basis of today’s budget. Irish producers, directors, writers, actors, and technicians not only benefit from the employment this level of activity represents, their growing international reputation for professionalism, creativity and energy lays the foundation for sustainable future growth.”

In a year which calls for unprecedented funding cuts across all sectors, a 4.4% cut in the IFB budget represents an endorsement from the Government in the Irish film and television sector and what it can deliver to the Irish economy. This sector presents opportunities for job growth and international investment and is a central contributor to the digital creative economy.

Despite the downturn in the economy, 2010 has been a very successful year for the Irish film and television industry on a number of levels. With five Academy Award nominations, three of which were for IFB funded projects, together with representation at many of the A-list international film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, and Toronto, positive images of our cultural creativity and images of Ireland have been projected around the world this year.

It was also a very busy year for film and television production, with projects including Steven Soderberg’s Haywire, This Must be the Place starring Sean Penn, the major TV drama series Camelot and a host of local Irish films. These incoming and local productions translate into increased international investment in the Irish economy, increased employment and positive spin-off effects for promoting Ireland as a tourist destination.

2011 will also start off the year on a high note with Albert Nobbs starring Glenn Close in production in Dublin and Wicklow and there are three Irish films in Official Competition at the Sundance Film Festival which will begin a specific focus on utilising film to promote Ireland in a positive light throughout the US in 2011, in partnership with Culture Ireland.

IFB Notice Board

27th August 2010

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board has created an online Notice Board service on its website:

The Irish Film Board Notice Board is a free and easy service for those in the Irish film industry. Looking for cast or crew? Want to sell film equipment? Want to see what film festivals are looking for submissions? Check out the Notice Board!

With this online bulletin board you can post notices to advertise or announce items such as festivals, screenings, upcoming events, training course details, jobs available, equipment for sale or required, deadlines for funding schemes or festival submissions and much more.

All notices will be reviewed by the Irish Film Board before appearing on the notice list.

IFB Seeks New Chief Executive

19th July 2010

The Board of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced that it will be seeking to appoint a new Chief Executive to commence at the start of January 2011. This date coincides with the ending of the five year term of appointment of the existing Chief Executive Simon Perry who took up office in January 2006.

Said Chairman of the Board, James Morris ‘Simon has brought new confidence and renewed energy to Irish filmmakers, bringing new talent to the fore while successfully presiding over a period of rapid growth in the range and scale of activities of the IFB. His considerable previous experience as Chief Executive of British Screen and respected contacts among European filmmakers has helped the development of Irish talent and Irish producers enormously. Simon will continue as Chief Executive of the IFB to the end of his term and has agreed to assist the Board in managing a successful transition period into the New Year should this prove helpful’.

In relation to the new appointment the Board will commence advertising for the position of Chief Executive of the Irish Film Board towards the end of July.

Reality Bites 2010

18th June 2010

Reality BitesBord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board announced the new deadline for submissions for the next round of the Reality Bites scheme.

Reality Bites aims to encourage experimentation and a fresh approach to short non-fiction filmmaking. We are looking for something new in the use of the documentary form, whether the projects are journalistic or creative, observational or aesthetic, objective or personal. Documentaries can be produced in either the English or Irish language.

The Reality Bites scheme will provide funding for up to three films up to 12 minutes in duration, all of which will premiere at the Corona Cork Film Festival next year.

All applications for Reality Bites should be sent with the reference REF: REALITY BITES on the envelope to:

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board,
23 Dock Road,

The deadline for applications is 5:00pm Friday 6th August.

Conference Tickets On Sale

28th May 2010

Give Me DirectionBord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, in association with the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, have announced that tickets for the Give Me Direction Screenwriting Conference go on sale today, Friday 28th of May at noon, on a first-come first-served basis from the Dublin Film Festival web site.

This year’s conference will focus on the theme of comedy, and is taking place from 17th – 18th June 2010 in Cineworld, Parnell Street and The Morrison Hotel in Dublin.


Bobby Farrelly (Kingpin, There’s Something About Mary, Shallow Hal)
Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking, Lovely & Amazing, Friends with Money, Please Give)
Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain (Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Four Lions)
Stephen Woolley (Stoned, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Perrier’s Bounty)
Alice Lowe and Jacqueline Wright (Jackal Films)


Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Angelo’s)
Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Garage)
Pat McCabe (The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto)

Give Me Direction is supported by IADT National Film School and Huston School of Film and Digital Media.