Posts Tagged ‘production’

Irish Film 2015

21st January 2015 by Maura McHugh

WGI Chairman Thomas McLaughlin with the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphries (TD), at the recent launch by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board of its Irish Film, TV, and Animation production catalogue for 2015.

Budget 2014

15th October 2014 by Maura McHugh

On Tuesday, 14 October the details of 2014 Budget were announced. Here are the highlights in relation to the Arts:

  • €4 million package to roll out an integrated plan to commemorate 1916
  • Funding for current expenditure has increased for the first time in six years
  • Financial support for our National Cultural Institutions has been protected, following several difficult years of cutbacks
  • Minister for Finance commits to explore measures to boost the film and TV sector
  • The artist tax exemption is increasing by €10,000 from €40,000 to €50,000

During her statement about this year’s budget the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD said:

“I am particularly pleased that the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, has today signalled his intention to look at ways to further boost the film and TV sector. More than 5,000 people are employed in the Irish audio visual sector, which has gained a very strong reputation internationally in recent years. Increasing the €50 million cap for film tax relief would help to attract more international projects to Ireland and create hundreds of new jobs, and I look forward to pursuing this in more detail with Minister Noonan over the coming year.”

“The increase in the threshold for the artists’ tax exemption from €40,000 to €50,000 is a clear recognition of the need to support artists. Artists are the bedrock of our culture and they continue to represent us at home and abroad with great distinction.”

The Irish Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD said on this matter:

“The new Irish film tax credit scheme is due to commence in 2015 and I am very pleased that it has been broadly welcomed by the film industry. The film industry is very important to modern Irish culture and to the economy, not just in terms of jobs but also indirectly through tourism promotion. As the new scheme beds down next year, I will be monitoring how it works and how it can be improved. One of the issues that I will consider in the context of Budget 2016 is a possible increase to the €50 million cap on eligible expenditure, subject of course to resource constraints.”

Earlier in 2013, the Irish government extended the Section 481 scheme to 2020 and increased its value to 32% as of 2016. This improvement and the change announced in the 2014 budget has now been brought forward to 2015.

IPSG AGM 2010

24th May 2010 by Maura McHugh

David and Audrey at the AGM May 2010On Saturday the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild held its Annual General Meeting in Arthouse, Temple Bar, at 2.30pm.

The turnout was effected somewhat by the stunning weather, but a dedicated cohort of members turned up to listen to the reports by Chief Executive David Kavangh and Chair of the Board, Audrey O’Reilly.

Considering the state of the economy and the severe cutbacks the Guild has endured in the past six months, some of the information imparted to the members was grim. But, there was good news too, as the new Guild web site was unveiled to the attendees for the first time.

The success of last year’s political campaigns and lobbying of government agencies was discussed in detail, and it was accepted that this type of work will have to added to the Guild’s workload on an on-going basis.

Concern was raised about the lack of opportunities for playwrights and screenwriters, and in particular the cutbacks in Arts Council funding has eroded theatrical production. There is a dearth of commissions of new drama by emerging playwrights, and fewer venues are available or willing to stage these works. The Guild has highlighted this subject as an issue it will be giving attention in the coming year.

The members examined and approved the accounts, and the election of board members occurred smoothly.

Afterwards, Guild members enjoyed a glass of wine, or water, to ease their parched throats before dispersing to soak up the last of the glorious May sunshine.