Monday 20 November 2017

IDA and film board eye the financial prize as Ireland goes to the Oscars

Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan
Michael Cogley

Michael Cogley

IDA Ireland and the Irish Film Board (IFB) are to take advantage of Ireland's significant presence at this year's Oscars ceremony to attract US film-makers here.

Both organisations are entering into a heavy schedule of meetings with US studios, distributors, talent agents, content platforms, film financiers, and entertainment technology companies.

With both 'Room' and 'Brooklyn', starring Saoirse Ronan, inset, representing Ireland at this year's Academy Awards, the agencies will look to attract firms using our high profile.

The chief executive of the IFB, James Hickey, said "the eyes of the film world truly are on us. In Hollywood next week our message will be clear - the Irish film sector is a world player in creativity and technical skills.

"Ireland is at the nexus of technology and innovation; we can offer international productions access to attractive incentives, unrivalled landscapes, developed infrastructure and a pool of wonderful and experienced creative talent," he said.

The IDA will look to use the opportunity to further the country's name as an innovative hub. IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan is optimistic about attracting investment from the industry. Mr Shanahan said that the Irish film industry is worth over €500m and has significant potential for growth.

Irish Independent

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