Wexford County Council is inviting applications for the new role of Film and TV Coordinator as part of major development plans for the screen sector in the county.
The Council will soon be announcing proposals to establish the area as a hub for screen industries, in a drive to attract more international and indigenous film and TV productions to the region and nurture home-grown talent.
The first step will be the appointment of the film coordinator who will oversee the implementation of a Screen Sector Strategic Plan.
The emphasis will be on initiatives that meet the demand of the industry as well as on nurturing local skills and talent through training, mentorship, work placements and funding.
The coordinator will engage with local authorities, screen sector representatives and government agencies to develop film making infrastructure and work towards making Wexford an attractive destination for Hollywood and other foreign and indigenous productions.
County Wexford has a history of attracting international award-winning productions to the county including Steven Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan' filmed in Curracloe; 'Brooklyn' which was filmed in Enniscorthy and more recent Irish productions such as John Banville's 'The Sea' and 'The Lodgers', filmed in Loftus Hall, which provided employment, contracts with local companies and a welcome contribution to the local economy.
Development plans for the sector are coming at a time when Film, TV, animation and visual effects have become a significant employer in Ireland.
Wexford County Council is looking to the success of counties like Limerick and Wicklow where Troy Studios, Ashford Studios and Ardmore Studios have generated hundreds of jobs for local residents from carpenters, riggers, office staff and assistants to camera, hair, makeup and costume design crew.
The 'Screen Sector Strategic Plan' is currently being developed by the Screen Wexford Steering Committee consisting of local authority representatives from the Arts and Economic Development departments of the County Council and screen sector representatives.
It follows a 2019 'Film & TV Production & Development in Wexford' report which resulted in the Council and the Local Enterprise Office engaging with a wide range of agencies to develop an ambitious vision for County Wexford within the thriving Irish film, television and animation industry.
Phase One will build on Wexford's previous success following consultation and engagement with government agencies and all sections of the industry and will also see the setting up of the 'Screen Wexford Office' and the announcement of a pilot programme of industry led training initiatives which work placements within the screen sector from October/November.
Support will be given to local creatives to produce their own work with the announcement of three Narrative Short Film Funding Awards for Wexford based film/documentary makers and animators in September/October 2020, which will include mentoring by industry leaders.
The Screen Wexford Steering Committee want to create a community where local filmmakers and industry experts can come together, network and inspire each other in their companies and careers through training and networking events, both locally and internationally, and in the development of their own short and feature films and it plans to build a network of professionals and trainees in Wexford and surrounding counties in the south east over the coming months and years.
The Film Coordinator role is a one-year part-time pilot initiative and applicants must have a minimum of five years project management expreience.
The closing date for applications is Monday, August 10. For further information go to https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/arts-and-culture.