Ardán has a new vision to grow the Film, TV, Games and Animation Industry in the West of Ireland.

cc Andrew Downes photography

“All the world’s a stage” and on Wednesday, 30th March, the stage was set for Ardán the newly announced brand and vision for the next chapter of growth for the successful Galway Film Centre which was first formed in 1989 was launched at the Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane Galway.

Ardán, the Irish translation for stage or platform, is responding to the rapid growth in a myriad of creative industry sectors across Galway and the West of Ireland from Film and  TV to Games and Animation to ensure their development  is nurtured to meet increased worldwide demand.

Ronan McCabe from Animation Ireland, Will Fitzgerald from Galway Film Fleadh and Gwyneth and Stuart Forrest from Triggerfish Studios – cc Andrew Downes photography

This year alone has seen global recognition and accolades for Film, TV, Animation and Games across Galway and the West of Ireland with the TV series Smother, filmed in Lahinch, now achieving global distribution and Connemara Actor Dónall Ó Héalaí receiving a wild card nomination at the Oscars.  TG4’s Irish Language movies Arracht and Foscadh are reaching worldwide acclaim and there’s an excellent response in Irish cinemas to the movie , the Stellar which was shot in Roscommon. The growth in Animation features and global scaling for companies such as Romero Games is evident across the west of Ireland. 

Ardán will bring support to the creative industry by providing a dynamic platform which will empower and assist screen storytellers and creatives in a critical way across Film, TV, Games and Animation development. Ardán will facilitate training, networking, and development of ambitious creative career paths and businesses. Providing the tools and asset support in terms of where to source talent and crew along with financial support to ensure stories and creations are brought to national and international audiences is one of the primary ambitions of Ardán. Mentoring and connecting will ensure strategic development of the creative community for Film, TV, Games and Animation in Galway and the West. Thus enhancing the skillset to ensure livelihoods and businesses flourish in the region.

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