Green’s Deputy Leader Catherine Martin TD appointed Minister for Arts, Communications, and Culture

Catherine Martin, Deputy Leader of the Green Party and TD for Dublin Rathdown, has been announced as the successor to outgoing Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD. Minister Madigan has held the position for almost three years since her appointment by former Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on November 30th, 2017; during a cabinet reshuffle following the resignation... Read more...

€3.2 million awarded by Screen Ireland in Strategic Slate Development Funding

Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland, the national agency for the creative screen sector, is pleased to announce €3.2 million in strategic slate funding. Slate funding is an initiative to help Irish companies develop a slate of projects in-house across feature film, television, animation and documentary. Originally announced earlier this year, this Strategic Slate Development Fund was customised to respond to... Read more...

Lockdown hasn’t slowed Ireland’s animation nation

Life during lockdown has been as busy as ever for Ireland’s animators as they service broadcasters, film companies, and advertising, writes Esther McCarthy For artist Aria Ungerer, life during lockdown and working from home have given her a special opportunity – to focus on a project planned with her late father, Tomi Ungerer. Working from her East Cork home, Aria has... Read more...

Screen Skills Ireland Announces Recipients of Screen Stakeholders Funding

Screen Skills Ireland, the skills development unit within Screen Ireland, has announced the 11 organisations and initiatives that have been awarded funds from the Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme, worth €200,000, to deliver a wide variety of skills development activities for the Irish screen sector. The scheme was launched in April as part of the overall measures announced by Screen Ireland... Read more...

The Belt and Road Film Week at Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF): Open film submissions

Silk Road International Film Festival (SRIFF) is giving an opportunity to Irish filmmakers to submit an Irish film to screen as part of the The Belt and Road Film Week at Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF). Requirements: completed after 01/01/2019, fiction, animation,  documentary minimum length 70 mins, mainland China premiere.  Silk Road International Film Festival became a partner of The... Read more...

Cartoon Brew: Ireland’s Animation Industry Spending Has Overtaken Live-Action Film And TV Combined

Finally, some good news. Half of all production spending in Ireland now goes toward animation, according to figures released today by Screen Ireland. The trade body based its calculations on projects that qualified for Section 481, the country’s film and tv tax relief, in 2019. Relief was given to 39 animated projects with a total value of €372 ($403) million — 49%... Read more...