A new website, www.screenkerry.ie, has been launched to enable Film & TV professionals to connect directly with the film services, locations & expertise available in Kerry. Siobhán O’Sullivan, Kerry Film Development Officer with Kerry ETB in association with Kerry County Council, is delighted to announce this site is now live!
www.screenkerry.ie is a one stop shop for anyone searching for the right location for their production. The website features a large & detailed location database with info on access, power, nearby facilities & gps coordinates. You can find locations that are in close proximity and create a personalised location list to share with a production team. Screen Kerry will link you in to the local crew base and advise you on equipment hire and transport options. Also available are the details of specialised film services based in Kerry & local transport, accommodation & catering companies experienced in working with film crews. Siobhan O’Sullivan, Film Officer, has worked in TV Production for the last twelve years, delivering programs from Ireland & abroad, and is keenly aware of the assistance productions require to ensure a successful shoot.
The success of recent Kerry shoots for “Star Wars” & Yorgos Lanthimos “The Lobster” has highlighted the huge potential for filmmaking in the county, something Kerry intends to build on further. The county already provides excellent film skills training through the Broadcast Productions Skills course in Kerry College-Monavalley Campus. Learners on this course, under the mentorship of instructor Brian Nolan, created the extensive film location database featured on the website.
Kerry ETB & Kerry County Council see the film industry as a growing one that will be critical to the creation of future jobs and are investing in this sector now. Kerry ETB embedded the Film Officer role with the support of Kerry County Council & the KCC Arts Office who provided funding for the website. Kerry ETB CEO Mr. Colm McEvoy stated, “Co. Kerry has long been associated with successful film productions and Kerry ETB is delighted to work with Kerry Co.Co. to establish Screen Kerry. This initiative has real potential to build on film successes in the county, attracting investment and creating employment opportunities. Our Broadcast Productions Skills course is recognised nationally for its quality and this initiative further strengthens the role of the ETB in this ever expanding industry”. Moira Murrell, CEO of Kerry County Council has seen the impact of film production in the county to date and “is determined to further develop the sector to its full potential”. Kerry Co.Co. Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly, agrees, outlining that “film is a dynamic, growing, creative industry. The Arts Service has long supported the film sector and is delighted to partner with Kerry ETB to proactively grow this industry’s footprint in Kerry”. Chair of Kerry ETB Jim Finucane believes that “Screen Kerry is an important step in ensuring the county continues to be directly accessible to the industry at large.”
Meanwhile, Siobhan is looking forward to the production landscape returning to normal. “We want you to have a smooth, professional and successful shoot here in Kerry and will pull out all the stops to ensure this! While these are highly unusual times we’re living in, we look forward to having productions live on the ground again as soon as it is safe & possible to do so.”