€750,000 Awarded In Cinema Digitisation Grants

The Arts Council and the Irish Film Board have announced that seven cinemas will share an award of €750,000 between them as part of the Cinema Digitisation Grant Scheme.

The Scheme, which is an initiative of the Cultural Cinema Consortium, seeks to provide grants that will allow Irish cinemas to purchase and install digital projection equipment.

The seven cinemas awarded grants are Light House Cinema (€200,000); Irish Film Institute (€150,000); Screen Cinema (€110,000); Cinema North West (€75,000); The Cinemobile (€75,000); Mermaid, Wicklow Arts Centre (€70,000); and Town Hall Theatre, Galway (€70,000).

The Digital Cinema in Ireland Report can be downloaded here.


Ireland to Sign Co–Production Agreement with Hungary

Representatives of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the Hungarian Motion Picture Public Foundation are to sign a co–production agreement in Berlin on Sunday February 8 with the aim to foster co–productions between the two territories.

The deal includes a reciprocal feature whereby producers from both countries will take turns acting as majority co–producers.

This agreement would work on the basis that when a co–production in which the majority of the budget comes from the Irish side occurs, this will be followed by a co–production in which the equivalent percentage comes from the Hungarian side.


Documentary Chippers to Screen at the IFI

The Filmbase documentary Chippers is to premiere on Saturday 27th September at 12 am, at the IFI as part of the Stranger Than Fiction festival. Nino Tropiano’s hour-long documentary made its Italian premiere at the Hai Visto Mai documentary festival in Siena, where it was awarded a Special Mention.

Chippers tells the story of Dublin’s well-established community of four thousand Italians who have owned chip shops in the city since the 1900s. Five different families tell their stories and offer insight into the experience of how a small community has preserved their cultural identity and link with their country of origins, while at the same time seamlessly assimilating into their host country.

This film features archive footage of the city of Dublin and extracts of short documentaries sourced from the Irish Film Archive and from Istituto Luce (Italy). It is a nostalgic, melancholic and at times funny portrait of the early struggle and integration of this unique community.

The film was initially funded through the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Award scheme with additional funding by the Irish Film Board.

To book tickets, please go to www.ifi.ie