The Government today launched an action plan which sets out to enable Ireland to become a global hub for the production of Film, TV drama and animation. The plan is a result of The Economic Assessment of the Audiovisual Industry in Ireland carried out by Olsberg SPI with Nordicity on behalf of the Departments of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
Launched by Josepha Madigan, the minister for culture, heritage and the Gaeltacht, the plan’s highlights will include:
- Consider extending Section 481 tax relief, as well as increasing the expenditure ceiling, revising the regulations and extending the relief to Ireland’s games sector.
- A review by Screen Ireland of funding models for other countries’ film agencies.
- Increased capital funding for the film sector including co-production and development funding, a specific fund for the development of films and TV drama, a fund for new Irish TV drama, a regional production fund and additional training of film workers and crew.
- Increased business skills development, matching of skills with production growth and partnering with third level institutions in skills development.
- Increased marketing measures including measures to attract major computer games studios to Ireland.
- A steering group will prioritise measures, oversee implementation and monitor risks, reporting regularly to Minister Madigan.
The Audiovisual Action Plan and the Olsberg Report are available @