There’s exciting news in the Film Ireland office as Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland have announced the recipients of their pilot Audience Development Fund. Among the 20 successful projects, Film Ireland is delighted to be selected to deliver our Screen Sessions initiative later in 2024.

The Audience Development Fund represents a significant investment in the future of Irish cinema, animation, and documentary filmmaking. It aims to foster a broader and more diverse audience for independent Irish productions while promoting cinema attendance and accessibility to a wide range of viewers. With this project, we get to highlight our nation’s wonderful emerging talent while celebrating our rich cinematic history in the process.

Screen Sessions is not just a series of podcasts; it’s a platform for the next generation of creative voices to connect, learn, and be inspired by the past achievements of Irish cinema. Through intimate conversations, we will provide the scope for filmmakers to delve into the stories, insights, and experiences of key talents of their predecessors. The sessions will culminate in a live event towards the end of the year. .

Film Ireland is grateful to Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland for their support as we invite film fans, aspiring filmmakers, and lovers of cinema to join us for our upcoming season.

Stay tuned for updates!


Gemma Creagh is a writer, filmmaker and journalist. In 2014 she graduated with a First from NUIG’s MA Writing programme. Gemma’s play Spoiling Sunset was staged in Galway as part of the Jerome Hynes One Act Play series in 2014. Gemma was one of eight playwrights selected for AboutFACE’s 2021 Transatlantic Tales and is presently developing a play with the Axis Theatre and with the support of the Arts Council. She has been commissioned to submit a play by Voyeur Theatre to potentially be performed in Summer 2023 as part of the local arts festival. Gemma was the writer and co-producer of the five-part comedy Rental Boys for RTÉ’s Storyland. She has gone on to write, direct and produce shorts which screened at festivals around the world. She was commissioned to direct the short film, After You, by Filmbase and TBCT. Gemma has penned articles for magazines, industry websites and national newspapers, she’s the assistant editor for Film Ireland and she contributes reviews to RTE Radio One’s Arena on occasion.

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