Filmbase began publishing Film Ireland as a photocopied newsletter back in 1987 covering all the latest news about current Irish short and feature film productions, information on funding schemes, and film festival reports. Over the years, this newsletter evolved to become a monthly magazine providing both practical and academic coverage of Irish filmmaking. As Ireland’s only dedicated film magazine, Film Ireland magazine provides a fantastic archive of information on Irish film over the last two and a half decades.
The Film Ireland website, FilmIreland.net, was set up to complement the published magazine and, since its development, the website has grown to become one of the key online resources for Irish film. In early 2013, after over 25 years in publication, the difficult decision was made to cease publication of the magazine. Reductions in funding to Filmbase made the continued publication of the magazine unsustainable and, despite the commitment and dedication of staff, contributors and the Irish filmmaking community, the cost of maintaining the print publication was no longer possible. The decision was made to move all Film Ireland content exclusively online.
Under the editorship of Steven Galvin, FilmIreland.net has continued to grow and develop to include all the latest from the Irish filmmaking community including news, reviews, interviews, feature content and exclusives. Film Ireland has also developed a substantial social media presence on both Facebook and Twitter. Film Ireland continues to offer a platform and voice to the various film communities in Ireland and highlights, discusses and debates the films being made here whilst shining a spotlight on the work of Irish emerging filmmakers.
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