Irish Film 2012 – A Cut Above

Earlier this month I attended the launch of the Irish Film Board (IFB) production catalogue for 2012  ‘A Cut Above‘ at The Morrison Hotel, which includes some 18 new feature films along with new animations, TV series, documentaries and shorts

In his address to a well-attended function James Hickey, IFB Chief Executive said: “The Irish Film Board funded productions created opportunities for a wide range of Irish creative talent in 2011 and continues to punch above its weight in terms of international recognition.

James went on to say “For Ireland overall, 2011 was a hard year in economic terms with the first full year of the implementation of the EU/IMF/ECB deal under a new government with a strong mandate to implement reductions in all areas of government expenditure. Even in this climate the audio-visual sector as an integral part of Ireland’s creative industries, has delivered positive economic results in the iris economy including job creation and increased exports, and with continued Government investment, has the potential to deliver real growth in the future. The continued strength of the Euro during 2011 impacted on Ireland’s capacity to compete internationally. The audio-visual production sector however needs to exercise continued vigilance in its effort to achieve the flexibility and competitiveness while maintaining a fair and transparent conditions for those working in the sector.

He also mentioned the Creative Capital report which was published in 2011 which outlines the policies and initiatives that are needed to facilitate and support further growth and increase employment in the Industry over the next 10 years.

The Irish Film 2012 “A cut Above”  features 18 new feature films, including ‘Life’s a Breeze‘ with Pat Shortt and Fionnula O’Flanagan Neil Jordan’s ‘Byzantium’ with Saoirse Ronan the recently three times Oscar nominated’ Albert Nobbs‘ and ‘Shadow Dancer’ starring Aiden Gillen, Gillian Anderson and Domhnaill Gleesom ‘What Richard Did’ directed by Lenny Abrahamson. The success of Irish short are well featured including Oscar nominated ‘Penticost‘ and also Animation with the success of Brown Bags their production At Swim Two Birds was picked up in late 2011 by Disney.

All signs for 2012 look promising with a number of productions already up and running including the BBC series Ripper Street. There is also hope that ‘At Swim Two Birds’ to be directed by actor Brendan Gleeson and Morgan O’Sullivan’s ‘Vikings’ will go into production.

The new IFB Production Catalogue can be downloaded at http://www.irishfilmboard.ie/

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