The Irish Film Boards Annual Report for 2010 was published March 6th2012. Ted Sheehy at The Irish Film Portal blog has done a good job breaking down the information. The first thing that jumps out is the €225K that Volta VoD platform got under the heading of distribution – P&A/Marketing See full article here
Interesting also that Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) got a €50K subscription from the IFB, I hope they use that money wisely secure a more competitive agreement with the craft unions. For the past 15 months the talks have stalled leaving the industry in limbo, while at the same time the industry has been hit by wildcat/unofficial strikes to the dismay of international producers . One would have though given how important job creation is for the country that both sides would have been anxious to put a document in place that would make Ireland attractive to International producers. .
However John King of Siptu remains upbeat (but he did qualify that with an if) when quoted in the Sunday Business Post on Sunday February 26th saying “If we can reach an agreement that will mean stability for the industry. It is our hope that will happen in March this year”
Half way through March it would appear unlikely, the current uncertainty is doing nothing for our reputation abroad. Strange that Ardmore Studios has remained a ghost town for over a year and yet the UK is awash with major projects?. With taxpayers money still pouring into Irish film, maybe it is time for the Minister to intervene, a real opportunity exists for growth in the industry with the opening of the new larger Ballyhenry studios, provided the market conditions are right.
© Tom Dowling
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