The Action Plan For Jobs was announced this morning by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and Minister Richard Bruton in Castlebar. It contains as a priority a commitment to develop and implement an Action Plan to support the Film industry in Galway and the West region and to explore the potential for a Regional Film Fund.
The news was welcomed by the Director of Galway UNESCO City of Film, Declan Gibbons, who work in partnership with both Galway City and County Councils. Mr Gibbons said: “I am delighted with this announcement and the very real commitment by Government to further develop the film sector in the West. The industry is worth over €72 million to the Galway economy with over 600 jobs at present. This great news adds to our designation as a UNESCO City of Film, and offers significant potential for further growth, and for Galway to become a global player in this industry.”
“We are also very excited about the potential to develop a Regional Film Fund. This would be a game changer for the West. We in the industry have been advocating for this for many years, and the fact that An Taoisecah and Minister Richard Bruton have today announced it, as part of their Action Plan, is a major step towards the realisation and setting up of such a fund. Galway City of Film is already part of a network of 24 professional European Regional Film support organisations, based in 11 different European countries, many of whom already operate similar funds. What all of these organisations have in common, is a commitment to protect their minority language, and therefore we feel strongly that the Irish language must be a key component in any potential regional fund.”
Galway UNESCO City of Film is administered by Galway City of Film on behalf of Galway City Council and Galway County Council in partnership with Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board, Údarás na Gaeltachta and TG4.
Brendan McGrath, CEO of Galway City Council added “the timing of this announcement could not have come at a better time for the creative sector in the West. I believe that the partnership structure that we have established to run Galway’s UNESCO City of Film designation offers the ideal platform to develop the potential of a Regional Film Fund here. This would give Galway a huge competitive advantage internationally and bring our local film and television sector to a whole new level. Coupled with our newly enhanced Section 481 tax incentive the possibilities are enormous.”
Further information: Declan Gibbons, Director, Galway City of Film.
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