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Plans Announced for new Irish Film Archive Preservation & Research Centre to be built at NUI Maynooth

5th Apr 2012
Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has marked the successful completion of the IFI Irish Film Archive Preservation Fund campaign by launching plans for a new IFI Irish Film Archive Preservation & Research Centre at NUI Maynooth.

The Irish Film Institute, together with its key partners  the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, announced plans for the development and building of a new preservation and research centre with the IFI's key partner, NUI Maynooth.

James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said "Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board are delighted to support this initiative.  The Archive is vitally important in collecting, preserving and documenting Ireland's screen history.  The new archive preservation and research centre will ensure that Ireland's film heritage will now be safe and accessible for years to come."

In November 2011, the IFI officially launched the IFI Irish Film Archive Preservation Fund. The Archive building in Temple Bar had reached capacity and critically, the IFI has been unable to accept any more material, meaning that precious collections have been in danger of being lost.

The Preservation Fund was established to help raise funds to meet the shortfall in the project's budget in order to see this important project come to fruition. This shortfall has now been met, enabling the realisation of the opportunity to build a new custom built Irish Film Archive Preservation and Research Centre on the NUI Maynooth campus.  The centre will not only provide a secure home for the collections ensuring their safety for the future, but crucially will facilitate research into ways in which digital technology can ensure the collections are widely accessible for many years to come.

Speaking at an event to mark the announcement yesterday, Irish director Neil Jordan, who has donated prints of all his films and a portion of his written notes to the archive, said it was "a great resource" for the storage and preservation of his films.  "It's more a preservation thing on their part but it's brilliant for me because otherwise I wouldn't have any copies of them," he said.

 

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