About the Irish Film Industry

About the Irish Film Industry

According to Variety magazine, “Ireland has become a capital of filmmaking” in recent years, establishing itself as “one of the world’s most attractive production environments”.

About the Irish Film Industry 

According to Variety magazine, "Ireland has become a capital of filmmaking" in recent years, establishing itself as "one of the world’s most attractive production environments" thanks to an attractive tax incentive, Section 481, and the plethora of talented writers, directors, producers, casts and crew that Ireland has to offer. Over the years, Irish creative filmmaking talent has been recognised on the international stage; most recently coming to fruition when John Crowley’s Brooklyn and Lenny Abrahamson’s Room received a combined total of seven Academy Award® nominations in 2016. Following in the footsteps of internationally acclaimed directors such as Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan comes a new wave of Irish auteurs that includes Crowley and Abrahamson alongside names such as Aoife McArdle and Kirsten Sheridan. Ireland is also home to writers such as Mark O’Halloran (Viva, Garage, Adam & Paul) and Mark O’Rowe (The Delinquent Season) alongside award-winning acting talent including Saoirse Ronan, Ruth Negga, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Colin Farrell to name but a few. 

The audio visual content production sector in Ireland is estimated to be worth over €550 million, directly employing 7,500 workers on a full-time basis and in 2016, Ireland’s media sector had supported 15,000 jobs thanks to its multiplier effect. 

Over the years, Irish film has won almost every major international award such as Academy Awards® (Best Song for Once, Best Short Film for Six Shooter (2006) and Stutterer (2016) and Best Actress for Brie Larson, Room), the Palme d’Or (The Wind that Shakes the Barley) and the Jury Prize (The Lobster) at Cannes; alongside a host of other awards that includes Golden Globes, Emmys and BAFTAs. The Irish film industry is backed by consistent Irish Government support, which alongside IFB project funding includes Ireland’s competitive tax incentive known as Section 481—offering a tax credit of up to 32% of eligible Irish expenditure. Alongside Section 481, Ireland’s myriad of breathtaking scenery and vast array of period buildings have served to make Ireland a globally recognised tour de force in the filmmaking industry; featured in films from The Quiet Man to Star Wars

One of the most salient and crucial aspects of the Irish film industry is its wealth of creative talent. Home to many excellent and established production companies, with an impeccable international reputation, Ireland is a unique and valuable co-production partner. Ireland has co-produced with almost every European territory, as well as Canada, Australia and South Africa. Furthermore, the extensive range of facilities, encompassing film studios, post-production services and VFX suites, has helped to dramatically improve Ireland’s position as a leading filmmaking nation. 

To find out more about the industry, you can browse through our website which will provide you with information on IFB-funded films; Section 481; industry reports; Irish production companies; Irish crew and industry guilds along with detailed information on the IFB funding programmes.