Guide to Filmmaking

Guide to Filmmaking

Ireland has a long-standing, diverse and exceptionally rich culture of bringing stories to the screen and is home to world-class producers with a wealth of experience and an impeccable international reputation.

Guide to Filmmaking in Ireland

Ireland is a film friendly country. Our film, television and animation industry has experienced consistent Government support over the last two decades and has become a global success story.

The Inward Production team at Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board is here to offer you as much on the ground logistical support and advise on filming in Ireland as you need, to ensure your experience in Ireland is as productive as possible.

We also have a network of local film offices that will assist you with your film production throughout the entire country. 

Please contact us at:
Inward Production Team
+353 91 561 398
inwardproduction@irishfilmboard.ie

“Ireland’s regional film offices proved an invaluable resource throughout the Star Wars: Episode III –The Last Jedi shoot. From Donegal to Cork, we were offered crucial on-the-ground assistance with access and permits, along with essential local insight. We received an all-inclusive service, complete with discretion and absolute professionalism.” Mally Chung, Location Manager, Star Wars: Episode 8 – The Last Jedi

Filming

  • We recommend using a professional Location Manager on your production when filming in Ireland.  They will help you to find and secure locations to be used, obtain all fire, police and other governmental permits, and coordinate the logistics for your production.  They will also provide a great source of local knowledge. The Location Guild of Ireland list members for your convenience. 
  • If you are filming on private property, you will require the owner’s permission and consent.  It is normal practice to have a location agreement signed by both the Production Company and Owner prior to filming. Appropriate insurances should also be in place.
  • If intending on filming in a public location you will need to obtain appropriate licences from the relevant local authority or any other authority in control of such spaces. It is recommended that the production company informs An Garda Síochána of all details of filming on the street or in a public place. This includes any staging of crimes, accidents or use of firearms and special effects if they take place in the public domain.
  • The production company should ensure that all those affected by filming are consulted and informed of production arrangements in advance. 
  • There will be times when it is prudent to have members of An Garda Síochána in attendance to ensure efficient traffic management while filming on location. A Location Manager or other designated crew member is required to communicate with the Garda Síochána Commissioner and local council, who will advise on the need for Garda assistance at any given film location.
  • Garda personnel assigned through the Office of the Garda Assistant Commissioner are at all times operating under the direction of Garda Management and not the production company that requested Garda assistance. All non-public duty Garda costs incurred will be borne by the production company. Details of all charges are available upon request from the Office of the Garda Assistant Commissioner.

Road Closures

  • A road closure should be applied for if you wish to divert traffic from a road or will require the road cleared for a scene.
  • A minimum of 4-5 weeks’ notice should be given for road closures applications and must be accompanied by a Traffic Management Plan. Please contact the local office for advice in the area you are filming.

Health & Safety

  • The Producer must comply with all Health and Safety Legislation, the Safety, Health and Welfare at work Act 2005, Health and Welfare at work Act (Construction) 2013, Health and Welfare at Work Act (General) 2007, Fire Services Act 1981 and 2003. All regulations made there under, and all other relevant legislation, regulations and approved Codes of Practice, to ensure the safe running of this production. 
  • The health and safety of cast, crew and public must be safeguarded at all times.  It is the responsibility of the production company to ensure safety standards are maintained at all time and filming should be stopped with immediate effect if it is unsafe to continue filming. 
  • Crew members and production personnel working on site must wear the correct personal protective gear appropriate to their tasks and duties on location.

More detailed information on filming in Ireland can be found in our toolkit