Creation of a new cinema hub in Wicklow


A new film center will be established in Wicklow to help develop the industry.

he new hub which will be based on the Clermont campus in Rathnew is one of the three hubs being created. The other two will be in Galway and Limerick.

They are established by Screen Ireland, the development agency for the Irish film, television and animation industry, and will develop their skills and capacity in production team roles at all levels to across the country.

The Crew Hubs will join the National Talent Academy network, which includes the previously announced animation and film and television drama academies. The Crew Hubs will be managed by the Atlantic Academy (Danú Media) in Galway, Film in Limerick in Limerick and Clermont Enterprise Hub in Wicklow.

The National Talent Academy Network was established to develop a base of highly skilled talents and crews across the country and to further develop talents and skills at the regional level. The academies will focus on attracting next generation talent with a strong diversity program. € 1 million in funding has been invested in the three crew hubs to support crew development. This funding for Crew hubs complements an additional amount of 1.2 million euros that has been invested in the National Talent Academies for Film and TV Drama and Animation.

Speaking on the creation of the three new crew hubs, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media, Catherine Martin TD, said: “I welcome the creation of National Talent Academies and these three new crew hubs in Galway, Limerick and Wicklow as an important step in the further development of skills and capacity building in the creative screen industry in Ireland.

“The potential of this industry for our country is enormous. Not only are we seeing a thriving national film industry, but Ireland is emerging as a major international location for film, television and animation production. This is based on the talent that exists in the country and we need to develop it further to maximize that potential. I encourage all those who wish to develop a career in the screen industry to take advantage of the opportunities offered by these new hubs and talent academies. “

Fis Eireann / Screen Ireland Managing Director Desiree Finnegan said, Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland Managing Director Desiree Finnegan said :, television, documentary and animation. We are building and investing in a nationwide network of talented academies across the country to develop the next generation of screen industry professionals from all walks of life. Our goal is to support creative collaboration, developing skills and opportunities to create powerful movies and TV series.

It is vital that we make sure Ireland has the skills to meet current demand and continue to develop our creative screen sector. We look forward to the great work that National Talent Academies and Crew Hubs will do in the future. “

The academies’ premiere, focused on film and TV drama which was announced earlier this year, is now open and will be managed by Jade Murphy at the Galway Film Center. The Animation Academy is slated to open in January 2022 and will be managed by Deirdre Barry of Animation Ireland.

National Talent Academies are a key part of creating a national approach to talent development, as outlined in Screen Ireland’s Building for a Creative Future 2024 strategy, which aims to harness the growth and momentum of Irish screen industry, with particular emphasis on regional activity. The industry is experiencing record levels of production activity. In Ireland, the industry contributed around € 289 million to the economy in the first six months of 2021 and directly supported over 12,000 jobs.

Screen Ireland encourages those interested in a career in film production and existing members of the industry who wish to further develop their skills or talents to regularly visit and to view current and future opportunities offered by a range. courses and innovative initiatives. .

The creation of the National Talent Academy Network is part of the broader development of the screen industry that continues to bring significant economic and cultural value, while enhancing the skills and capabilities of the workforce. The importance and potential of the screen industry was recognized by the government in the October 2022 Budget announcement of a 22% funding increase for Screen Ireland.


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