Govt Urged To Recognise Benefits Of Indigenous Film Industry

The government has been urged to recognise the "multiple economic and cultural benefits" of Ireland's indigenous film industry.

Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield, made the call as he outline the party's commitment to the industry as part of their alternative budget submission.

Senator Warfield, spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, said: "Investment in the Irish film and television industry provides multiple economic and cultural benefits, far beyond the direct employment of on-set cast and crews.

"Ireland has provided the subject and scene for some of the world's best loved cinema, and tourism Ireland estimate that 35% of people visit a location as a result of its appearance and introduction by way of screen.

"Yet, Irish Film has taken a disproportionate cut in funding when compared to other sectors.

"The audio-visual content production sector in Ireland itself is estimated to be worth over €550 million and employs over 6,000 individuals, with over 560 small and medium enterprises operating in the sector as well as the added value that the industry can bring to tourism.

"Sinn Féin's allocation to the Irish Film Board represents an initial increase of €3.75 million for 2017, raising state support levels by one third."


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