The Irish Film Board (Screen Ireland) Strategic Plan 2016-2020 sets out their mission statement and vision, as well as emphasising their core values. It identifies the core strategic objectives which, when taken as a whole, aim to strengthen the agency and build on successes to date. Objectives include:
- Building Audiences
- Development and Support of Creative Screen Content Production
- Development of Talent and Skills
- Inward Production and Investment
- Partnerships for Screen Production
An implementation plan was established to execute the various actions developed in this strategy.
Screen Ireland supports various initiatives and partnerships aimed at developing and investing in Irish creative talent as well as supporting emerging and established voices.
In response to Screen Ireland's commitment to empowering and supporting female creative talent, the POV Low Budget Training & Production Scheme is a filmmaking initiative aimed at female writers and directors. The aim of this training scheme is to support the development and production of low budget feature films, and to enable distinct Irish female voices with a passion to tell stories on the big screen. In addition to supporting female filmmaking talent, the POV scheme is about creating opportunities for cast and crew.
Cine4 is a funding initiative, supported by TG4 (the Irish language channel), Screen Ireland and Broadcasting Authority of Ireland partnership, to develop original feature films in the Irish language. It encourages strong storytelling, visual flair and high production values appropriate for the big screen.
Spotlight is a funding initiative aimed at discovering and developing fresh and exciting screenwriting talent in Ireland. The scheme is intended as an opportunity for new writers to develop a feature film screenplay, with guidance and mentorship from leading industry figures at the very beginning of their careers.
RTE (the national broadcaster) in association with Screen Ireland support two initiatives to develop new drama and comedy series for younger audiences, which are designed to develop emerging creative Irish talent and have the potential to showcase Irish talent on the global stage.
The international co-production development fund is a funding partnership between Creative BC and Screen Ireland, which provides support to five motion picture projects, each with Canadian and Irish producers.
Screen Ireland supports the annual Ireland Week in Los Angeles, as the international spotlight is firmly placed on Irish culture at the week-long event.
Screen Ireland funding in 2020 is EU21m ($24.5m)
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Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
Ireland Week LA