Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry. / Irish Film Board has issued a statement welcoming the announcement from Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, that she has commissioned an economic analysis of our screen-based creative industries. The study will examine the economic impact and potential of the Irish film, TV and animation sector. The commissioning of the study is committed to in the Action Plan for Jobs 2016.
Following an open tender process, Olsberg SPI Ltd in association with Nordicity, have been selected to conduct the study. A steering group led by Minister Humphreys’ Department, with representatives of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland will liaise with the successful tenderer.
Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:
The Irish audio visual sector is a growing industry with huge potential. 2016 has been a fantastic year for the film industry, with wide international acclaim for a number of Irish productions. Our animation sector has been going from strength to strength in recent years and the increasing demand for high quality TV productions also provides new opportunities.
While we know that the audio visual sector supports thousands of jobs, I believe there is significant potential for further growth in the years ahead. It has also been a number of years since a comprehensive study of the sector was carried out. This economic analysis will consider the scale and economic contribution of the screen-based creative industries and examine its potential to expand further.
The economic analysis will be carried out in less than six months and will then help to inform Government strategies and initiatives as we seek to enhance Ireland’s reputation as a home of creative talent.