Film in Cork is Launched to Promote all Aspects of Production in Cork
June 17th, 2015 saw the official launch of Film in Cork (formerly the Cork Screen Commission), an organisation dedicated to providing production, location and training services to those working in the film, television and animation industries in the county.
Film in Cork will also serve to promote and market the Cork region locally, nationally and internationally as a wonderful place to work. In addition to providing assistance to anyone wanting to produce in Cork, another purpose of Film in Cork is to bring together the broad spectrum of people working in the industry so that the region can grow and prosper.
Film in Cork is supported by both Cork City Council and Cork County Council Arts Offices.
The launch at Cork City Hall was attended by Naoise Barry, Film Commissioner for Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and over 100 members of the industry. Mr. Barry said at the launch: “As the Irish film industry continues to expand, Cork can seize the opportunity and be part of this growth. We welcome the establishment of Film in Cork to support the industry in the region and look forward to working with Rossa Mullin [Film in Cork manager] and his stakeholders in the south-west.”
As well as supporting production, Rossa Mullin, Manager of Film in Cork, plans to create an infrastructure for Cork that will adapt to current demands with regard to industry training. He said “We see a lot of emerging talent in Cork, people like Shaun O’Connor and Tadhg Hickey who have been doing a lot of comedy work with RTE recently; Brendan Canty whose video for Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church‘ went viral and was responsible for getting Hozier into the spotlight (220 million + views on YouTube); script editors like Patrick O’Driscoll working with major American companies from his base in Cork; as well as dozens of other young filmmakers and animators producing things like ‘Sminky’ and ‘Martin’s Life’“.
Rossa added: “Film In Cork has been delighted to work with Naoise Barry and the office of the Film Commission at the IFB from the earliest stages of this initiative. The expert advice, guidance and support provided by the IFB has been invaluable and both Cork City & County Council welcome developing and strengthening their relationship with the IFB.”
Major films to have been shot in Cork in recent years include Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006) and Ondine (2009) directed by Neil Jordan. Shem the Penman Sings Again, due to premiere at next month’s Galway Film Fleadh, filmed in the city and county.
Other films to have shot in Cork include John Huston’s Moby Dick (1956) starring Gregory Peck and Orson Welles, War of the Buttons (1994) produced by David Puttnam, and Atom Egoyan’s Felicia’s Journey (1999).
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