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Key facts

Government funding

Direct funding: National Yes
Direct funding: Regional No
Indirect funding: National Yes
Indirect funding: Regional No

Society/Industry/Market

Language English, Gaelic
Population 5 million
No. films produced per year 34 (2013)
Annual cinema admissions 15 million (2013)
Domestic share of box office 1%
No. TV households 2 million
Local content regulation on TV Yes
Legal system Common Law mixed with Customary Law
Currency €EUR

Ireland's co-production partners

The majority of Ireland’s co-productions tend to be with European partners; however Ireland has co-production agreements with Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most recently South Africa and Luxembourg. Recent international co-productions include the feature film Byzantium (with the UK), the animated feature Song of the Sea (with Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Denmark) and the TV drama series Vikings (with Canada).

Government support for co-productions

The industry receives federal funding support from the Irish Film Board which has an annual budget of approximately €16 million allocated across feature films, TV drama, animation and documentaries. A federal tax rebate of 28 per cent (30 per cent for projects with qualifying expenditure in excess of €30 million), which can be used for both production and post-production, is also in place.

The Irish Government recently demonstrated its support for the production industry by announcing major improvements to the tax incentive for film and television, Section 481, increasing Ireland’s international competitiveness as a location for film, television and animation commencing in 2015.

Ireland's film industry

A total of 34 feature films were produced in Ireland in 2013 and the country’s reputation for excellence in animation and post-production is receiving global recognition. There is a high rate of cinema attendance, with the gross box office in 2013 totalling $136.5 million.

Please note this information is correct as at October 2014.