Donegal Film Office Website Launch
Donegal born actor Sean McGinley returned home on Friday 16th January 2015 to launch the Donegal Film Office website at the stunningly scenic location of Glenveagh National Park.
McGinley is well known for his roles in films and dramas such as The Republic of Doyle, Braveheart, The Butcher Boy and The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
The new Donegal Film Office website will become the main calling card for promoting Donegal as a first choice destination for national and international filmmakers. The Film Office which is part of Donegal County Council, has been operating since 2003 and works in cooperation with location services at the Irish Film Board and participates in the network of regional offices country wide.
Aideen Doherty, Manager of the Donegal Film Office explains that “the website has been developed to profile and market the county to the film and media sector. The website has information on the office and the resource that it provides to support film makers when they locate in the county. It contains details on local film and media courses available at LYIT and it provides images of a range of locations throughout the county including beaches, lakes, historical monuments, mountains, castles & homes and so on. It also has a production resources section that will be developed once launched”.
She added “the website is targeted at film and media companies and will hopefully become the first ‘go to’ site for location managers interested in finding information on Donegal. It is user-friendly and the office is open to guide and provide additional support where necessary.”
The Irish Film industry is estimated to be worth over €550million employing over 6,000 individuals.
Naoise Barry from the Irish Film Board states that “the Irish film industry has grown hugely over the last decade and is going from strength to strength. The recent improvements to Irelands tax incentive Section 481 for film and television production has dramatically improved Ireland's competitive position as a film location. It was a great achievement to bring Star Wars to Skellig Michael during the summer and we have become home to some of the biggest TV shows including the Tudors, Vikings and Penny Dreadful. When these shows come to Ireland, they hire local talent and crews and make a huge contribution to the local economy”.
He added “I am delighted that Donegal Film Office is launching a new website that will showcase the wonderful offering that is Donegal. We have been working closely with the Donegal Film Office for a number of years and have been successful in attracting films such as Grabbers, Shine of Rainbows, Dead Long Enough and Wakewood and this new website will be an additional resource for ourselves and the Donegal Film Office to continue to promote Donegal as a great film location in Ireland”.