Ireland’s screen sector posted record results in 2010, doubling production value to €388m from €145m in 2009 according to its Audiovisual Federation’s annual report. Feature film accounted for €117m (€35m) of that output (with Irish spend in brackets) Independent TV €242m (€150) and animation €30m (€20m). The Irish exchequer received a total of €171m from film and TV production. Domestic investment from all sources totalled €130m leveraging overseas investment of €258.
The feature film sector itself almost doubled in value to $117m with the aid of €23m of Irish investment (most of it public) which leveraged €93m of overseas investment, of which €6m came from the UK, €51m from the rest of the EU and €30m from the US.
We will be looking at these figures in more detail in a future post but suffice to say whatever else is happening in the Irish economy its screen sector is not suffering from the recession.