EU funding of €690,000 awarded two new Irish movies

25 Oct 2011

Brendan Gleeson stars in The Guard

Element Films and Dublin director Lance Daly have both been awarded competitive Eurimages funding of €390,000 and €300,000 respectively, to work on their next film projects.

Element Films, which produced The Guard, which starred Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, has received €390,000 to work on Irish-French co-production Dark Touch.

Daly, who made Kisses, has been awarded €300,000 to work on his next project, Life’s a Breeze.

The Eurimages fund aims to promote the European film industry by encouraging the production and distribution of films and fostering co-operation between professionals.

Delegates from more than 35 Eurimages member countries representing the Board of Management for the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund descended on Dublin last week for a four-day meeting to discuss the latest round of funding decisions.

Previous Irish co-productions which were awarded Eurimages support include the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells, As if I’m not There, Ireland’s submission for the Academy Award Best Foreign Film prize this year, This Must be the Place, starring Sean Penn which filmed in Dublin last year, and the multi-award-winning Song for a Raggy Boy.

Ireland is a member of the Council of Europe’s production support fund, Eurimages. The fund supports the production of feature films, documentaries and animated films that are intended for cinematographic exhibition and are co-productions between at least two member states. EURIMAGES was established in 1988 and Ireland has been a member since 1992.

Life’s a Breeze and Dark Touch are expected to go into production in the next few months.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years