Film board to invest €5.3m in productions
A NEW Neil Jordan horror film, a reimagining of Jim Sheridan’s Into the West, and six animation projects are to share in more than €5.3 million of funding from the Irish Film Board.
The board, which has announced its latest funding round, says it will contribute to productions worth €38 million.
Some €4.755 million will go on production funding and €578,894 on development loans. Development loans are given to help get a film made and have to be paid back on the first day of shooting.
The beneficiaries also include the first Irish-Singapore collaboration called Mister John, and director Steph Green’s first feature film Run and Jump , which was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriter’s Lab.
Jordan’s latest feature is a horror film that concerns the activities of a mother and daughter vampire duo. The high-profile cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Bond girl Gemma Arterton and X-Men star Caleb Landry.
The project is being shot in Ardmore Studios and around Dublin and Wicklow, and has a budget close to €10 million.
Director Peter McDonald, whose award-winning short Pentecost made a splash on the international festival circuit last year, received development funding for The Steamroller , which he will co-write with Irish actor Michael McElhatton, who will also star in the project.