Arts Minister approves extra €1.1m funding for Irish Film Board

Two IFB-funded films were nominated for Golden Globe awards last week

Arts Minister approves extra €1.1m funding for Irish Film Board

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys TD and James Hickey, Chief Executive, Irish Film Board. Image:

The Arts Minister has approved an extra €1.1 million in funding for the Irish Film Board (IFB).

The end of year funding will come from the department’s budget for 2016.

Announcing the additional funding, Minister Heather Humphreys said it will bring to €15.5m the total amount of Government funding provided to the IFB this year.

Minister Humphreys explained: “Continued investment in Irish film makers over a sustained period is very important if we want to continue to produce world class talent and output.

“As the economy continues to improve, it is my hope that I can continue to increase investment and support for Ireland’s vibrant film, TV and animation sector.”

Two IFB-supported films were nominated for Golden Globe awards last week - with Sing Street up for Best Film (comedy/musical) and Colin Farrell nominated for Best Actor (comedy/musical) for his role in The Lobster.

The Irish Film Board secured a 14% funding increase in October's Budget, on the back of international critical and commercial successes such as Room and Brooklyn.