Cillian Murphy, Pat Shortt and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor star in new Irish productions coming in the next 12 months...
Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ Irish Film Board (IFB) has published its full slate of productions for 2017.
2016 was a landmark year for the IFB as its projects achieved record global box office figures and production activity in Ireland surpassed €250m for the first time.
James Hickey, IFB Chief Executive; creative team from "The Drummer and The Keeper" Jacob McCarthy,Actor; Dermot Murphy, Actor; Nick Kelly, Writer and Director; Kate McColgan , Producer; and Dr Annie Donna, IFB Chair at today's launch / Naoise Culhane
Here's what's coming in 2017:
With demand for Irish films, TV and animation on the rise, the IFB says that there is still "significant potential for further growth."
Ireland will feature in Star Wars Episode VIII at the tail end of the year. During 2017 the IFB will embark on an international advertising campaign to promote Ireland as a location for production with a focus on North America.
A still from Irish animation ‘Second to None’
In 2015/2016 Irish films made a record breaking $170m over 18 months at box offices around the world.
Room grossed €1.3m in Ireland, The Young Offenders is described by the IFB as a "local sleeper hit," it made over €1.2m - while Brooklyn finished its successful Irish run having earned over €3.1m and indie hit A Date for Mad Mary had sales of €220,000.
Older than Ireland, Atlantic, and Strange Occurrences in an Irish Village also drew huge TV audiences - while Amazon and Netflix's Irish acquisitions and commissions grew.
Commenting, Dr Annie Donna, IFB Chair said: "We are delighted to be working with the Creative Ireland programme, which is placing creativity at the centre of public policy. We intend to support the continued development of Ireland as a centre of excellence for the film, animation and television sector as is identified by Creative Ireland as one of its five central pillars.
"We look forward to working with Minister Humphreys on the recently commissioned audio-visual report on the value of the sector so that we can strategically plan around building necessary policy for the industry."
Strange Occurrences in an Irish Village
James Hickey, IFB Chief Executive said: “The slate of productions we are launching today is exciting and impressive, showcasing diverse themes and genres by both experienced and new creative talent.
"The quality and quantity of the work demonstrates our long-term commitment to investing in talent and developing sustainable career paths for Irish storytelling on screen."