A new €2m fund is being launched today (Thursday, October 12) in Galway that will aid the development of film, television, animation and gaming industries in the West of Ireland.
The Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s (WRAP) Fund has been established by the Galway Film Centre in conjunction with the Western Development Commission (WDC).
The fund will run over a period of three-year period and it is hoped that the investment will create 90 jobs in the Western Region. The WRAP Fund will run in association with local authorities in Clare, Donegal, Galway (City and County), Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.
The €2m fund is being launched today at the FÍS TV Summit in Galway by the Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources, Seán Kyne. The launch will also be attended by special guest Graham Linehan, the writer of Father Ted, the IT Crowd and Black Books.
It is hoped that the fund will support 15 development projects and potentially aid in the co-production of 10 international projects.
Minister Kyne said “I’m confident that this new WDC-backed fund will further develop this sector in the West bringing greater benefits in terms of job creation as well as for the creative industry.”
Ian Brannigan, Acting CEO of the Western Development Commission (WDC), said “We think it has huge potential to increase sustainable employment within the sector as well as create opportunities to upskill crews working here.”
Declan Gibbons, Manager of Galway Film Centre & Director of UNESCO City of Film, said “This significant investment has the potential to provide increased content creation and continuity of work and is an immense boost to the wealth of screen talent in the region.”