The Floating World by Clare Langan, recipient of a Project Award 2012
The strategic context for the Arts Council’s support of fim and all other artforms and areas of arts practice is set out in Making Great Art Work: Arts Council Strategy (2016 –2025) (PDF, 3.29 MB). It describes how we will lead the development of the arts in Ireland over the next decade. Our strategy has five priority areas: the artist; public engagement; investment strategy; spatial and demographic planning; and developing capacity. Current Film Policy is aligned to the key objectives and desired outcomes of Making Great Art Work and can be viewed here: Film Policy and Strategy 2018 (PDF, 0.54 MB).
Supporting film artists
Arts Council’s role in film is distinct and is central to the provision of a
national infrastructure for film culture in Ireland. Our focus is on supporting
film artists and on providing for and developing audiences for cultural cinema.
We share responsibility for public policy and support for film with Screen
Ireland, which works to develop the Irish film industry, while our role
complements the work of RTÉ, TG4 and Comisiún na Meán in the area of television
The Arts Council provides support to film artists through funding for a range of organisations, including film resource organisations and festivals, and through our award and film schemes. Our awards are designed to provide artists with an opportunity to make work of an experimental nature, while our film schemes are for the making of highly creative work for dedicated broadcast or festival exhibition.
The Arts Council provides for, and develops, audiences for cultural cinema on a national basis through the funding of a range of film programming organisations. We support cultural cinema providers in adapting to a changing cinema environment and work to develop capacity within the sector through our Arts Audiences initiative. In strategic partnerships with the Irish Film Board and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, we have also provided capital funding for the development of arthouse cinemas in Dublin and Galway and for the installation of digital projection equipment in cinema screens around the country.