Film industry output rose by two-thirds to €320m last year

Output in the Irish film industry increased by more than two-thirds to just over €320m last year, according to figures released today by IBEC.

Output in the Irish film industry increased by more than two-thirds to just over €320m last year, according to figures released today by IBEC.

However, the employers' body's Audiovisual Federation said lower production costs in eastern Europe and a weak dollar meant that the Irish film sector was not able to attract as many Hollywood blockbusters this year.

Speaking at the publication of the figures today, spokesman John Cummins said indigenous producers were benefitting from greater government support, but more needed to be done to keep the industry competitive.

"People like the Hungarians, the Czechs, the eastern European countries with lower cost bases than ours are now really after this kind of business and are succeeding, so we have to be better than ever to stay in there," he said.

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