Funding boost for NI Screen

Published Monday, 31 March 2014
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Northern Ireland's film, television and digital industries are to receive a funding boost of up to £42.8m.

Funding boost for NI Screen
DETI Minister Arlene Foster with NI Screen Chair Rotha Johnston. (© Michael Cooper)

The announcement was made on Monday as the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment launched a new 'Opening Doors' strategy on the future development of the industries.

Plans are in place to invest across a range of priority areas over the next four years with hopes the investment could boost the Northern Ireland economy by up to £194m.

Speaking at the launch event, Minister Arlene Foster said the local creative industries sector had "come a long way" over the past ten years.

She added: "This reflects the expanding creative talent pool within Northern Ireland and the close working relationships that have developed between public and private sector, in particular the work of NI Screen, and my Department through Invest Northern Ireland.

"The Opening Doors strategy is designed to ensure that the Northern Ireland Screen industries continue to excel in what is a very fast moving global industry."

In recent years Northern Ireland has become a popular location for various film and television productions, including HBO series Game of Thrones.

Richard Williams, CEO of Northern Ireland Screen, said: "This is a very big day for the screen industry in Northern Ireland.

"Opening Doors is about maximising the opportunities in the screen industries here. With the support provided by the Minister, we are confident that the film, television drama, factual television, animation and gaming sectors will all grow significantly in the next few years."

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