Film Board es­capes huge cut

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

The Ir­ish film in­dus­try held its col­lec­tive breath on Tues­day when the Four Horse­men of the Apoc­a­lypse turned up to de­liver the lat­est aus­ter­ity bud­get. Most in­ter­est was fo­cused on the fate of the Ir­ish Film Board. As things worked out, the cap­i­tal bud­get for the body was an­nounced at ¤16 mil­lion for 2011, a 3 per cent cut from 2010. The ad­min­is­tra­tion bud­get has been re­duced by 12.3 per cent to ¤2.4 mil­lion, bring­ing the to­tal bud­get cut for the board to 4.4 per cent.

IFB chair­man James Mor­ris re­acted thus: “The com­bi­na­tion of am­bi­tious, creatively driven Ir­ish projects and high-pro­file in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tions is set to con­tinue into the year ahead on the ba­sis of to­day’s bud­get.”

One might, per­haps, in­ter­pret that to mean “it could have been a lot worse.”

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