Steer­ing group set up to de­velop county’s grow­ing film in­dus­try

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

A NEW steer­ing group has been es­tab­lished by Kerry County Coun­cil to help to fos­ter and pro­mote film and the film in­dus­try in the county.

Led by Kerry County Coun­cil and chaired by coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive, Moira Mur­rell, the group brings to­gether many agen­cies as well as ex­perts from across the in­dus­try with a view to pro­mot­ing Kerry as a film desti­na­tion and help­ing to nur­ture the sec­tor in the county.

The steer­ing group – which will be chaired by Tralee Coun­cil­lor Sam Locke – will also ex­am­ine the po­ten­tial for the de­vel­op­ment of a ded­i­cated film stu­dio in the county.

The steer­ing group in­cludes Daragh O’Mal­ley of the Kerry Film Stu­dios Project the group be­hind pro­pos­als to build a mas­sive ‘pro­duc­tion vil­lage’ at a va­cant fac­tory in Tralee’s Clash In­dus­trial Estate.

The group – who have held sev­eral meetinsg in re­cent months to draw up a work pro­gramme – will also in­ves­ti­gate the most ef­fec­tive ways to cap­i­talise of the in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est in Kerry as a lo­ca­tion for film.

Kerry County Coun­cil said each film group mem­ber had been se­lected based on their ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence in film de­vel­op­ment in Kerry.

Agen­cies and in­di­vid­u­als work­ing in a pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity in the film sec­tor were in­vited to join the group which will also work closely with the Kerry Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Board of­fers sev­eral film, TV and dig­i­tal me­dia cour­ses.

“The Coun­cil’s Arts Of­fice, with sup­port across the de­part­ments of Kerry County Coun­cil, has func­tioned as the Kerry Screen Com­mis­sion since 2001. This work has seen the lo­cal au­thor­ity sup­port many pro­duc­tions from com­mer­cials to The Lob­ster and Star Wars and it is hoped the new Film Steer­ing Group will help to achieve more in this re­gard in the years ahead,” said KCC spokesper­son Owen O’Shea.

The Kerry film steer­ing group. (Front from left) Paul O’Con­nor – Film Gaffer, Brigid Crow­ley – Head of Me­dia De­vel­op­ment ITT, Kerry County Coun­cil (KCC)CEO Moira Mur­rell, Kate Ken­nelly – Arts Of­fi­cer KCC, Mary Nash – Dept of Cul­ture, Her­itage the Gaeltacht, Mieke Van­meche­len – KCC Film­maker in Res­i­dence. (Back) Maeve Mc­Grath – Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Kerry Film Fes­ti­val (KFF), Áine Mo­ri­arty – CEO IFTA, Brid­get Fitzger­ald – Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer KCC, Mike Buck­ley – Kerry Con­ven­tion Bu­reau, Daragh O’Mal­ley – Kerry Film Stu­dios, Grace O’Don­nell – KFF, Pat Daw­son – Kil­lar­ney House and NPWS, Conor O’Car­roll – OCS Pro­duc­tions, Sharon O’Ke­effe – KCC Arts Of­fice.

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