An Irish Film Industry or a Film Industry in Ireland? The Paradoxes of State Aid

  • Roderick Flynn
Part of the Media Business and Innovation book series (MEDIA)


This chapter describes the delayed emergence of an indigenous film production sector in Ireland and, as a direct consequence, the late emergence of support mechanisms for film production there. It discusses the establishment of the Irish Film Board in 1981 and the creation of a tax incentive scheme (Section 35) for investment in film-making from 1987. However, although both supports were initially largely focused on indigenous production, the chapter traces how they have gradually been reoriented to facilitate overseas (i.e. mainly Hollywood) productions reflecting Ireland’s status as a competitor in the International Division of Cultural Labour.


Ardmore Studios National Film Studios of Ireland Irish Film Board Section 35 Section 481 Tax incentive Tax credit Indigenous production Overseas production Foreign direct investment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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