Connemara company Atlantic Academy has been chosen to lead the training of film and television production teams in Ireland.
Screen Ireland has chosen the Spiddal-based company to be the lead organization in developing three film and TV crew hubs in Ireland.
Hubs are developed to produce a highly qualified production team for the film and television sector, which is currently experiencing an unprecedented level of activity.
There has been a massive growth in filming in Ireland not only by national broadcasters but also by international film studios and streaming platforms.
Being part of a National Talent Academies, the hubs will be managed by Atlantic Academy in Galway and Clermont Enterprise Hub in Wicklow, while in Limerick the hub will be managed by Film in Limerick.
Atlantic Academy will cover Galway, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan.
Siobhán Ní Ghadhra, CEO of Atlantic Academy, said: “It goes without saying that we are delighted to be one of three crew centers to develop the crew and the talents essential for the television sector and of cinema on a national scale.
“We see the absolute need to develop and expand the talent pool. We also plan to meet industry requirements, offering tailored and inclusive training programs.
“Training in Irish language productions will also be a priority for the Atlantic Academy. This is an excellent and much-needed response that creates future viability, jobs and career opportunities in the film and television industry. »
The three hubs will see €1 million of funding invested in their development, complemented by an additional €1.2 million which has been invested in the National Talent Academies for Film and TV Drama, of which the Galway Film Center is the lead organisation, and the Animation Academy.
Atlantic Academy is a Gaeltacht training company for the film and television sector, created by Danú Media, based in Spiddal, co-producer of Ros na Rún.
Atlantic Academy – will operate from a Chuasnóg, where the TG4 drama series is filmed on a purpose-built television theater studio set.
Danú Media is also seeking planning permission for Atlantic Studios on the former site of Galway Airport.
Minister Catherine Martin said there is huge potential for the film and television industry in Ireland.
“Not only are we seeing a thriving domestic screen industry, Ireland is becoming a major international location for film, television and animation production.
“It’s based on the talent that exists in the country and we need to develop it further to maximize that potential.”