A new feature from Cartoon Saloon, Hugh O'Conor's directorial debut Metal Heart and Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson's supernatural thriller The Little Stranger are all part of the Irish Film Board's slate of productions for 2018.

In all, audiences will see 16 feature films, five co-productions, five TV animations, 13 documentaries, 21 short films and an international TV drama, all supported by the Irish Film Board this year.

In a statement, the Board said that Irish-supported production output exceeded €84 million in 2017, a 58% increase on the previous year.

It also said that supporting female talent will be a priority in 2018.

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Speaking to RTÉ News Arts & Media Correspondent, Sinéad Crowley, Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board James Hickey said: "We're particularly excited about Carmel Winters' new film, Float Like a Butterfly, which is shooting in Cork.

"We have another film coming down the tracks from Cartoon Saloon called Wolfwalkers, which will be made in Kilkenny. 

"We have two films which we're shooting in Connemara - one in Oughterard, one in Spiddal. And we had a film shooting in Boyle, Co Roscommon, Dark Lies the Island - a Kevin Barry story which we're very excited about as well.  

"That, combined with the big TV series [Nightflyers] which is going on in Limerick in Troy Studios, now makes us a very large TV drama production centre in world terms."