During the pandemic audiences turned to television and film for entertainment, but figures released today show that those who make onscreen entertainment also had a very busy period.

In fact Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland say that €500 million was spent in 2021 in the Irish economy across film, television drama, documentary and animation production.

This, they say is the highest spend ever achieved and a 40% increase on the previous record set in 2019.

The spend was across both local and international productions and around 12,000 local jobs are being supported.

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Fís Eireann say a number of factors contributed to the growth including Ireland's competitiveness for attracting international productions, its own development funding opportunities and direct support from government.

- In 2021, across feature film, documentary, animation and TV drama, the total production spend in the Irish economy for 2021 was €500 million – 40% higher than 2019’s previous record spend.

- In 2021, local Irish film activity increased by 52% from 2019, reaching the highest year ever for the category.

- New feature films coming for 2022 include Nocebo, Joyride, Aisha and God’s Creatures.

- Local TV drama production spend increased by 40% from 2019, showcasing the impact of increased funding and support.

- Since Screen Ireland’s introduction of development funding for TV drama in 2015, TV drama spend has increased by 145%.

- Local Irish animation also demonstrated an increase in production in 2021 of 27%.

- International production activity grew by 45% with projects such as Disney’s Disenchanted, which filmed on location in Dublin and Wicklow, with over 1,000 Irish people employed on the production.

Desiree Finnegan Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland Chief Executive said: "This record-breaking level of film and TV production in Ireland demonstrates the dedication and resilience of all those working across the sector.  

"Despite immense challenges, the producers, directors, writers, cast and crew continued creating world-class stories to entertain audiences at home and abroad.

"Government support through increased funding and TV drama stimulus provided by Minister Catherine Martin TD has played an essential role in the industry’s recovery and subsequent growth, generating a substantial contribution to the economy, creating significant employment and skills development opportunities."

Regional Production

In 2021 Irish film and television projects filmed on location all around Ireland including counties Limerick, Mayo, Cork, Leitrim, Donegal, Wicklow Galway, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Clare, Dublin and Wicklow.