Screen Ireland, the film, TV and animation production industry representative body, has said that 2021 is set to potentially break production activity records despite the disruption of Covid-19.

The organisation said early estimates suggest already this year an economic contribution of €289m from the sector has been recorded from 37 Irish and international productions being made here.

If this trend continues it will be on track to beat the previous production contribution record of €358m, reached before the pandemic in 2019.

Last year, the economic contribution from the sector was €213m, despite a five month production pause due to the coronavirus restrictions.

"Despite the immense challenges the industry has faced throughout the pandemic, production activity levels are experiencing a strong recovery," said Screen Ireland's Chief Executive, Desiree Finnegan.

"In practical terms, the production activity has generated a substantial contribution to the economy, created significant employment opportunities and ongoing skills development, ensuring that those working in the industry continue to progress and excel."

Screen Ireland said it had created 20 separate funding measures in response to the pandemic that were designed to support talent through lockdown.

Among the productions taking place this year are Aisha staring Letitia Wright and God’s Creatures starring Paul Mescal and Aisling Franciosi filmed in Donegal.

Martin McDonagh’s The Banshee of Inisheer will commence filming later in the summer on location on Inis Mór and Achill Island.

The data was released as Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin visited the set of Disney movie, Disenchanted, at the RDS in Dublin.

More than 1,000 people are being employed on the movie in Ireland.

Around 11,960 jobs are dependent on the sector here.