Limerick has won a competitive bid to host Cineposium. a major global film industry summit later this year.
Cineposium is the annual gathering of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) and has previously been held in the US, France, New Zealand, Spain, South Korea, Russia and Colombia.
Minister for Culture Catherine Martin made the announcement alongside Screen Ireland, Innovate Limerick / Film in Limerick and the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), which organises the event.
The announcement was made in Los Angeles, where Screen Ireland and Minister Catherine Martin, T.D. have been leading a trade mission to promote the Irish screen industry. Minister Catherine Martin (TD) met with the Executive Director of the AFCI, Jaclyn Philpott, along with Yvette Estrada from NBC Universal, one of the major studios who sit on the advisory board of the organisation, who filmed Cocaine Bear in Ireland last year.
Minister Catherine Martin, T.D., said: “I am delighted to announce, along with AFCI and Screen Ireland, that Limerick will play host to a global film conference, ‘Cineposium’, this September. This is an excellent opportunity to build on the current wave of success that is happening across the screen industry, and to further strengthen our partnerships with international production companies and studios around the world. Being able to showcase Ireland as a global production hub is a fantastic way to drive more international production to all parts of the country, further developing skills and opportunities for Irish talent and our skilled crew base here.”
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Councillor, Francis Foley, said: “This is brilliant news for Limerick and once again shows that Limerick is a home for Film, a home for innovation and a vibrant place where massive organisations can collaborate on projects such as these. Limerick City and County Council, Film in Limerick and the LCETB locally, along with the Western Development Commission and MSL ETB look forward to welcoming the Cineposium to Limerick in 2023.”
Ireland has become an international hub of film production. Many films have been shot here, including the Oscar-nominated The Banshees of Inisherin as also Disney’s Disenchanted, which transformed the village of Enniskerry. This has led to a focus, and increase on screen tourism, and various regional tourism boards have come up with dedicated locations-trails.
The 46th annual Cineposium Conference will be held in Limerick in September this year.