Following the recent launch by Minister Sean Kyne of the WRAP fund, today in the WDC offices, Ballaghaderreen, representatives from Donegal, Roscommon, Clare, Galway county and the Galway Film Centre, met to discuss how best to collectively progress the implementation of the fund within the west of Ireland region.
The Western Regional Audio-visual Producer’s Fund (The WRAP Fund) is a financial mechanism to promote job creation in the region and to assist creative producers in the sector to overcome the challenges of operating in a highly competitive industry.
The WRAP Fund will support enterprise growth in the following four sub sectors in the creative industry:
- Film Production
- Television Content Production
- Animation Production
- Content Production for Gaming
The Chair of the Galway Film Centre (GFC), Celine Curtin stated that the WRAP fund was a “Unique fund “on the Island of Ireland that addresses not only the needs of the Film and TV sectors, but also those of “animation and the gaming sectors”. As such this may represent a competitive offering to support growth of existing and new entrants to these critical sectors.
Representing Donegal county council , Aideen Doherty, reiterated the need for the WRAP fund for the regional creatives, “absolutely we should do this “, stating also the need to use the opportunity afforded by the initiative to ensure a greater engagement of young people in the sector.
Whilst the WRAP fund is targeted primarily at supporting the sector in a financial manner, through the resources of the West’s very own Western Development Commission’s funds and those of the local authorities etc. it is hoped that the group will grow to also help grow the sector through indirect means.
“The sector and local authorities have highlighted a number of issues that combine to also challenge the region’s growth in the film and related sectors“ stated Ian Brannigan, The acting CEO of the WDC, “However the great news is that solutions have also been identified, which the WDC is keen to assess further to see if significant growth can be unlocked”.
Applications for the prestigious position of Development Manager for the WRAP Fund are currently being accepted.
More details on the WRAP Fund Development Manager opportunity here.