Screenwest: Galway County Council
Screenwest is a film site run by Galway Film Centre in partnership with Galway County Council and was created to facilitate the production of audiovisual content in the West of Ireland. Screenwest facilitates and assists incoming international productions as well as providing a resource and forum for indigenous productions. The website www.screenwwest.ie is a one-stop resource for all, providing information, contacts and guidance. Within this site you can navigate the considerable Screenwest infrastructure: – Crew, Production Companies, A/V Facilities, Locations, Funding/Tax incentives, Filming permissions, Geographical information and Services.
UNESCO city of film
In 2014 Galway was Designated a UNESCO Creative City- A City of Film, the bid was led by Galway City & County Council’s, and facilitated by Galway Film Centre and also encompassed 50 key partners from across the West of Ireland including; Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board, Galway Picture Palace, Galway Film Fleadh, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Abú Media, Studio Solas, GMIT Film and Documentary Dept., Huston School of Film and Digital Media, Media Antenna, Cinemobile, Teach Solais and Eo Teilifís.
Obtaining the UNESCO City of Film status not only benefits the film sector but the greater arts community, along with individuals, businesses and organisations in the Galway region. The UNESCO status provides; international networking and business opportunities for production companies, greater awareness of the region’s potential to produce film and television projects, promotes the region as a location destination, increases business in the tourism and hospitality sector and provides greater opportunities to learn, enjoy and get involved in film and media related screenings, exhibitions, festivals and activities. It also extend the opportunities for children to learn more about film, to watch a greater range of work and to understand the value of film and media literacy in today’s society.