You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ireland Lures Filmmakers With Locations, Expertise and a 37% Tax Credit

Few locations on earth can match Ireland’s proverbial 40 shades of green. In addition to its restful hues, the island nation also boasts alluring lakes, rugged windswept coasts, small charming hamlets, rustic farmhouses of aged stone, hilltop castles and breathtaking expanses of wild scrubland.

Bustling and modern Dublin, Ireland’s capital, will be the largest English-speaking city in the European Union once Brexit is completed. It is home to some of Europe’s most advanced production expertise and resources – providing all the backup a producer needs to take advantage of the country’s generous tax credit, which can range from 32% up to 37%.

To qualify for the program, a project’s budget spend needs to be at least 250,000 euros, or approximately $280,000. The minimum eligible expenditure spend is 125,000 euros, or approximately $140,000.

Additionally, the per-project cap is set at 70 million euros, or about $78 million. There no annual limit on the program. To make things even more enticing, 90% is available as an interim payment.

The Inward Production Department of the Irish Film Board is always on hand to facilitate the production process.

Recent productions completed on the Emerald Isle include “Artemis Fowl” (2020), “Game of Thrones” (2011 – 2019), “Krypton” (2018 to present), “Greta” (2018), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017), “Transformers: The Last Knight” (2017), “The Lost City of Z” (2016), “Into the Badlands” (2015 – 2019) and “Vikings” (2013 to present).

Information courtesy of the Production Incentives team at Entertainment Partners.

32%-37% Tax credit on qualified spending
$280k Minimum budget
$140k Minimum eligible expenditure

Popular on Variety

More Artisans

  • National Theatre Live Midsummer's Night Dream

    National Theatre Live Marks Decade of Stage-to-Screen With Immersive ‘Midsummer’

    National Theatre Live has filmed nearly eight dozen theatrical productions over the last decade, bringing theater to the cinema using top technologies and talents in the videography space. This month, on the eve of its 10th anniversary, its production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is challenging the technical producers and crew with an immersive stage [...]

  • 180423_A24_Day_03B_0897.jpg

    How Bright Bulbs Enabled 'The Lighthouse's' Tough Black-and-White Shoot

    Early in prep on “The Lighthouse,” writer-director Robert Eggers asked cinematographer Jarin Blaschke, who was shooting on black-and-white film stock, if he thought they could capture the look they were going for digitally. Blaschke answered no: Digital wouldn’t let them achieve the texture they had in mind — “what we photography nerds would call ‘micro-contrast.’ [...]

  • Advanced Imaging Society Honors 10 Women

    AIS Honors 10 Women in Tech

    Celebrating 10 years of achievement in entertainment technology, the Advanced Imaging Society today named 10 female industry innovators who will receive the organization’s 2019 Distinguished Leadership Awards at the its 10th annual Entertainment Technology Awards ceremony on October 28 in Beverly Hills. The individuals were selected by an awards committee for being significant “entertainment industry [...]

  • Will Smith Gemini Man Special Effects

    How the 'Gemini Man' VFX Team Digitally Created a Younger Version of Will Smith

    More human than human — yes, that’s a “Blade Runner” reference — yet it sounds like an unattainable standard when it comes to creating believable, photorealistic, digital human characters. But the visual effects team on Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” set its sights on something even more difficult: creating a digital version of young Will Smith [...]

  • Jest to Impress Cartoon Network Virtual

    New In-House VR Program Helps Cartoon Network Artists Add a Virtual Dimension

    Teams of animators and artists from across Cartoon Network’s numerous properties are getting the chance to expand into virtual reality storytelling via the company’s pilot program, Journeys VR. The work of the first three teams — including experiences based on action, nature and comedy — was unveiled to global audiences Oct. 1 on Steam and [...]

  • Frozen 2

    How the 'Frozen II' Artists Created Believable Emotion Through Animation

    “The more believable you can make the character [look], the more people believe how [it’s] feeling,” says Tony Smeed, who, with Becky Bresee, shared the challenge of heading animation on Disney’s highly anticipated “Frozen II.” “Emotion comes from inside and manifests itself into actions and facial expressions. Anything beyond that is movement for the sake [...]

  • Lucy in the Sky BTS

    'Lucy in the Sky' DP Shifts Frame to Show Inner Turmoil of Natalie Portman's Astronaut

    What drew cinematographer Polly Morgan to “Lucy in the Sky” was how Noah Hawley’s script so clearly illuminated the emotional breakdown of astronaut Lucy Cola (Natalie Portman) in a way that felt very insular: The visual cues were on the page — and conveyed an unusual approach to charting the character’s journey. “When things fall [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content