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Specialist AV upgrade hardware and software to cater for increased demand for Digital Services
19 May 2016 | A very busy year at Specialist AV has seen them recently invest in upgrading their Hardware and Software to cater for the increased demand for their Digital services. 
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Ian Fitzgibbon’s ‘Dark Lies The Island’ one of only 12 films selected for Paris co-production Village
19 May 2016 | The line-up for the 2016 Paris Co-Production Village has been unveiled, with Ian Fitzgibbon’s ‘Here Lies The Island’ one of only 12 entrants this year. 
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Bruce Block back in Dublin to wrap up inaugural VFX and Animation Traineeship
19 May 2016 | It’s a wrap for the inaugural VFX and Animation Traineeship, a joint initiative of Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland. To mark the end of the programme, Bruce Block will return to Dublin to deliver a course on Visual Storytelling to VFX, Animation and Games artists. 
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The IFB announce three new short film schemes
18 May 2016 | Following a review of the Irish Film Board's investment in short film, they have announced three new short film schemes designed to create opportunities for emerging filmmaking talent. 
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Element Distribution and StudioCanal acquire Irish and UK rights to Paddy Breathnach’s ‘Viva’
18 May 2016 | Element Pictures Distribution and StudioCanal have acquired all UK and Irish rights to ‘Viva’, the Irish-Cuban film short-listed in 2016 for Best Foreign Language Film, in a joint distribution venture. 
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Irish At Cannes: Element’s ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ acquired by Haut Et Court for French distribution
17 May 2016 | French distributor Haut Et Court have boarded Element Pictures and Yorgos Lanthimos film ‘The Killing of A Sacred Deer’, which re-unites them with ‘The Lobster’ actor Colin Farrell. 
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Bow Street Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Partnership with Spotlight
17 May 2016 | Screen Acting Academy Bow Street celebrates the one year anniversary of their partnership with Spotlight with a series of talks and workshops at their HQ in Smithfield on May 17th. 
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Irish films ‘The Lobster’ and ‘Love & Friendship’ top US Specialty Box Office
16 May 2016 | Two Irish films, ‘The Lobster’ and ‘Love & Friendship’, topped the US speciality (Independent) box office on release in the US at the weekend. Both films are funded by the IFB. 
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Irish At Cannes: Plans for new 64,000 square foot Belfast Harbour film studios unveiled
16 May 2016 | At the Chairwoman’s Lunch this weekend at the Cannes Film Festival, plans for new film studios to be built in Belfast have been unveiled. 
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Fergal Reilly helmed ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ makes $43 million in opening weekend
16 May 2016 | ‘The Angry Birds Movie’, co-helmed by Irish Storyboard artist turned director Fergal Reilly, has made $43 million in its’ opening weekend. 
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Irish At Cannes: Ellen Page cast in Tilted Pictures and David Freyne’s ‘Third Wave’
16 May 2016 | More news from Cannes where Oscar nominated actress Ellen Page (‘Juno’) has been cast in Irish film ‘Third Wave’, directed by Irish filmmaker David Freyne and produced by Tilted Pictures. 
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Irish At Cannes: Irish actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers cast in WWII film ‘The 12th Man’
16 May 2016 | Irish actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers has been cast in Harold Zwart’s WWII film ‘The 12th Man’. 
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Irish director Fergal Reilly talks ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ – in cinemas now
13 May 2016 | With ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ in cinemas worldwide today, IFTN caught up with co-director Fergal Reilly to talk about his debut feature as a director. 
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Irish At Cannes: US rights for Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy starrer ‘Anthropoid’ sold to Bleecker Street
13 May 2016 | The highly anticipated World War II drama ‘Anthropoid’ - starring Irish actors Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy in the lead roles - has been sold to Bleecker Street at Cannes for US distribution. 
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New Government Promise to Increase Irish Film Board Funding
13 May 2016 | The new government has released a Programme for a Partnership Government which promises to “work to progressively increase funding to the arts, including the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board, as the economy continues to improve”. 
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Irish At Cannes: Irish documentaries going to market and selling in 2016
13 May 2016 | Irish documentaries have so far this year had a very significant presence at festivals such as Hot Docs, Sundance and the upcoming Sheffield Doc/Fest with the renowned Cannes proving no different. 
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Deadline extended for Pulse College’s 26 day Summer Scoring Program
13 May 2016 | The deadline has been extended for Pulse College’s Summer Scoring Program "The Fundamentals of Scoring for Film & Visual Media”. 
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Irish At Cannes: John Moore to direct thriller ‘N.O.C’
12 May 2016 | Irish director John Moore has signed on to direct the thriller ‘N.O.C’, which is scheduled to shoot in Berlin in the summer. 
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Irish At Cannes: Visit Films acquires Irish prison drama ‘Maze’
12 May 2016 | More news from Cannes where Visit Films has sold Irish/Swedish co-production ‘Maze’ to Scandinavian distributor NonStop Entertainment. 
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Irish At Cannes: Robert Sheehan cast in ‘Mortal’ helmed by ‘Trollhunter’ director
12 May 2016 | The news is coming thick and fast from France – Irish actor Robert Sheehan has just been cast in the fantasy adventure film ‘Mortal’, which is expected to shoot this summer in Norway. 
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