21 January 2009: The Arts Council and the Irish Film Board announce recipients of Cinema Digitisation Scheme grants

The Arts Council and the Irish Film Board wish to announce that grants have been awarded to the following organisations under the Cinema Digitisation Scheme:

TitleTitle
Organisations AmountAwarded
Light House Cinema€200,000
Irish Film Institute€150,000
Screen Cinema€110,000
Cinema North West€75,000
Cinemobile€75,000
Mermaid, Wicklow Arts Centre€70,000
Town Hall Theatre, Galway€70,000
Totals€750,000

The Cinema Digitisation Scheme is an initiative of the Cultural Cinema Consortium, a strategic partnership between the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board.  The purpose of the scheme is to provide capital grants for the purchase and installation of digital projection equipment to cinemas that offer a cultural cinema programme on a year-round basis. 

Films are increasingly being made available in digital formats and these grants will ensure that audiences in Dublin, Wicklow, Galway, the west and north west will have access to the best and most current releases in cultural and Irish cinema programming.

For further information on digital cinema in Ireland, please see the report, Digital Cinema in Ireland by Ron Inglis, on our website. This report was commissioned by the Cultural Cinema Consortium and details the implications of digital technology in the distribution and exhibition of film in Ireland.

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