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18/12/2001

IFB PURCHASE FILMS FROM IRISH FILM ARCHIVE

The Irish Film Board (IFB) have agreed to fund the purchase of master copies of all feature films not currently held by the Irish Film Archive (IFA) to be added to its master collection. The funding for this year will be approximately 200,000 euro.
The Archive does not have a print purchase budget, and this contribution by the Film Board will enable the Archive to augment its already substantial collection of indigenous film productions. This will allow the Irish Film Archive to more comprehensively fulfil it's remit: to acquire, preserve and make accessible Irish film heritage for film-makers, broadcasters, film scholars and the general public.
The Irish Film Archive, which is operated by the Film Institute of Ireland, is currently located in the Irish Film Centre in Temple Bar, Dublin. The Film Institute is the national body responsible for the promotion of film culture in all its forms, and it owns and operates the Irish Film Centre.
Rod Stoneman, CEO of the Film Board, said: "We are all focused on the present - the impact of Irish films here and now, but occasionally it's worth thinking of the distant future. Therefore for posterity it is vital that the Irish Film Archive have pristine preservation prints." (CD)
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