CITY Hall and County Hall chiefs are on the lookout for the ideal location for a film studio to attract Hollywood stars to Leeside for major movie projects.
Cork is already holding its own in the TV and film world, with The Young Offenders becoming one of the biggest comedy hits of recent times and Nora Twomey’s Oscar nomination earlier this year.
The county also has a strong acting tradition, with Cillian Murphy, Fiona Shaw and others going on to achieve fame in the industry.
Film In Cork, a partnership between the two councils which promotes filming in the county, believes a permanent film and tv production studio should be based in Cork.
A City Hall report found there is a ‘clear business case for the development of a studio facility in the Cork region’.
According to the Cost Benefit Analysis carried out by Grant Thornton, Film In Cork should pursue the development of a studio as it could provide a strong financial return on investment.
The report recommends the construction of a large permanent sound stage and two smaller structures, accompanied by ancillary buildings for dressing rooms, hair and make-up, workshops, prop storage and production offices.
The development could be assisted with Enterprise Ireland or urban regeneration funding but first a site needs to be identified. The Councils are looking for a landbank of approximately 25 acres, within easy reach of the airport, but not within flight plans.
Film In Cork have committed to preparing business plans so that an application can be ready to go when a site becomes available.
Other parts of the country have benefited hugely from being the locations for high-profile shoots. Skellig Michael shot to worldwide attention after being used as a filming location for Star Wars while tourism in the North has been boosted because of its links to TV megahit Game Of Thrones. Any such studio would also provide an employment boost for the area, both during construction and for production staff once built.
Film In Cork already runs training initiatives to support local talent in the industry and markets a variety of buildings and areas around the city and county as potential filming locations.
Corkonians might even get the chance to pop up as extras in any future filming.