Posted May 06, 2018 08:31:46 The new kid movies company called New Kids Films is opening its first Ireland office in Cork City.
Dublin-based company director Mark Firth said it had been hard to find an Ireland-based distributor of Irish independent films.
“Dublin is a very small and very young city and I was very excited about it but I found it very difficult to find a company to distribute our films to,” he said.
“It’s been hard because the film business in Ireland has been very different to the rest of the world.”
We have a very high barrier to entry in the UK, we have a low barrier to enter the UK market.
“There are a lot of people in the film industry in Ireland who are very young and don’t know a lot about film, or they have very little experience of it.”
In the UK they have an awful lot of experience and they don’t understand the film, and they are very afraid to say ‘no’.
“But the problem for us is that we are a young company, and we want to give people an opportunity to make their own films.
We want people to make independent films and to have that film make a positive impact in the world.”
He said there were about 20 Irish people who were in the industry and they all wanted to make films.
The Irish Film Industry Alliance has been lobbying for a film company in Dublin to open a branch.
“That’s what we are looking to do, we want a branch, we are very hopeful that it will happen,” Firth added.
“But we’re not going to make any money out of it.”
He described the Irish film industry as “an industry that is in transition”.
“It is a bit like the music industry, where the last 10 years or so have seen a lot more consolidation and a lot fewer producers,” he added.
New Kids Films CEO Paul Murphy said the company had been approached by a number of potential distributors, but that it had not yet found an Irish distributor for its films.
He said the new branch would focus on “small and independent films, and not to be over-promoted”.
“We are a new company so we’re going to be looking at new ways to distribute films in the future,” he told The Irish Mail on Sunday.