Welcome to VFX Association Ireland

VFXAI promotes Ireland nationally and internationally as a VFX centre of excellence and a destination with talent and scale.

Founded by Ireland's largest VFX suppliers, WINDMILL LANE, SCREEN SCENE, EGG & PIRANHA BAR, VFXAI showcases the VFX industry infrastructure and talent available in Ireland.

VFXAI represents Irish based companies who are primarily in the business of producing digital visual effects, on a commercial basis, for Irish and International markets.

Individual members are recognised in the international marketplace as companies capable of producing award winning VFX and all have credits on award-winning international feature films, TV and SVOD series.

With an eye to the next generation VFXAI's interface with Screen Training Ireland, 3rd level institutions, Enterprise Ireland and The Irish Film Board is central to creating a sustainable stream of industry ready talent emerging into the market every year.

In particular VFXAI works to ensure that Ireland maintains a market friendly approach to VFX production with the support of the Irish Governments Section 481 Tax Incentive. The strengths of individual member companies are combined through VFXAI while it highlights the substantial offering of talent, scale and incentives available in Ireland for the production of exceptional VFX.


Finance & Tax Credits

Section 481 of the Irish Finance Act is the tax based incentive for the Irish Film, Television and Animation industries.

1. Section 481 refunds 32% of all eligible spend in Ireland including VFX & Post Production

2. Eligible spend is defined as any person working on a production in Ireland [regardless of nationality] and all goods and services provided to the production by a company registered in Ireland.

3. To qualify for Section 481 a project may make an application at any stage during the production or post production process prior to completion of the work on the production.

4. Contact a VFXAI member company for further details and information.

Event Schedules

The Galway Film Fleadh is a six day international film event held every July.

Founded in 1989, borne out of a sense of frustration at the lack of opportunity for Irish filmmakers to exhibit their work to their peers, the first Galway Film Fleadh set about addressing this imbalance while offering the people of Galway an alternative to the mainstream fair that dominated the city’s two cinema screens at the time. In the time since, the Irish film industry and the Galway Film Fleadh have grown in tandem with one another – including the resurrection of the Irish Film Board and the establishment of the Galway Film Fair, the UK and Ireland’s first dedicated film market.

In 2018, there shal be over 100 film screenings and related events curated across 3 venues.

Location: Galway City.

The Cork Film Festival is Ireland’s largest and first film festival and one of Cork’s most significant and popular annual cultural events.

Cork Film Festival is a local, national and international celebration of cinema, running annually for ten days in November in Cork. Award-winning films from the international film festival circuit, new discoveries and cinema classics are selected by our experienced curatorial team, to be premiered on the big screen in Cork. The Festival showcases the latest and best international and Irish features, documentaries and shorts, and includes programmes for schools, families, a focus on mental health, and specialist Industry Days.

Location: Cork City

VFXAI Chairman Jim Duggan is attending the Government led Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to the USA on June 19-22.

The mission and related events are an acknowledgement of Ireland's continued contribution to the world wide digital entertainment sector. Minister For Business Innovation and Enterprise Ms. Heather Humphrys TD leads the delegation, which will be visiting LA based studios and commissioning bodies

Participation in the event is part of VFXAI's continued work promoting Ireland internationally as a VFX destination with talent and scale. VFXAI works closely with all sectors of the Irish Film & TV industry to ensure Ireland's Section 481 tax incentive remains attractive and in particular, that it is market friendly for international studios wishing to place digital VFX contracts in Ireland.

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