Donegal has proven to be a top film location
“Donegal is making a name as one of the best places to shoot a film in Ireland” says Aideen Doherty who manages the Donegal Film Office which is based in Donegal County Council.
“The Film Office was established by the Council in 2003 to promote the region and to help develop the profile of the county as a film location. It acts as the main resource for filmmakers in Donegal and those who wish to film in Donegal from all over the world.”
“We are the main resource for film, television, moving image art and online video enquiries in Donegal. The Film Office has extensive experience with visual production and we are more than happy to deal with any enquiries, however big or small the production is. We produce promotional packs for both national and international production companies highlighting the advantages of filming in Donegal and our unique locations.”
Aideen says that the film office is an asset to Donegal and the most recent film to be shot here shows just how great Donegal can look on camera.
“The most recent film that has been made in Donegal is a film called Grabbers. It came out in 2012 and it’s an Irish/British monster film. It was directed by Jon Wright and written by Kevin Lehane.
The film was a great success it even premiered at the Sundance Film Festival which is kind of a big deal, and shows that Donegal can compete with other film locations. Donegal’s landscapes looked truly amazing, said Aideen.”
Talking about her very own star struck celebrity moments, Aideen recalls meeting a long time idol of her own while he filmed in Donegal.
“I met Aidan Quinn as he and Connie Nielson (Gladiator) filmed on location at Malin Head in County Donegal in 2008 for the Irish drama a ‘Shine of Rainbows.’ I remember it so well because I have been a massive fan since I was like fifteen and it was my 40th birthday the day that I met him. Needless to say it was the best birthday present ever,” she laughed.
Aideen highlights what makes Donegal a unique filming location and thinks that the industry has really put Donegal on the map as a tourist destination.
“The thing that makes Donegal so unique is our amazing landscapes and we are living right on the edge of the sea which makes us different from other locations. Directors also love the clean light and long days in Ireland. We are also centrally located and just have an all round great outlook on life, why wouldn’t people want to come make a film here, she mused.
“The films really show off Donegal as a tourist destination and shows that we can compete with other major countries and of course people want to come see our beautiful county for themselves.
Key facts: –
- Donegal Film Office works with Bord Scannán na hÉireann or The Irish Film Board to help filmmakers to find locations, cast and crew, technical services and local service providers
- Donegal Film Office has an extensive database of cast, crew, production resources and production companies that work and live in the area.
- Productions shot in Donegal include Grabbers, Wakewood, A Shine of Rainbows, 48 Angels and Dead Long Enough.
- Contact the Film Office on: 074 93 73718