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Future Screens NI

7 June 2019

Support for creative industries R&D in Northern Ireland

Future Screens NI, the new cross-sector creative partnership in Northern Ireland, is making a £13 million investment to secure the future of the creative industries in the region. It aims to accelerate growth through new product development, services and high-value skills for jobs in a flourishing sector.

The partnership is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), as well as the industry. It brings together Queen's University Belfast (QUB), Ulster University (UU) and key industrial partners, such as NI Screen and RTÉ, who are at the forefront of the local creative economy.

What does Future Screens NI offer?
Future Screens NI will deliver expert technical skills, opportunity and growth across:

  • film and broadcast
  • animation
  • games
  • immersive technologies 

Through the partnership, Northern Ireland’s creative companies will develop strategies to collaborate, grow productivity and maximise their global potential, delivering new jobs and an expected £400 million increase in GVA to boost the local economy.

Addressing challenges and building on existing strengths in creative industries in the region, areas of focus will include:

  • narrative and storytelling in digital content
  • applications of VR/AR in health, tourism and engineering
  • development of a games nexus
  • expanding capacity for large scale film and TV production
  • enhancing the high-level skills pipeline in 2D and 3D animation

The partnership will offer funding opportunities through:

  • open calls for R&D support
  • challenge calls twice a year
  • talent growth programmes
  • co-investigator engagement

See a summary of Future Screens NI funding calls.

Read more about the launch of Future Screens NI.