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IRISH FILM & TV RESEARCH ONLINE

Irish Film & TV Research Online is a website designed to bring together the research material relating to Irish-made cinema and television as well as to Irish-themed audio-visual representations produced outside of Ireland. It also incorproates historically imporant silent films made in Ireland and provides an insight into the official response to foreign cinema in Ireland. It incorporates three searchable databases: Irish Film & Television Index 1896-2006; Irish Silent Films 1910-15; and Irish Film Censors' reports, 1923-1938. The project is based in the School of Creative Arts, Trinity College Dublin. 

The impetus for the Irish Film & Television Index was Kevin Rockett's The Irish Filmography: Fiction Films 1896 - 1996 (Dublin, 1996), which documented all fiction films made in Ireland and about Ireland and the Irish produced worldwide since the beginnings of cinema. The Irish Filmography drew on the archival and paper records of many of the world's leading film archives and specialist libraries, including the Irish Film Institute; British Film Insitute; Library of Congress; Museum of Modern Art; and the National Film & Sound Archives of Australia.

Under the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences' Major Grant Scheme, 2003-05, funding was awarded to update the original filmography and to document, with the same worldwide remit, all major non-fiction films, including newsreels, and animation, made for cinema and television. In addition to the IRCHSS, the other sponsors of the project were Trinity College Dublin; the Higher Education Authority's North South Programme for Collaborative Research, 2003- and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board.

During 2003-06, filmographer and archivist Eugene Finn working with Professor Kevin Rockett of the School of Creative Arts, Trinity College Dublin, expanded the database which, incorporating the original Irish Filmography, drew on the archival and paper records of, among others, the Irish Film Archive and the RTÉ Television archive. The Irish Film & Television Index has almost 40,000 titles.

Following the launch of the Irish Film & Television Index, two additional research sources were added. An Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences projects grant, 2008-10, made it possible to transcribe over 6,000 of the Irish Film Censors' records covering the period 1923- and with the help of a grant from Trinity College Dublin and in association with the Irish Film Insitute, it was possible to restore nine drama films made in Ireland during 1910-15, which are available for viewing online or as downloads, free of charge.