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Legal Issues for Filmmakers

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Dates: TBC, 1 Saturday

€90 members/non-members

This intensive one-day course covers all the essentials legal issues relevant to anyone starting out in the film and television industry in Ireland today.

This one-day seminar covers common legal issues facing filmmakers when producing a film, television programme or other audio-visual work. Taught by a practising barrister, the course covers a range of topics including copyright, clearances, employment law and more.

Course Content:

  • How to set up a production company
  • Copyright – how it operates, why it is relevant and exemptions
  • Trade marks/brands – the legal rules in relation to reproducing trademarks and brands in audio-visual works
  • Clearances and releases – music, film footage, locations, interviews and performances.
  • Common types of contracts used by filmmakers including option agreements, co-production agreements and distribution agreements.
  • Essential elements in legally binding contracts
  • Employing employees and engaging freelancers
  • Introduction to basic taxation issues for filmmakers

Lead Tutor: Eva Nagle BL

Cian McElhone from Philip Lee Solicitors


  • Saturday TBC

Class times:

  • 11.00 – 4.00


  • €90

To Book / More Info:

  • For more info or to book, please contact Filmbase Reception on 01 679 6716 and dial 0.
  • Detailed information on this course is available from Training Manager; please email
  • Please read our Terms & Conditions before booking a course.