Irish Film Board Act, 1980

General functions of Board.

4.—(1) In addition and without prejudice to any specific functions given to it by this Act, the Board shall assist and encourage by any means it considers appropriate the making of films in the State and the development of an industry in the State for the making of films, and may engage in any other activity (including the establishment of a national film archive) which it is empowered by this Act to engage in.

(2) In so far as it considers it appropriate, the Board shall have regard to the need for the expression of national culture through the medium of film-making.

(3) The Board shall have all such powers as are necessary for or incidental to the performance of its functions.

(4) Without prejudice to the generality of subsections (1) and (3) of this section, the Board shall have power to participate and promote participation in international collaborative projects in accordance with any of its functions under this Act and, where appropriate, to enter into agreements with comparable bodies outside the State, subject to the consent of the Minister and the Minister for Finance and, where appropriate, to consultation with the Minister for Foreign Affairs.