As if the recent IFTA awards didn't do enough damage to Irish cinema now the our National Assets Management Agency intends to close down The Factory. This is the place where three of our 'top' directors run a film collective: Kirsten Sheridan, Lance Daly, and John Carney. Like everything in Ireland the name is a copy from elsewhere - Andy Warhol's The factory in the 1960s. Even better, the product they produce is stuff like Dollhouse which no-one but this blog remembers. They held some recent competition where you submit a film idea and they fund it. Sort of like Catalyst but seems to have made no impact. If only Nama could do the same with the Irish Film Academy!