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A very positive and informative evening was had at Dolans on the Dock Road on Monday night last (29th June)

With a full house in attendance of film makers, the media and the crews of the Film Limerick Trilogy films, short excerpts of the first two films that are nearing completion were screened along with a panel discussion.

From Left: Peter Delaney (dir), Stephen Hall (dir), and Daniel Mooney (writer)

From Left: Peter Delaney (dir), Stephen Hall (dir), and Daniel Mooney (writer)

Writer, Daniel Mooney (The Apparel), Director, Peter Delaney (The Apparel) and Director, Stephen Hall (Day Off) gave a in-depth insight to their experience of working on the unique Film Limerick project answering questions from Film Limerick Project Manager Ronan Cassidy and members of the audience.

Audience at the Film Limerick Scene Screening.

Audience at the Film Limerick Scene Screening.

With the third film ‘Date:Time’ to go into production on July 22nd, this event has generated a positive vibe with the cast and crew, giving them a clear idea of how the films are progressing and the advantages of working on the Film Limerick project.

Also mentioned were the two Bursary films, Lost and Found and The Clockmakers Dream. Both of which received €15,000 each through the  Limerick City of Culture 2014, Film Limerick and Behind The Scenes, and are in the final stages of post production. The teaser trailer for Lost and Found was screened also which stars many local and familiar Limerick Acting talent. This trailer can be viewed below.

Behind the Scenes would like to again thank all who worked, volunteered or simply supported the trilogy project and look forward to the completion of the final film and the premiere of all three at a date in September 2015.

Thanks,

The Behind The Scenes Team.

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A big thank you to everyone who has worked on, and supported the Film Limerick Trilogy Short Films [Day Off – Director Steve Hall, Writer Peter McNamara and The Apparel – Director Peter Delaney, Writer Dan Mooney].

We look forward to seeing you all again, and collaborating with you on future film projects.

***Why not come down to Dolans on Monday 29th June at 7:00pm to see Exclusive Scenes from the short films, with a Director and Panel Talk on the night***.

We will also be discussing on the night the final film of The Limerick Trilogy, “Date:Time” (Writer – Philip Shanahan, Director Paul Corey) which is scheduled to go into production mid July.
Please bring along your family and friends to this free event. We just ask that you register your interest so we can save you a seat and some popcorn!. Please book now,

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Hi all

Following on from the great success of this years festival along with the Craol Award win for the students of the Video & Sound Technology course and Wired FM, we have the latest videos release from the electrical and electronic department social team.

Music Technology and Video and Sound Technology Courses

 

Katie & Jack

 

Well Done to all involved.

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Today marks the start of a possible historic journey for the Limerick Film Industry. Announced this morning from Limerick City and County Council was the deal to purchase the former Dell building in the Plassey Technological Park for the use of creating a Film Studio.

Here is the formal Media Release detailing the deal and what it means:

 

LIMERICK CITY AND COUNTY COUNCIL AGREES PURCHASE OF FORMER DELL SITE TO FACILITATE PROPOSED MAJOR INTERNATIONAL MEDIA HUB

Media Release, Monday, 25th May 2015

LIMERICK, IRELAND- Limerick City and County Council has announced that it has agreed terms on the purchase of a 350,000 sq foot building in Plassey as part of its strategy for infrastructural development. It is proposed that the building will house a major international media hub to facilitate the production of film and television content and to provide support services.

The local authority remains in discussions with Ardmore Studios, Ireland’s top Film and Television Studios, for the provision of much needed studio infrastructure for the Mid-West.

The proposed location of the international studio which the Council has purchased in the region of €5-6m is a former industrial building on Plassey Park Road in Limerick, approximately 25 acres in size with 7.5 acres of development land available and 750 car spaces.

A former manufacturing facility, it was leased successfully and visited by thousands as ‘The Culture Factory’ venue for Limerick City of Culture 2014.

Welcoming the news, Limerick City and County Council Chief Executive Conn Murray said the purchase is ‘an important step in the local authority’s plan to create an international film centre and major sustainable employment in Limerick’.

“Our discussions with Ardmore Studios are continuing at pace since we first announced that we were working together late last year,” Mr Murray said. “We’re delighted that subject to finalising details, we have agreed terms on the purchase of the former Dell building in Plassey. The purchase of this building is the first step in our strategy to create major studio facilities in Limerick. The next part of the process is to finalise our discussions with Ardmore Studios. We have been encouraged by the response to this initiative.”

Mr Murray said he is hopeful that the purchase of the building will lead to major sustainable employment and the creation of a new film industry in Limerick.

“There is a clear and urgent demand for large scale studio space and support buildings in Ireland, and  many of the pre-conditions necessary for the creation of studios already exist in Limerick,” he added.

“It is evident that success is based on government support, direct investment and commitment given to the vision of those involved. We hope that this is just the start of a project which will create a new industry and a huge number of jobs locally. It’s also a logical legacy of Limerick’s year as National City of Culture 2014 and its bid to become European Capital of Culture for 2020.”

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I spoke with Joe Nash of Limericks Live 95FM on Thursday last about the benefits of this deal for the Film Makers and students of Limerick. See Below. (Click on Image to hear sound Grab)

Live 95fm news Story

Here is the DIRECT LINK

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Limerick is in the middle of setting a deal for a film Production studio of its own.
See the article from the Irish Examiner:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/international-film-studio-moves-to-limerick-330283.html#.VVMJT3R7JBQ.facebook

More news as it becomes available.
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Well another year is over for the Limerick Film Festival and I have now switched my attention back to other projects (Editing the Film Limerick Trilogy Films, Behind The Scenes, LIT Work and the Doctorate)

We had a great festival, with an increase on numbers overall for the guest speakers, screenings and Awards show.

The full edited version of the Short Film Awards show can be found by clicking the image below.

Thanks to all who helped out… (too many to name here) but you all know who you are.

I’ll be working over the summer on next years details and structure and hopefully in September there will be more information to give you.

Simon.

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Big thanks to the team of Fusion Magazine for the photos and right up in this months edition.

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With principle filming completed on the second film of the trilogy, The Apparel, we have now started the post production.

The “training Trilogy”, a brainchild of Film Limerick Project Manager, Ronan Cassidy, has brought together both professional and novice filmmakers to realise the three short scripts created by Limerick’s Dan Mooney, Peter McNamara and Philip Shanahan.

The post production team consists of LSAD Student; Maeve Humphreys, Mark Griffin (LCFE) and Patryk Czekalski (LIT) (Assistant editors) and myself as lead editor. Limerick Institute of Technology is providing the post production facilities for the offline editing. We are using Avid Media Composer 7 with an Avid ISIS 5500 server for storage.

With the first of the three films, Day Off, already in the middle of post production, the team now move onto the more difficult task of managing two at the same time. With the third (Date Night) in preproduction, the team will be soon working on all the trilogy ensuring that the visual and story links are working along with balancing the ideas of three directors and the support of Ronan and Gerry Stembridge.
In the end we will have three great short films of which we can all be proud of, which will also show off to the rest of Ireland that Limerick has talent and locations for professional film making.

More soon.

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(Photo Credit: Herbert Knowles, Shannon, Co.Clare.)

PRESS RELEASE

The 6th Annual Limerick Film Festival was formally launched on Tuesday 31st March at the George Boutique Hotel, Limerick. 

The launch of the Limerick Film Festival Programme 2015 was a great success, with a large attendance from the local film making community. Limerick Film Festival Director, Simon McGuire, spoke about the importance of the previous year’s Limerick City of Culture Film Legacy and the resulting short film production currently taking place in the city.

This year’s programme includes many inspiring guest speakers and screenings.

Brendan McCarthy, co-author of the new MadMax: Fury Road film, due for release in May 2015, will be speaking on Thursday 23rd April.

Renowned Irish film director, Kevin Liddy, will be screening his latest short film, The Suffering Kind (Winner of the Spirit of Cork Indie Film Festival), along with his critically acclaimed film, Horse, on Friday 24th April.

The final speaker will be Irish music composer, Patrick Cassidy, whose recent work includes the soundtrack to the award winning Calvary, will be speaking on Saturday 25th April.

All guests will speak in the Film Festival’s home of the Millennium Theatre at Limerick Institute of Technology. The Short List for the Short Film Awards was also released and details are on the film festival website www.limerickfilmfestival.net

For further information, please contact Simon McGuire at simon.mcguire@lit.ie

For further information on these and the other events in the schedule please see the schedule pages on the website HERE

 

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We are so looking forward to launching our programme on Tuesday 31st March, 7pm at the George Boutique Hotel. With special guests, Limerick Premiere screenings and a chance to put questions to iconic Irish Film Makers, there will be a lot of interest in experiencing the three day event.

We will also be announcing the Short Film Awards Short List, which will be posted on this site later in the night.

Thanks once again to Jacinta, Ataf and the team of the George Boutique Hotel for looking after us once again.

We hope to see as many of you as possible and look forward to meeting you.

Simon McGuire

Limerick Film Festival Director.