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Alan Owens

Limerick Chronicle, 25th March 2014.


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The 5th Annual Limerick Film Festival will be formally launched on Monday 24th March at 12pm at the George Boutique Hotel.

 Formally the LIT Film Festival, The Limerick Film Festival is now a key component of the film festival circuit in Ireland. This year’s programme will attract filmmakers from across Ireland and further afield to Limerick for the three-day event, which runs from Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th April.

Director, Simon McGuire, is delighted to have received support from Limerick City of Culture. According to Mr. McGuire, “Changing the festival’s brand name and moving it to different locations around the city is an ambitious challenge but in doing so, we hope to expand the festival and put Limerick on the map in terms of filmmaking and media.”

This year’s film festival will include:

Professional equipment and industry workshops

Film screenings

Guest speakers

The now renowned Short Film Awards Night.

For further information, please contact Simon McGuire at

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So we are off with the red carpet (10:30pm GMT) and its going to be an interesting night for the oscars.

I’ll be on Limericks Live 95FM tomorrow morning with Joe Nash to discuss the winning, films, actors, actresses and technical awards from 9am.




With just 5 days to go, now is the time to get your short film into the 5 Limerick Film Festival’s Short Film Awards 2014.

Details of entry can be found on




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Film Events to look forward to in Limerick for 2014

With Limericks City of Culture events well under way in the city and surrounding environs its good to note that there are several film related events that are on the calendar for the coming year.


Firstly the Royal Picture Show. While they have already kicked off during Valentines Weekend last there are three more events the team are putting on. The next of these takes place on  Friday, May 9, 2014 – 12:00 to Sunday, May 11, 2014 – 23:00

With Cinema screenings and exciting talks form such industry people as Julian Doyle, editor of Brazil and The Life of Brian. An event not to be missed for film lovers and film makers.

Check the website Here:



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The Fresh Film Festival takes place from March 31st to April 5th.

With Feature film screenings, Animation and Go Pro Workshops and Irelands Young Film Maker of the Year Awards all taking place over the course of the week, there will be a flurry of young film makers to Limericks streets to take in the atmosphere of this well established festival.

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Hot on the heals of the Fresh Film Festival is the 5th Limerick Film Festival, taking place on April 10th, 11th and 12th.

Formally the LIT Film Festival, The Limerick Film Festival enters its 5th year with an ambitious challenge to expand the festival and make it not only a continued success for Limerick Institute of Technology but also for Limerick City, County and the Mid-West,  in Film Making and Media.

Following the massive response to the 2013 event, the Festival organizers are looking forward to working with our sponsors and former entrants to create a series events for the festival that will attract the industry to Limerick and help make the festival bigger than ever before. We will continue to bring you:

Professional equipment and industry workshops from Canon, Whelan Cameras, GoPro, Manfrotto and TyrellCCT

Film screenings of Feature films such as ‘The Enigma of Frank Ryan’, ‘Where theres a Well’ and screenings of successful short films such as the previously Oscar long-listed film, ‘The Missing Scarf’ (Narrated by George Takai) and produced by Limerick native Jamie Hogan.

Guest speaker talks and Keynote speeches include Editor, Director Nathan Nugent (ROG, What Richard Did and Frank) along with other industry people such as Director Pat Comer.

And finally  the now renowned  Short Film Awards Night which takes place at the Millennium Theatre on Saturday 12th April from 7:30pm where film makers and their creations are celebrated with an Oscars style show.

All information on the Limerick film Festival can be found at the website:



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Light Moves – International Festival of Screendance

In November, Light Moves, an exploration and celebration of the vibrant field of screendance and dance film-making will take place at Dance Limerick, the Daghdha Space.  It will be transformed into a thrilling surround sound cinema presenting over 30 films, international guest speakers and a host of events, workshops and masterclasses.

Light Moves is Ireland’s first international festival of its kind with artistic direction and curation by director/choreographer Mary Wycherley and composer Jürgen Simpson. The festival is a collaboration between Dance Limerick and the Digital Media & Arts Research Centre (UL).

More info can be found here:




Finally the 2nd Richard Harris Film Festival will take place towards the end of the year.

This Irish film festival celebrates the life and works of Dickie Harris.  Dickie was not only a well-known Limerick and Irish actor but singer, theatrical producer, poet and film director of immense ability and charisma.  The film festival is to celebrate his unique talent in the city where he was born and raised.

For more information on the festival see:




Besides these not to be missed events there are opportunities to get involved in film making in Limerick by joining the Behind the Scenes Film Making Network Group.

Behind the scenes are a group of Film Professionals who meet regularly to bring together like minded individuals to study and promote film, television and video production.

Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month, and there are numerous events created during the year such as the exciting ‘Film In A Day’ competition.

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More on these and others soon.

Watch this space.


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The Call for Entries for the Short Film Awards 2014 at the 5th Limerick Film festival is open till March 7th 2014.

You can enter your film via post or online submission. For further details please see the dedicated webpage on the website, HERE


Great night last night filming the LIT Fellowship 2014 at the Limerick School of Art and Design.

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