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Yet more continuing good news for Limerick Film today, following on from other acceptances and acknowledgements, Tommy Conlon has been nominated for Best Director at the Largo Film Awards 2016.

The film was also selected for both the Norwich Radical Film Festival and  the ‘Move Me Productions Belgium Online Short Film Festival.

SYNOPSIS

An Irishman, a Frenchman, a German and an Italian are working in the public relations department at the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels.

On this particular day they are each giving guided tours to visitors. They explain the history of the EEC/EU. Naturally they portray it is a visionary project, built on the ideals of great statesmen who after World War 2 dedicated themselves to a future Europe of peace and prosperity.

 

Tours over for the day, they return to their office upstairs. Whereupon they swiftly begin haranguing each other, insulting the others’ countries, resorting to caricature and national stereotypes. The united façade presented earlier to the public has disintegrated.

Writer’s note

While this film is essentially satirical in intention, and hopefully comedic in its execution, the writer is trying to make a point about basic nature. Can human beings successfully erase their tribal identities and atavistic instincts for the sake of a greater common good? And is the vast EU project, currently generating widespread resentment across the continent, ultimately a chimera that cannot be sustained.

Shot on location in Dublin, and edited here in Limerick, the short has a particular contemporary feel with the current unfolding news stories of the Euro 2016 and the UK Brexit referendum.
Tommy’s previous film ‘Play it Again Son!’, has had previous success at the 2015 Limerick Film Festival, winning the award for best acting for Pius McGrath’s performance.

The Sons of Robert Schuman is currently doing the rounds on the Irish Film Festival circuit as well as the European stages. As information on screenings become available they will be posted here.

Congrats Tommy.

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More great news for the Limerick Film scene, Tommy Conlon’s second short film, entitled The Sons of Robert Schuman, has been selected for both the Norwich Radical Film Festival and  the ‘Move Me Productions Belgium Online Short Film Festival.

 

SYNOPSIS

An Irishman, a Frenchman, a German and an Italian are working in the public relations department at the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels.

On this particular day they are each giving guided tours to visitors. They explain the history of the EEC/EU. Naturally they portray it is a visionary project, built on the ideals of great statesmen who after World War 2 dedicated themselves to a future Europe of peace and prosperity.

 

Tours over for the day, they return to their office upstairs. Whereupon they swiftly begin haranguing each other, insulting the others’ countries, resorting to caricature and national stereotypes. The united façade presented earlier to the public has disintegrated.

Writer’s note

While this film is essentially satirical in intention, and hopefully comedic in its execution, the writer is trying to make a point about basic nature. Can human beings successfully erase their tribal identities and atavistic instincts for the sake of a greater common good? And is the vast EU project, currently generating widespread resentment across the continent, ultimately a chimera that cannot be sustained.

 

Shot on location in Dublin, and edited here in Limerick, the short has a particular contemporary feel with the current unfolding news stories of the Euro 2016 and the UK Brexit referendum.
Tommy’s previous film ‘Play it Again Son!’, has had previous success at the 2015 Limerick Film Festival, winning the award for best acting for Pius McGrath’s performance.

The Sons of Robert Schuman is currently doing the rounds on the Irish Film Festival circuit as well as the European stages. As information on screenings become available they will be posted here.

Congrats Tommy.

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Limerick 2020 Needs YOU!!!!

Posted: June 21, 2016 in Uncategorized


Hi all,Below is a request by the Limerick 2020 team. If you would like to get involved then please contact Ciarda Tobin on the email below.

Regards

Simon.
Momentum is building, the excitement is tangible and with less than 30 days to go its time for the final push.

Limerick deserves the title of European Capital of Culture 2020 and we need to show the Jury and Europe why.

With the competition heating up we need your help! On the 12th of July, the Jury will visit Limerick as part of the decision making process. We have big plans to show them just how much talent and potential there is in Limerick

As part of these plans, we have a top secret flash mob event in the pipeline, and, we want YOU to join the 300 participants needed to help make this happen.

All you have to do is:

1. Be over 18

2. Be available from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th July.

3. Fill in the volunteer form here: http://www.limerick2020.ie/volunteer

4. We will get back to you and give you the details

So go on, join the party, it’s your city, your culture, your bid! ​And its going to be great fun.

Contact Ciarda at: 

ciardatobin@gmail.com

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After a number of months in planning, production and postproduction the news that came in, that one of the Film Limerick Trilogy has been successful in selection to this year’s Galway Fleadh has given a boost to all who worked on it. From the writer Peter McNamara, (who has been busy with other projects state side, namely ‘Narcan’ (coming soon)) to the director Stephen Hall, (also busy with other projects that have screened home and abroad), the crew of the film and the Behind The Scenes team  (namely Mark Griffin who went above and beyond for the project) this acknowledgement by the Fleadh is something special, inspiring and encouraging.

The scope of the Film Limerick project was not for the faint hearted. To bring the three stories together with three writers and three directors took organising and at times needed a delicate professional hand to harmonise everything together and allow the interweaving of the narratives, characters and locations of Limerick city to compliment each other. Project mentor Gerard Stembridge and project manager Ronan Cassidy brought all this together and with the support of the Limerick City of Culture, Behind the Scenes, Limerick 2020, Limerick Institute of Technology. Even though ‘Day Off’ was the only one of the three selected this by no means is a reflection on the other two films of the trilogy, ‘The Apparel’ and ‘Date:Time’. The same amount of hard work, dedication and attention to detail was given to all three and the fruits of the labour of all cast and crew involved can be seen in every shot and piece of sound. This was certainly evident when all three had their cast and crew screening at the Limerick Film Festival back in April to an audience of nearly two hundred.

As editor on the trilogy, i’m taking great pride in the effort from everyone’s talent and patience with these films. I would encourage everyone to take a look at all three when ever you get a chance to see the film making talent that is growing in this city and region. They need the support and encouragement to continue their passion and goals. Film in Limerick needs to be supported now and into the future, whether the Limerick 2020 bid is successful or not… culture is not just for one year it’s for life and the Film Limerick Project has been only one part of many available by different groups and individuals in the city. It has achieved its goals set way back between the Limerick City of Culture 2014 team and Behind the Scenes. Regardless of people’s difference of opinion of each other, the trilogy films… all films… created in Limerick should not suffer… it is our creativity,… our art,… our culture and long may we continue to practice!

Simon McGuire

Film & Broadcast Editor.

Great fireworks show last night on the banks of the River Shannon.

Here is a little highlights video of the show. Enjoy.

Simon.

 

After over a years worth of work on this project, there is a sense of excitement and anticipation with the cast and crew on the upcoming screening at the Limerick Film Festival.

This ambitious project was realised by Film Limerick Project Manager Ronan Cassidy and acclaimed Limerick writer and director Gerry Stembridge, with the support of Behind the Scenes in partnership with Limerick City of Culture. The scheme also received assistance from Screen Training Ireland.

The idea behind the project was a way of providing training and experience for those seeking to break into the film industry. Three short films were produced using local filmmakers mentored by industry professionals. Gerard Stembridge selected three writers from Behind The Scenes and worked with these writers individually to make each script as good as it could be. He also took an overview, looking for connecting features and elements that would create links between the stories.

The writers were given maximum freedom to tell whatever story they wanted to tell. The stories had to be contemporary and preferably unfold within a limited time period and Limerick City itself was to be evident as the backdrop. The use of locations in the city is therefore at the heart of each of the films. Even though the films are quite separate stories and work as stand-alone films, seen together they are subtlety linked.

Three teams were put together with everyone who took part gaining invaluable experience from top industry professionals. The teams consisted of three first time writers and three first time directors. In addition there were DOP’s, sound operators, set designers, assistant editors wardrobe, make-up, hair etc., each team being mentored by designated industry professionals.

Gerard Stembridge worked with the directors on casting to secure the best available local talent for the individual films. He also oversaw the filming and mentored the directors on set and ensured that the important linking elements between the stories were taken care of, so that the final product would stand up as a single entity.

Mentor Gerard Stembridge, three writers and three directors all from Limerick, set about creating three short films to be shot in Limerick, featuring a cast of local actors. The films can stand alone but are also a trilogy, linked and intertwined in a number of subtle ways, not least the presence of the city itself as a character across all three films. Come see how this genuine community film project came together.

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The Apparel – Featuring Andrew Bennett (Angela’s Ashes) and Aidan Crowe (Game of Thrones)

Joseph is a 40 something whose life has taken a turn. Moved into emergency accommodation with an unkempt 20 something, he clings to the last vestiges of the life he knew and the status of his job as curator of an art gallery.

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Day Off – Starring Dawn Bradfield (The Clinic) and Joe Mullins (Pilgrim Hill)

Laura struggles at first to come to terms with her husband’s life-changing affliction, her only distraction is her Day Off, where once a week she finds time to see her friends and socialise.

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Date:Time – Main characters played by local actors Mark Griffin and Erica Murray

A romance develops between Ann and Bob, but his bad habit of being continuously late is taking the excitement away and she feels taken for granted.

All the offline editing took place at the post facilities of Limerick Institute of Technology, with three assistant editors gaining experience under the mentorship of myself. I would like to say thanks to Mark Griffin, Patrick Czekalski and Maeve Humphreys for their attention to detail and commitment to the project. Well done guys and enjoy the screening.

The special screening of the Film Limerick Trilogy is taking place on Friday 15th at 8pm in the Millennium Theatre, LIT.

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I would like to thank the Limerick Film Festival sponsor, Fusion Magazine, Michelle, Tarmo and their team for the recent article in their other great publication, The Limerick Magazine, on the upcoming festival.

Check out the pages below or click HERE for the full ISSUU

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Hi everyone.

Following last nights successful programme launch we were delighted to announce the nominations from the short listed films for each categories. Here they are again in case you missed them.

Note we would ask all nominated film makers (if they haven’t already done so) to email us the download link for their film ASAP to limerickfilmfestival@lit.ie

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You can access the Film Festival programme from the website by clicking the picture below:

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Its that time of year again where the work for the annual Limerick Film Festival starts to come together.

On March 30th at the George Boutique Hotel at 6pm, we are launching the programme the Festival.

With thanks to Jacinta and Altaf Khan and their team we are delighted that the George and Da Vincenzo’s Restaurant are supporting our modest festival again this year along with several other sponsors.

Also on the evening we will announce the short list for the Short Film Awards. This year due to the ever increasing field of talent in our region, we have an additional award for Best Limerick Short Film.

We hope to see as many as possible on the 30th March as well as the three day festival itself from April 14th to 16th.

S.