Amcomri Entertainment €10m RHIFF Investment Fund

Taking place at King John’s Castle on Tuesday 16th August, and ahead of the RHIFF’s tenth year – which runs from October 26-31, was a special launch of both a new partnership between the Richard Harris International Film Festival (FHIFF) and Amcomri Entertainment Inc. (AMEN)and a Film Funding Scheme worth 10 million Euro.

Amcomri Entertainment Inc. will make available a new film investment fund of €10m to entrants of the 2022 Richard Harris International Film Festival, while also announcing confirmation as the primary commercial sponsor for the Richard Harris International Film Festival.

The funds can be invested across a number of film projects as selected by the Amcomri Entertainment Film Committee, with funding available to entrants of the 2022 RHIFF as well as previous entrants to the festival. The investments are for feature films (not shorts), animations and documentaries.

Robert Price, Chief Executive Officer of Amcomri spoke to the audience of dignitaries and the local film making community about how this new relationship with the RHIFF will work.

“At Amcomri, we work to encourage project dialogue for film financing, publishing and international distribution and sales so we are thrilled to sponsor this year’s RHIFF. We want to continue to develop long-term relationships which can grow to multi-deal co-production activity and are eager to receive the applicants to the AMEN Film Investment Fund”

Terms and Conditions

  • Projects eligible for the fund MUST be submitted through the portal only. DO NOT email scripts or treatments.
  • The fund (and the decision making process) is entirely separate from RHIFF. The Richard Harris International Film Festival does not have a final say in this process.
  • The directors and any volunteers or contractors associated with RHIFF have no involvement in the selection process of the fund. NO Canvassing RHIFF staff.
  • Amcomri Entertainment does not provide early development funding – each project needs to be developed to the draft, script, & budget stage as a minimum requirement.
  • The investments are for feature films, animations & documentaries.
  • Applications to be made no later than 31/12/2022.
  • Waivers for administration fee will not be granted.
  • Applying to the fund does not guarantee selection at the festival and any submissions to the festival should only be done through film freeway nor does selection at the festival this year or in previous years guarantee that a project is eligible.
  • Each and any investment will be at Amcomri’s sole discretion and based upon their commercial investment criteria.
  • Applicants acknowledge that Amcomri receives a large number of applications from producers globally and that Amcomri will not be liable for an inadvertent similarities between any materials submitted to Amcomri and any film produced with Amcomri funding by another party.
  • Informal approaches (other than queries on the application process & eligibility) and pitches will not be entertained and will be disregarded and this may affect the eligibility of the project.

Copyright & Ownership

  • Writer, Director, and Producer credit will remain with the original filmmaking team.
  • All ownership and rights to material submitted to the investment program remains with the original rights holder until and unless other agreements are made.
  • Should your project be awarded funding, you are not obligated to accept it until and unless other agreements are made.

More Information on this Investment Fund

For more information on this fantastic Investment, check out the Richard Harris International Film Festival Website by clicking the image below.

Delighted to have worked with pat Shortt on this great video for the recruitment drive for the Samaritans in Limerick and Tipperary. If you are interested in volunteering at Limerick/Tipperary branch of Samaritans please email them at Limerick.BranchRecruitment@samaritans.org or their website Samaritans.ie/limerick

With the 3-in-a-row win by Limerick today, a special homecoming has been arranged to welcome the Limerick Team, management and support room staff at the TUS Gaelic Grounds on Monday evening.

Tickets can be purchased from ticketmaster HERE. It’s a free event (€2 handling charge) but is ticketed. All details can be found on the link.

Images and video clips were edited this week for the event, which will be featured on the big screen on the night and promises to be an evening to remember for all Limerick Supporters.

Simon editing the content for the Limerick GAA Team Homecoming

This summer I can recommend three must reads for every editor both new to the cutting game as well as the rest of us.

‘ A long time ago in a cutting room far, far away…’ by Paul Hirsh

“A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away is a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most influential films of the last 50 years by Paul Hirsch, the film editor who worked on Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and more than 40 other features. Starting with his work on Carrie, Hirsch gives insight into the production process, touching upon casting, directing, cutting and scoring. It’s a riveting look at the decisions that went into creating memorable and iconic scenes and offers fascinating portraits of filmmakers, stars and composers. Part film-school primer, part paean to legendary directors and professionals, the funny yet insightful writing will entertain and inform aficionados and casual moviegoers alike.” (Amazon description)

“Making the Cut at Pixar” by Bill Kinder and Bobbie O’Steen

“Join industry insiders Bill Kinder and Bobbie O’Steen as they guide readers on a journey through every stage of production on an animated film, from storyboards to virtual cameras and final animation.

With unprecedented access to the Pixar edit suite, this authoritative project highlights the central role film editors play in some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies of all time. Exclusive interviews with animation editors and other creative leads are supported by footage from deep inside Pixar’s vault. Nearly 90 minutes of video segments include never-before-seen works in progress, deleted scenes, and demonstrations to shed light on how these beloved stories are crafted. The challenges and essential contributions of editors in animation have never been examined in such depth and detail.

In addition to exploring method and craft, this book provides important context for the editor in film history, the evolution of technology, and Pixar’s uniquely collaborative studio culture. A must-read for students of digital filmmaking methods, filmmakers in all aspects of production, and fans of Pixar movies, this uniquely educational, historical, and entertaining book sheds light on how beloved stories are crafted from the perspective of crucial members of the filmmaking team. (Amazon description)

‘Art of the Cut’ by Steve Hullfish

“Art of the Cut provides an unprecedented look at the art and technique of contemporary film and television editing. It is a fascinating “virtual roundtable discussion” with more than 50 of the top editors from around the globe. Included in the discussion are the winners of more than a dozen Oscars for Best Editing and the nominees of more than forty, plus numerous Emmy winners and nominees. Together they have over a thousand years of editing experience and have edited more than a thousand movies and TV shows.

Hullfish carefully curated over a hundred hours of interviews, organizing them into topics critical to editors everywhere, generating an extended conversation among colleagues. The discussions provide a broad spectrum of opinions that illustrate both similarities and differences in techniques and artistic approaches. Topics include rhythm, pacing, structure, storytelling and collaboration.

Interviewees include Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road), Tom Cross (Whiplash, La La Land), Pietro Scalia (The Martian, JFK), Stephen Mirrione (The Revenant), Ann Coates (Lawrence of Arabia, Murder on the Orient Express), Joe Walker (12 Years a Slave, Sicario), Kelley Dixon (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead), and many more.” (Amazon description)

Continuing the previous post about the short film Warts and All, I edited, and it being selected for this years Galway Film Fleadh, there has also been success for a number of LSAD Graduates of the Creative Broadcast & Film Production programme (and its previous variation).

On behalf of the academic team at LSAD, we say congratulations and we are delighted with the continued success of these and all our graduates. If you happen to be visiting the Fleadh in July we recommend you check out their films and work.

Melissa Collins

Melissa Collins

Melissa is the producer on Vonnie: Ireland’s Forgotten Fashion Icon.

Fashion, Family and Fate. An intimate family portrait is woven as three sisters recollect the legacy of their mother Vonnie Reynolds, a forgotten Irish fashion icon forced to retire after a tragic accident.

Directed by Renata Lima, and produced by Melissa Collins

Screens on Sun 10 July / Town Hall Theatre / 10:00 / 18+


Laura O’Shea

Laura O’Shea

Laura is the director on Wednesday Child

Wednesday’s Child- Marie faces her first day on the job as a social care worker. Despite her optimism, a house call to a family in crisis quickly brings her down to reality.

Directed by Laura O Shea and produced by Caroline Harvey & Charleigh Baileigh

Screens on Sat 09 July / Town Hall Theatre / 10:00 / 12+


James Skerritt

James Skerritt

James directed the short documentary A Stone Place

A Stone Place is a visual journey showcasing a unique rock that is quarried on the side of the biggest cliffs in Europe, and that has created the aesthetic of a small rural town in the West of Ireland.

Directed by James Skerritt and produced by Pete Moles.

Screens on Sun 10 July / Town Hall Theatre / 10:00 / 18+


Philip Shanahan

Philip Shanahan

Philip directed Tides of Time

Tides of Time – Taoidí Ama

A hidden door, a jungle, and a journey into the past – an adventure for all the family. Join Molly and Beth in a story that crosses time and generations, for risk-takers young and old.

Doras dofheicthe, dufair, agus turas siar ar an am atá caite. Bí i dteannta Molly agus Beth i scéal a ghluaiseann tríd na glúinte a thing romhainn – eachtra dóibh siúd a ghlacann rioscaí, idir óg agus aosta.

Directed by Phil Shanahan and produced by Cathriona Murphy & Gerard Keenan

Screens on Sun 10 July / Town Hall Theatre / 12:15 / 12+


Muireann de Barra and Andrew Keogh

In addition to the afore mentioned graduates, lecturers Muireann de Barra and Andrew Keogh also have their project Focail Nua (New Words) premiering at the Fleadh.

Ireland has two full-time terminologists whose job is to create hundreds of new Irish words and phrases every month. Focail Nua is a celebration of the vitality, complexity and depth of the language.

Directed by Andrew Keogh and produced by Muireann de Barra

Screens on Sun 10 July / Town Hall Theatre / 10:00 / 18+


Congratulations to all and best of luck on the screenings at the Galway Film Fleadh, and continued success of the films.

Warts and All Poster

With Post Production completed by Simon at ‘Craft- Post House‘, it has been announced that the Directorial Debut for Pat Shortt on the Avenue Productions Short Film, ‘Warts and All’ will premiere at this years Galway Film Fleadh, on Wednesday 6th July at the Town Hall Theatre.

The short film is Produced by Lee Crowley, Directed by Pat Shortt and starring Michelle Lehane and Danny McCafferty

Pat Shortt with the cast and crew at the wrap of Warts and All

Aron, a single thirty-something, attempts to navigate falling in love, while trying to hide his insecurities. He wrestles with his longing to fit in and being true to himself, unsure whether the real him is too much for anyone to love.

Warts and All trailer

The film is also written by Michelle Lehane and was filmed on location in Co.Galway, in February 2022. Avenue Productions are behind the short and have previous success with films such as,

  • 2021 Give Him Time (Drama)
  • 2020 Tyre Kickers (Drama)
  • 2019 Old Firm Day (Drama)

The full line up at this years Galway Film Fleadh can be found HERE or clicking the logo below.

Galway Film Fleadh
Avenue Productions (Click for info)
Craft Post House (Click For Info)
Film Producer, David Puttnam

“The Puttnam Scholarship, now in its 3rd year, is a cross-border initiative offers promising filmmakers access to interactive online masterclasses with Oscar-winning producer David Puttnam (Midnight Express, Chariots of Fire, The Killing Fields) and each a €1,250 scholarship from Atticus Education towards their career development. The scholarship bursaries are supported by Accenture in Ireland.”

During its history so far, graduates of the Creative Broadcast and Film Production Programme (CBFP), at Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) have been recipients of this prestigious scholarship, and this year we are delighted to announce once again another 4th year student and graduate, Turlough Ó Cinnéide as one of the chosen participants.

Turlough Ó Cinnéide

The CBFP academic and technical support team wish Turlough all the best on this great opportunity and we look forward to seeing what productions he will bring to our screens in the near future.

For more information on the Scholarship and announcement Click on the image below or HERE

Launch of the LSAD Grad Show 2022. Open from June 4th to 12th, 10am-5pm each day.

‘Give Him Time’ poster

Had the pleasure recently of cutting the teaser trailer for the Avenue Productions‘ short film, Give Him Time, starring Faye Shortt and Pat Shortt.

The short screened at the 2022 Fastnet Film Festival. as part of programme 8, details a story about a father and daughter’s struggle to communicate after a local scandal, until a timely reminder gets them back on track.

Check out the trailer below.

‘Give Him Time’ – Teaser Trailer
Faye Shortt and Pat Shortt in ‘Give Him Time’

Avenue Productions is an award-winning Irish based film and television production company that collaborates with award-winning writers, directors, and leading international producers. It was established to develop and produce short, feature-length, and television drama with an Irish and International focus.

To celebrate 30 years of the Limerick School of Acting, Film CEL (Film Craftsmanship Excellence and Learning) at LSAD, TUS, have produced a short doc highlighting the school and its director, Actor Nigel Mercier.

Filmed over a number of days with the schools students the documentary features stories about how Nigel started the school and what he enjoys about it each year.

Filming was completed by both students and staff of the Creative Broadcast and Film Production programme at LSAD with the post production taking place at CRAFT Post House.

Congratulations to Nigel and all the staff and students of the Limerick School of Acting and all the best for the next 30 years.

The documentary can be viewed below.