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Am delighted to announce that four films of which I edited have been nominated for the Richard Harris International Film Festival in late October.

‘Day Off’, ‘Date:Time’ and ‘The Apparel’, have all been accepted. These films were the brain child of Film Limerick Project manager Ronan Cassidy with renowned director Gerry Stembridge.

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. 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!

 

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The fourth short film nominated is Tommy C. Conlon’s, ‘The Sons of Robert Schuman’. Edited in early 2016 this is Tommy’s second short film after the success of ‘Play It Again Son!’.

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.

I was delighted to work on all four of these films and look forward to the festival which takes place from October 27th to 31st.

 

 

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Delighted to announce that one of the Film Limerick Trilogy, of which I was the editor, has been nominated for Best Irish Film at the Kinsale Shark Awards. Gold Winners will be announced at our Awards Dinner Ceremony in Kinsale on Thurs 22nd September 2016.

Congrats to all the team, cast crew and admin.

Fingers crossed for Thursday evening.

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With a new academic year now underway there are a number of areas of the industry that students should keep their eyes on. For many the impending news of the opening of Troy Studios in Castletroy, Limerick will be at the forefront. This will be signified with an ‘open day’ by the studio where interested parties will be invited to take a look around and ask questions of the new facility. From a student perspective I would encourage all interested students to avail of this open day and familiarise themselves with the studio, its management and what exactly they might be looking for in a future employee. This along with making those initial network connections I’m sure will help students focus on the skill gaps that they might be able to fill in the future, post college.

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The 4th Richard Harris Film Festival, is taking place from October 27th to 31st at the Belltable and other venues across Limerick.

The details of all the events will be posted on their website in the coming weeks. Click HERE


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The ‘Call for Entries’ for the 8th Limerick Film Festival will be made in early October. Information on the festival is available on their website HERE or via the twitter handle @limerickfilm

Students are encouraged to not only enter the short film competition but also engage with the team and be a part of the three day event.


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Finally, the other news that came in during the summer was the establishment of a new production and digital skills academy in the city in the “first phase” in the creation of a digital hub in Limerick.

Limerick Leader Article below: (by Alan Owens 13 Aug 2016)

Following the council’s €2.25m purchase of the former biblical centre on Dominic Street – backed by State funds – an academy is to be established to feed into the raft of opportunities in the film industry that will be created by Troy Studios locating in Castletroy.

Innovate Limerick, the council’s investment arm that was crucial to getting the Troy deal over the line, is leading the way on the creation of the academy and digital hub. Innovate will itself relocate to the facility, where upskilling and training specific to the film industry will be on offer, with 20% of places to be set aside for people from regeneration areas. There will also be hot desking space for start-up businesses.

Mike Cantwell of Innovate said the academy, which is hoped to be open by December or January at the latest, is “phase one of the establishment of a more substantial digital hub in Limerick”.

“To me, this is step one of a larger project, which is, that whole quarter, we want to try and get a presence there. The Intreo offices are across the road and we are being very accessible to those people who are maybe unemployed or coming from regeneration areas,” he said.

“So the assistance will be accessible to them. But equally so, the buildings that are adjacent to the biblical centre, which we have bought, we would have an eye on those with a view to extending the whole development as a kind of digital hub.”

Mr Cantwell said the intention would be to have “an annual basis, between the various different things – Limerick for IT and ourselves – 150-200 people doing courses there”.

The objective is to have an all-Irish trained crew working at Troy by 2020 and the project is a collaborative one between the studio, the council, film industry leaders, education training bodies and third level institutions.

“The academy is a location for a number of functions; one of them will be to act as a training house,” said Mr Cantwell.

“As well as providing training, we will also be using as a sort of a soft landing spot for people looking to establish businesses and the services around that also.”

Fianna Fail councillor and Innovate board member James Collins said the development showed that the “leap of faith” in the council’s special purpose vehicle was a worthwhile one with these projects coming to fruition.

“I think it is important that this city centre,” he said. “We are hoping that this will kick off more of a digital space, but also that it will have some spin off companies that would be interested in coming to Limerick. We want these kinds of people to be living in Limerick as well to regenerate the area.”

 

More soon.

 

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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.