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Call for Entries

(As Per Film Ireland Web Source)

Creative Europe Desk Ireland MEDIA and Filmbase invite media students in Ireland to apply for support for the production and distribution of graduate film and media projects. This support will be open to any student, or groups of students, collaborating on the creation of an audiovisual film, documentary or multimedia project as part of their final year coursework.

  • Information Session 06 March in Filmbase | Apply here to secure your place.
  • Application Deadline 20 March | Eligibility & Application Forms available here.

These awards will provide support for film and media students graduating into the Irish and European audiovisual industries and to encourage graduates to develop the essential skills necessary for creating future funding applications. As such the application process for support replicates key aspects of the application process for Irish and European project funding.

Two projects will be awarded a cash contribution of up to €750 to support their production budgets and to facilitate the development and implementation of a marketing and distribution strategy for their completed works. In addition, film-based projects will be offered access to facilities at Filmbase and individual consultation on festival strategy and international marketing for short films.

Students interested are invited to attend an Information Session on Tuesday 6th March from 3.30 – 4.30pm in Filmbase. This session will present an overview of the key supports available from Filmbase and CED Ireland, provide key advice for making funding applications, and answer specific questions on this new initiative. Please click here to register for the information session.


Further information is available from Filmbase – please submit queries by email to


Film Limerick in conjunction with Behind the Scenes have announce there details of their Film Training Project.

I am delighted to be lending my talents in Post Production to the editors and hopefully mentor the editors in creating not just great films but a knowledge base from which they can draw from and hopefully implement into their future productions.

Below is taken from the Behind The Scenes Website:



• Development of training program for film practitioners.
• Increase the professionalism of filmmaking in Limerick
• Increase the opportunity for film making
• Build and promote the film legacy project.
• Showcase Limerick Filmmaking talent


• There will be three short films made.
• The films will be shot in Limerick.
• They will be written, directed, crewed and acted by people living in or from Limerick.
• They will be in every sense that matters, Limerick films.
• The project will be mentored by industry professionals
• The project requires involvement of everyone.
• Train people in small groups by interaction and on the job learning.
• Train people in larger groups for overview


Gerry Stembridge Writing
Paddy Jordan Director of Photography
Ronan Cassidy Sound
John Haugh 1st Assistant Director
Patrick Cassidy Music composition
Simon McGuire Post Production


Three short films will be made, all using local filmmakers. The project will be mentored by Industry professionals. In the first instance Gerry Stembridge has agreed to come on board for this project.

Gerry has selected three writers from Behind The Scenes Members. He will work with the writers individually to make each script as good as it can be, and he will also take an overview, look for connecting features and elements that will create links between the stories.
The writers will be given maximum freedom to tell whatever story they want to tell. The stories must be contemporary, preferably unfold within a limited time period and the city itself must be the canvas. The use of locations in the city will be at the heart of the films. Even though the films will be quite separate stories and will work as stand-alone films, seen together they will be more than the sum of their parts.

Three teams will effective then be created with everyone taking part. There will be three writers, three directors, three DOP’s, three sound operators, three original music scores, etc., and each role will be mentored by the designated industry professional.
This is the first round of training which will take place in small groups by ‘on the job learning’
The second round of training will be delivered in larger groups where an overview will be delivered and we can discuss as a group with the mentors what we have learned.
Gerry Stembridge will also work with the directors on casting to secure the best available talent for these stories. He will also oversee the shoot and edit to ensure the important linking elements between the stories are taken care of, so that the final product stands up as a single entity.


This project has very exciting possibilities considering the industry names we have managed to secure. It will require everyone to join in the spirit of the project and it is something which will have ongoing benefits far beyond what might be achieved by delivering workshops alone.
Our training project will deliver three short films while at the same time training our members with industry professionals. This gives our members (both starting out and established filmmakers) the opportunity to acquire much needed film credits while receiving first class training.

BIOGRAPHIES: (selection)

Gerry Stembridge is an Irish writer, director, actor, novelist and playwright. He has made films such as Nora, Guilt trip and the hit romantic comedy About Adam as well as writing the script for Ordinary Decent Criminal. As a television producer he brought us Nitehawks and with the late Dermot Morgan was the driving force behind the radio series Scrap Saturday.

Patrick Jordan is an Oscar nominated Irish cinematographer. Working predominately on documentary, drama and advertising projects, recent work includes commercials for Tourism Ireland, the feature film Akron shot in rural Ohio and a documentary about Robin Walker and modernist architecture. Award winning projects include the Oscar nominated short film, Pentecost, the feature film, Stitches starring Ross Noble as well as a documentary on the Japanese American animator Jimmy Murakami. At the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh, Patrick won the Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography for
his work on the film Volkswagen Joe.

Patrick Cassidy is A renowned Irish born composer of great distinction, Patrick Cassidy came into prominence with the release of the Children of Lir, the first major symphonic written in the Irish language. Recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, it remained at Number One in the Irish Classical Charts for over a year. Distinguished by his emergence as Ireland’s most prominent composer, the BBC produced a documentary reflecting this seminal work.
“Famine Remembrance” was commissioned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Great Irish Famine. It received its premiere in 1996 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York with the accompanying narration read by Angelica Huston. In 2007 the work was performed at the opening of Toronto’s Ireland Park with the President of Ireland Mary Mc Aleese in attendance.
Patrick resides in Los Angeles where in addition to concert work he scores films. Notable credits include; Hannibal, King Arthur, Layer Cake, Ashes and Snow, Kingdom of Heaven, Kill The Irishman, Calvary.

Please to express your interest in the above Film Limerick Training Scheme.

Please include the following:



Phone Number:

Preferred Crew Role 1: e.g Assistant Director

Preferred Crew Role 2:


Thank You for your interest in the Film Limerick Training Scheme – More training dates will be announced in due course.




Film Ireland have written an article detailing the 2nd Annual LIT FILM Festival 2011.

This is fantastic coverage for the festival. We are hoping that the rest of the national media will pick up on this article and go one better by covering the weeks events and promoting film and video production in the Mid-West. A special thanks to Eleanor McSherry on writing the piece.

Here’s the article in full as per the site


Tue, Jan 18, 2011


Want a chance to show off that film that’s on your mobile? Or that YouTube movie that you filmed last summer? Or your final year project for college that you sweated buckets over to make? Well Limerick City’s Technical College might just have the Film Festival for you!

In 2010 Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) assistant lecturer and media professional, Simon McGuire realised that there was a need for a film festival for third level students in the Mid West. He wanted to provide a place to showcase new talent. With the current rise in film production courses and with the popularity of websites like YouTube, it seemed like just the ticket.

James Skerritt, Philip Greaney, Hugh Tiernan and Stephen Boland (Winners of Best Overall Film at 1st LIT FILM FESTIVAL 2010)
James Skerritt, Philip Greaney, Hugh Tiernan and Stephen Boland (Winners of Best Overall Film at 1st LIT FILM FESTIVAL 2010)


In its inaugural year (2010) the festival boasted a strong attendance on the day with 20 people attending the Workshops and 120 attending the awards night at the Millennium Theatre. Also there were 223 viewers (approx) online watching the live video stream (using six cameras) on The judging panel consisted of members of the professional media industry, who represented technical and non-technical areas. They included Matt Kelly and Marion Malone of Matt Kelly Productions and Laura Ryan of the Limerick Co-ordination office. This was excellent for a first run and showed that there was a definite need for this kind of festival in the Mid West.

Last year’s festival was only a one-day event and open to third-level students. This year the festival will be over five days and open to the general public. It will not just be about the film competition either as there will be plenty for those interested in getting into the film industry in Ireland. There will be a variety of talks, workshops, film viewings, an awards night, an industry exhibition and much more, all given by industry professionals. Its founder has great ambitions for the potential of this style of festival and they hope to add much more to its programme over the next couple of years.

Philip Greaney,  Stephen Boland, James Skerrit,  (Winners of Best overall Film ‘ Nos Na Fearatu’) Laura Ryan, Limerick Co-Ordination Office (Judge) and Simon McGuire, Lecturer, LIT, and Film Festival Organiser.
Philip Greaney, Stephen Boland, James Skerrit, (Winners of Best overall Film ‘ Nos Na Fearatu’) Laura Ryan, Limerick Co-Ordination Office (Judge) and Simon McGuire, Lecturer, LIT, and Film Festival Organiser.


The criteria for the film competition is quite open. There is no limit on the length of film. It can be in any genre. The entry form deadline is the 28th of January, with the film entry deadline on the 31st of March 2011. There is also no entry fee. All they ask is that it is on a DVD and can be played easily. So far they have a lot of interested from all over the country.

The festival will take place from the 11th to the 15th of April, 2011 in Limerick Institute of Technology. So don’t just sit there and wonder ‘what if’. Get out and film something, be creative and send it off. You never know!

For further details on entry forms or for exhibiting or sponsorship please contact Simon McGuire on: or on

Or find them on Facebook or Twitter under LIT Film Festival.

Photos by Herbert Knowles, Shannon Co.Clare.

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DARE2BDRINKAWARE, now in its fourth year, is a competition for film and multimedia students, organised by The Digital Hub and sponsored by The competition challenges students to explore the relationship between Irish culture and drinking through a film or multimedia project.

The deadline for submission of project proposals to the Digital Hub is November 11th 2010; these can also be submitted online.

Prizes of € 1,000 will be awarded for the winners of the ‘Official Award’ as well as the ‘People’s Choice’. Films can be of any genre and filmmakers are invited to use any video recording devices ranging from HD cameras to mobile phones.

The deadline for completed entries is March 18th 2011.

For more information on how to enter visit