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Some images of the event that took place on March 30th

The industry panel for the Careers in Screen Event
Simon speaking to the audience
The audience attending the event

Images courtesy of Pigtown Media

Simon giving a production planning workshop at Castletroy College, Limerick. Photo: Joe Shortt.

Taking play at Castletroy College on November 5 was the first of a series of workshops for Students wishing to study film making for transition year and beyond.

With an audience made up of TY and 5th year students, as well as some teaching staff, LSAD/ TUS lecturer, Simon McGuire spoke of his experience in taking a simple short film idea and realising through practical and theoretical planning to get it to screen.

Students began with a pitching session of their film ideas where they democratically choose their favourite script to make over the coming months. Their mission to enter the completed film to the Fresh Film Festival in 2022. Not an easy challenge for a student group who haven’t attempted this before, but their enthusiasm certainly showed throughout the workshop.

Simon’s goal was to take the chosen idea and brain storm with the students through practical demonstration and discussions, to help inspire them to realise the narrative and processes needed to bring the film to life.

Camera composition, as well as directing techniques were imparted to students as well as what to look out for when selecting locations and positioning actors in a scene.

The Castletroy Students will now move onto the scripting process as well as completing the preproduction planning before filming begins.

As production nears its end, Simon will return once again to give the students a workshop on post production for short film, where students will learn multiple editing processes for content and narrative creation.

More on this story soon.

The 2019 Fresh Film Festival Programme has been updated on their website and has a number of events taking place from March 25 – 30th (inclusive). check out the programme on their website link below and be sure to drop into some of the public events and show your support for young Irish Film Makers.

Big thanks to Limerick Post’s Rose Rushe for the article in this weekends edition. With all the press coverage in the past few weeks there is certainly a big build in excitement for film makers in 2015.

Limerick Post Article 20th Dec 2014


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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.

for more info check out the website at:


More on these and others soon.

Watch this space.