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Short films to shoot in Limerick next month

Gerry Stembridge

Gerry Stembridge

(Taken from RTE)

A trilogy of short films will be shot in Limerick next month as part of a training programme for local filmmakers.

The initiative by filmmakers’ group Behind the Scenes in partnership with Limerick City of Culture sees Limerick filmmaker Gerry Stembridge (About AdamScrap Saturday) working as writing and director mentor.

Cinematographer Patrick Jordan (PentecostVolkswagen Joe) will shoot the three shorts and composer Patrick Cassidy (CalvaryHannibal) will supervise the music.

Casting is currently taking place and interested parties should contact: with headshot and résumé. Training crew positions will also be arranged and those interested should contact:

Stembridge said: “There will be three short films made, all to be shot in Limerick. They will be written, directed, crewed and acted by people living in or from Limerick. The story idea is really creative and interesting and will also showcase Limerick as a location.”

Project Manager Ronan Cassidy added: “This is a very exciting time to be involved in film in Limerick. It is an incredibly ambitious project to be undertaken at local level.

“We are working on a limited budget, but I know from the enthusiasm of all involved we are going to produce something very special.

“The whole idea is to have three films that can be used separately or put together, but that might appeal as a half-hour programme.”


Check out Behind the Scenes website HERE for further updates and details.

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



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.





The debut short film by writer Tommy C Conlon will have its premiere tomorrow night at The Red Hen on Patrick’s Street from 8:30pm.
Play it again son! Will see local actors such as Pius McGrath and Miles Breen star in a period drama based on the iconic and controversial character, Sean South.
Along with other shorts Kevin Keily Jr.’s Movies at The Mezz is becoming very popular amoungst the film loving and making community in Limerick and Monday night’s programme is set to impress again.

Following on, from what was an incredible weekend to be remembered, here is the short documentary ‘One Giant Leap’ featuring local Limerick actor; Zeb Moore, retelling the story of his experience working with ‘Granny’ and the Royal DeLuxe in Limerick (Sept 2014).

Shot over the three days on location in Limerick City.

Special thanks to Zeb Moore, for his generous time to talk in this piece, as well as the team in Limerick City of Culture 2014 including: Sheila Deegan, Olivia O’Sullivan, Lavinia Duggan and Mike Fitzpatrick.

All the music is by Michel Augier, Royal DeLuxe La Bande Originale!

Documentary Produced by Simon McGuire

Please enjoy and share.




Behind The Scenes is back tonight. Dolans Pub on the Dock road at 7pm.
See you there.


Ronan Cassidy, Tommy Conlon, Mark Griffin and Simon at the Film Limerick Stand.

Ronan Cassidy, Tommy Conlon, Mark Griffin and Simon at the Film Limerick Stand.

(Taken from )


Limerick City of Culture in partnership with Behind the Scenes are pleased to announce the creation of a unique and exciting scheme, Film Limerick.

The Film Limerick project presents a fantastic opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers to get their films made with both funding and industry support. This funding initiative aims to nurture creative filmmaking, and at the same time facilitating the long term goal of encouraging both established and emerging filmmakers to Limerick.

Film Limerick is seeking Ireland’s exciting filmmaking talent to produce short films using Limerick as a location. Two successful applicants for the awards receive up to €15,000 in cash towards the production budget for their film. Each production also receives advice and support for making the films. The first screening of the two shorts will take place in Limerick as part of Limerick City of Culture 2014, and the successful filmmakers will be encouraged to submit their films to festivals both in Ireland and abroad. In addition the two shorts will be used as part of Limerick City’s bid for European City of Culture 2020.

At the heart of the Film Limerick project is the aim to shine a spotlight on Limerick as a film destination and to enable Limerick to realise its potential as a film producing hub. This will facilitate the long term goal of encouraging both established and emerging filmmakers to use Limerick as a location. It also aims to develop a number of projects that form part of the legacy for Limerick in 2014 during its year as National City of Culture.

Film Limerick is now open for entries and are looking for filmmakers who are driving the genre of short film forward through inspirational and innovative works. Whether you are just starting out or you have been making films for years, this is your chance to shine.

The closing date for applications is: 3pm Monday 1st  September 2014.

For more information please see the website page HERE
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – 18:44 to Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 18:44

Project Manager – Film Limerick

Limerick City of Culture is pleased to be working with Behind The Scenes and the Film Limerick Pillar to develop a number of projects that form part of the legacy for Limerick in 2014 during its year as National City of Culture.

Inspired by the growing local film industry, this legacy project will promote and encourage Limerick to realise its potential as a film producing hub.

Behind the scenes are a group of film professionals established in January 2011 in Limerick and was created with the intention of bringing together like minded individuals to study and promote film, tv and video production in the Mid-West. Three years later membership and collaboration has grown and established itself as the key reference point of information for film in Limerick.

With this in mind Behind the Scenes wish to appoint a Project Manager.

The Project Manager will report to Behind The Scenes and will be responsible for the delivery of all aspects of Film Limerick legacy project.

Key responsibilities of the role will involve planning and scheduling the legacy project timeline, managing budgets and successfully delivering the project as part of the programme for City of Culture 2014.

The project manager will:

·         Encourage local and national filmmakers to tell their stories through a film scheme that will see two short films made as part of Limerick 2014.

·         Develop an educational and training programme for emerging film makers through in conjunction with relevant local and national providers.

·         Promote film culture throughout Limerick, encouraging the idea of the city through a lens.

·      Position Limerick as a location for international audio-visual productions by offering advice: on great locations, creative resources, as well as technical assistance and financial incentives.

·      Supporting local film festivals and promoting local films in international competition
For full details of this opportunity please


Info taken from:


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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.

For more info go to:



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.


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On the 11th July 2013 The City of Culture Team hosted ‘FIND OUT MORE’ about City of Culture for the General Public in Number 2 Pery Square (The Georgian House). The event provided an opportunity for the public to take a sneak preview of the premises ahead of the official programme launch later in the year, there was also an opportunity to meet the cultural providers in Limerick and find out more about some events planned for 2014 by local organizations.

We were there representing the Limerick Film Festival and took the opportunity to record some of the day.