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The Management Team and Board of The Richard Harris International Film Festival will now run the Limerick Film Festival, with Simon McGuire also joining the board.

Simon McGuire, LFF, & Zeb Moore, RHIFF.

The legacy of both festivals will be kept alive as the newly-partnered entity continues to nurture talent in the Mid-West and beyond.

Simon McGuire, Limerick Film Festival Director:
“Over the past eight years the Limerick Film Festival has strived to work with professional broadcast and film craftsmen and women to bring together a festival that would be both unique and attractive to third level students and filmmakers alike. The new merger with the Richard Harris International Film Festival will strengthen those industry connections while also bringing together the best elements of both festivals in one series of events.

”The partnership of both festivals will cement its place on the Irish Film Festival circuit and coincides with the new third level programme at LIT in ‘Creative Broadcast & Film Production’. With the short film awards show returning there is certainly a lot to look forward to in October and beyond.”

Sylvia Moore, RHIFF:
“As a long-time supporter of LFF I am delighted with merger of the two main film festivals in Limerick, as a direct result of the merger a new category for students has been added to the RHIFF festival submissions process. We at RHIFF are thrilled to now include a specific student category showcasing the enormous talent of the film-making future to Irish and International audiences.

Our collaboration with Newport Beach Film Festival in Orange County, California saw their Irish short screenings double this year, winner of the RHIFF Newport Beach Film Festival gets automatic screening at Newport Beach FF & the Newport team also take recommendations from RHIFF for Irish Features and Short Films. As a result of this 3 more top U.S. film festivals are now looking to RHIFF to assist in programming their Irish screenings for 2018, thus ensuring films screened at RHIFF get to reach a broader audience in the U.S.A. Make sure to keep an eye on our websites and social media for further updates, truly exciting times ahead.”

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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.”

 

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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.

 

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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.

After over a years worth of work on this project, there is a sense of excitement and anticipation with the cast and crew on the upcoming screening at the Limerick Film Festival.

This ambitious project was realised by Film Limerick Project Manager Ronan Cassidy and acclaimed Limerick writer and director Gerry Stembridge, with the support of Behind the Scenes in partnership with Limerick City of Culture. The scheme also received assistance from Screen Training Ireland.

The idea behind the project was a way of providing training and experience for those seeking to break into the film industry. Three short films were produced using local filmmakers mentored by industry professionals. Gerard Stembridge selected three writers from Behind The Scenes and worked with these writers individually to make each script as good as it could be. He also took an overview, looking for connecting features and elements that would create links between the stories.

The writers were given maximum freedom to tell whatever story they wanted to tell. The stories had to be contemporary and preferably unfold within a limited time period and Limerick City itself was to be evident as the backdrop. The use of locations in the city is therefore at the heart of each of the films. Even though the films are quite separate stories and work as stand-alone films, seen together they are subtlety linked.

Three teams were put together with everyone who took part gaining invaluable experience from top industry professionals. The teams consisted of three first time writers and three first time directors. In addition there were DOP’s, sound operators, set designers, assistant editors wardrobe, make-up, hair etc., each team being mentored by designated industry professionals.

Gerard Stembridge worked with the directors on casting to secure the best available local talent for the individual films. He also oversaw the filming and mentored the directors on set and ensured that the important linking elements between the stories were taken care of, so that the final product would stand up as a single entity.

Mentor Gerard Stembridge, three writers and three directors all from Limerick, set about creating three short films to be shot in Limerick, featuring a cast of local actors. The films can stand alone but are also a trilogy, linked and intertwined in a number of subtle ways, not least the presence of the city itself as a character across all three films. Come see how this genuine community film project came together.

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The Apparel – Featuring Andrew Bennett (Angela’s Ashes) and Aidan Crowe (Game of Thrones)

Joseph is a 40 something whose life has taken a turn. Moved into emergency accommodation with an unkempt 20 something, he clings to the last vestiges of the life he knew and the status of his job as curator of an art gallery.

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Day Off – Starring Dawn Bradfield (The Clinic) and Joe Mullins (Pilgrim Hill)

Laura struggles at first to come to terms with her husband’s life-changing affliction, her only distraction is her Day Off, where once a week she finds time to see her friends and socialise.

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Date:Time – Main characters played by local actors Mark Griffin and Erica Murray

A romance develops between Ann and Bob, but his bad habit of being continuously late is taking the excitement away and she feels taken for granted.

All the offline editing took place at the post facilities of Limerick Institute of Technology, with three assistant editors gaining experience under the mentorship of myself. I would like to say thanks to Mark Griffin, Patrick Czekalski and Maeve Humphreys for their attention to detail and commitment to the project. Well done guys and enjoy the screening.

The special screening of the Film Limerick Trilogy is taking place on Friday 15th at 8pm in the Millennium Theatre, LIT.

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I would like to thank the Limerick Film Festival sponsor, Fusion Magazine, Michelle, Tarmo and their team for the recent article in their other great publication, The Limerick Magazine, on the upcoming festival.

Check out the pages below or click HERE for the full ISSUU

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Hi everyone.

Following last nights successful programme launch we were delighted to announce the nominations from the short listed films for each categories. Here they are again in case you missed them.

Note we would ask all nominated film makers (if they haven’t already done so) to email us the download link for their film ASAP to limerickfilmfestival@lit.ie

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You can access the Film Festival programme from the website by clicking the picture below:

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Its that time of year again where the work for the annual Limerick Film Festival starts to come together.

On March 30th at the George Boutique Hotel at 6pm, we are launching the programme the Festival.

With thanks to Jacinta and Altaf Khan and their team we are delighted that the George and Da Vincenzo’s Restaurant are supporting our modest festival again this year along with several other sponsors.

Also on the evening we will announce the short list for the Short Film Awards. This year due to the ever increasing field of talent in our region, we have an additional award for Best Limerick Short Film.

We hope to see as many as possible on the 30th March as well as the three day festival itself from April 14th to 16th.

S.

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Simon Editing on Kevin Liddy’s ‘The Suffering Kind’

With it’s broadcast premiere on RTE 2’s Shortscreen Monday Night (15th February at 11:40pm), the journey of this intriguing short film is coming full circle. Back in September 2013 director Kevin Liddy contacted me with a hard drive and script under the arm asking if i would take a look at the footage he filmed with DOP Declan Quinn (Leaving Las Vegas, Breakfast on Pluto, In America) in New York.

Shot on 35mm film the approach was to keep to Kevin’s script as much as possible while also allowing the footage to naturally form creative ideas in the edit. Using Avid Media Composer the film was edited over a number of months (some 14-16 passes) while all the time experimenting with Kevin’s vision and Rori Coleman‘s superb music composition.

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Simon (editor) with Kevin Liddy (Dir) and Rori Coleman (music) at the screening of The Suffering Kind.

The Suffering Kind has done the rounds on the film festival circuit including:

Galway Film Fleadh 2014

WoodStock Film Festival 2014

Indie Cork Film Festival – Winner of the Spirit of the Indie Cork Film Festival Award (2014)

Limerick Film Festival 2015

Liverpool Irish Festival 2015

Seattle Film Festival 2015

 

Following the broadcast The Suffering Kind will be available to watch again online on the RTE Player.

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Hi everyone,

WE ARE BACK!!!!

Now into our 7th year here in Limerick and delighted to be up and running again bringing film makers together again in April 2016.

Below is the new link for your Entries and Rules of Submission for the 7th Limerick Film Festival Short film Competition.

Following feedback from last year we have decided to use FILM FREEWAY as partners for the entry process. Its simple to use and will streamline both the process and the festival into the future. The entry fee for this years competition $10.00 (General Entry). All films submitted will be accessed for the shortlisting as per normal with the short list announced towards the end of March.

Deadline for entry is March 4th 2016 and all entries must follow the rules of submission. (see the ‘Rules of submission’ for all details regarding the competition via the Film Freeway link below).

Best of luck and we will see you all in April 14th to 16th, 2016.

Simon McGuire

Limerick Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

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Well another year is over for the Limerick Film Festival and I have now switched my attention back to other projects (Editing the Film Limerick Trilogy Films, Behind The Scenes, LIT Work and the Doctorate)

We had a great festival, with an increase on numbers overall for the guest speakers, screenings and Awards show.

The full edited version of the Short Film Awards show can be found by clicking the image below.

Thanks to all who helped out… (too many to name here) but you all know who you are.

I’ll be working over the summer on next years details and structure and hopefully in September there will be more information to give you.

Simon.

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