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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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RTÉ2 will screen The Limerick Film Trilogy over three weeks in November on the Monday night Shortscreen slot and will also be available on the RTÉ Player afterwards. The trilogy consists of three short films that were made with the support of Limerick 2020 in partnership with Behind The Scenes. The scheme also received assistance from Screen Training Ireland. The dates for screening are:
LIMERICK TRILOGY – Day Off – 7th Nov ’16
LIMERICK TRILOGY – The Apparel – 14th Nov ’16
LIMERICK TRILOGY – Date: Time – 21st Nov ’16

Up first tonight, (12:05 RTE 2) is ‘Day Off’ written by Peter McNamara and directed by Steve Hall under the guidance of Gerry Stembridge. Day Off has also just won the Newport Beach award at the Richard Harris International Film Festival in Limerick last week.

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Monday 3rd October saw the launch of the 4th Richard Harris International Film Festival. As ever, on hand to give details of the exciting lineup coming this year was Festival Director Zeb Moore who announced that amongst the special guests would be non other than Fionnula Flanagan and Stephen Rea.

A full programme is promised over the 5 days of the festival and details can be found below or at their website: http://richardharrisfilmfestival.com

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Also this week saw the inaugural open night of the Millennium Film Club based at the Millennium Theatre, Limerick.

MILLENNIUM Theatre at LIT is rebooted with a new stage and sound system under Gerry Meagher, lecturer in Theatre Studies.

Meagher worked for decades as Belltable production manager while Declan McLoughlin (of The Royal Film Festival) ran that venue’s successful world cinema club.

Together, these dedicated providers of screen scintillation are launching Millennium Film Club. The Club is open to all comers, o18s for some events.

Make your way to Moylish by bus, foot or vehicle for Tuesday nights. There will be 8pm screenings from October 4 to December 6, with the gala Christmas movie to be ‘Gone With the Wind’, not seen here since its mid-WW2 release.

“The membership fee is €2 only and that will cover two seasons in the year, autumn and spring,” a happy Mr McLoughlin tells Arts page. “We decided on the film club as there is a lot of product out there that is never screened in Limerick. Sure, there are other film clubs and cinemas around but there is room for all of us.

“‘Youth’ is our first feature on October 4, a film made last year with Michael Caine and Jane Fonda. On Tuesday October 11 we are showing the documentary ‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’ [excellent – RR].

“We will also be showing the City of Culture funded Trilogy of films over the eight weeks, ‘The Apparel’, ‘Day Off’ and ‘Date: Time’ and we are open to suggestions from the audience about they would like to see brought in”.

Limerick Film Festival are also on board as supporters of the festival and will be working closely with Gerry and Declan throughout the coming months and years on this great new addition to the film culture of Limerick.

Parking is free and Millennium Theatre’s bar will be open before shows, and if the evening requires an interval.

Season tickets for eight features and any preceding shorts will be €50 or arrive per film for €8. Concessions are €6 and LIT students, the lucky varmints, are a cool €5 in. ACCESS Cinema is provider; booking at http://www.litmt.ie and email to filmclub@lit.ie; tickets at door.

 

 

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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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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.

 

Q&A Session with director Terry McMahon, Actor Moe Dunford and DOP Michael Lavelle

Q&A Session with director Terry McMahon, Actor Moe Dunford and DOP Michael Lavelle

A fascinating film screening and Q&A session afterwards was had at 69 O’Connell Street to mark the end of the 3rd Annual Richard Harris International Film Festival. Terry McMahon’s acclaimed feature, Patrick’s Day, played out to a well attended and spell bound audience on Sunday 25th October.

With the haunting music from the genius that is Damien Dempsey along with the captivating performance of Moe Dunford, the artistic eye of DOP Michael Lavelle, the precession editing by Emer Reynolds and the creative force of director Terry McMahon gives audiences a new insight to the topic of mental health which is more often misunderstood and stigmatised in todays society.

If you haven’t seen this film then it needs to be on your list. Lessions are here also for film makers. It is possible for a meaningful film that connects and speaks to audiences, to be created for a budget of 400,000 Euro.

Check out the trailer below.

Simon with Nigel Mercier, (LImerick School of Acting), Mark Griffin (Behind The Scenes) and Ronan Cassidy (Film Limerick) (Photo by (Pat Browne, Munster Images)

Simon with Nigel Mercier, (LImerick School of Acting), Mark Griffin (Behind The Scenes) and Ronan Cassidy (Film Limerick) (Photo by (Pat Browne, Munster Images)

 

LtoR: Mark Griffin (Behind The Scenes), Jacinta Khan (Savoy Hotel) and Simon. (Photo by Pat Browne, Munster Images.)

LtoR: Mark Griffin (Behind The Scenes), Jacinta Khan (Savoy Hotel) and Simon. (Photo by Pat Browne, Munster Images.)

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.

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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: http://www.limerickroyal.ie/royal-picture-show

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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: www.freshfilmfestival.net

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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: http://limerickfilmfestival.net/

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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: www.dancelimerick.ie

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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: http://richardharrisfilmfestival.com/

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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: http://behindthescenes.ie/

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More on these and others soon.

Watch this space.

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Incase you missed it the team over at the Richard Harris Film Festival had their programme launch on Tuesday night at King John’s Castle in Limerick City.

Check out the Programme for the festival on the Link HERE

 

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Hi all
We would like to say a big ‘Hi’ to our friends at the ‘Richard Harris Film Festival’

Here is a breakdown on what the festival is about from their website:

This new Irish film festival will celebrate 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.  This film festival is to celebrate his unique talent in the city where he was born and raised.  Along with viewings of his most iconic films such as ‘The Field’, ‘This Sporting Life’, ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘Camelot’, the festival will be a showcase for young film makers, feature filmmakers from the Irish Diaspora, theatrical performers, poets, singers and writers.

“On behalf of the organising committee I would like to thank you for your interest in the inaugural Richard Harris International Film Festival.

The idea for this festival emerged during a meeting about ‘the Gathering’ in Limerick city last October. The festival was inaugurated to ensure Richard Harris’s enduring legacy was honoured in his native city. The committee felt that an annual film festival that promoted Irish film makers living abroad was the most apposite way to honour Richard.

We strongly believe that the Irish film-making diaspora should be encouraged toshowcase their work here in Ireland -in this the year of ‘theGathering’.  However ‘the Gathering’ doesn’t have to end this year and we believe this festival will be part of the festival calendar for many years to come. Plans are already well in place to make next year’s festival bigger and even better as Limerick celebrates its designation as City of Culture.

Ireland punches above its weight in terms of  acting and film-making talent, Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson and Saoirse Ronan continue to fly the flag for the Irish film industry but it was Richard Harris that paved the way for these stars in Hollywood.

Richard Harris was an actor, singer, theatrical producer, writer, poet & film director of immense ability and charisma. His versatility was evident in his varied film roles whether he was playing a Roman Emperor, a wizard, a tenant-farmer or a mutineer.

Harris’s career and personality necessitated a peripatetic life but Limerick and the Shannon region remained close to his heart – therefore we are delighted to bring Richard home this December.

We hope that this is a festival that can showcase beautiful Limerick City and its environs toan international audience.

Most of all we hope to see you here in Limerick on December 6th to the 8th.”

Rob Gill (Festival Director)

For more information please click their website HERE

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