Earlier this year Limerick City of Culture in partnership with Behind the Scenes announced the creation of a unique and exciting scheme, titled Film Limerick. This scheme offered an opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers to have their films produced with both funding and industry support. They have now announced the shortlist for Film Limerick, which attracted a total of 131 applications, of which nine have been selected.

Of the nine shortlisted, two projects will receive funding of €15,000 towards the production of their film. Interviews will be held in Limerick during the coming weeks to decide on the successful applicants and the winners will be announced at the end of the month.

Film Limerick Project Manager, Ronan Cassidy, said “Film Limerick has been a massive success so far. For a first time scheme, we have received applications from all over the country and the quality of work received was highly competitive. The wealth of talent among established and emerging filmmakers in Ireland shows the necessity of having schemes such as this in place. I would like to thank all who submitted scripts and wish them the best of luck in the future. I’m looking forward to meeting the shortlisted applicants and working with the successful teams”.

The shortlist is as follows (in alphabetical order):

Danann BreathnachNo One Comes back from the Sea
Trevor CurranCrystal
Paul FreeneyIt’s Like This
Cashell HorganThe Clock Makers Doll
David LeahyWhen Badly comes
John McKeownThe Cobbler
Daniel MooneyNobody Plans to Die
Harriet O’CarrollJane Austin’s Limerick Love
Liam O’NeillLost and Found

Since its inception in 2011 Behind the Scenes has worked to promote film, TV and video production in Limerick and the Mid-West area. The Film Limerick Scheme, which is testament to the professional network that Behind the Scenes now represents in the region, will showcase a unique opportunity to cement Limerick as a film making hub of the Mid-West.

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