‘Mo Cinema’ to bring short films to a bigger audience

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

A COSY city centre venue, tasty popcorn and a quality mixture of short-films from local filmmakers and award winning directors from around the world. What more do you want?

A COSY city centre venue, tasty popcorn and a quality mixture of short-films from local filmmakers and award winning directors from around the world. What more do you want?

This is the ethos behind a new short film movie night Mo Cinema, the brainchild of city men Dan Mooney and Mike Quinn, the latter a film maker in his own right.

The duo drew inspiration from a similar night running in Galway that also screens short films, one constantly full to the brim with appreciative movie fans.

Mike and Dan hope to replicate its success in Limerick, with a monthly screening in Cobblestone Joe’s bar on Little Ellen Street, starting next Wednesday night.

“We were both giving out about nobody doing anything like this in Limerick,” explained Dan. “We decided to put it on ourselves because no-one else is going to do it for us.”

The idea is share a passion for short film as well as giving local talent an opportunity to showcase their films to a wider audience.

“We were hoping that word would get out and we could get local filmmakers to submit their stuff, and we did,” explains Dan.

“We think there is an appetite for this type of thing. There is a really serious movie making scene in Limerick, but it is quite fractured, there a number of collectives and groups.

“We have eight films, three Limerick and five international, we would hope that by the time we get to July, it will be half and half,” he added.

Mo Cinema will thus screen films of all genres and style from comedy and drama to documentary as well as crowd pleasers such as the Limerick premier of Batman director Christopher Nolan’s first short film Doodlebug.

Admission on the night is free and all are welcome. The screenings start at 9pm sharp this Wednesday night.