On the red carpet at LIT Film Festival awards

Petula Martyn

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Petula Martyn

TWO brothers who are students at LIT won the best director accolade for their film ‘Police Cops’ at the second annual LIT Film Festival.

TWO brothers who are students at LIT won the best director accolade for their film ‘Police Cops’ at the second annual LIT Film Festival.

The comedy based on Seventies cop shows secured the prize for Dara and Phillip Greaney, both students of Video and Sound at the Limerick college.

“It’s a project that we’ve been working on for about two years,” Dara Greaney told the Limerick Leader. “It’s a comedy like a Seventies cop show, and it has the usual twists. We just got everyone who was around to help out.”

There was huge interest in this year’s festival which was open to the general public as well as third level students from across the country, and with over 70 entrants, the standard was extremely high. The festival, the brainchild of lecturer Simon McGuire, culminated in an awards ceremony at the Millennium Theatre where a judging panel of members from the industry with both technical and non technical areas were represented.

‘He Waits’ won the prize for best script, ‘Leslie Carter, Irish Muslim’ won the best factual award and the best overall film was ‘In the Open’.

“I was very happy. I didn’t expect it. It was very exciting,” Mr Greaney said of winning the best director award. The 23-year-old from Galway was delighted to have a forum to showcase his film, and hopes to enter another project which will be filmed this summer, in next year’s LIT festival.

This year saw the festival go from a one day event to a five day event and plans are already in motion for the third annual L.I.T. Film Festival in 2012. Sony Professional were the main sponsor and there was a special prize of a Sony Vegas Pro 10 software package for each winner in addition to the specially designed awards. “We are delighted to have supported the Limerick Institute of Technology Film Festival for the second year running. Sony is dedicated to supporting filmmakers at all levels. Working with and understanding the industry we can ensure that Sony continues to deliver solutions that help those in the industry to create fresh and exciting work,” said Danielle Couch, UK & Ireland Marketing Communications Manager for Sony Professional. “Our partnership with the LIT Film Festival allows us to form strong links with the filmmakers of tomorrow.”