Limerick Film Festival to continue cultural legacy

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

Film Limerick: actor Andrew Bennett, film maker Gerry Stembridge, Peter Delaney, director, Simon McGuire, Limerick Film Festival Director and actor Aidan Crowe at the launch of the Film Festival. Picture: Gareth Williams
GRAPHIC artist Brendan McCarthy will be among the star attractions at this year’s Limerick Film Festival.

GRAPHIC artist Brendan McCarthy will be among the star attractions at this year’s Limerick Film Festival.

The festival, returning for a sixth successive year this April, was launched this week in the George Boutique Hotel in front of a section of the film making community in Limerick - one which has been spurred by City of Culture and the Film Limerick project.

British comic book artist McCarthy, who co-wrote the upcoming blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road with George Miller, will speak in Limerick as part of the festival on April 23.

Kevin Liddy, who hails from Limerick, will also screen his latest short, The Suffering Kind, winner of the Spirit of Cork Indie Film Festival last autumn. Irish music composer, Patrick Cassidy, whose recent work includes the soundtrack to Calvary, will also speak as part of the festival, which is the brainchild of LIT lecturer and festival director Simon McGuire.

The LIT-founded event has grown in size and reputation, attracting hundreds of filmmakers and visitors from home and abroad.

The short film component of the festival, featuring entries from around the world, is a key one and it follows the initiative set by City of Culture last year, which has funded two short film projects to the tune of €15,000.

Mr McGuire spoke about the legacy of the year and the short film production currently taking place in the city.

“The continued focus on expanding the festival in and around the city remains,” explained Mr McGuire.

“The Short Film Awards Show will give the film making talent of Limerick a chance to show off their skills to a wider national and international audience.”

See www.limerickfilmfestival.net.