By Oran Treacy
THEN there was nine. This is the case with the final selected project proposals for the next stage of Film Limerick’s competition to create two short films to be made in Limerick with funding of €15,000.
The partnership between City of Culture and film networking group Behind the Scenes issued its shortlist of candidates prior to Monday November 3’s winning announcement.
Although this scheme is unique, brought into existence under Film Limerick manager Ronan Cassidy, it borrows from the Offaly film bursary scheme worth €8,000.
It has attracted a significant amount of attention with a total of 131 applications narrowed down in a “fair, yet time consuming process,” explains Cassidy. He is working with a professional panel of three to sift and sort quality, ideas and plausibility.
Two of these film titles below will receive a healthy €15,000 for production, the shooting to be local. Each will receive help and advice in the making.
“Film Limerick has been a massive success. For a first time scheme, we have received applications from all over the country,” observes Ronan Cassidy, himself a professional in sound and film. “The quality of work received was highly competitive and 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.”
Culled from 131 entries:
Danann Breathnach – No One Comes back from the Sea
Trevor Curran – Crystal
Paul Freeney – It’s Like This
Cashell Horgan – The Clock Makers Doll
David Leahy – When Badly comes
John McKeown – The Cobbler
Daniel Mooney – Nobody Plans to Die
Harriet O’Carroll – Jane Austin’s Limerick Love
Liam O’Neill – Lost and Found