LIMERICK’S fourth Tres Court International Film Festival is the hot ticket next weekend on Friday June 9 in Belltable, 8pm. Selling close to 210 capacity, this fast moving platform of 36 shorts capped at 4 minutes each screens simultaneously around the world.
Its USP? There’s a public vote worldwide based on three counts per audience member that culminates in one film voted outright winner in popularity. There are Jury awards: Grand Prix, Originality, Women’s Right and so on organised from Paris.
Book your €12/ €10 seat at Belltable manager www.limetreetreatre.ie
“Tres Court is unique to Limerick as the Alliance Francaise Limerick secured it here,” explains event co-ordinator Anne Blondelle. “We would like to use the AF network [countrywide] to have the festival somewhere else for the 5th anniversary, Dublin or have Waterford as host. Perhaps just for one year only”.
So pack into an aisle while you can, voting card and programme at the ready.
Délégué général de la Fondation AF en Irlande, Philippe Milloux, launches this year’s pocket rockets.
“Every genre can enter for Tres Court. There is no particular theme and this year, I feel the entries are less experimental – there’s only one or two such films. Among the competitors there are more and more from the US and from Canada and from all over Europe.
“There’s not one from Asia this year and Korea, Japan, Taiwan, experimental film making and animation is their thing”.
Anne Blondelle makes the point that Tres Court offers a “unique chance to really get involved in the festival, in voting for your favourites in no particular order.
“This makes you more aware of watching these movies, they touch you more – that’s how I feel myself. You are invited to vote, given a role to play for the public vote. It is another way to captivate the cinema.”
Co-sponsor Mickey Martin’s will screen the 2016 winners in advance, the evening of Thursday 8, 7.30pm. AFl thanks No. 1 Pery Square, French Table and Treat City Brewery also.