Creative talent recognised at Limerick Institute of Technology

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Award Winner, Mirian Gonzalez pictured with Cian Reinhardt.
Award Winner, Mirian Gonzalez pictured with Cian Reinhardt.

BROADCAST and film production students and staff at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) put the full range of their talents on show at the LSAD Film & Media Showcase 19 in the Millenium Theatre on Thursday last.

The day-long showcase celebrated the ingenuity, creativity, and intriguing work created by the students, before an awards ceremony capped off the evening.

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The award for Best Documentary Film went to Mirian Gonzalez for her brilliantly researched film ‘Frank’s Ashes’.

The LIT student said, “I read ‘Angela’s Ashes’ book when I was 15-years-old and in one way, I never forgot its story. When I visited ‘The Frank McCourt Museum’ last summer,  I discovered that they had no documentary about him and I was determined that his story had to be told.”

Award winners on the evening:

Winner of the Smarter Travel Campus Awards in Multimedia Video presented by Sadbh Hanley of Smarter travel Limerick went to Mark Bergin, Edward Hannon, & Ruth Barnes for their short “Counting Steps” This was a national competition coordinated by Sharon Daly of transport Ireland. A cleverly conceived short advert directly relatable and superbly executed. The judges on the Smarter Travel educating panel were extremely impresses by the quality and professional standard of the winning film.

Winner of the award for Art Direction – Selected & presented by Michelle Brassil of Troy Studios went to Amerson Fortuanto for his film “Out of time”. The award was collected on the night by fellow “Out of time” production crew members & actors Saoirse O Connor & Eoin Leen. The film also picked up the Award for Cinematography from Shane Serano of Crude Media. An outstanding film created with great detail and beautiful cinematic accuracy. A first year student of Creative broadcast & Film Production, Amerson is a DOP to watch out for in the future.

The Winner of the award for Motion Graphics & VFX – Selected & presented by Róisín Buckley of Piquant Media went to Sean Ó Donoghue for his film “IV” specifically for his excellent use of VFX in live action.

The winner of the award for best Documentary film – Selected & presented by Cian Reinhard of The Limerick Post went to Marian Gonzalez for her brilliantly researched film “Franks Ashes”. A superbly presented piece of factual film making based on the working life of Frank McCourt.

Winner of the best Original Sound Mix – Selected & presented by Louise Cantillon of Spin South West went to Mark Bergin for his Radio Drama “Quota”, a skilfully mixed, beautifully layered audio drama which we will hopefully hear across our airways very soon.

Winner of the best Original Script – Selected & presented by Diarmuid McIntire of the HearSay International Audio Festival went to Nathan Campion for his film “Psychlical”, a wonderfully scripted exploration into the art of storytelling.

Finally, the Richard Harris Award in Film Excellence – Selected & presented by Seb Moore went to Fiona Galvin and Adam Littlewood for their film “Caesar”, a deeply moving and touching tale of the beauty of friendship and reaching out in the face of the conformity.