Limerick up for global award as emerging film location

Film in Limerick Regional Manager Paul C Ryan with Limerick City and County Council chief executive Pat Daly.

LIMERICK is in the running for a global award at next month’s Cannes Film Festival as an emerging location for film production.

Film in Limerick is one of five finalists in the category at the Global Production Awards for outstanding and sustainable work in the world of film and television production, locations and studios.

Developed by Innovate Limerick under the auspices of Limerick City and County Council, Film in Limerick was established to cater for the growing film industry in the region.

It acts as the film office for the Mid-West and works to promote the region as a location for film production and to support productions filming in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.

The sector has gone from strength to strength in recent years and already this year the Mid-West has seen two television series and a major feature film shoot locally.

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The Global Film Awards nomination follows confirmation that Limerick has also been selected to hold the prestigious Cineposium event in September. The event will bring together Film Commissions and industry leaders from around the world to discuss policy, economic development and screen production.

Film in Limerick regional manager Paul C Ryan said the Global Production Award nomination put the spotlight on all that the Mid-West has to offer for film and television productions.

“We have ambitious plans for the development of the sector and being nominated for the award and selected to host Cineposium is a fantastic endorsement of our efforts to date,” he added.

Limerick City and County Council chief executive Pat Daly said that not only was Limerick home to Ireland’s largest film studio, it also had incredible scenic locations, unique cultural assets, talented crews and lots of resources to support major productions.

Karen Ronan of the  Shannon Regional Conference and Sports Bureau, said that hosting the Cineposium conference is worth €500,000 to the local economy in the short term, but its legacy has the ability to change the landscape of Limerick and the region.

The winners of the Global Production Awards will be announced at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22. Film in Limerick is up against the City of Zagreb in Croatia, the New Mexico Film Office in the US, Film AlUla in Saudi Arabia and the Dominican Republic Film Commission in their category.