Two Limerick films to be brought to life as part of Mid West film competition

Engine shorts - Film in Limerick Photo: Don Moloney.

TWO film projects will be shot and produced in Limerick as part of Engine Shorts, the Mid West Short Film Scheme run by Film in Limerick through Innovate Limerick.

The initiative for local emerging film talent is a partnership between the local authorities in Tipperary, Limerick, and Clare, and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.

The scheme aims to inspire and support up-and-coming writers, directors, producers, and crews to create inspiring, engaging, world-class short films that resonate with a wide international audience.

Peter Delaney, Lianne Daly, and John Haugh will bring their project Dadboy to life as part of Engine Shorts.

Dadboy tells the story of a young father, intent on avoiding responsibility, who is challenged with finally stepping up as a parent.

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The project’s writer, Peter Delaney, said: “We are so fortunate that our film Dadboy was selected for the Engine Shorts scheme.”

“I’m very grateful to Film in Limerick and the panel for trusting us to tell this challenging story and I’m looking forward to working together to show audiences a side of Limerick rarely seen onscreen.”

The second Limerick project that will be brought to life is Aisling Magill and Jamie O’Rourke’s short Holy Joe which tells the story of luckless Joe, who can’t quite get it together until a knock on the head brings a new sense of clarity and a whole new level of complication in his life.

Writer and producer Aisling Magill said: “I’m really excited that Holy Joe was selected by Engine Shorts and we’re really grateful for the guidance and support we received throughout the development process.”

“We have assembled a great team of local filmmakers and we can’t wait to showcase the super talent and locations we have in Limerick and the Mid West,” she said.

A judging panel consisting of Dublin International Film Festival director Grainne Humphreys, IFTA winning director of photography Kate McCullough, and Screen International executive editor Fionnuala Halligan choose this year’s winning projects, awarding €75,000 in production funding across six local projects.