Film in Limerick brings top industry award home to the Treaty

Film in Limerick, through Innovate Limerick, won the Film Commission of the Year Award at the International Makers and Shakers Awards at BAFTA in London. Accepting the award were Regional Film Manager, Paul C. Ryan and Crew Academy manager Rachael Power.

FILM in Limerick has won a top industry award, which was announced at BAFTA in London last week.

The local film industry body took home the award on the night for Film Commission Initiative of the Year from the prestigious international ‘Makers and Shakers’ Awards, which took place at BAFTA in London last Wednesday (December 6).

It was the second time in three years that the the local film industry was nominated for an award at the ceremony.

Innovate Limerick, through Film in Limerick, were nominated in the ‘Film Commission Initiative of the Year’ category. The panel recognised Film in Limerick’s impact on developing new talent through training initiatives run with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and the Crew Academy initiative, run in partnership with ScreenIreland.

Paul C Ryan, regional film manager at Film in Limerick, said: “The award is a testament to all the hard work of local crew and stakeholders in recent years to develop the Mid West and wider region as an exciting hub for Film and TV production. With a rapidly growing crew base, world-class studio infrastructure, and a film-friendly environment, the local sector is growing rapidly and we look forward to a busy 2024 as global production resumes.”

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“The development of a dedicated Crew Academy for Munster and the hard work of academy manager Rachael Power and support from our funders Screen Ireland, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, Regional Skills, and the local councils and LEO offices in Limerick, Clare, and Tipperary, has helped to develop the Mid-West region into a major hub for the screen industries.”

Commenting on the selection of Film in Limerick, the judges noted: “This initiative ticks all the boxes. It stands out as an outstanding project, effectively transforming the region, fostering community unity, and empowering a generation. The winner’s concrete idea has proven to be exactly what the judges were hoping to see in this category.”

The awards celebrate excellence across screen content production worldwide and shine a spotlight on the work of film industry support services who have made a significant impact on the industry through creativity, innovation, and ground-breaking initiatives in the past year.