Preview: Limerick Institute of Technology Film Festival


Eleanor McSherry previews the Limerick Institute of Technology Film Festival, which runs from 11–15 April, 2011.

The LIT film festival returns for its second year and it has extended its run to five days. Last year the festival was only open to third level entrants and was a one day event while this year the event will be ambitiously run over five days and the competition was opened to the general public. In its inaugural year (2010) the festival boasted strong attendances and there is no doubt that this will be the same this year.

There will be a variety of talks, workshops, film viewings, an awards night, an industry exhibition and much more – all given by industry professionals.

The opening session is on Monday 11th April where the LIT Film Festival meets the Limerick Film Forum. This will feature a rehearsed reading by Dermott Petty of his feature film Time Travel & The Leaving Cert at 8pm at the Belltable Arts Centre. Dermott is a well-known independent filmmaker. He recently had a short chosen as a finalist for Republic of Telly ‘wants you’re funny’. There will be a Q&A with Dermott afterwards.

Tuesday will include a Media Industry Exhibition from 10am – 5pm with companies such as Tyrell CCT, AppleBox Media, L.I.T., SarMar Studios, D&P Products, Sony Professional and Avid Technologies exhibiting at the event. This is a must for anyone not only looking to buy film equipment but who also want to have a chat with industry experts. At 2pm there will be Sony and Online Editing Workshops, one of which is run by Rory Gavin of Reelgood Facilities, Dublin in the LIT’s Millennium Theatre. That evening there will be a screening of the award winning film The Pipe, with a Q&A with the producer Nigel O’Regan and the director Risteard O’Domhnaill, afterwards.

Wednesday has the first of the two competition screenings, which starts at 2pm in the Millennium Theatre, then later at 7pm will be the ‘Behind the Scenes’ film forum in the Absolute Hotel. Thursday has the second of the competition screenings again at 2pm in the Millennium Theatre. While at 5pm there will be a scriptwriting workshop with myself, where I will discuss a number of things including ‘freeware online script’ programs. Finally at 7pm there will be the premier screening of the short film Scumbag Millionaire, with a Q&A afterwards with the filmmakers.

Friday at 2pm will see a session dedicated to social networking for film, which everyone knows is the way the industry is going and it should be a good discussion. The week will end with the awards ceremony at 7pm in the Millennium Theatre, promising to be a very glam affair. Again the awards ceremony will be online and available to watch on live video stream on The judging panel will consist of members of the professional media industry, who represented technical and non-technical areas. So even if you’re not there you can tune in!

This festival is a must for any filmmaker or potential filmmakers on the West Coast.

Eleanor McSherry


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