Call For: Submissions for Richard Harris International Film Festival

The 2020 Richard Harris International Film Festival will be a 7-day event taking place in Limerick leading up to and during the Bank Holiday weekend 20 – 26 October 2020.  The festival culminates in the largest Awards Show on the Irish film festival circuit with a black-tie red carpet gala. 

The IFTA Affiliated International Film Festival, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing Film Festivals with a unique programming perspective and Interactive Media Technology Summit is delighted to announce submission’s for our 2020 Festival will open on February 1st.

Chair of the festival Rob Gill said “The highlight of the festival each year is our Awards show. It is always gratifying to see our awards winners and alumni go on to great success.  In 2018, Detainment was a multi-award winner at the festival and of course, went on to be nominated for an Academy Award. Last year’s best feature winner Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World won an international Emmy.”

Categories Include:

Short Film

New Media – 2019 was the inaugural year for accepting VR, AR and other new media entries.

Feature Film Competition

Self Tape Competition

Documentary Competition 

Submissions  are open via Film Freeway


Submissions & Funding Deadlines


Film Festivals 2020 – Here & Abroad


Richard Harris International Film Festival Announces 2018 Programme


The Programme for the 6th Richard Harris International Film Festival was launched at events in Fade Street Social (Dublin) and the George Boutique Hotel (Limerick), with a strong theme of harking back to the golden age of Hollywood. The festival runs from the 25th to the 29thof October in Limerick.

The dual launches, to packed houses, followed on from earlier launches at Shannon Airport and the Irish Consulate, New York, as this year the festival is part of the Global Irish Festival Series – an initiative funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, supported by Failte Ireland and Limerick City and County Council. Game of Thrones’ actor Liam Cunningham was among the guests at the Dublin Launch, together with many film-makers, representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Failte Ireland and the Embassy of Ukraine

Mayor of Limerick City and County Council Cllr. James Collins opened the Limerick event and spoke about Limerick’s emerging importance as a destination for the film industry to an audience of local film-makers, artists, business people, representatives of the Council and cross-party Councillors.

Festival Director Zeb Moore announced highlights of the 2018 programme that includes a fascinating documentary from Brian Reddin on tragic Hollywood actress Constance Smith that will open the festival on the 25th of October, followed by a 1950s themed night. On Saturday the 27th  of October, Cass Warner – the granddaughter of Harry Warner and daughter of legendary director and producer Milton Sperling – will introduce her documentary The Brothers’ Warner about the founding of the Warner Brothers’ studio.

Other highlights include the live script read of a feature in development by De Warrenne Pictures on Sunday the 28th of October and an acting masterclass with IFTA Winner – John Connors on Saturday 27th.   The Limerick to Hollywood Memorabilia – Richard Harris & Constance Smith will take place on The Glazed Street of LCCC Buildings from 19th October and runs through November.  Further memorabilia will be on display in the Gallery space of the Belltable and the foyer of LIT over the weekend of the festival.

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway – the Richard Harris Retrospective will close-out the feature screenings, prior the live-streamed, red-carpet awards night in LIT and closing gala party at the Savoy Hotel. The circus-themed black-tie awards night will feature live music and dance numbers.

The feature films selected include the international premiere of Juliette Lewis’s new film Anthem of a Teenage Prophet based on Joanne Proulx’s novel, the Irish & UK premiere of The Stolen Princess from Ukraine; the World premiere of Darrell Roodt’s The Furnace and Paul Bushe’s and Brian O’Neill’s Killers’ within and from Australia ‘The Pretend One’.  Also, screening is Ronan Tynan’s searing documentary Syria: The Impossible Revolution followed by a Q&A on the Syrian conflict.

The festival boasts a very strong shorts programme this year, with shorts from the US, the UK, Slovenia, Iran, Spain, Mexico, France and the Netherlands among the selection eligible for awards.

Between Shorts and features, the festival will screen over 130 films this year. Producers’ panels, networking events, Acting workshops and VR/AR workshops will take place over the course of the festival from the 25th to the 29th of October in various locations in Limerick City.

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The Richard Harris International Film Festival

When: Thursday 26th October – Monday 30th October

Where:            Limerick City, Ireland.  Various Locations


This year’s festival will be officially opened by Mayor Sean Lynch at a reception in The Millennium Theatre, Moylish, 5.30pm Thursday 26th October.  The first two feature screenings are films by the Irish Diaspora, Limerick man David Noel Bourke returns for the screening of his award-winning and critically acclaimed Bakerman.   Described as a Nordic Falling Down, the tagline is “Don’t mess with a baker” after watching this, we never intend to!   Writer / director Sean Hartofilis whose mother moved from Ireland to USA is thrilled to be coming to what he considers his home soil of Ireland to screen his film  Covadonga, the story of a recently widowed young man.

2017 sees screenings of 9 feature films, and over 100 short films over 5 days and multiple venues in Limerick.  The Live Script Read introduced in 2016 will return to Belltable with a reading of US Feature film due to be shot in Limerick in 2018 – “For the Good of the Child” focuses on the poorest of Ireland’s inhabitants in the 1950’s to 1970’s and the internment of poor children into Industrial Schools until they reached 16.  Director and Writer Marina Donohue joins RHIFF from the US with lead actor and many special guests taking to the stage.

The centrepiece of each year’s festival is the Richard Harris Retrospective Screening, which this year is the Academy Award winning film Cry, the Beloved Country directed by Darrell James Roodt.  Taking the coveted Sunday afternoon slot at the Belltable, director Darrell Roodt joins the Harris Family for the screening and a Q&A afterwards.  Tickets on sale at the Belltable Box office in person or Phone 061 953 400 or via the Lime Tree Theatre website



Of the 3 Irish offerings Eamonn Norris’s Making It premiered at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh, about family man, Mike McMahon, who loses his job and decides to enter a filmmaking competition to win a big cash prize.
With little talent and large ambitions, his efforts soon land him in hot water with both sides of the law and the whole thing is a massive disaster with shootouts, car chases and plenty of local Kerry characters.  Eleanor McSherry  described it as ” … a mad trip of twists and turns. Very enjoyable!” “… I loved it and it is totally entertaining.”   We concur! Loved it too.  Making It screens at 2pm on Saturday 28th at the Millennium Theatre, tickets can be booked online at or purchased at the door.  Eamonn, cast and crew will attend the screening and conduct a Q&A afterwards.  Do come along!

Release written and directed by Gerard Walsh (South) was filmed as part of Bankhouse Production’s FFS (Feature Film School).  An ex-boxer leaves from prison after serving eight years for armed robbery. Struggling to find work he fill his days by training athis old gym. Very quickly he realises that the sport he loves has been replaced by the popularity of MMA. Finding himself alone in every aspect of his life it’s not long before Andrews past comes back to haunt him.  Release screens at 5pm on Friday 27th, Millennium Theatre.

Friday 27th at 2pm in Millennium Theatre sees Urban Traffik on screen, written and directed by Jason Figgis.  Urban Traffik deals with the issue of sex-trafficking in Ireland.  Adam, played by actor Damien Guiden, picks up attractive strays from off the street.  After having had his wicked way with them – a perk of the job, we’re told – Alex supervises as co-conspirators collect the girls from Adam’s bedsit and hold them for a couple of weeks (where “punters” are welcome to test the merchandise, so long as they don’t leave bruises) before selling them on to the International trafficking market as sex slaves.  Adam’s sister, Annie, Claire Blennerhassett plays a wonderful part of the carer for her previously abusive father, now paralysed, whilst also dating her brothers boss.. does she or doesn’t she know how he makes his money? What will she do when she is informed about the job her  brothers carries out for her boyfriend?

The short film program consists of 8 blocks of short films selected for RHIFF and invited screenings of “FRESH BLOOD” a horror short workshop run by Fresh Film Festival.




Film Festivals 2017 – Here & Abroad










Live Script Reading of Oscar-nominee Shane Connaughton’s ‘Pirate Queen’



Clelia Murphy, Terry McMahon, Jared Harris

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Andrew Roberts of the Limerick Voice reports from the script reading of Pirate Queen – The Story of Grace O’Malley at the Richard Harris International Film Festival.


Shane Connaughton, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of My Left Foot, treated Limerick audiences to a unique script reading of his latest work at the Belltable Arts Centre yesterday evening.


Pirate Queen – The Story of Grace O’Malley was read by a host of Irish acting talent that included Jared Harris, Terry McMahon, Fionnula Flanagan, Anthony Brophy, Sean Cronin and Clelia Murphy and local actors, and was narrated by Irish acting great Stephen Rea, as part of the Richard Harris International Film Festival.


Tom Waller, producer of Pirate Queen, had his film The Last Executioner screened last year at the festival and was inspired to perform a live public reading of Connaughton’s script this year to gauge the audience reaction.


“It’s interesting really,” he said, “because it was actually Richard Harris that introduced me to Shane over 16 years ago and here we are now, working on Pirate Queen together and showing it to the people of Richard’s hometown.”


Based on the true story of Grace O’Malley, chieftain of the Ó Máille clan in the west of Ireland in the late 1500s, Pirate Queen explores the story of how she came to conquer the sea lanes of her native Mayo coastline and her conflicts with British forces.


Part historical epic along the lines of Braveheart, the script is a timely reminder of the power and influence women can have in leadership roles if free of the patriarchy of men, and a delightful telling of an Irish legend many may not have heard of.


During a gripping but delightful scene between Queen Elizabeth I and Grace O’Malley, the two actors portraying them – Fionnula Flanagan and Clelia Murphy respectively – let the sparks fly, showcasing the rhythmic and lyrical wording of Mr Connaughton’s writing and entertaining the audience in attendance.


“I’m so grateful to all the actors,” screenwriter Mr Connaughton said after the reading. “They made something remarkable with basically no rehearsal time.”


He added that the Richard Harris International Film Festival could grow to be “as important as any of the larger film festival in Ireland, or even the world.”


In its fourth year, the Richard Harris International Film Festival was the brainchild of  financier Rob Gill, businessman, actor and Zeb Moore and his wife theatre producer Sylvia Moore, and has been expanding since its initial inception, adding poetry,  live music and theatrical performances to the film competition portion.


The script reading of Pirate Queen – The Story of Grace O’Malley took place at the Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick on Sunday, 30th October  as part of the Richard Harris International Film Festival 


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The Richard Harris International Film Festival 2016


The 4th Annual Richard Harris International Film Festival takes place from Thursday the 27th to the 31st of October in Limerick, Ireland. The Festival honours the legendary Limerick actor Richard Harris and aims to showcase the best of Independent cinema from around the world each year.

On the 30th of October, the Festival is hosting a Live Script Reading of the screenplay for Pirate Queen – the story of Grace O’Malley – in front of a live audience in the Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick. This new film project is being produced by Tom Waller (The Last Executioner) of De Warrenne Pictures and will be narrated at the live event by Stephen Rea (The Crying Game), with some very special guests of international renown – including Richard’s son (and a festival director) Jared Harris (Lincoln) and Fionnula Flanagan (Some Mother’s Son). Waller is developing the project, with Academy Award nominated writer Shane Connaughton (My Left Foot) penning the script.

Waller who was line producer on the recent Hollywood movie Mechanic: Resurrection said “Pirate Queen has innate appeal as a timeless story of resistance and bravado. The late Richard Harris introduced me to Shane Connaughton all those years ago, so I am excited about hearing this material come alive through the words and dialogue of 16th Century clans fighting the English performed by a cast of local and international actors, including Jared, in front of a live audience”.

The Festival is developing a multi-disciplinary approach, with live theatrical and musical performances from Jimmy Webb (among others), an audience with Fionnula Flanagan, masterclasses, as well as over 60 screenings taking place over five days. This year the Festival has also added a sports documentary element screening “Small Potatoes”  – the story about how Donald Trump destroyed a fledgling American football league.

In a first for Irish festivals, the festival also announced the launch of a Video on Demand Platform at the launch, that will complement the existing offline festival.

Commercial Director Rob Gill said “In association with SHIFT72, a leading provider of VOD technology, the new platform is part of our commitment to supporting the independent filmmaking community by providing more opportunities for them to delight film loving audiences, build a loyal following and monetise their film beyond the existing Festival window.”

Gill also stated that “Adding the VOD platform, live performances and Sports doc section are the first steps in our five-year plan towards building a multi-disciplinary festival with a side conference that is inspired by the success of SXSW in the US”.

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Call For: Submissions for Richard Harris International Film Festival



The Richard Harris International Film Festival have announced a call for submissions for the 2016 festival.

The 2016 festival will be a 5-day event over the Bank Holiday weekend October 27th – 31st.

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Short Film

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Monologue Competition

Coming Soon: Sports Documentary Competition






Call For: Submissions for Richard Harris International Film Festival


The Richard Harris International Film Festival is now accepting submissions of the 2015 festival, which takes place in Limerick City, October 23rd to 25th.

As an international film festival, they have several categories that are open to non-Irish film-makers and welcome entries from all over the world of both Feature and Short Films.

The festival features a networking evening on the Saturday evening, offering an opportunity to mingle with fellow industry professionals – (both creative and representative). Hosts in 2014 were Ella Harris and Jamie Harris, (Marvel Agents of ShieldAmerican Horror Story).

The Richard Harris International Film Festival in association with Limerick School of Acting will include a new 1 minute monologue competition in the festival line up this October.

The festival is accepting entries via FilmFreeway in the following categories:

Short Film Competition

1. Midwest Short Film Showcase

2. National and International short film showcase.

3. Newport Beach Film Festival Competition -short-listed films eligible for selection for the Newport Beach Film Festival Irish Spotlight.

Short Film Audience Award for Midwest Short Film Showcase and National / International Short Film Showcase.

Feature Film Competition 
This is RHIFF’s  first year to accept Feature Film submissions. The selected entries will receive “RHIFF Official Selection” Laurels and Award.

(Please note: feature screenings from submissions are limited for 2015).

Monologue Competition 

One minute Monologue Competition

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Richard Harris Film Festival: ‘The Field’


Amy O’ Connor reports from the wrap-up of the 2014 Richard Harris International Film Festival and took in screenings of The Field and Starred Up.

Nestled amongst the quiet bank holiday weekend-streets of Limerick, the 2014 Richard Harris International Film Festival took place. The 26th of October saw the festival wrap up its adoration for the iconic Limerick born actor Richard Harris by a morning screening of one of his most acclaimed works, The Field.

The Field is a 1990 drama, directed by Jim Sheridan, whose other film work also includes renowned Irish films My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father. The Field is an adaptation of Irish literary John B. Keane’s play of the same name.

The play and film tell the story of a segment of Irish farmer Bull McCabe’s life in Connemara, Ireland. Bull has rented a particular field from a widow for most of his life – a field that is steeped in family history and tradition. He has nurtured the pasture from rock to fruitful soil and looks upon it as his own “child”. When an American comes to the town of Carraigthomond to create infrastructure and wants to buy the land, a simple solution turns into a violent and intimidating tale that will linger in the air of the town indefinitely.

Richard Harris’ performance coupled with that of his co-stars Sean Bean, Brenda Fricker, John Hurt and Tom Berenger allow for a captivating tale to ensue. Each character so pertinently cast that the viewer feels as if this is a story of Irish history that has really happened. The themes and underlying laws of the era all aptly portray the ways of 1960s Ireland. A disgust for “outsiders” following the Great Irish Famine and a life based on the values of patriarchy are all elements of The Field that write the notes of Irish history into the storyline.

They say that classics are so because nobody bothers with them. However, The Field is one classic that is as popular now as it ever was and it isn’t difficult to understand why.

After lunch, Harris’ sons, Jared and Jamie, along with his granddaughter, Ella Harris, joined the collection of people at the Belltable Arts Centre to celebrate the life and work of their father and Ella’s grandfather.

Jared Harris gave a speech thanking the members of the festival for honouring his father and his work in a city that he once called home. They all highlighted the fact that they were happy to be included in the festival and that they hope it will continue to thrive for many years.

The festival was wrapped up with a screening of the 2013 crime drama Starred Up, which features Jack O’ Connell as the protagonist. Jack comes from Irish heritage, with his father John Patrick O’ Connell hailing from Kerry.

This gritty drama depicts Eric Love’s (Jack O’ Connell) early days in prison after being transferred from a juvenile facility. He faces all of the hellish prison conflicts and threats only to find some solace in a group therapy session. Eric’s dad Neville, played by Ben Mendelsohn, rests in a cell above Eric and attempts to control his actions within the prison grounds through his use of contacts and close relationships with the prison wardens. The juxtaposition of the cells of Eric and his father try to reiterate the seemingly dominant role of Neville throughout the film.

Directed by David Mackenzie and scripted by Jonathan Asser, the film takes memories from Asser’s experiences working as a voluntary therapist with extremely violent criminals in a prison and puts them on the big screen.

Tension and violence hums throughout the film, with O’ Connell’s unique acting talent shining throughout. The drama intensifies as the characters and plot deepen and the film takes the viewer on a violent and defensive journey that they might not have felt the reality of before.

After another successful year, the Richard Harris International Film Festival was then concluded and a reception for those involved, which took place at the Curragower seafood bar to congratulate all involved on the efforts made to honour the late Richard Harris and to once again highlight his brilliant work as an actor and also as a crafted storyteller.