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Fresh Film and Film in Limerick recognised at Cannes Film Festival for their contributions to the film sector

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Cannes Film Festival – Pictured above are Paul Ryan and Rachael Power, from Film in Limerick, Dr Susan Liddy, President of Women in Film and Television International, Eimear Brophy, Further Education and Training Manager, Enterprise Engagement at Limerick and Clare ETB and Jayne Foley, Fresh Film Festival.

Fresh Film and Film in Limerick were both nominated at the prestigious Global Film Production Awards held during the Cannes Film Festival, with Fresh Film winning its category

Limerick Nominations for Global Film Awards at Cannes Film Festival No Repro Fee Film Limerick Cannes B Pic. Brian Arthur
Jane Foley of Fresh Film pictured with Paul C. Ryan of Film in Limerick. Pic. Brian Arthur

Two film organisations from Limerick have been recognised for their exceptional contributions to the film sector, having earned nominations at the Global Production Awards.

Representatives of the groups enjoyed a trip to Cannes, where they had the opportunity to learn from their peers in the industry while making important connections as they awaited the awards ceremony.

Fresh Film was announced as the winner of the Community Impact Award, acknowledging the incredible efforts the group makes in supporting and empowering young filmmakers in Ireland and beyond.


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The Community Impact Award is awarded to a film commission or production demonstrating commitment to the local community during filming. Employing and educating local crew and demonstrating a positive environmental and cultural conscience.

The award puts Fresh Film on a global platform, highlighting the organisation’s effort and dedication to nurturing the next generation of film talent on both a local and national level.

Fresh Film expressed delight at winning the award, posting on Instagram, “Big pinch me moment for Fresh having won the Community Impact Award at this year’s Global Production Awards in Cannes. It’s fantastic having our work as an organisation, built to support and empower young filmmakers, recognised at this highly acclaimed festival.”

Film in Limerick were also nominated in the City of Film Category for their work developing the sector in the region; coming off the back of winning  Makers and Shakers Awards at BAFTA in December, they also were announced as Film Commission of the Year, proving the quality of the industry in Limerick and what has been an exceptional year for Film in Limerick.  

Regional Film Manager at Film in Limerick, Paul C. Ryan said, “What an incredible honour for our region to be recognised at this level. There is clearly a huge appetite for developing a sustainable film sector in the Mid-West, delivering economic and cultural impacts. This is something that is not only a local ambition but is recognised internationally at the highest level in the industry.”

Meanwhile, Limerick woman Dr Susan Liddy, who is the President of Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) has announced that their global summit will be held in Ireland in February 2026. 

Dr Liddy gave a warm shout out to Paul Ryan and Rachael Power, from Film in Limerick, Jayne Foley Fresh Film Festival and Eimear Brophy, Further Education and Training Manager, Enterprise Engagement at Limerick and Clare ETB, who were there on the night.

“It was wonderful to meet so many Limerick people in Cannes who are working to promote film in the region,” Dr Liddy said.

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