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ENGINE Docs Scheme will train and support up-and-coming talent based in the region to work as documentary directors and producers. ENGINE Docs Scheme will train and support up-and-coming talent based in the region to work as documentary directors and producers.

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ENGINE Docs Scheme Call for Documentary Film ideas

ENGINE Docs Scheme will train and support up-and-coming talent based in the region to work as documentary directors and producers.

ENGINE Docs Scheme Call for Documentary Film ideas

A new training and production scheme for emerging documentary filmmakers has been launched in the MidWest by Innovate Limerick through Film in Limerick.

ENGINE Docs, supported by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and delivered in partnership with the prestigious Sheffield DocFest in England, will train and support up-and-coming talent based in the region to work as documentary directors and producers.

Up to 12 shortlisted teams will receive training from Irish and international documentary experts to develop their project ideas leading to four teams being awarded production funding of up to €10,000 each to produce a short 10-minute documentary film.

Shortlisted directors and producers will also receive accreditation for the Sheffield DocFest’s 2021 online programme of films, talks and industry sessions running from 4 – 13 June.

Speaking about the new initiative, Paul C. Ryan, Regional Film manager at Film in Limerick, said: “Film in Limerick is committed to developing and nurturing new documentary film talent in the Mid-West. We are beyond thrilled to partner with one of the world’s best documentary film festivals to deliver this new training and production scheme that will offer local aspiring and emerging documentary talent a professional progression route to working in the industry.”

Paul Patton, Director of Further Education and Training, with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, said: “With the ETB’s significant role in skills-training as well as the socio-economic and cultural life of the region, we are delighted to continue to support Film in Limerick with this new scheme to train documentary filmmakers. It will offer a further opportunity to grow and enhance the region’s production skills base and help develop a strong base for documentary filmmaking.”

Applications are now open for emerging and experienced producers and directors interested in pursuing a career in documentary filmmaking. ENGINE Docs Scheme

The deadline for applications is Monday 24 May 2021, at 12 noon.

Four teams will be awarded production funding of up to €10,000 each.

Four teams will be awarded production funding of up to €10,000 each.

 

Film in Limerick was established by Innovate Limerick and is supported by funding from Enterprise Ireland as well Limerick City and County Council and Clare and Tipperary County Councils.

Film in Limerick acts as a one-stop-shop for filming in the Mid-West, supporting productions looking for locations, crews, and support to film in the region. They are also active in training and up-skilling aspiring and emerging filmmakers and companies based in the region.

Innovate Limerick was established by Limerick City and County Council to help drive innovation and aims to develop Limerick’s business ecosystem and position Limerick City and County as one of the most attractive locations to start and grow a business.

With the success of Limerick’s Troy Studios, Limerick City and County Council has made the film a priority in the region. As part of this focus, the council, along with Clare and Tipperary councils, joined together to recruit a Regional Film Manager to develop filmmaking infrastructure, create new training programmes in the region, and work to make the mid-west an attractive destination for foreign productions.

Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is the state education and training authority for the Limerick and Clare region in Ireland. It is one of 16 statutory regional education authorities established by the Education and Training Boards Act 2013. The authority delivers educational services to over 34,000 students and learners annually. Its Further Education and Training Division offers targeted education and training to meet the specific skills requirements of employees and its enterprise partners across Limerick and Clare.

Sheffield DocFest, short for Sheffield International Documentary Festival, is an international documentary festival and marketplace held annually in Sheffield, England. The Festival includes film screenings, an art exhibition, talks & sessions, a marketplace & industry programme for the funding and distribution of documentaries and development of filmmakers, unmissable live events, and its own awards.

Since the first event in 1994, DocFest has become the UK’s biggest documentary festival and the third-largest in the world. The BBC has called it “one of the leading showcases of documentary films”. Sheffield DocFest is now widely recognised as one of the top three documentary festivals globally and “the most significant documentary festival in Britain”. The Festival has been voted one of the Top Five Coolest Documentary Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine.

 

For more information and details to apply, go HERE

For more stories on Film in Limerick, go HERE 

 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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