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Limerick Nominations for Global Film Awards at Cannes Film Festival

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Jayne Foley of Fresh Film and Paul C. Ryan of Film in Limerick will represent Limerick at the prestigious Global Production Awards in Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Brian Arthur

Two Limerick film organisations have been recognised for their work developing the film sector in the region, with nominations at the prestigious Global Production Awards

Film in Limerick up for City of Film Award, and Fresh Film Nominated for Community Impact Award. Pic. Brian Arthur

The awards, which will take place at the Cannes Film Festival next week, celebrate outstanding and sustainable work in the world of film and TV production, locations and studios.

The shortlist announced by Screen International, includes a nomination for Fresh Film, nominated in the Community Impact category for their outstanding work to develop next generation film talent, both locally and nationally.

Film in Limerick, the film office for the Mid-West, have also been nominated in the City of Film Category for their work developing the sector in the region. This is the second time that Film in Limerick have been nominated at the Global Production Awards.


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Last year, they took home the runner-up award in the Emerging Location category. At the Makers and Shakers Awards at BAFTA in December, they also were announced as Film Commission of the Year, in what has been an exceptional year for the project.

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.

At the Makers and Shakers Awards at BAFTA in December, Film in Limerick were announced as Film Commission of the Year

“The doors are open for Limerick and the region to maximise this opportunity on the international stage. Working together with our partners, Fresh, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, Regional Skills, Screen Ireland, the Local Authorities and LEO offices, the Mid-West will become a major regional production hub for Film and TV production in the coming years.”

Jayne Foley, Artistic Director of Fresh Film Festival said, “We are thrilled to have made the shortlist for the Community Impact Award, which acknowledges the growing efforts in youth filmmaking, both locally and globally. For 28 years, Fresh has fostered a community of young filmmakers, empowering them to share their stories through our Festival and various prominent projects.

“Thanks to the continued support from our partners nationally and locally, The Arts Council, Screen Ireland, RTÉ and Limerick City Council and the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. Fresh is the starting point for many young people as they set out on their future careers within the industry.”

The two nominations for Limerick-based organisations are the only Irish nominations this year, pointing to the success of the sector locally, which has gone from strength in recent years, with TV series such as Hidden Assets and Blackshore and feature films Double Blind and Bonhoeffer all filmed in the region.

Most recently RTÉ broadcast of Fresh Films Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards was filmed at Troy Studios, showcasing the best in the next generation of filmmakers.

Fresh Film are up against organisations in Saudi Arabia and in the US in their category, while Film in Limerick is competing with Tulsa (Oklahoma), Zagreb (Croatia), Sofia (Bulgaria), and Bristol (UK).

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival on May 21st.

Find out more about Fresh Film here
Find out more about Film in Limerick here
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