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LSAD & DIFF to host film event at TUS Millennium Theatre



LSAD TUS & DIFF First Frame student volunteers, Paola Tokarz and Sekera Mohammed Best. Photo: Ken Coleman

LSAD TUS & Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) will host a special preview screening of nominated student films on February 20

Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD), Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) and the iconic festival will host a special preview screening of nominated student films on February 20. Taking place at TUS Millennium Theatre, the event will showcase the emerging student film-making talent in the region and will feature a screenwriting film industry panel discussions and live musical performances.

7 LSAD TUS student films are nominated for the national DIFF First Frame 2024 student awards, the winners of which will be announced in Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema on Thursday, February 22.

Animation films and nominees from Digital Animation Production, LSAD Clonmel Digital Campus include Contented Mediocracies – Niye Aihie; The House – Kelly O’Halloran, Ella Doolan, Emma O’Keeffe; Johnny Softspot – Jason Collins and Jack Moroney; The Frog & The Wolf – Emiliano Alverado Pineda and Eva Dobuseva; and A Spoonful Of Sugar – Lemon Tree Productions.




Films and nominees from Creative Broadcast and Film Production, LSAD Moylish Limerick campus include Curveball – John Bray, and Telephobia – Laura Mullen.

Commenting on the event, LSAD Lecturer and Programme Leader, Muireann de Barra, said, “We are delighted to work with Dublin International Film Festival once again and celebrate the emerging student film-making talent nationally and the LSAD student community.  This is the second time for us to partner with DIFF on First Frame and we are delighted to be giving students outside of Dublin the opportunity to see other students’ work.  This special preview event recognises a new generation of emerging filmmakers and encourages students from TUS and other Colleges and Higher Education Institutions around Ireland to share the prestigious Dublin International Film Festival as a platform to showcase their work.”

The event will be opened by Dublin International Film Festival Director, Gráinne Humphreys and LSAD Dean, Mike Fitzpatrick.  The event features an industry screenwriting panel discussion with established and emerging screenwriters – Ailbhe Keogan, Tania Notaro, Derek Ugochukwu and Film in Limerick Film Commissioner / Regional Film Manager, Paul C. Ryan. A live music performance also takes place on the day with LSAD Music Technology Production student band, Gallogly.

Mike Fitzpatrick, LSAD Dean, explains, “This is a big moment for Limerick and our students, coupled with the growing prominence of the Irish Film industry, it’s exciting that the Dublin International Film Festival has chosen to preview its ‘First Frame’ Awards here at LSAD. This is building the confidence and ambition of our students and our future film makers.”

James Greenslade, Head of DIgital Arts and Media LSAD commented, “We are thrilled to welcome the prestigious Dublin International Film Festival to the vibrant cultural landscape of Limerick, nestled along the captivating western seaboard of Ireland. This collaboration not only highlights the growing significance of our region in the realm of arts and media but also underscores the boundless opportunities for creative exchange and expression that flourish within our community. As the Head of Digital Arts and Media at Limerick School of Art and Design, I am excited to witness the convergence of diverse cinematic voices and perspectives in our city, further enriching the tapestry of storytelling and innovation.”

TUS offers programmes across the film, broadcast media, music and animation industries on multiple campuses across QQI Levels 6, 7, 8 and 9 on a full-time and flexible learning basis for those seeking to upskill. TUS programmes are unique as they offer hands-on production experience and skills in addition to structured theory-based studies.

Speaking ahead of the preview screening, Dublin International Film Festival Director, Gráinne Humphreys, said, “This event offers students and filmmakers the opportunity to see the films and experience the buzz of the Dublin International Film Festival as part of DIFF’s regional outreach programme.”

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