The Richard Harris International Film Festival 2016 is set to ingrain its cultural and artistic roots in Limerick and further as plans for future expansion have been given the green light, as said by organizers.
The fourth annual festival took place this year from October 27-31 playing host to the dozens who traveled from around Ireland to witness in both admire and critique local film in venues such as The Lime Tree Theatre and The Belltable.
Some of the stars spotted at this year’s festival were none other than Oscar nominee Stephen Rea, Emmy award-winner Fionnula Flanagan, singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb, and Richard Harris’ son and Screen Actors Guild award winner, Jared Harris.
The Richard Harris Film Festival 2016 began on the Friday with the red carpet being rolled out for popular international guests such as British Actor Sean Cronin at the Belltable venue in the heart of the city centre.
Day two of the event saw Jimmy Webb deliver an entertaining solo piano performance at the Lime Tree Theatre. He performed a “heartwarming” rendition of Richard Harris’ Grammy-nominated single, MacArthur Park, a piece he hadn’t performed since the Harris’ memorial event in 2003.
Organizer Zeb Moore expressed how he was ‘thrilled’ with this year’s festival and he thinks The Richard Harris Film Festival will grow into something so big that people from all over the world will travel to take part in while forever commemorating Richard Harris.
Over the weekend, 70 films were screened. Darrell Roodt was presented the best feature film award, Elaine Kennedy was awarded the best short film accolade, while Local Director, Steve Hall was awarded the Newport Beach Competition prize for his short, Day Off.
The annual Richard Harris monolog competition, sponsored by the Limerick School of Acting, was won by Owen Mulhall.
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