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TUS LSAD film students win DIFF Best Documentary Award for second year running

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TUS LSAD Film Win – Pictured at the First Frame Best Documentary Awards from left to right are Tania Notaro, Dublin International Film Festival programmer; Mark Griffin, lecturer in Creative Broadcast and Media Production at LSAD; Muireann de Barra, co-programme leader & lecturer in Creative Broadcast and Media Production at LSAD; Gráinne Humphreys, Dublin International Film Festival director and Jennifer Kimber, Warner Media.

TUS LSAD film students win DIFF Best Documentary Award for second year running

TUS LSAD Film Win

Underground Éire’ adds a trio of fresh, new and authentic voices to the wealth of talent at the heart of Limerick’s multicultural music scene.

President of TUS Professor Vincent Cunnane has congratulated the second year TUS LASD (Limerick School of Art and Design) Creative Broadcast and Film Production students who won the First Frame Best Documentary award at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2022.  This is the second year in a row that students from the acclaimed TUS LSAD have won this national award.

Directed by Corinne Gibbons and Shane Joyce, the winning documentary “Underground Éire” tells the story of “three Underground Limerick musicians who each struggle with their personal identities and relationships with being artists”.

The film producers Jordan Guerin and Corinne Gibbons, Sound Mixer and Boom Operator Heather Curtin and runner Zach O’Donnell were also recognised as part of the winning TUS LSAD team.

Congratulating the winners, Professor Cunnane on the TUS LSAD film win said, “We at TUS are very proud of what Corinne, Shane, Jordan, Heather and Zach have achieved at the First Frame Awards. I would also like to acknowledge the work and dedication of the Creative Broadcast and Media Production staff who have encouraged and supported this creativity, and ensured the students have the skillset and training that not only allows them to make award-winning films but ensures they are work ready for the broadcast industry on graduating from TUS LSAD.”

Professor Cunnane also congratulated fourth-year student Marta di Giovanni whose film “Tatiana” was also shortlisted for the competition and screened as part of the film festival.

First Frame, brings together students from 17 film courses, universities and further education institutions from across Ireland as part of an international film event. 

Speaking following the TUS LSAD film win in Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema, Muireann de Barra, Joint Programme Leader Creative Broadcast and Film Production Programme said she was thrilled for the TUS LSAD students, describing the win as a richly deserved recognition of their work among a high calibre of submissions from across the country.

“This documentary adds a trio of fresh, new and authentic voices to the wealth of talent at the heart of Limerick’s multicultural music scene. We couldn’t be prouder of the Creative Broadcasting and Film Production students for capturing their stories and are delighted to see it receive national recognition at the VMDIFF First Frame awards, with thanks to the jury members. Returning to in-person film screening events was a welcome change and this award really is the icing on the cake,” she added.

In a joint statement, directors Shane Joyce and Corinne Gibbons, said of the TUS LSAD film win, “Winning this award is an honour. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity and trust to capture the stories presented in the film. Now to be sharing these stories in front of audiences and hearing the connection people are having with them is just sensational.  Being a part of the Dublin International Film Festival has been fantastic and we couldn’t be happier with our award and screening of Underground Éire.”

The documentary has also been accepted into First Cut! Youth Film Festival in Youghal. Co. Cork (March 9-12) and The Catalyst International Film Festival in Limerick in April 2022 which prioritises stories and storytellers currently under-represented on screen and behind the camera.

For more information on LSAD’s Creative Broadcast and Film Production course, go HERE 

For more stories about Limerick School of Art & Design, 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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