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LSAD & DIFF to host inaugural preview event at TUS Millenium Theatre in Limerick



TUS student, Heather Curtin will be one of the students having their short film screened at the event. Still from nominated short film, Púca, directed by LSAD ‘Creative Broadcast and Film Production’ student, Heather Curtin. 

TUS students nominated for the national diff First Frame 2023 will have their films appear in a preview screening at TUS Millennium Theatre on February 22

TUS students shortlisted for films in diff First Frame event
Still from short film, Wednesday’s Child, directed by award winning Limerick film maker, Laura O’Shea , one of the nominated TUS students, which will be screened at the event. Laura will also appear on the Industry panel at TUS event.

Ahead of the 2023 Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) which runs from February 23 to March 4, Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD), TUS and the iconic festival will host a special preview screening of nominated student films on February 22. Taking place at Technological University of the Shannon’s (TUS) Millennium Theatre, the event will showcase the emerging student film-making talent in the region and will feature a film industry panel discussions and live musical performances.

The selection of 11 student films are nominated for the national DIFF First Frame 2023 student awards which will be announced in Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema the following day. 

Commenting on the event, LSAD Lecturer and Programme Leader, Muireann de Barra, said, “We are delighted to work with Dublin International Film Festival to recognise and celebrate the emerging student film-making talent alongside leading and award-winning filmmakers. This is the first time a DIFF event of this scale will be held outside of Dublin which we are very proud of. 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.”



TUS students shortlisted for films in diff First Frame event
Still from the nominated documentary, Dungeons and Dreams, directed by LSAD Creative Broadcast and Film Production student, Simon Cunningham 

The event will be opened by Dr Susan Liddy, President of Women in Film and Television International. The preview screening will feature a film industry panel discussion that includes TUS graduates from Creative Broadcast & Film Production and Music Technology & Production programmes. The panelists are award winning director, writer and actor Laura O’Shea, Limerick-based editor Philip Shanahan, Director and Producer Michelle Ryan and regional Film & TV Development Manager, Rachael Power. 

Mike Fitzpatrick, Dean of Limerick School of Art and Design commented, “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.”

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. Having DIFF filmmaker-in-residence 2023, and LSAD TUS graduate Laura O’ Shea, as a panel contributor makes LSAD TUS a natural fit for this inaugural event.”

TUS students shortlisted for films in diff First Frame event
TUS students shortlisted for films in diff First Frame event


9am: Short Film Screening 1

11am: Film Industry Panel Discussion               

1-2pm: Lunch

2pm: Music – Fer Kenobi

2.30pm: Short Film Screening 2

4pm: Competition Announcement 

The event takes place in TUS Millennium Theatre Moylish from 9am – 4.30pm. 

Admission is free and tickets must be booked in advance via eventbrite. Over 18s.


See “Creative Broadcast and Film Production LSAD TUS” eventbrite page

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Read more about the Dublin International Film Festival here.

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