28 January 2021 The Irish Film & Television Network
     
Film in Limerick launches Engine Short Film Scheme
10 Dec 2020 : News Desk
Credit: Diarmaid Greene
Engine Short Film Scheme is a new ambitious short film development and production scheme for emerging talent that are based in Limerick, Tipperary and Clare.

Run by Innovate Limerick through Film in Limerick, Engine Shorts is a partnership between the Local Authorities in Tipperary, Limerick, and Clare, and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.

The new scheme aims to inspire and support up-and-coming writers, directors, and producers to create inspiring, engaging world-class short films that resonate with a wide international audience.

Shortlisted teams will receive training to develop their project ideas and up to 6 teams will be awarded production funding of €12,500 each to produce a short film.

Engine Shorts aims to become a key mechanism for developing filmmaking talent in the MidWest, supporting skills and talent development through industry-led training, as well as tailored training and practical experience for crews on commissioned projects.

The six projects will all be filmed in the region and offer skills training and career development for all those involved.

“We are thrilled to launch this new scheme that we hope will have a major impact on supporting film talent locally,” said Film in Limerick’s Regional Film manager, Paul C. Ryan when discussing the initiative. “The scheme will offer industry training and see new productions filmed in Limerick, Tipperary, and Clare that will be screened to audiences worldwide. There has never been a better time for emerging film talent in the Mid-West to step up and break into the industry.”

“ENGINE shorts, as the biggest regional film scheme in the country, will put the spotlight on the next generation of filmmakers and we want to see emerging talent from every part of Tipperary, Clare and Limerick apply and get involved.”

Melanie Scott, Arts Officer at Tipperary County Council added: “We are delighted to join with our partners in Limerick and Clare to deliver this exciting new film scheme for local filmmakers. Tipperary has a long track record of producing film talent and as a base for many high-profile movies - most recently as a location for Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel starring Matt Damon. We look forward to seeing more local filmmakers developing their own stories in the county.”

Pippa Little, Arts Officer at Limerick City and County Council said: “Limerick Culture and Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council, are delighted to continue our investment in film and to work in partnership to significantly expand our support. This new support for the sector is particularly critical at this time, with COVID-19. We look forward to seeing applications coming in from the sector”

Siobhan Mulcahy, Arts Officer at Clare County Council added: “We are delighted, with the support of Creative Ireland, to be in a position to support emerging film talent in County Clare, a county that has a strong reputation of attracting film production with our stunning scenery and abundance of film talent.”

Paul Patton, Director of Further Education and Training, with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board said: “With the ETB’s significant role in skills-training as well as the socio-economic and cultural life of the region, we are delighted to continue to support Film in Limerick on this new scheme. It will offer a further opportunity to grow and enhance the production skills base in the region and help to sustain the viability of the area for years to come.”

Visit engineshorts.com to find out more and to apply.

Deadline for applications is Friday 29 January 2021 at 12noon.





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