Limerick City and County Council

#Industry: Inaugural Limerick Short Film Bursary awards announced

Carbonated Comet Productions have been awarded an inaugural Limerick Short Film Bursary for writer/director Peter McNamara (Narcan, Day Off)’s The Hill, which will be produced by Ronan Cassidy. A second award has been made to Pio Media’s Everything Looks Better in the Sunshine.

The Hill is a powerful portrait of a struggling father’s efforts to retain his family home in the face of certain eviction, as well as his own personal frustrations and vulnerabilities.

Born in Limerick, Peter McNamara grew up in Southill and began working construction at a young age after leaving school prematurely. After a life changing experience in 2013 he decided to leave his job and return to third level education to study film-production.

This is a very personal story that captures issues that I have grown up with. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that I don’t want to follow the headlines, otherwise, you’ll be out of date by the time the film is made. At the moment I’m working with the producer on casting and I’m really looking forward to developing this project over the coming months. The film will be shot on location in Southill and in Limerick City Centre. Thanks to the Arts Office in Limerick City and County Council for funding us.
Peter McNamara

I am delighted that I have been given this opportunity to work with Peter again. He has written a superb script that has captured my imagination. The Hill is a powerful and beautiful drama about dignity in the face of great personal strife.
Ronan Cassidy

Peter McNamara with Limerick actor Peter Halpin, who plays the lead role in 'Narcan'

Everything Looks Better in the Sunshine is a fun, quirky romantic comedy that takes place in Limerick City over a single day. The Limerick Short Film Bursary will be used to rent equipment, pay crew and cover relevant expenditure incurred over the course of the filmmaking process. It is intended to engage with local film production courses, giving young filmmakers the opportunity to work with industry professionals, providing them with practical, hands on experience.

There were nineteen applications for the two available Limerick Short Film Bursaries.

This is also not the first time that Limerick City and County Council has dabbled in the film industry, they invested €60,000 in 2014, as the first city of culture in Ireland, for the development of the independent film sector in the county, through bursaries, marketing and training.  The City and County council also purchased the facilities for Troy Studios, which is based beside the University of Limerick and the Innovate Limerick run Film in Limerick – Production Resource Project, which provides services for big budget productions in the county.

Carbonated Comet Productions was founded by Dan Harper & Greg Burrowes in 2016. They have produced numerous brand films for online and have recently expanded into drama. For more information on them visit their website, Facebook or Twitter.

PIO Media is a production company that uses creativity, expertise and the latest technology to provide film, TV and online production services in Limerick.

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