22 November 2022

The Engine Short Film Scheme, the country’s biggest short film training and production scheme is now accepting applications from local MidWest based filmmakers for its 2nd edition.

A special screening of the 2021 winning Clare entry Try and Touch will be screened in glor on Monday, November 28th at 6.30pm followed by a Q & A on the Engine Shorts Programme with representatives of Film in Limerick.

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

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

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

The first edition of the training scheme saw 6 short films produced that have since screened throughout Ireland and internationally including screenings in London, Berlin, New York, Barcelona, Lisbon, Newport Beach in California and Montevideo in Uruguay.

Speaking about the launch, Siobhan Mulcahy, Arts Officer at Clare County Council said, “We are excited 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 C. Ryan, Regional Film manager at Film in Limerick, said, “We are delighted to launch the 2nd edition of the training programme with the support of the local authorities and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. Engine Shorts 2 will offer further industry training and see 6 new productions filmed in Limerick, Tipperary and Clare that will be screened to audiences internationally. While we expect a lot of competition for places on the programme, I would really encourage anyone with serious film ambitions to get their story idea in for the deadline. This is the time for emerging film talent in the Mid-West to step up and make their mark. Good luck to all the applicants.”

Paul Patton, Director of Further Education and Training, with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board said: “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.”

Don’t miss out, the deadline to apply to be a part of Engine Shorts 2 is Friday 16 December at 12noon. Details at the link below.