ENGINE Short Film Scheme to commission six new short films in Midwest

ENGINE Short Film Scheme is a new ambitious short film development and production scheme for emerging talent based in Limerick, Tipperary and Clare.

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.

Speaking about the new initiative, Paul C. Ryan, Regional Film Manager at Film in Limerick remarked, “There has never been a better time for emerging film talent in the Midwest to step up and break into the industry…we want to see emerging talent from every part of Limerick, Tipperary and Clare apply and get involved.”

It will also offer the opportunity for emerging local crew to gain real-world experience on funded productions and to receive industry guidance. Shortlisted teams can avail of training to develop their project ideas and up to six 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, crewed by locally-based talent and offer skills training and career development for all those involved.

Paul Patton, Director of Further Education and Training, with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board said, “With the board’s significant role in skills-training as well as the socio-economic and cultural life of the region…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.”

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

The scheme is now open for applications from writers, directors and producers. Crew looking to work on the commissioned films can also sign up to hear about opportunities to get involved.

Visit to find out more and to apply.

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

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