Organisers of the International Richard Harris Film Festival are exploring a five year plan, which is set to include a financial partnership with Limerick City and County Council.
Speaking to the Limerick Voice at the Audience with Fionnula Flanagan, organiser Zeb Moore said “Over the last three years we have looked after the festival financially ourselves. We are happy to say that this year the council have recognised the need for them to partner with us, so we are looking at our five-year plan and we will go into discussion very soon on how we are going to move in the future.”
Mr Moore commented on the success of the festival this year and the addition of legendary singer song writer Jimmy Webb. “This year has 27 events over the course of five days, as we are now a five-day event. It saw host to three time Grammy award winning singer songwriter Jimmy Web at the Lime Tree Theatre. It was a sell-out performance and was absolutely fantastic,” he said.
The festival also hosted a poignant tribute to Mr Richard Harris in an event that was titled Richard Harris Revisited which was presented by Mr Joe Jackson.
“It was a very moving piece to say the least, it was fantastically well received. That piece, we are already discussing about bringing it back again next year,” he said.
The event has also has seen an expansion from a movie festival to an arts festival including, music, theatre, literature and sports documentary.
Mr Moore said “We are now developing more into an arts festival because we have now introduced a music section, also a sports section and we are also including a theatrical and literature section as well.
The event will also host the screening of movies from over 25 countries this year
“We are getting a great audience and we are delighted we are getting the world wide recognition now and again we continue our collaboration with Newport beach in California. We have just screened our shorts film program for the Newport Beach competition, so the winner of that competition gets automatic screening in California.”
When asked about the standard talent this year Mr Moore said” The Standard of talent this year obviously is increasing. We are now hitting between 150 to 200 submissions per year from over 25 different countries throughout the world.”