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A part of the Global Irish Festival Series, the Richard Harris International Film Festival brings 7 days of films, networking and workshops to the City of Limerick. It is also currently the only film festival in Ireland that specifically encourages Irish filmmakers abroad to return and showcase their work.

Global Irish Limerick - Richard Harris International Film Festival

Programme Highlights

A 2-day conference (22-23 October) exploring technology disruption and innovation in the media, entertainment and sports industries. Held before the Richard Harris International Film Festival, iMET will bring together the leading thought-leaders and executives in technology and media companies. There will be networking, product launches and pitching opportunities as well as inspiring speeches. Leisure time can be spent participating in offsite iMET sports events and later at the parties and live events.

The main feature of iMET is the VR/AR lounge, which will run on both days. The launge is delivered in association with Immersive VR Education & Simotion. It is a totally immersive VR experience of both interactive educational games and VR movies.

On 23 October, there will be a screening of Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World (dir. Hans Pool), followed by Q&A with cast and crew. An expert panel of media and film-makers will discuss the future of traditional media in a social media and technology-driven landscape. What is the future for traditional media (and verified fact gathering) when the lines between tech and media companies blur?

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World Premiere screening of Richard Harris Documentary (dir. Brian Reddin). Documentary features Fionnula Flanagan; Robert Duval; Stephen Rea; Tom Berenger; Harris Family.
Q&A and 'gala after-party' with special guests in attendance
Date: 25 October

Live Script Read delivered by Peader Clancy: a live script-read, in a theatrical setting, of a Comedy Feature in development, featuring live music; professional actors and Q&A with the writer.
Date: 27 October

Screenings include feature and short films chosen from international entries (with priority given to entries from the Irish Diaspora), a Richard Harris retrospective and the winner of SFF Oddalenia Dublin (Polish Film Festival). Over 125 films were screened in 2018.

There are 3 categories for short film:
1. National and international short film showcase
2. Newport Beach Film Festival Competition - shortlisted films in this category are eligible for selection at the Newport Beach Film Festival Irish Spotlight
3. Student Competition - open to students or recent graduates

Best Overall Short, Newport Beach Film Category, Animation Category (in 2018 only), Audience Award, Midwest Short Film Category and more

Selection TBC

Selection TB

All information regarding this year's and previous years' programmes can be found on at

Global Irish Limerick - Richard Harris International Film Festival 2019

Global Irish Limerick - Richard Harris International Film Festival 2019 is a part of the Global Irish Festival Series. Find out more about the Global Irish Festival Series here.

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