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The IFTA affiliated Richard Harris International Film Festival takes place in the home of Richard Harris to mark the life and works of Ireland’s first leading man. The festival pays homage to Limerick’s most famous and favourite actor whose career spanned over 40 years. During that time Richard Harris starred with some of the biggest names in American and British film.

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Richard Harris International Film Festival (RHIFF) 25TH – 29TH October 2018

Global Irish FestivalThe Richard Harris International Film Festival is currently the only Film Festival in Ireland which specifically encourages Irish Filmmakers living abroad to return and showcase their work here in Ireland. As an international film festival, that collaborates with Newport Beach Film Festival in California, we also have categories open to international film-makers and we welcome established, emerging and student film-makers, cinephiles and cultural tourists from all over the world.

Celebrating its 6th year, RHIFF has evolved into a forward-thinking festival.  With our unique VOD platform (in association with Shift 72), live performances and the sports documentary section (in association with Mandalay Sports Media) we’d love to see you at our multi-disciplinary festival and side conference (Interactive Media & Entertainment Technology Summit -  iMET).

The festival incorporates feature and short film screenings year-round; industry panels and workshops/residencies; live music events; live script readings; theatrical events; the culture trail through Georgian Limerick and of course - the live-streamed Red Carpet (black-tie) Awards Night and numerous after parties.

So, if you have film to submit, wish to network or just want to enjoy the buzz of the movies on the Wild Atlantic Way, join us this October In Limerick.

During the entire month, Limerick will be en fête with additional entertainment, street decoration and special food experiences as we welcome home friends and family – we look forward to seeing you!

About Richard Harris

Richard Harris International Festival

Limerick’s most famous and favourite actor Richard Harris was born Richard St John Harris, on October 1st, 1930. He was the fifth out of nine children born to Ivan John Harris and Mildred Josephine (Harty) Harris​. 

Dickie, as he is affectionately known in Limerick, attended the Jesuit-run Crescent College on O’Connell Street, in the heart of Limerick City. He was a talented rugby player and played on several Munster Junior and Senior Cup teams for Crescent. 

He began his film career playing a character without a name in the Alive and Kicking (1958), but he is probably best known for his role as King Arthur in the Broadway hit Camelot and Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films.

Dickie received an Academy Award nomination and won Best Actor in 1963 at the Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of a short tempered coal-miner turned rugby star in This Sporting Life.

In more recent years he starred alongside some of the more contemporary talents such as Anne Archer, Russell Crowe, Morgan Freeman, Joaquin Pheonix, Oliver Reed, Sean Bean, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, John Cleese, Warwick Davis, Dame Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Julie Walters, Fiona Shaw and Robbie Coltrane.

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