Run by Innovate Limerick through Film in Limerick, Engine Shorts is delivered in partnership with the Local Authorities in Tipperary, Limerick and Clare, and the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.
The training & production scheme aims to inspire and support up-and-coming filmmakers to create world-class shorts that resonate with a wide international audience.
It also offers the opportunity for emerging local crew to gain real-world experience on funded productions and to receive industry guidance. Shortlisted teams avail of training to develop their project ideas and up to six teams will be awarded production funding of up to €12,500 each to produce a short film.
ENGINE shorts has a focus on training and supporting emerging writers, producers and directors in Tipperary, Clare and Limerick.
The scheme is open to emerging directors and producers with filmmaking experience, as well new or experienced screenwriters. Practitioners working in other mediums such as television, theatre, literature and other forms of visual and/or performing arts who wish to work in narrative fiction filmmaking are also encouraged to apply.
The deadline for applications from individual writers or teams or writer, director, and producer is (closed for applications)
Shortlist projects will take part in the training programme to further develop their ideas and they will then be invited to pitch their ideas to an industry panel.
Following the pitch, up to 6 films will be produced across Limerick, Clare and Tipperary from April to May 2023 with further training and mentoring support provided to teams.
As well as training and supporting emerging writers, directors and producers, ENGINE shorts will provide opportunities for locally-based crew to work on up to 6 funded short film production across Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.
We are very interested in hearing from aspiring and experienced crew who wish to get involved in working on the productions in all roles. Film in Limerick will do a CREW CAll-OUT in early 2023 for expressions of interest from both new and experienced crew who would like to put their names forward to work on the commissioned films.
We want to see stories on screen that reflect life in the Mid-West region and we want to see crews that are made up of members from across all our communities.
We encourage applications from those who are proportionately under-represented within the screen industries; disabled people, minority ethnic communities, women, LGBTQI+ groups and those who have been socially and economically disadvantaged by their circumstances and upbringing.
We are aware of the lack of diversity in the screen industries and we want to work to improve this.
About Film in Limerick
Film in Limerick is the regional film office for the Mid-West region covering the counties of Limerick, Clare and Tipperary. We promote and support filming in the region as well as running training and production initiatives to develop local creative talent and crew.
Film in Limerick is a project of Innovate Limerick and was developed to support the region’s rapidly growing film and TV industries.
Film in Limerick runs ENGINE shorts as well as courses and other initiatives for aspiring and emerging filmmakers. Keep in touch with Film in Limerick activities by joining our mailing list here.
We thank our funders for their continued support for training film talent in the region.