On behalf of the organising committee we would like to thank you for your interest in The Richard Harris International Film Festivallocated in Limerick, Ireland.
We strongly believe that the Irish film-making Diaspora should be encouraged to showcase their work here in Ireland.
By bringing communities together through a community tourism initiative for the diaspora this event is supported in partnership with Limerick City and County Councils, Fáilte Ireland and IPB Insurance.
We are currently the only Film Festival in Ireland which specifically encourages Irish Filmmakers abroad to return and showcase their work.
As an international film festival, we also of course have categories open to non-Irish film-makers and welcome entries from all over the world.
This October Bank Holiday weekend sees the festival screening both Feature Films and Short Films over 3 days.
“On behalf of the organising committee we would like to thank you for your interest in The Richard Harris International Film Festival. This Irish film festival will celebrate the life and works of Richard Harris. Richard was not only a well-known Limerick and Irish actor, he was also a singer, theatrical producer, poet and film director of immense ability and charisma.
This film festival is to celebrate his unique talent in the city where he was born and raised. Along with viewings of his most iconic films such as ‘The Field’, ‘This Sporting Life’, ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘Camelot’, the festival will be a showcase for young film makers, feature filmmakers from the Irish Diaspora, theatrical performers, poets, singers and writers.
The idea for The Richard Harris Film Festival came about during a meeting in Limerick prior to the year of the gathering The board felt that an annual film festival that promoted Irish film makers living abroad was the most apposite way to honour Richard. . It was felt that many Irish film-makers, directors, actors, screen-writers have moved abroad to explore their careers.
We strongly believe that the Irish film-making Diaspora should be encouraged to showcase their work here in Ireland. We are currently the only Film Festival in Ireland which specifically encourages these people to return and showcase their work.
Ireland punches above its weight in terms of acting and film-making talent, Jack Reynor, Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan and Saoirse Ronan continue to fly the flag for the Irish film industry but it was Richard Harris that paved the way for these stars in Hollywood.
Richard Harris was an actor, singer, theatrical producer, writer, poet & film director. His versatility was evident in his varied film roles whether he was playing a Roman Emperor, a wizard, a tenant-farmer or a mutineer.
Harris’s career and personality necessitated a peripatetic life but Limerick and the Shannon region remained close to his heart. We are delighted to honour Richard’s enduring legacy and look forward to welcoming his sons and family once again to Limerick City.
We believe that this is a festival that can showcase beautiful Limerick City and its environs to an international audience. Most of all we hope to see you here in Limerick for the Festival.
The Richard Harris International Film Festival Team.