“On behalf of the organizing 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 and those who follow in his footsteps. Licensed by the Harris Estate, affiliated to I.F.T.A. (Irish Film and Television Awards) one of the core objectives of #RHIFF is to offer a platform where Irish and International film-makers from home and abroad can meet, collaborate and view each others work.
This film festival is to celebrate Richard’s 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 is a showcase for young film makers, feature filmmakers from the Irish Diaspora, theatrical performers, poets, singers and writers.
Richard is known world-wide for his acting, singing and poetry – we find many international film-makers submitting their films to RHIFF have met Richard and been inspired by him. He always encouraged those he met to follow their dreams. His legacy is not just his own works but many of the works we see submitted year on year.
RHIFF honors his legacy of supporting and nurturing film-makers.
Richard’s family members attend each year, his cousin Hayman Harris sits on the board of directors and his son’s Damian, Jared and Jamie, provide advice and enjoy meeting film-makers in Limerick at the many events that take place during the festival weekend.
Harris’s career necessitated a peripatetic life but Limerick and the Shannon region remained close to his heart.
With an incredible built heritage, Ireland’s best examples of Georgian Ireland and approximately 500 Castles throughout the County; Limerick City and County has many attractions for both international and domestic visitors.
Shannon Airport is only 20 minutes from Limerick City Centre – home to King John’s Castle, The Treaty Stone and numerous historical and architectural places of interest. Many of our guests and attendees now extend their trips to include a few days exploration time.
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 those of Irish descent to return home to showcase their work.
An annual film festival plus year round screenings promoting Irish film-makers living abroad is the most apposite way to honor our Diaspora. The introduction of #RHIFFTV will give film-makers the opportunity to screen online. Our Awards night is live-streamed world-wide and in 2017 we welcomed approximately 2000+ viewers who joined us for the Awards Show.
Check out some of the reviews on Film Freeway – many thanks to all those who travel to be with us.
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.
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The vision of the Board and Harris Estate has always been to encourage and facilitate the Irish Diaspora to showcase their work at home.
Richard Harris International Film Festival CLG. registered in Ireland, Company Number 533617
The board felt that an annual film festival that promoted Irish film makers living abroad was the most apposite way to honour our diaspora . It was felt that many Irish film-makers, directors, actors, screen-writers have moved abroad to explore their careers.The festival will be a showcase for young film makers, feature filmmakers from the Irish Diaspora, theatrical performers, poets, singers and writers.