Irish short film ‘Janey Mary’ has won the Best Short Film at the Moondance International Film Festival in Colorado, US, while cinematographer for the film Seamus Deasy (The General, Summer of the Flying Saucer) picked up Best Cinematography (2nd place) at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Directed and written by Paul Brady of Little Step Productions, ‘Janey Mary’ tells the story of a five year old girl who goes begging for food through the destitute urban landscape of post-World War II Dublin. The film was shot in various locations around Dublin from 5 - 11 March 2007 and stars Kelsey Enright, Catherine O’Farrell, Eamon Rohan, Donncha Crowley and Linda McDonnell.
The winners of the Moondance Festival have been announced a month in advance with the festival taking place between 28 August - 1 September at the historic Chautauqua Park, Boulder, Colorado.
In addition, the Rhode Island International Film Festival acknowledged cinematographer Seamus Deasy for his work in the film. Deasy picked up an award for Cinematography at the festival which took place between 5 -10 August. The IFTA winning cinematographer shot the film with 35mm Panavision cameras and B&W film stock. Other crew included costume designer Maeve Patterson (The Escapist) and production designer David Wilson (Tristan & Isolde).
The Rhode Island International Film Festival is one of America's top 12 film festivals is an Academy Award qualifying event. Other Irish productions to screen at the festival included, Darren Thornton’s ‘Frankie’, Thomas Hefferon’s ‘The Confession’, Andrew S. Loveland’s ‘88’, Alison Millar’s IFTA winning ‘At Home With the Clearys’ and Rick Larkin’s ‘Satellites and Meteorites’. Steph Green's IFTA winning short 'New Boy' also received an award at the festival, picking up the first runner up award for Best Short Film while editor Paul Mullen (Once) won first prize for Editing for Rick Larkin's 'Satellites & Meteorites'.