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Irish Short Film Round Up
07 Jul 2010 :
Deep End Dance
Galway shorts screen at Fleadh, a win for ‘Janey Mary’, screenings for ‘Polish Language’ and ‘Sunday Drive’ begins shoot.

Galway Film Fleadh: New Irish Shorts

Galway’s Town Hall will play host to screenings of new Irish shorts on the mornings of July 9th, 10th and 11th as part of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. The first two mornings of the programme will showcase short Irish dramas such as Conor Horgan’s ‘Deep End Dance’ and John Butler’s ‘The Ballad of Kid Kanturk’ alongside ‘In the Night in the Dark’ from Rob Kennedy and Black Sheep Productions’ ‘Runners’, which comes from its IFTA win this year for makers Rob and Ronan Burke.

Irish short documentaries will show on Sunday, July 11th from 9am in the Town Hall and will see the screening of docs such as Keelin Hughes’ ‘The Apprentice’, Anna Rodgers’ ‘If These Walls Could Talk’ as well as Eliza McLoughlin and Eimear Hannon’s ‘Unbound’ and Geoff Brooks’ and ‘A Man and his Mountain’ amongst others.

In the course of the three days the Galway Film Fleadh will screen 45 short dramas and 13 short documentaries. For a full list of the projects being shown visit www.galwayfilmfleadh.com

Janey Mary

Film director Paul Brady has picked up Best Director Award for his short film 'Janey Mary' at the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival in Rome. The film tells the tale of the title character, a five-year-old girl out on the streets of 1940’s Dublin and her friendship with an Augustinian priest.

‘Janey Mary’ writer, producer and director Paul Brady was present at the festival to pick up the award. This is the 5th accolade director and film has received, others include Best Cinematography for director of photography Seamus Deasy (Triage) at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Special Jury Mention Award at the European Independent Film Festival.

Rome’s first-ever Catholic film festival took place in the Auditorium on Via della Concilliazione. Under the patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture, this week-long festival presented films, documentaries, and made-for-television works that illustrate universal moral values and positive models. For a full list of winners visit www.mirabiledictu-icff.com

The Polish Language

The IFTA nominated short animation, ‘The Polish Language’, written by Alice Lyons, has been officially selected for competition in the Expresión en Corto International Film Festival which takes place in Mexico from 23rd July until 1st August.

’The Polish Language’, which was co-directed by Alice and Orla McHardy, is an animated film-poem about the subversive force of art and the renewal of poetry in the whispery language of Polish. The film premiered at last year's Galway Film Fleadh where it picked up the Best Animation award. It has since gone on to screen in festivals including the Darklight Festival in Dublin, Animated Dreams Film Festival in Estonia, Short Film Festival Clermont Ferrand in France, SXSW Festival in Texas and more recently at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Produced by Steve Woods (God Incorporated) for Cel' Division, the animation was funded through the Frameworks scheme which is co-financed by the IFB, RTÉ and the Arts Council.

The Expresión en Corto International Film Festival estimates an attendance of over 83,000 audience members and receives over 2,000 films from more than 85 participating countries in the international competition. For a full list of selected works visit www.expresionencorto.com.

Sunday Drive

Cameras will start to roll on the set of short thriller, ‘Sunday Drive’ on Monday, July 12th. The film will shoot for three days around Oughterard, County Galway. ‘Sunday Drive’ centres around Claude, a man going through difficult times having lost his family in a car crash. Things start to change following an encounter with a strange couple years later.

The short’s cast include Ian Patterson and Dominique Monot with a leading actress to be confirmed. ‘Sunday Drive’ reunites the production team behind ‘The Companion’ with Dominique Monot producing, Oisin Mac Coille directing, Kevin Glynn as director of photography and Ronan O'Conghaile overseeing lighting.

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