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Short Film News: ‘Through the Night’, ‘Atlantic’ & Daly’s ‘Hum’
30 Apr 2009 :
Rank Outsider are in post on ‘Through the Night’, Conor Ferguson’s ‘Atlantic’ wins Grand Prix in Paris while Rebecca Daly has been selected as one of five finalists in the new round of the Berlinale Talent Campus. Cecilia McAllister’s ‘Missing Link’ has won a Special Jury award at the Worldfest in Houston and ‘Jill' a new short thriller has wrapped production in Co Galway.

Post production is currently underway on ‘Through the Night’, a short horror from Dublin based film production outfit Rank Outsider - written & directed by Lee Cronin and produced by John Keville.

Based on the premise of couples fall asleep side by side and trusting they know what lies beside them, the film stars Nora-Jane Noone (The Descent) and Eoin Macken (Studs). It was shot on RED by DP Tom Comerford with Camera Op. Michael O’Donovan and Colin Campbell editing.

Commenting on the film, Director Lee Cronin said: “This short film is all about giving the audience a real sense of dread, a dread based in reality. Most, if not all of us out there, have slept in the same bed as someone we trust, I find it interesting to look at what happens when that person turns on you, especially when you don’t know what they are turning into...”

Adding to this, Producer John Keville said; “We are really excited by what we have seen so far both in the look of the film and in the performances from Nora-Jane and Eoin. We will be working tirelessly to get this film in front of people, so it can be judged on its merits and can showcase what Rank Outsider is all about. We were really humbled by all the great people that came aboard this project.”

‘Through the Night’ is the first in a series of new film productions from Rank Outsider with the next short ‘Billy & Chuck’ scheduled to shoot in September. Rank Outsider also has the horror feature film ‘The Rise’ in development.

'Atlantic', a Short-Short written and directed by Conor Ferguson and funded by the Irish Film Board, has won the Grand Prix at the Trés Court Very Short Film Festival in Paris. The festival is open to shorts of approximately three minutes; and of the 1,000 films entered, 51 were selected, representing 19 countries. 'Atlantic' is Ferguson’s second short. His first, 'The Wednesdays', was funded by Galway Film Centre, RTÉ and the Irish Film Board, and has won 11 international awards to date.

Rebecca Daly’s ‘Hum’, has been selected in the new round of the Berlinale Talent Campus' short film competition from which over 250 young filmmakers from 65 countries responded to the call for project ideas on the motto "Straight to Cinema". The motto for the Berlin Today Award 2010, which is supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg for the eighth year in a row, encourages young filmmakers to take inspiration from the power and possibilities of cinema and develop a short film for the big screen.

‘Hum’ tells the story of a woman who flees her daily life and searches for perfect silence in an abandoned house. The project will be produced by Lichtblick Media. The other four finalists include short films from Spain, Columbia, Georgia and Australia.

The five short films will be realised until the end of 2009 with support from Medienboard and in-kind contributions from the film industry with their world premiere during the opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus 2010 (February 13 – 18, 2010).

Cecilia McAllister’s short film ‘Missing Link’ has won a Special Jury award at the Worldfest- The Houston Independent International Film Festival. The short was produced by Bronagh McCartan through Northern Ireland Screen’s Deviate Scheme.

Cecilia’s award winning short film ‘Féileacán’ has also been selected for Brussels International Short Film Festival, Maremetraggio Film Festival, Fastnet Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival as well as being nominated for a Prix UIP award at The Norwegian Short Film Festival. ‘Féileacán’ is part of the IFB/TG4 funded Oscailt scheme.

The film maker is currently prepping ‘Paranoid Fat Chick Goes Swimming’ for the IFB Virtual Cinema Scheme and is short-listed for Northern Ireland Screen’s Ultra Low Budget Fiction Fund.

'Jill' a new short thriller about a family who deal with the death of their five year old daughter has wrapped production in Co Galway. The short stars Patrick Curley, Carla Bredin and Maria Anastacia Keogh and was directed and produced by Oisin Mac Coille, scripted by Eoin Duggan with Alison Healy in charge of Photography.

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