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Shorts Update: ‘Frankie’, ‘Foireann Codladh’ & ‘Peidhleacán Solais’
22 May 2009 :
Frankie
‘Frankie’ screens across Europe; Irish Director takes 3rd Prize in Brussels; ‘Foireann Codladh’ picks up the Best Editing in Greece and ‘Peidhleacán Solais’ is selected to open the Kinteca Series in Madrid.

Frankie’, written and directed by Darren Thornton, will be touring Europe over the coming months as it has been chosen to screen on two prestigious film tours.

The short film, telling the story of a 15 year old boy as he prepares for fatherhood, has been chosen to screen as part of the Short Golden Nights Tour by the French Academy of Film Arts and Technical (Les Cesar). Nine films, awarded by the most prestigious film academies will tour European Cinemas - 20 cities in eight countries - from the 7th May to 3rd July 2009.

The film will also screen as part of Short Matters!, the European Film Academy's short film tour which brings the short films nominated for the European Film Awards 2008 (Prix UIP) to a series of renowned film festivals across Europe.

Produced by Calipo Picture Company as part of the Short Cuts short film scheme, ‘Frankie’ has also just screened at INPUT, the annual global conference on public television which took place in Warsaw. INPUT is a global, voluntary organisation set up by television professionals for television professionals - with the aim to showcase, inspire and lead television programmes in the public service. ‘Frankie’ was one of the 83 productions from 40 countries to be shown during the conference.

Budapest based director Declan Hannigan took third prize at the first European Entrepreneurship Video Awards held on 6 May in Brussels. Selected from a total of over 250 films from all over Europe that explored either Entrepreneurial Spirit, Innovative Entrepreneurship or Responsible Entrepreneurship, Hannigan’s ‘Boxworth's Big Idea’ picked up a €1,000 cash prize.

Danann Breathnach’s ‘Foireann Codladh’ (Team Sleep) has picked up the Best Editing Award at the 6th Naoussa International Film Festival 2009 in Greece. The short is a dark comic tale of one man’s fight to retain his sanity and stars Tomas O'Suilleabhain. Editing was by Róisín O'Donnell.

Finally, the short experimental film ‘Peidhleacán Solais’ (Butterfly Light) made by 160 primary students working with filmmaker Dónal Ó Céilleachair has been selected to open the 2009 Kinteca Series on June 18th in Madrid.

As part of the 2008 Súil Lán Film Residency at Ionad Cultúrtha, cinema workshops were conducted by Ó Céilleachair in five national schools in the Irish speaking areas of West Cork. 160 students were given 24 frames of one second long of clear 35mm film each, which they decorated with flowers and the wings of dead butterflies which were then joined together resulting in 160 seconds long film.



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