26 May 2022 The Irish Film & Television Network
CANNES: Irish Film Industry Out in Force at Film Festival
19 May 2010 :
Fastnet Films' Morgan Bushe and Macdara Kelleher
The Irish film industry has been out in strong numbers at the Cannes Film Festival so far. The event launched on Wednesday, May 12th and will run until Sunday, May 23rd and has seen Irish projects screening and selling and Irish filmmakers make the most of networking events.

Cannes has already this year played host to many Irish events. Last weekend saw Culture Ireland and Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board host a special reception to celebrate Irish film and music talent. Irish trad band Kila played to a packed audience which included leading players of the international and Irish film industries. The band is no stranger to film having worked on the music for many films including the Irish Oscar nominated animation ‘The Secret of Kells’.

The concert took place ahead of the world premiere of ‘All Good Children’, Alicia Duffy’s debut feature, on May 19th. Based on a novel by Sam Taylor and co-produced by Element Pictures the film stars Jack Gleeson (A Shine of Rainbows) and newcomers Austin Moulton, David Brazil and Imogen Jones. Alicia was in attendance at the reception along with the producers and crew attached to the film.

Other Irish filmmakers attending the reception included ‘One Hundred Mornings’ producer Katie Holly from Blinder Films was selected as one of the 23 film producers for The European Film Promotion's (EFP) ‘Producers on the Move' programme during the festival. Conor Barry (Savage) was also present, along with Macdara Kelleher and Morgan Bushe who have just completed ‘The Other Side of Sleep’ a film directed by Rebecca Daly who was selected for the Cannnes Film Festival Cinéfondation.

Business was frantic at this year’s festival with the announcement that The Works International has taken the international sales rights of John Carney’s ‘Zonad’. The Irish comedy was a big hit at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York last month.

Previous Irish success at Cannes has seen Lenny Abrahamson's ‘Garage’ which picked up the CICAE Art and Essai Cinema Prize during the Directors Fortnight in 2007 and The Wind That Shakes The Barley which won the Palme D'or in 2006.

Cannes is the largest and most important film market in the world and provides an opportunity for Irish producers to meet with international film financiers, sales agents and film distributors. This year a number of new Irish films have been screening to packed audiences in the market including ‘The Guard’, directed by John Michael McDonagh which stars Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm) and Don Cheadle (Crash) and Colm McCarthy's chilling thriller ‘Outcast’ starring James Nesbitt (Occupation). David Keating’s horror ‘Wake Wood’ and Conor McPherson's supernatural thriller ‘The Eclipse’ have also screened. For more information about the ongoing event visit www.festival-cannes.com

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