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Awards Round Up: ‘Call Girl’, ‘Jump’ & ‘The Owner’
17 Jan 2013 : By Gearóid Gilmore
'Call Girl' is up for VFX award at the Swedish Film Awards
Irish filmmakers have been gaining plenty of international recognition once again this month, which include a win at a prestigious film festival, a nomination for the Swedish Film Awards, and even an entry into the Guinness World Records for one Irish director. Here’s a roundup of the latest achievements of Irish filmmakers.

Windmill Lane’s Tim Morris has been nominated for best visual effects for his work on Irish Swedish co-production ‘Call Girl’ at the Swedish Film Awards. The Guldbagge awards are Sweden’s leading film awards and have been presented since 1964 for outstanding contributions to the Swedish film Industry. ‘Call Girl’ is a co-production between Ireland’s Newgrange Pictures and Sweden’s Garage Film. A political thriller set in the 1970s and shot primarily in Stockholm, Windmill’s task was to recreate some key scenes of political rallies as well as recreate key buildings which existed in the period but no longer exist today. VFX consisted of CGI elements for a car crash and a murder scene. ‘Call Girl’ is nominated in 11 categories in total. The awards take place January 21 in Stockholm.

Northern Irish feature film ‘Jump’ was awarded the Cinema Without Borders Bridging the Borders Award at the prestigious Palm Springs International Film Festival on Sunday. The film, directed by Kieran J Walsh, produced by Brendan Byrne of Hotshot Films, and executive produced by Katie Holly of Blinder Films, beat out nine other nominees to win the award. Cinema Without Borders works to bring the international film community closer together with its Bridging The Borders Award. The award is bestowed upon filmmakers that attempt to bring communities together and to eliminate cultural divides. ‘Jump’ follows four 20-somethings whose lives collide one fateful NewYear's Eve amidst the ancient walls of Derry. The film will be released nationwide in April.

The multi-language feature film ‘The Owner’ has made the Guinness World Records for having the most directors in one film. The film was directed by 25 different directors from 13 countries, including Irish director Mairtín de Barra, and it follows the story of a lost backpack on a journey around the world, on its way back to its owner. The feature consists of 25 independently produced short segments (two to five minutes) that are connected by the backpack's journey. Each segment picks up the narrative where the previous segment leaves off.


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