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Short Film Round-Up: The Latest News on Irish Shorts
2013-03-26 12:40 : By Claire Murrihy
Irish Short films to be shown at the Cannes and Seoul Film Festivals.

Award winning director Kirsten Cavendish and director of photography John V. Fante will have two of their short films screened at Cannes Film Festival this May. Fante (Star Trek, Ghost Busters, Jungle Book), has worked as a cinematographer, producer and editor on projects in over 40 countries.

'The Square of the Cube', which was filmed in Dublin and Kildare last autumn, was written by Paul Marx (BBC writer of Casualty & Doctors). The cast includes Liam Cunningham (Hunger, The Guard, The Wind That Shakes the Barley), Melissa Nolan (Stalker, Sodium Party), Ross Flannery and Geraldine Plunkett (Glenroe, Insatiable). It is a comedy about a man whose only achievement in life is also his greatest failure, and his quest to put it right. Music is by Jason Donaghy.

Their second film 'Lucky', written by Leanne Davies, also stars Melissa Nolan. The story centres on two best friends, Ruby and George, who are on the way to a wedding when an encounter with a rabbit leaves them facing some tough decisions. The film also contains music by musician Brian Mann.

Both films were edited by Gareth Young at Egg Post Production Studios in Dublin. Cavendish and Fante are scheduled to shoot two more films in Ireland this summer.

Cannes Film Festival runs from 15th – 26th May. For more information, click here.

Three Irish short films have been chosen as finalists at the Seoul Green Film Festival, which will be held this May.
The three films are Tony O’Donoghue’s 'Irish Folk Furniture', Mairtin DeBarra’s 'Atrophy' and 'Home Turf' by Aideen O’Sullivan and Ross Whitaker.

‘Irish Folk Furniture’, by Tony O’Donoghue (A Film from my Parish: 6 Farms) is an animated documentary about repair and recycling in an Irish village. It recently won a short film prize at the Sundance Film Festival and continues to be selected for major festivals around the world.

DeBarra’s film, ‘Atrophy’, is a short drama about an elderly farmer's life which has been devastated by the building of a motorway through his land. When his only remaining friend, his dog Shep, disappears, he exacts his revenge. Check out the trailer here.

‘Home Turf’ by Whitaker and O’Sullivan (When Ali Came to Ireland) is a visual celebration of the art of turf-cutting that focuses on what is lost in the transition to mechanisation. The film won the Best Short Documentary award at the Kerry Film Festival and the “Man and Nature” Award at the Lessinia Film Festival in Verona.

For more information on this film click here.

The Green Film Festival in Seoul is the first film festival in Korea to highlight environmental issues. Through cinema, the festival hopes to promote ideas of environmental protection and to encourage public awareness and action for positive changes.

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