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Film Festival Roundup: Boston, LIT, Cannes, and Japanese
18 Apr 2013 : By Kevin Cronin
Casey Affleck, creative advisor at Independent Film Festival Boston.
IFTN takes a look at the film festivals taking place at home and abroad this week, with Irish shorts set to make their presence felt in Boston and horror movie 'Out There' poised to terrify audiences in Cannes.

Independent Film Festival Boston

Seven Irish shorts, two of them animated, have been selected to screen at the Independent Film Festival, Boston – overseen by creative advisor Casey Affleck – which runs from 24-30 April.

Dawn Morrissey, director of the Irish film festival, Boston, applauded the strong Irish presence at this year’s event.

‘We are very pleased to be able to co-present such stellar work by Irish film makers at this year’s Independent Film Festival in Boston. Now in its second decade, the internationally acclaimed Independent film festival is renowned for its programming. The Irish filmmakers chosen should know that competition to screen at this festival is very competitive. Casey Affleck, now their creative advisor, will be present at the festival,’ she said.

The following are the Irish short films between 26-28 April at the Somerville Theatre in Boston: ‘The Attendant’ (directed by Ian Beattie); ‘Two Hearts’ (Darren Thornton); Home (Aoife Kelleher); The End of the Counter (Laura McGann); Two Wheels Good (Barry Gene Murphy). The animated shorts are ‘After You’ (Damien O'Connor) and ‘Irish Folk Furniture’ (Tony Donoghue).

For more information on the festival, visit www.iffboston.org

Fingal Film Festival

Fingal Film Festival has announced its schedule for 2013, taking place from 8–10 May, promising an exciting line-up of films from around the world.

Managing Director Liz Kenny has also unveiled a new media panel consisting of BAFTA-winning writer and director Aisling Walsh; IFTA-nominated DoP Ciaran Tanham; Shane Collins, animation Director of Brown Bag Films; and finally Tyrone D Murphy, CEO of Universal film magazine.

The opening night film will be the premiere ‘A Hijacking’ directed by Tobias Lindholm, who wrote several episodes of BAFTA-winning Borgen and ‘The Hunt’ starring Mads Mikkelsen (Best Actor at Cannes 2012).

Creative Director Dave Byrne said: ‘We had three times the amount of films submitted last year and the shortlisting has been very tough. We are being quite specific in our 2013 schedule layout, ensuring we cater for all age demographic, making the festival more accessible for people who just want to see a good film.’

Ms Kenny added: ‘We had a huge response internationally this year. We have also had a huge response from Irish Media colleges this year, as we made it a priority to engage with film students and embed the festival at grass root level with the people who will be the future of Irish Filmmaking.’

Workshops at this year’s festival this year will be hosted by an arrya of industry talent including Brown Bag Films’ head of development Jennie Stacey; IFTA-nominee Edwina Forkin of Zanzibar Films; Director of Photography Tim Palmer; and director Robert Quinn (‘Roy’, ‘Primeval’, ‘The Clinic’).

Sponsored by Odeon cinemas and Fingal county council, the festival concludes in the Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown on Sunday, 12 May.

Further information can be found at www.fingalfilmfest.com and closing night tickets are available at www.entertainment.ie/fingalfilmfest

From LIT Film Festival to Cannes

Post-apocalyptic horror film ‘Out There’, created by Dunsany Productions, has been named Best Industry Short at the LIT film festival, 11-13 April, and is now poised to take the Cannes Short Film corner by storm.

The award for director and producer Randal Plunkett and line producer Alan Byrne followed their recent win at the Movie Days Horror Convention in Dortmund, Germany.

‘Out There’ was also nominated at LIT in the categories of for best director, best camera, best lighting and best drama.

The film features Conor Marren and Emma Eliza Regan, star of the forthcoming ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’, in a tale about a man who awakens in the woods with amnesia and has to piece together what happened to his girlfriend.

Filmed on the Dunsany Castle Estate in Meath, the short has just been accepted to play in the Short Film Corner in next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

It will also screen at The Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam; Skopje film Festival in Macedonia; Dundee Horror film festival in Scotland; Fright Night film festival in Kentucky; and Panic Fest in the USA where it is nominated for a Hatchet award for best short film.

The trailer for ‘Out There’ is available by clicking here.

Japanese Film Festival, Dublin, Galway and Waterford

The Japanese film festival has announced the winners of the Dublin leg of its journey, before moving on to Galway and Waterford next week.

The Dublin Film Critics Circle named ‘Wolf Children’ as Best Anime and ‘Ace Attorney’ as Best Feature - with the audience awards for Best Feature going to ‘The Woodsman and The Rain’ and Best Anime, chiming with the critics, going to ‘Wolf Children’.

These winners and other highlights will screen in The Eye cinema in Galway, from Sunday 21 April, and Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford, from Tuesday 23 April.

‘Wolf Children’ tells the moving story of a woman forced to raise her unusual children in a world where their cross-species differences will never be accepted.

Established in 2006, the Dublin Film Critics Circle pools the opinions of the country’s full-time professional movie reviewers and was chaired this year by Tara Brady of The Irish Times.

Tickets are on sale for Galway and Waterford respectively at www.eyecinema.ie and www.garterlane.ie

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