24 April 2024 The Irish Film & Television Network
‘Eliot & Me’ Actress Wins Two Awards in China
2013-09-20 16:20 : By Julie Browne
Ella Connolly stars as Lucy in 'Eliot & Me'.
Irish actress Ella Connolly wins two awards for ‘Eliot & Me’ at the 12th China International Children’s Film Festival: the International Jury Award for Best Performance by a Child Actress and the Award for the Children’s Favorite Child Performer.

Famous Chinese actress Jiang Wenli chaired the international jury and singled out Ms. Connolly’s performance as “compelling and authentic, with a naturalness rare in child acting. Her character was very believable”. The second award was voted by the children’s jury, which is made up of 200 children from local primary and middle schools.

The festival, held every two years, took place in Siping City in northern China. Over 500,000 children watched the films in the weeks leading up to the festival. ‘Eliot & Me’ was the first Irish film to be selected for the festival and the only English language film screened in the competition.

Ms. Connolly (13), was accompanied to the festival by her father/director Fintan Connolly and producer Fiona Bergin. She was called to the stage twice and thanked both juries for the awards. “We flew to Paris, then to Beijing, then to Changchun and then drove to Siping. It’s a long way from Ireland but it’s so cool to be here.”

Funded by the Irish Film Board and RTÉ, the film tells the tale of 10 year-old Lucy and her efforts to find her missing dog.

The Film was directed by Fintan Connolly ‘(Flick’) who directs daughter Ella Connolly (‘Wakewood’), Renée Weldon (‘Trouble With Sex’), David Wilmot (‘The Guard’), Gerard Mannix Flynn (‘Trouble With Sex’, ‘Flick’), Vincent McCabe (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Fair City’) and Des FitzGerald (‘The Trespassers’)

The script was developed and co-written by Connolly and producer Fiona Bergin. Director of photography was Owen McPolin (‘Ripper Street’) and editing was done by Guy Montgomery (‘Parked’, The Clinic’). Post production was done in EGG.

‘Eliot & Me’ has screened at the major children’s festivals in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Romania and the US. It will have its Irish premiere at Cinemagic in Belfast on 12th October.

The one hour long drama was made by Fubar Films with the participation with the Irish Film Board in association with RTÉ. The film’s visit to China was supported by Culture Ireland.

The trailer for ‘Eliot & Me’ is available below:

Contact details for Fubar Productions on IFTN .

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