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Film Festival Round-Up: 'The Late Men', 'The Missing Scarf' and Kerry Film Festival
03 Oct 2013 : by Ruairí Moore
Writer Matthew J. Keats (left) and director Van Poynton (right) on the set of 'The Late Men'
IFTN takes a look at festival news of Irish interest from around the world – with Irish wins at Melbourne Underground Film Festival and LA Shorts Fest, as well as the launch of some big names on Kerry Film Festival’s adjudicator panel.

‘The Late Men’ picks up two awards in Melbourne Underground
Independent Irish thriller ‘The Late Men’ recently screened at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, taking home two awards as a result – a ‘Best Supporting Actor’ nod for actor and musician Don Baker and the ‘Award for Innovation in New Cinema’ for Dublin director Van Poynton.

Festival director Richard Wolstencroft was particularly enthused about the film’s success, saying “There is something clearly wonderful going on in Ireland… [The Late Men] is an apocalyptic fever dream far more impressive than most big-budget Hollywood movies that are rather tired, formulaic and dull. The New Cinema is happening at the margins.”

Co-written by Poynton and frequent collaborator Matthew Keats, the film also stars Stephen Cromwell ‘(Love/Hate’) and Tony Murphy (‘Charlie Casanova’).

Kerry Film Festival Announces Adjudicators
The Kerry Film Festival, now in its fourteenth year, has recently announced its panel of adjudicators.

The panel will consist of Oscar-winning animator Richard Baneham (‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Avatar’), journalist and producer Catherine Bray (‘A Field in England’, ‘Beyond Clueless’), director Lenny Abrahamson (‘Adam and Paul’, ‘Garage’) and producer Fionola Dwyer (‘Brooklyn’, ‘The Long Way Down’).

With selections whittled down from over 600 entries, the festival adjudicators will be tasked with selecting the festival’s best from this shortlist. Says festival director Roisin McGuigan, “Each and every member of the adjudication panel is at very forefront of their chosen profession […] This will be the fourteenth year of the festival and both the quantity and the quality of the films has risen year on year.” The Kerry Film Festival will run from October 8th to 12th in Tralee – for more information, visit their IFTN listing or just call 066 712 9934.

‘The Missing Scarf’ wins Best Animation at LA Shorts Fest
In its North American debut, Irish animated short ‘The Missing Scarf’ has won the top prize for animation at the LA Shorts Fest.

Directed by Eoin Duffy (‘On Departure’) and produced by Jamie Hogan, the film was voiced by former ‘Star Trek’ star George Takei.

Dubbed ‘a black comedy that explores fears of the unknown’, this marks the film’s second award, with ‘The Missing Scarf’ having already picked up the Best Animation prize at the Galway Film Fleadh. Both wins now make ‘The Missing Scarf’ eligible for entry into the Academy Awards.

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