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Film Festival Round-Up
15 Aug 2014 : Deirdre Molumby
'One Ocean: No Limits'
Irish films continue to travel the globe via film festivals. Some have been specially chosen for screenings while others have received award nominations and even wins.

‘Njinga’ Receives Four Film Festival Nominations

Irish filmmaker Martin McCann’s feature documentary ‘Njinga’ has been nominated for four awards at the Action on Film International Film Festival in Los Angles, California. The feature is up for the Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards.

The Lateral Vision production follows explorer/adventurer Kate Leeming, who cycled the equivalent of twice around the world at the Equator. Kate's incredible expedition was a ten month, 22,040km journey across Africa from Point des Almadies, Senegal to Cape Hafun, Puntland, Somalia in a continuous line, completed on August 16th 2010.

When Kate set off to cycle across Africa, from west to east on a bicycle, she was not only on a physical quest, but also on an odyssey to highlight the development needs of war torn and poverty stricken nations. Leeming directed and produced the film with McCann, Peter McCann edited and John Talbot was the colourist. Dean Jones was sound engineer and Brian Keegan composed the feature.


‘One Ocean: No Limits’ Selected for Festivals in Florida and Arizona

Following 'One Ocean: No Limits' successful screenings at festivals in San Francisco, Newport Beach and Boston so far this year, the film has now been selected as a finalist in the Surfing & Ocean Sports category at the Blue Ocean Film Festival in Florida in November 2014. It is the only Irish film to have been selected for the festival. 'One Ocean: No Limits' has also just been selected for the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, Arizona in October.

The BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit takes places every two years and allows ocean leaders, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, explorers, entertainment executives – and the general public-- to gather in Tampa Bay/ St. Petersburg, Florida to honour the best in ocean filmmaking, to learn more about the issues facing our oceans, and to collaborate on improving the future of our oceans and humanity in a 7-day event.

'One Ocean: No Limits', the first Irish documentary on the subject of the extreme sport of ocean rowing, follows a young Irish novice rower through the highs and lows of rowing unassisted as part of a crew of six across the vast Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados. The film was produced and directed by Sarah McCann, who also performed major camera & editing roles. The film was co-edited by John Murphy. The final sound mix and online/grading took place in Gorilla Post-Production. The film has been acquired upon completion for broadcast by RTE (TX date TBC).


‘Fiddlers Cross’ wins Best Screenplay Award at FLICKERS Film Festival

‘Fiddlers Cross’ had its world premiere at the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, a leading juried competition showcase for international independent filmmakers and their work, last week and won first prize for Best Screenplay. The film is the work of first-time director Michael McMahon, who also wrote the script in collaboration with John Flynn. It was shot on location in Tipperary.

‘Fiddlers Cross’ tells the story of new banker in town, making his name, scorching the earth around distressed loans. After another busy day working the guillotine for his employers, he heads down to a local pub to unwind. Then, through a random act of kindness from a fellow stranger, with whom he finds he shares a love of angling, our banker turns up a further business opportunity. First he needs to borrow some cash that’s just resting in the vault and that no one will miss between two working days.

‘Fiddlers Cross’ was directed by Michael McMahon, written by Michael McMahon and John Flynn, starring Gerry O’Brien, Stewart Roche and Shane Connery, cinematography by Barbara Henkes, edited by Derek Simon, composer Rathe Holluingum and the film was produced by Helen McMahon.




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