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17 Oct 2014 : Deirdre Molumby
Irish shorts and features receive international screenings, premieres and festival awards…

Irish Shorts in Focus at Savannah Film Festival

The Savannah Film Festival has chosen to highlight Ireland this year in the World Shorts Programme, which runs as part of the festival October 25 - November 1, 2014.

Six Irish short films will have two screenings during the festival, which is now in its 17th year and receives more than 40,000 attendees. The six selected films are: ‘Gravedigger’s Tour’ by Stephen Ryan, ‘Our Unfenced Country’ by Niamh Heery, ‘A Day for the Fire’ by Maurice O’Callaghan, ‘Boogaloo and Graham’ by Michael Lennox, ‘Breakfast Wine’ by Ian Fitzgibbon and ‘The Portrait’ by Chris Forster. All six films have had award success at Irish and International festivals.

As this is a first for Ireland to have such a strong presence at the Savannah Film Festival, Niamh Heery, director of ‘Our Unfenced Country’, remarked, “It is really exciting to be selected for such a prestigious film festival as Savannah. The strength of the Irish programme reflects a filmmaking community that is committed to telling great stories from Ireland on screen. All involved are incredibly proud to be included.”

The World Shorts: Ireland programme will be shown on Tuesday October 28, 11.30am in Savannah's historic Lucas Theatre and on Thursday October 30, 2.30pm in the Trustees Theater, Savannah.

‘Song of the Sea’ to Receive European Premiere at BFI London Film Festival

The critically acclaimed Irish animation ‘Song of the Sea’ is to receive its European premiere this Saturday at the BFI London Film Festival. Directed by Tomm Moore, ‘Song of the Sea’ is the new feature film from animation studio Cartoon Saloon, their follow-up to the Academy Award nominated film ‘The Secret of Kells’. The film had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, where it received critical acclaim.

‘Song of the Sea’ tells the story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as they are drawn into a world Ben knows only from his mother’s folktales.

The film features the voices of David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny.

Irish Documentary ‘Njinga’ Wins Two Awards

Martin McCann’s feature documentary ‘Njinga’ has won two awards at the prestigious Action on Film International Film Festival 2014 in Los Angles, California. ‘Njinga’ won for Best Documentary and Best Cinematography. McCann was the runner up in the Best Director Category.

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.

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