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18 Feb 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Northern Irish Short Film 'Boogaloo and Graham' is one of two Oscar nominated shorts on NITV's catalogue this year
Network Ireland Television has two short films on their catalogue Oscar nominated, 2015 March on Film – Film Making competition is looking for entrants and Irish short ‘The Anti-Love Pill’ hits the US and Sweden.

NITV sees two of their shorts receive Oscar nominations

Network Ireland Television has confirmed that they have two short films in their catalogue that are nominated for Oscars at the 2015 ceremony – which will be held on Sunday, February 22nd.

The two short films are:

  • ‘Boogaloo and Graham’ – written by Ronan Blaney, directed by Michael Lennox and starring Charlene McKenna and Martin McCann. Also won the BAFTA at 2015 ceremony
  • ‘The Phone Call’ - written and directed by Mat Kirkby. Starring Oscar Nominee Sally Hawkins and Oscar Winner Jim Broadbent

This is the third time in five years that NITV has represented two short films nominated at the ceremony and they also had Terry George’s Oscar-winning ‘The Shore’ in their catalogue in 2012.

Derry O Brien of NITV said: ‘Naturally, we are thrilled with this development. These two Oscar nominated short films are the thirteenth and fourteenth such quality titles in our catalogue, including the Terry George 2012 Oscar winner The Shore. Indeed, it is the third time in the past five years where our company has represented two short films in the Oscar category. We were hoping for at least one nomination, but to get two was a real bonus. Our films are the only English language titles in the Live Action category and we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed therefore, for a positive result on Oscar night!’

These two films were part of an Oscar shorts special cinema release which saw them open at 350 US theatres on Friday January 30th.

The Oscar ceremony takes place on Sunday, February 22nd.

The 2015 March On Film – Film Making competition is now looking for entrants

The 2015 March On Film – Film Making competition is now looking for entrants giving new filmmakers a chance to shoot a short film in March for a chance to win a grand prize of a filmmaking package.

Festival Director Kristian O’Neill said: ‘March On Film is all about encouraging those interested in film making to give it a try! It’s open to everyone. Last year was the first year the competition was run and we were delighted by how many aspiring film makers from all around Ireland got involved! I think the ethos of the competition really appealed to people.’

The ethos is all about encouraging new film makers to get out there and get shooting with some of the winning teams from 2014 shot and edited their films on tablets.

All entered films will be shown at the Irish Film Board Sponsored screenings and the Top 10 Finalists will be in with a chance to win the grand prize of a Film Making Package which includes a 1000 euros worth of Film Equipment Rental, a film course at Screen Training Ireland and Mentoring from some of Ireland’s top Industry Professionals.

To take part teams must register on the March On Film website before March 1st at www.marchonfilm.com/registration, and they have until the 31st of March to submit their finished films. Entrance costs 30 euros per team and is free for 2nd and 3rd Level Students and the unemployed.

On March 1st all registered teams will receive three elements (a line of dialogue, a prop and a character name) that they must include in their film. ‘This way we know that all films were made specifically for the competition and not beforehand!’said Kristian O’Neill.

For more information on the March On Film - Film Making Competition/Festival and to register go to www.marchonfilm.com..

‘The Anti-Love Pill’ Hits US and Sweden

Following the formal launch of Irish actor Karl Argue’s short film ‘The Anti-Love Pill’ at the Clermont Ferrand market this month, SVT Sweden and Gaiam TV in the US have acquired this title with Derry O'Brien at Network Ireland Television securing the sale.

The film is about a man searching for the cure for love and is written and directed by Karl Argue and stars Argue, Vanessa Emme, Tara Power and Brian McGuinness. The DOP of the project was Eimear Ennis Graham and the film was produced by The Adopt a Hermit Theatre and Film Company.

‘The Anti-Love Pill’ first broadcast on RTE’s Shortscreen last year and has also landed a three year deal to be shown in Cineplex’s across Japan.

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