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Clones Film Festival announce 2015 Programme highlights
30 Sep 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Clones Film Festival takes place October 22nd-25th
The 2015 Clones Film Festival is fast approaching (October 22nd-25th) and the festival team have released more details of what festival goers can expect from this year’s event.

Each year, Clones Courthouse and the Old Post Office (now Clones Art Studios) are transformed into cinema venues for the weekend. The Cinemobile will also make its annual pilgrimage to the town for the four-day event. Opening Night on Thursday 22 October will take place at Clones Courthouse. This is always a free event and all are welcome to attend.

Highlights at this year’s festival include ‘Under Milk Wood’ by Kevin Allen which will screen on Friday 23 October at 8pm in the Cinemobile. An adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ radio play ‘Under Milk Wood’, this drama features Rhys Ifans and Charlotte Church and has been receiving very positive reviews. Director Kevin Allen will attend the screening and take part in a Q&A at the end.

Another festival highlight this year is new Irish documentary ‘Skeffy’. No stranger to the festival over the years, Monaghan man Deaglán Ó Mocháin will present his latest production which is the life story of Frank Sheehy Skeffington, the Downpatrick born pacifist, feminist and journalist who was executed at the start of the Easter Rising in 1916. He was an eye witness to key moments in Irish history - a friend of James Joyce, a colleague of James Connolly and the partner of Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Ireland's most prominent feminist activist. His murder made headlines across the world, contributing to the growing demand for independence in revolutionary Ireland, while acting to obscure his role in the formation of modern Ireland.

Clones will also play host to the Irish premiere of intense drama ‘Baby(a)lone’. A story about lost childhoods and a desperate quest for love, ‘Baby(a)lone’ is set in a country at the very heart of an affluent, contemporary Europe, a western society which often claims to uphold the protection of its children – the future generation – as its laudable objective. However, things are not what they seem: the two central characters are 13 years of age; yet they are already familiar with violence, drugs and pornography. They are being exposed to these at school and on a daily basis.

This drama has been selected to represent Luxembourg in the category of Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards 2016.

Also returning to Clones this year is the 48-hour Short Film Challenge which invites shortlisted teams of filmmakers to bring their short film from script to screen in 48 hours for a chance to win their very own Clones gong, a “Francie” award, which will also be presented for best short documentary and fiction / experimental film at the awards ceremony on closing night, Sunday 25 October, in Clones Courthouse.

The full list of programme times and venues will be confirmed shortly. Check out www.clonesfilmfestival.com for updates as they are confirmed.

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