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Festival Round-Up
13 Oct 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Tristan Heanue’s ‘Today’ starring John Connors won two awards at Sky Road
Winners announced at Indie Cork and the Sky Road TV and Film Festival and Clones to screen ‘Under Milk Wood’ on Friday, 23 October.

‘Today’, ‘Dead Dogs’ and ‘One Million Dubliners’ among Sky Road Winners

The Sky Road TV & Film Festival took place 9-11 October with ‘Today’, ‘Dead Dogs’ and ‘One Million Dubliners’ all picking up awards.

Tristan’s Heanue’s powerful short film ‘Today’ picked up two awards at the festival – Best Short Film as well as Best Short Film from a First Time Director. Today' is a hard hitting drama about a man who wakes up one morning in his car, disorientated, with no recollection of how he ended up parked in the middle of nowhere. The harsh reality soon comes flooding back once he gathers his thoughts. The short is produced by Paddy Slattery and stars John Connors.

The Best Feature Film Award went to ‘Dead Dogs’, a stark portrait of struggling families, mental illness and isolation. The film is directed by Ian Ruby and produced by Rob O’Halloran and stars Martina Carroll and Shane Doolan.

Best Feature Documentary went to Aoife Kelleher’s acclaimed film ‘One Million Dubliners’. Directed by Aoife Kelleher, written by James Mitchell and produced by Rachel Lysaght and Underground Films, it explores the life and death stories around Glasnevin Cemetery, where 1.5million people lie buried. It also offers a poignant portrait of Shane MacThomais, the cemetery tour guide and historian who was a well-known figure in Glasnevin. The documentary was nominated for the IFTA for Best Documentary earlier this year and Editor Emer Reynolds won an IFTA for her work on the film.

Best Short Documentary went to ‘Let Those Blues In’. Directed by Paul Webster and produced by Shay Casserley, the film is a portrait of Paddy Smith, one of Ireland's best blues harmonica players, who used his passion for music to conquer his demons.

The winner of Best Documentary Series was ‘Cuimhní ón mBlascaod’, a series featuring the islanders remembering the Blaskets when times were good.

The Spirit of the Festival Award is presented in recognition of a Film, Television programme or event that encapsulates the spirit of the Sky Road TV & Film Festival each year. This year’s winner ‘Next Stop – Stories from Galway’s Railways’ by filmmaker Paul Murphy. The series contains four short documentaries dealing with different aspects of our railway heritage. Rather than telling our railway history these short films deal with the Heritage left behind by the railways and are very much set in the present.

The winner of Sky Road’s Pitching Competition – where people are invited to pitch an idea to make a 25 minute documentary for TG4 - was Louise Finn, from Woman’s Way magazine. Winning out of a shortlist of 12 original pitches, her idea was to talk to some of the readers, editors, contributors and celebrities who have been involved in the making of Women’s Way magazine over the past half century, providing a social history of Ireland over the past 50 years.

The panel at Sky Road comprised of: Proinsias Ní Ghráinne – TG4, Mary Elen Ní Chualáin – TG4 and Ciarán Kissane – Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

IndieCork wraps for another year and announces winners

The IndieCork Festival of Independent Film and Music wrapped on the evening of Sunday 11th October 2015. Awards were made to selected short films, features and a new IndieMusic Discovery award for performers in the enhanced music programme this year. Festival organisers were particularly pleased with the third festival. Mick Hannigan, Festival Co-Director said: “We feel that IndieCork has really hit its’ stride in this our third festival. Essentially this is an independent film and music festival, and this is the work we are aiming to support. We thank all our collaborators, our loyal audiences, and the many visiting artists to flocked to IndieCork this year.”

Tony Langlois said: “Eileen Hogan my co-programmer and I are happy to introduce a new award for emerging and innovative music at IndieCork. This year’s festival saw an expansion to eight nights of festival music and new acts – audiences were very supportive and we look forward to bringing new music to the festival in 2016.”

Úna Feely, Festival Co-Director commented: “IndieCork 2015 has seen us develop quickly into a film and music festival truly championing independent work and rooted in collaboration. As a collective, this is what we are most interested in. Many thanks to our venues, and our sponsor Rising Sons Brewery for their belief in this festival.”

The IndieCork Best International Short Film Award goes to ‘Goodnight Birdy’ by Maria Moller Kjeldgaard (Denmark) while Best Irish Short Film went to ‘How Was Your Day?’ starring Eileen Walsh and directed by Damien O’Donnell.

Best Indie Feature went to ‘Song of the Blackbird’ by Frédéric Pelle with the jury singling out the film “ for many reasons, including our admiration for its’ cinema of modesty.”

‘Felicidad/Happiness’ directed by Seán Breathnach won the Creative Cork Award for “ combining the physical dance in the film with the imaginative dance of the director’s eye and ear and with his craft as a filmmaker.”

The Ronan Phelan Euroconnection Script and Pitch award was won by ‘My Friend Jess’ by Leticia Agudo. This winning pitch will be IndieCork’s nomination to Euroconnection co-production forum at the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival in February 2016.

The Spirit of IndieCork Award was won by Alan Lambert – for “body of his work to-date and especially for the inventive beauty of his feature film ‘Pushtar’.”

Musicians Crevice were the inaugural winners of the IndieCork Music Award while the O’Bhéal Poetry Film Award went to ‘In The Circus of You’ directed by Cheryl Gross, based on the poems of Nicelle Davis.

‘Under Milk Wood’ showing at Clones Film Festival

It was announced at the weekend that the Welsh language version of ‘Under Milk Wood’ will be the UK’s official submission for consideration as Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Academy Awards.

‘Under Milk Wood’ will screen at Clones Film Festival on Friday 23 October at 8pm in the Cinemobile. Director Kevin Allen will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A session hosted by filmmaker Dara McCluskey after the screening.

This anticipated new film version of Dylan Thomas’ ‘Play for Voices’, the first cinematic adaptation since the version starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in 1972, was adapted for screen by Kevin Allen, Murray Lachlan Young and Michael Breen and brought to life by cinematographer Andy Hollis and scored by Mark Thomas. The cast includes Charlotte Church as good-time girl Polly Garter and Rhys Ifans as 1st Voice and Captain Cat.

The film has been described as a “funny, sweaty, bawdy, orgasmic, intricate, hyperactive, highly coloured fever-dream” by The Guardian and “Kaleidoscopically erotic, with an impressive ensemble of comic inhabitants – this Under Milk Wood is filthy, bonkers and fun!” by Empire.

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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