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‘Maze’ starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor leads Film in Cork 2016 Highlights
2016-12-19 9:00:00 : Katie McNeice
The Irish-Swedish co-production from Writer/Director Stephen Burke transformed Cork City’s prison for filming this year, in one of many key moments for Film in Cork.

Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall) and Love/Hate star Vaughan-Lawlor star in the feature film which chronicles the 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP MAZE high security prison.

The title will release in 2017 also featuring Irish talents Martin McCann (The Survivalist) and Seán T. Ó Meallaigh (An Klondike), and is produced by Jane Doolan of Mammoth Films and Brendan J Byrne of Cyprus Avenue Films.

Burke is a two-time winner of the Cork International Film Festival for ’81’ and ‘After 68’. The project received funding from The Irish Film Board, Film Vast, RTE and BAI, with both Cork City Council and Cork County Council Arts Offices providing regional support.

Stephen Davenport, Line Producer:
“With the assistance of the Irish Prison Services and helped by Film In Cork, offering on the ground support on both locations and skilled local crew in the Cork area, the prison itself was a perfect stand in for the notorious MAZE prison, offering unrivalled production value.”

Rossa Mullin, Film in Cork:
“We see Film In Cork playing a key role in helping position Cork on the national and international stage as a prime location for all types of production - film and television - and we were delighted that by working closely with the producers, it was possible to bring MAZE to Cork, which gives us a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase what Cork has to offer to an international audience, which can only be a great thing for the region.”

Additional Film in Cork Highlights
Cartoon Saloon’s one-day animation training event supported by Screen Training Ireland took place in April, which saw the team behind the Academy Award and BAFTA nominated studio share insights with professionals, students and amateurs alike.  

A new addition to the slate of training, production and location services provided by Film in Cork this year was the Production Club, sponsored by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

Monthly speakers from the industry included Stefanie Priessner, the writer being new series ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’, Documentary filmmaker Alex Fagan (Older Than Ireland) Cartoon Saloon CEO Paul Young , Paul Duane (Amber).

Colm Crowley, Head of RTÉ Cork:
“Here at RTÉ Cork, we were delighted to host Film In Cork’s monthly Production Club events. It is important, particularly for emerging talent, to see that this is an industry where focused hard work goes on, week in, week out, all year around; and we’re proud to say that nowhere demonstrates this better than RTÉ Cork’s studio.”

Rossa Mullin, Film in Cork:

“Having attracted considerable interest from Cork’s large pool of talented writers, directors and producers, the level of demand demonstrates the need for similar creative initiatives going forward. We are also particularly grateful to RTÉ Cork for so generously offering us a home for these monthly sessions.”

The 2017 Short Script Award is another new addition to Film in Cork this year, a new funding initiative fostering resourceful filmmaking in the region. The winning project will receive €8,000 towards production costs and will be filmed in the city or county of Cork. In addition the winning team will receive mentorship from Film in Cork with location, production and festival planning over a nine-month period.

Rossa Mullin, Film in Cork:
“The Short Script Award affords filmmakers in the region the chance to bring what are ideas on paper, to life on the big screen, which they may not ordinarily have the opportunity of doing. This would not be possible if it weren’t for the financial support from the Arts Offices in Cork City and Cork County Council, who have been an integral part of bringing this to fruition.”

We look forward to continued growth for the industry in Cork city and county next year. We will continue to strive to promote and market the Cork region locally, nationally and internationally as a wonderful place to work, which was clearly evident through our 2016 success stories.”

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