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Clare Dunne selected for European Shooting Stars 2022
13 Jan 2022 : Nathan Griffin
Clare Dunne selected for European Shooting Stars 2022.
IFTA-winning writer/actor Clare Dunne has been named as one of ten emerging European talents for this years 25th anniversary edition of European Shooting Stars.

Well known from stage productions (Juno and the Paycock, The Cripple of Inishmaan), as well as film and television, Clare Dunne is one of Ireland's leading actors. She recently starred as Amanda, the female lead in Kin for Bron/AMC+/RTE, written by Peter McKenna, which is available to stream on AMC+ and the RTE Player.

Dunne recently co-wrote and starred in Herself, for which she won the 2021 IFTA for Best Script with co-writer Malcolm Campbell. The film, directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mama Mia, The Iron Lady), was produced by Element Pictures (Normal People) and Sharon Horgan's Merman (Catastrophe). Herself premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and was picked up for international distribution by Amazon Studios.

In addition to winning the IFTA for Best Script, Clare was also nominated for Best Actress Lead Role at the 2021 Awards. Other nominations include a British Independent Film Award (2021) for Best Actress, a CSA  Award (2021) for Outstanding Achievement in Casting, Herself won the Women Film Critic Circle Award for 2021 for ‘Women Saving Themselves,’ and the Discovery Award (Clare Dunne) and the Human Rights Film Award (Phyllida Lloyd) at the Dublin International Film Festival in 2020.

Clare was also recently seen in Sir Ridley Scott's The Last Duel and in the Marvel Blockbuster Spider Man: Far From Home.

As part of the European Shooting Star programme, seven actresses and three actors will be presented to the international press, the industry, and the public, from 11 - 14 February 2022, in an exclusive hybrid programme during this year’s 72nd Berlinale (10 - 20 February 2022) adapted to the current Covid protocol.

The 5 person international jury consisting of Swedish-Georgian filmmaker, Levan Akin; casting director and president of the International Casting Director’s Network (ICDN), Timka Grin from Bosnia and Herzegovina; former Italian European Shooting Star, Sara Serraiocco; Luxembourgish film producer, Bernard Michaux; and German based film scholar and curator, Yun-hua Chen selected the ten talents and affirmed their immense potential for an international career based on many factors, including evaluation of the nominated feature films and series.

Clare Dunne now joins previous Irish recipients such as IFTA winning actors Fionn O’Shea, Aisling Franciosi, and Domhnall Gleeson, as well as, Oscar nominee Ruth Negga and BAFTA winner Andrew Scott.

2022 European Shooting Stars

The ten selected European Shooting Stars for 2022 are: Clare Dunne (Ireland), Gracija Filipović (Croatia), Marie Reuther (Denmark), Anamaria Vartolomei (France), Emilio Sakraya (Germany), Hanna van Vliet (The Netherlands), João Nunes Monteiro (Portugal), Timon Sturbej (Slovenia), Evin Ahmad (Sweden), and Souheila Yacoub (Switzerland).

The jury panel stated that it was enthusiastic about Dunne’s performance, which "communicates a deep sense of self-awareness and well-founded confidence".

This year’s hybrid programme for the Shooting Stars provides a tailormade platform for the talent to meet journalists, casting directors, producers and filmmakers both online and on-site, offering a unique opportunity to create the personal contacts and network needed to embark upon an international career. The busy weekend culminates in an awards ceremony at the Berlinale Palast on Monday 14th February, where each actress and actor will be honoured with the European Shooting Star Award.

Throughout its 25 years, European Shooting Stars has been an important stepping-stone for an actor’s international career - notable Shooting Stars of recent years include: Matilda de Angelis (AtlasThe Undoing), Carey Mulligan (The DigPromising Young WomanThe Great Gatsby), Alba Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro), Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (BeckettTomb Raider), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Riz Ahmed (EncounterSound of MetalRogue OneA Star Wars Story, Mogul Mowgli), George MacKay (Munich - The Edge of War1917), and Jannis Niewöhner (Kids RunJe suis Karl)

European Shooting Stars is supported by Creative Europe - the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the German Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Spotlight and L'Oréal, as well as the participating national film promotion institutes from the Shooting Stars' countries, EFP’s member organisations including Screen Ireland.

Click here for more information on the European Shooting Stars 2022.

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