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Ten Irish Productions Win At Texas Worldfest
26 Apr 2004 :

A total of 10 Irish shorts and documentaries have won prizes at the at the prestigious 2004 WorldFest Film Festival in Houston, Texas. TG4 picking up six awards, RTE winning one and three awards going to independents.

The Full list of Winners Are

Galtymore – Damhsa an Deoiri – Rosai Ne Charthaigh, TG4
The Perfumed Killers – Jim Fahy, RTE
Fear an Phoist Raic Ag and Coisir – Rosai Ni Charthaigh, TG4
Dara Beag File Pohail – Sean O Cualain, TG4
Amu Amigos Amazon – Rosai Ni Charthaigh , TG4
Ned Kelly – Rosai Ni Charthaigh, TG4
Se Mo Laoch Frank Harte – Rosai Ni Charthaigh, TG4
A Dublin Story – Tamara Anghie & Graham Cantwell, Celtic Mouse Productions
Burning the Bed – Denis McArdle, Songway Films
Barking Mad – Julian Charlton & Brendan Dempsey, Apollogallery.ie

Some Featured Films

‘The Perfumed Killers’, an RTÉ documentary featured in the Would You Believe series has won the Gold 'Remi' Award in the Religious Programmes category. The documentary, produced and directed by Caroline Bleahen, focuses on the kidnap and torture of a Co. Cork born worker- priest, Fr. Pat Rice, during the height of Argentina's 'Dirty War' in 1976. Fr. Rice was targeted by Argentina's 'death squads' because of the community work he was doing in the shanty towns of Buenos Aires during the 1970's.

He and Fatima Cabrera, a young woman he was tortured alongside, tell the terrifying story of how they fought for their lives in a jail from which few escaped alive. It also tells how, almost thirty years later, they are still fighting for justice for the families of Argentina's 30,000 'Disappeared'.

Fr. Pat Rice

In the film Pat recalls: "They would break off the electric shock from time to time and when they were close to me I could smell the perfume from their sweating bodies. I will never, ever forget that perfumed smell".

The WorldFest adjudicators described the documentary as "a moving portrayal" of the courage and dedication of two inspiring people who found themselves caught up in a terrifying situation.

'A Dublin Story', directed by Graham Cantwell received the Bronze prize for the Category “Dramatic–Original Independent Short Films & Video" beating off competition from over 100 entries worldwide.

The short was written by Brian ó Tiomáin and is a Zanzibar Films and Celtic Mouse Productions Ltd. production. The win in Texas continues a successful run for the film having already been selected for a number of international festivals including the recent San Francisco Irish Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival and Celtic Film & TV Festival. It has won honours in two national festivals, “Best Irish Short” at the Foyle Film Festival 2003 and the Tiernan McBride Prize for Best Irish Short at the Galway Film Fleadh 2003.

These wins are a fantastic achievement for the Irish industry since more than 4,500 films and television programmes from 30 countries were entered in the Worldfest, one of the biggest of it kind in the United States.

www.rte.ie www.worldfest.org

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