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‘Patrick’s Day’ Wins Finders Series Award
26 Aug 2014 | Terry McMahon’s film ‘Patrick’s Day’ has won the coveted Screen Directors Guild ‘Finders Series’ Award. The award – presented to only one Irish film a year – will see the Director’s Guild of America host a screening of ‘Patrick’s Day’ for an audience of industry insiders at the legendary Directors’ Guild of America (DGA) Theatre on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles on October 10th. It will be screened to key distributors and film industry representatives in an effort to gain a US distribution deal. 
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‘An Irish Exorcism’ Picked Up By Virgil Films
26 Aug 2014 | New York-based Virgil Films and Entertainment has recently picked up Irish film "An Irish Exorcism" for distribution. The expected release date for availability on VOD and more is early 2015. 
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Irish DVD & On-Demand Release of ‘Frank’
19 Aug 2014 | Fresh from its opening weekend in the United States, Element Pictures Distribution is pleased to announce that 'Frank' will be available to rent and buy in Ireland on DVD, Blu-ray and On-Demand from September 12th. 
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'Life's a Breeze' secures US Release for Autumn
19 Aug 2014 | Lance Daly’s film Life’s a Breeze, starring Fionnula Flanagan (‘The Others’, ‘The Guard’) and Pat Shortt (‘Garage’, ‘Calvary’), will be released in the United States on September 19th. The film will be released in Los Angeles and New York as well as VOD, followed by a national rollout. The feature is a Fasnet Films production which Daly directed, wrote and produced, and Macdara Kelleher also produced. 
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‘What If’ Out in Irish Cinemas this Wednesday
18 Aug 2014 | Romantic comedy ‘What If’ is out on general release in Irish cinemas this Wednesday 20th August. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, who was in Dublin last week for the film’s Irish premiere. Elia Kazan (‘Ruby Sparks’), Rafe Spall (‘Prometheus’), Adam Driver (‘Girls’) and Megan Park (‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’) also have starring roles. 
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‘Frank’ released in US Today
15 Aug 2014 | After meeting rave reviews at its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (Kyle Smith of the New York Post described it as a “whimsical delight”), Lenny Abrahamson’s fourth feature ‘Frank’ will receive its highly anticipated release in the US this weekend. The film is a comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself both in peril and in awe when he joins an electric rock band with a mysterious papier mache head wearing leader. 
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Shorts Round-Up
12 Aug 2014 | Irish short films continue to be selected for film festivals, win awards and secure distribution deals around the world… 
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Irish Film 'Calvary' Makes Strong Debut at the US Box Office
06 Aug 2014 | The critically acclaimed film from John Michael McDonagh has taken an average of $18,000 per screen – the highest screen average for any independently released film this weekend in the United States according to indiewire.com. 
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Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s Early Films Released on DVD
31 Jul 2014 | Five early rarely-seen films by Thaddeus O’Sullivan have been released on DVD by the Irish Film Institute and St Mary’s University, London as part of the IFI’s ongoing series of archive-based DVD releases. 
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‘Spider's Trap’ to launch in Lighthouse Cinema
25 Jul 2014 | Blackhorse Film Productions and Bootstrap Films Ltd have announced the launch of their new feature film ‘Spider’s Trap’ on 9th August 2014 in the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin. The crime drama is set on the streets of Dublin. 
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RTÉ Global’s Award-Winning ‘Somebody to Love’ Sells in Europe
22 Jul 2014 | RTÉ GLOBAL has licensed ‘Somebody to Love’, Wildfire Films’ candid documentary about the romantic lives of the disabled, to YLE Finland, TV4 Sweden, Channel 8 Israel and Indigenius for RTVE Spain. The announcement was made by Edel Edwards, head of programme sales for the Irish public broadcaster’s newly rebranded television sales arm. 
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‘GOLD’ to Hit Irish Cinemas This Autumn
17 Jul 2014 | IFTA winning Niall Heery’s latest film GOLD which stars Screen International’s ‘Star of Tomorrow’ Maisie Williams (‘Game of Thrones’), David Wilmot (‘Calvary’), Kerry Condon (‘The Runway’) and James Nesbitt (‘The Hobbit’) will be released in Irish cinemas this autumn. Wildcard Distribution who is distributing the film in Ireland have also released the official trailer (see below). 
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GFD Film Library Website Launch
17 Jul 2014 | On 1st August 2014, GFD Film Library, the official Irish film licensing distributor for public viewing will be launching their new website www.filmlibrary.ie
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SDGI Announces 9th Annual Directors Finders Series 2014
14 Jul 2014 | The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland is delighted to announce the ninth annual Directors Finders Series run in association with the Directors Guild of America. 
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Wildcard Picks Up Number of Titles
11 Jul 2014 | Irish firm Wildcard Distribution has picked up a bundle of titles including Galway Film Fleadh features ‘Gold’ and ‘Get Up and Go’ (as previously reported on IFTN). Deals have also been confirmed for rom-com ‘Standby’ starring Brian Gleeson and and most recently, Ian Power’s ‘The Guarantee’. 
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IFTN talks to 'Begin Again' writer-director John Carney
09 Jul 2014 | ‘Once’ writer-director John Carney has yet again combined music, a seemingly unusual coupling, comedy & bucketfuls of charm to create one of the summer’s best films with his new release, 'Begin Again'. 
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Interview with Brendan Muldowney, Director-Writer of 'Love Eternal'
04 Jul 2014 | ‘Love Eternal’, the second feature from Irish filmmaker Brendan Muldowney following his haunting ‘Savage’, will be released in cinemas in Ireland today. Based on the Japanese novel ‘In Love with the Dead’ by Kei Oshi, the feature follows a lonely young man who becomes obsessed with death and tries to understand life by coming closer to death. 
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‘Love Eternal’ to have Irish Release Today
04 Jul 2014 | Award-winning Irish film ‘Love Eternal’ will be released in cinemas in Ireland today. Directed by Brendan Muldowney (‘Savage’), the film was acquired by Wildcard for distribution in Ireland (read the full story here). 
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Element Pictures Distribution announce partnership with Arts Alliance Limited
03 Jul 2014 | Element Pictures Distribution, in conjunction with Arts Alliance Limited, is delighted to announce an exclusive partnership to distribute Royal Opera House operas and ballets to Irish cinemas. 
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Wildcard Acquires ‘Get Up and Go’
30 Jun 2014 | Wildcard has acquired Brendan Grant’s new feature film ‘Get Up and Go’, which will have its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh next month on July 10th. The film stars Peter Connan (‘Love/Hate’, ‘Between the Canals’) and Killian Scott (‘Love/Hate’, ‘Calvary’) in the lead roles. 
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