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‘Rockmount’ won for Best In Cork at Schull
Winners of the Schull Corona Fastnet Film Festival, ‘The Swing’ to be distributed by Network Ireland Television and ‘The Show Must Go On’ to premiere at Bloomsday

Winners at Schull’s Corona Fastnet Film Festival

The Schull Corona Fastnet Film Festival has wrapped on another successful year with 14 prizes being handed out over the course of the festival.

The Best Of Festival Award went to German Drama ‘An Der Tür’ with the prize also including €2,000 and an original Pat Connor sculpture. The three minute short also won the prize for Best Drama with director Miriam Bliese also winning for Best Director.

Best Irish Short Film (with a cash prize of €1,250) went to John Kennedy and Ruairí O’Brien for their short ‘Cutting Grass’. The 12 minute film stars John Hannah, Karl Rice, Scott Graham and Donal Courtney. Ruairí O’Brien also won the Best Cinematography award for his work on the short.

David Tynan’s ‘Rockmount’, which follows a young Roy Keane, was the winner of the Best in Cork award. ‘Rockmount’ has also just won the IFTA Award for Best Short Film.

The Best Young Filmmaker Award went to Lochlainn McKenna for his short film ‘Pockets’.

The Best Screenplay prize was taken by Alan Friel for ‘Sophie at the Races’. The award for Best Original Music was won by Matthew Nolan, Lioba Petrie and Cameron Doyle of 3epkano for their score for ‘Somewhere Down the Line’. The animated short from Cartoon Saloon was directed by Julien Regnard and has recently also won the IFTA Award for Best Animated Short.

Other prizes handed out during the festival were:

  • Best Junior Filmmaker – Winner: ‘It’s A Thing’ – Meredith Morran, Sage McCommas & Sebastian Crank. Runner Up: ‘An Evening of Culture’ – Jacob Goode
  • Best Comedy: ‘Dating Eliza’ – Peter Lydon
  • Best Documentary: ‘Hangar B’ – Thomas Beug
  • Best Arthouse: Joint Winners: ‘Domoj’ – Simona Feldman and ‘Karaoke Queen’ – Dan O’Connell
  • Best Animation: ‘Bar’ – Pascal Flörks

The festival took place in Schull, Co. Cork from Wednesday, May 20th to Sunday, May 24th.

‘The Swing’ secures distribution deal with Network Ireland Television

The award-winning Filmbase/RTE short film ‘The Swing’ has secured a distribution deal with Network Ireland Television.

After already selling the rights to the Japanese territory for three years, and securing a deal with InFlight for the intercontinental AerLingus routes, producer Nora Windeck of Highly Stimulating Productions and director Damien Dunne are now looking forward to more international deals.

‘The Swing’ won Best First Short at the Galway Film Fleadh 2014, best First Time Director at the Sky Road Film Festival 2014, Best Short at the Rimouski Children's Film Festival in Quebec, Canada 2014, and Best Short at the Chicago Irish Film Festival 2015. Shot in late summer of 2013 and starring Matthew Dillon (‘The Sea’, ‘Love, Rosie’) and Matthew Burke, ‘The Swing’ is a coming of age story about two young brothers who find themselves in a perilous situation that kicks up memories of their past.

The film was directed by Damien Dunne and written by Dunne and Nora Windeck (who also produced). The DoP was Eamon Nolan.

New Short Film ‘The Show Must Go On’ to Premiere at Bloomsday Screenings

‘The Show Must Go On, a short film adaptation celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s challenging novel ‘Finnegans Wake’, will have its Dublin premiere when it is screened with ‘The Dead’ (dir. John Huston) on Sunday 14th June and following that on Bloomsday, Tuesday, 16th June at the Irish Film Institute (IFI).

‘The Show Must Go On’ is by award-winning writer/director John J Doherty (Harry Clarke Darkness in Light, Frederick Douglass and the White Negro), and is produced by Catherine Lyons of Camel Productions.

The new Finnegans Wake adaptation follows Joyce's characters as they drink, dream and lust in equal comic measure on the streets of Dublin. It features celebrated Irish actor Dónal O'Kelly, who voices the novel’s extract, along with an eclectic cast, including Darina Gallagher (well known for stage work of Joyce), Niamh Large, Sam Ford, Ronan Carey and Stephen Cowan.

The Finnegan’s Wake adaptation was made possible because the writings of Joyce have been made available since January 2012.





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