Upcoming Irish Filmmakers Receive Recognition from the International Film Industry

Upcoming Irish filmmakers have received major recognition from the international film industry this week with two Irish animation short films Old Fangs and Please Say Something selected for the Sundance Film Festival and a second film The Door shortlisted for an Academy Award® in the short film category, moving closer in the race for an Academy Award® nomination.

Old Fangs is directed by Adrien Merigeau and produced by Kilkenny-based company Carton Saloon (The Secret of Kells). The film was produced under the Frameworks short animation scheme funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), the Arts Council and RTÉ.

Please Say Something is directed by David O’Reilly, also from Kilkenny, and won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlinale Film Festival earlier this year. The film is also set for theatrical release in Germany next year.

Meanwhile The Door, a short film directed by Juanita Wilson, has moved one step closer in its bid for an Oscar® nomination and is the second IFB-funded short film to be shortlisted for an Academy Award® nomination at the 2010 Oscar® ceremony. The film is one of ten short films worldwide to be shortlisted in the Best Short Film Live Action category. The Irish animated film Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty was shortlisted last week in the animated short film category competing against films from Aardman Animation (Wallace & Grommit) and Pixar Animation Studios (UP, Toy Story).

The Door has already won a number of awards including the IFTA award for Best Short Film and a Best Director prize at the Grand OFF, World OFF Awards in Warsaw. The Door was produced by Octagon Films under the Short Cuts scheme and is based on the true story of a father and his young daughter set in Russia 1986. Juanita Wilson is currently directing her debut feature film As If I Am not There with funding from the IFB.

The final nominations will be announced in early February. The Sundance Film Festival takes place from 21–31 January 2010.

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