The short documentary Forty Foot, about the swimmers in Sandycove (awarded Best Irish Short Documentary and the Audience Award at Stranger Than Fiction 2009), continues its string of competitions at international film festivals. It has been officially selected to compete in three more this month: Seattle, Busan in South Korea, and The-HIFF in Henley-on Thames, UK. Two of the filmmakers, Leticia Agudo and Paul McGrath from production company Whackala, who made the film with Aoibheann O’Sullivan, will attend the Seattle festival thanks to the support of Culture Ireland.
The film has also been selected to represent Ireland in the second edition of Doc-Europa, where one documentary from each of the 27 EU member countries will be showcased in Oporto and Lisbon in the first two weeks of May. Forty Foot was made as part of the International Documentary Challenge in 2009, winning Best Film of the competition at its premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto in May 2009. The film has featured in 12 international film festivals since then.