Frank Berry and his stunning feature documentary Ballymun Lullaby is announced today as the winner of the Directors Finders Series, providing this acclaimed Irish director with the opportunity to showcase his feature at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in LA on 9th September 2011.
The showcase will take place in front of an invited audience of American distributors, filmmakers, and key industry personnel, with the aim of securing a US distribution deal for the film. Selected by an international panel of experts Ballymun Lullaby is an emotional and compelling documentary that explores the heart of a local community through music. The film tells the story of a music teacher Ron Cooney who has been working in the Republic of Ireland’s only high-rise housing estate for fifteen years. During this time he has seen the area undergo a dramatic transformation.
Finders Series, conceived by the Directors Guild of America and facilitated by the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, presents an Irish director with an opportunity to showcase their film and to have direct access to decision makers in the film distribution process in the US. The awards spotlight works of fiction, documentary or drama feature submissions from Irish directors who have not secured U.S distribution for their films.
Frank Berry, originally a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology’s Post Graduate Film Production programme, has worked in television drama and documentary for over 10 years. His credits include the six part drama Teenage Kicks (BBC NI & TG4) and last years documentary Into the Light; The Making of an Opera (RTÉ Factual). Ballymun Lullaby is Frank’s first feature documentary. ‘I am delighted to be given this incredible opportunity and to be presenting Ballymun Lullaby at the Director’s Guild of America theatre on Sunset Boulevard,’ commented Frank Berry on hearing of being selected.
Ciaran Donnelly, Chairman of SDGI, said: ‘I would like to congratulate Frank Berry on receiving this year’s Directors Series Award for his feature documentary Ballymun Lullaby. His selection by an international panel from a highly competitive field of entries is indicative of his remarkable creative ability.
Previous winners of the Directors Finders Series have gone on to make a significant impact on the international film stage, with last year’s winner Ian Power’s The Runway getting a US distribution deal and providing the director with an opportunity to develop key relationships with studios and distributors worldwide . This award is supported by the Imagine Ireland an initiative of Culture Ireland, the Irish Film Board and the Directors Guild of America.