One more heavyweight is added to the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival line-up in Schull. From Thursday, 24th to Sunday, 27th of May Schull becomes a mecca for film enthusiasts from all over the world and Lenny Abrahamson has just confirmed his willingness to take part in this years festival.
Lenny graduated from TCD with a first class honors degree in philosophy and shortly afterwards directed 3 Joes, which won Best European Short Film award at the Cork Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Galway Film Fleadh and the Organiser’s Award at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival. After a period of post-graduate study in philosophy Lenny directed commercials for television in Ireland and worldwide, several of which won international awards. The best know being the Carlsberg ‘Nightclub’, ‘Flatmates’ and ‘Jason McAteer’ ads.
His first feature film, Adam & Paul (2004) quickly became a box office hit winning the Best First Feature award at the Galway Film Fleadh, as well as being nominated for eight IFTAs and winning the award for best director. It played at the Berlin Film Festival as an official selection in the Panorama section winning both the Grand Prix and the FPRESCI (international critics) top prize at the Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria.
Lenny’s second collaboration with writer Mark O’Halloran, Garage, weaves tragedy with comedy to tell a beautiful tale from the margins of contemporary rural Irish life. Regarded by his neighbours as a harmless misfit, Josie (Pat Shortt) has spent all his adult life as the caretaker of a crumbling rural garage. But his world shifts when a shy teenager, David (Conor Ryan), comes to work with him. Garage won the CICAE Art and Essai Cinema Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best film Prize at the 25th Torino Film Festival.
His latest feature What Ricard Did is currently completing post-production at Screen Scene. Set in Present day Dublin it follows a group of friends over the course of their post Leaving Cert summer, focusing in particular on a young sports star with great prospects, who finds his life irreparably changed in the wake of a senseless act of violence. The film is loosely based on Kevin Powers award winning 2008 novel Bad day in Blackrock.
Produced by Element Pictures, Ed Guiney (The Guard), with Andrew Lowe (The Wind that Shakes the Barley), the film is scheduled for release through Element Pictures Distribution later this year.
The Festival is very much an ‘up close and personal’ experience. Filmmakers, directors, producers and invited guest speakers all share their experiences, giving shape and direction to each year’s challenging programme. This Short Film Festival without a Cinema invites you to explore alternatives throughout the village of Schull, providing those who attend with alternatives. Distributed Cinema is Schulls very own intranet network dedicated to short film. From a horse box (with HD streaming) to a micro cinema (with eye-piece), marquees (with projector & screen), from a bookshop to the village hall (720 HD Projection) and to numerous local pubs and restaurants. Schulls network connects, through ethernet cable and wireless, to its own short film archive on a dedicated server. Anyone with a smartphone, laptop or iPad can access the server through wifi anywhere on the main street and watch any of the 4 years of submission films any time of the day or night.
Over 4 days at the end of May, visitors can view this years 152 Competition films, Q&As, Premieres, Workshops and Discussions. This year’s line up is amazing, including Mike Leigh, Ken Wardrop, Lenny Abrahamson, Jack Gold, Carmel Winters, Gerard Hurley, Killian Fitzgerald, John Kelleher, Mike Hannon, Pat Collins, Greg Dyke, Pat Bracken, Rob Harper, Chris O’Dell, Martin de Barra, Eugene McCrystal, Michael Lavelle, Niall Mahony of Cork Screen Commission, Patricia Coogan O’Dell and Fran Keaveney of The Irish Film Board, Aidan Stanley, Dave Bickley, Canon, Rob Bradstock, Gaby Smith and Catherine Tiernan from Screen Producers Ireland. There will also be author readings by David Mitchell and Maurice O’Callaghan at the Whytes bookshop. The Festival Launch Party takes place on Thursday, 24th of May at 6pm and the Awards Ceremony and Wrap Party on Sunday, 27th at 8pm.
Also contributing at the Tented Fringe will be Damian McCarthy’s Horror Horsebox, Gavin Harte’s Famous Cycling Cinema, the West Cork Marine Tent, Children’s Films Tent, Puppetry, Drama, Music and much more.
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