Feature film Songs for Amy was awarded ‘Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking’ at the Newport Beach Film Festival, in California, where 400 films screened from 50 countries.
The film premiered on 1st May and screened again on 3rd May. Both screenings were sold out with the film ranking 4th out of 400 films on the audience ratings. The film was highlighted under Irish Spotlight and Music Spotlight.
Director Konrad Begg said, ‘It was great to see the film play to an American audience and I was overwhelmed by the response – both screenings sold out! They really got the humour and emotion of the film. It couldn’t have gone better.’
Key cast (Sean Maguire, Lorna Anderson, Kevin Ryan and Ross Mac Mahon) attended the US festival, along with Director Konrad Begg, Producer/ Writer, Fiona Graham, Exec Producer Mairi McLellan and musicians Jim McKee and Ultan Conlon, who created an enormous buzz at the festival, playing songs from the soundtrack.
On winning the award, Konrad Begg said, ‘It is a great honour to win the award on behalf of the cast and crew and it’s fantastic to get the recognition from the jury at Newport Beach.’
Songs for Amy was filmed in Galway and New York last summer and will be premiering in Ireland at the Galway Film Fleadh in July.