Ruán Magan’s short film, the fantasy thriller, Angel has received 13 nominations and 6 wins at international film competitions in USA, Hungary, Ireland, Spain and Canada.
The Best Shorts Competition, California, which “recognizes film professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity,” has awarded Angel 3 awards in the categories of Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Short.
The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, Schull, Cork, Ireland, awarded the film 5 nominations and 2 awards in the categories of Best of Festival and Best Drama.
The film has also won a major international ICG Emerging Cinematographer Award in Los Angeles which cinematographer, Brian O Carroll will collect in September and is an Official Selection in 4 upcoming film festivals in Europe and the United States.
Filmed on a budget of €4k in Dublin in the Spring of 2011, Angel has been described as a ‘poignant glimpse into the daily life of a working class girl who saves lives but is at the mercy of others in the struggle for her own survival.’ Shot in Dublin over two days it sets out to capture the city’s raw, dark, inhospitable nature and the tortured souls who inhabit it. ‘My aim,’ says Magan, ‘was to recreate that intense undercurrent of noise and pain that a city can inflict without mercy on someone who is depressed, when there is no hope.’
Originally intended for filming in New York with a more substantial budget the proverbial cloth was sharply cut when the film failed to gain support from Irish and international film funding schemes. Instead a group of Irish film makers and creators came together to support Magan including Ned O Hanlon, ChaCha Seigne, Padraig O Neill, Tim Morris, Stephen O’Connell and Mark Geary, lending their various talents to make the film happen.
The film stars Patrick Bergin, Ronan Leahy, Mark Doherty, Natalia Kostrzewa, Mary Murray and Karl Sheils and introduces the director’s daughter, Aobh Magan, in the lead role.
“Best shorts laurels are not easy to win. 900 entries are received from all around the world. The Best Shorts Competition helps set the standard of craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptionally high quality of entries.”
Thomas Baker, Chairman, Best Shorts Competition
“We are all very excited. To have won not 1 but 3 awards in California is stunning and a great follow-up to the film’s success at Fastnet. I’m delighted that Brian O Carroll’s incredible photography has been recognised with 2 awards and that Angel achieved 2 Best Short prizes, something that is very much the result of the combined efforts of the fine cast and crew who all gave their time, love and energy. I’m particularly thankful to all the cast including Patrick Bergin, Mark Doherty and Mary Murray – they all have better things to be doing and yet are so generous with their support. And, of course, my daughter, Aobh: she was only 6 when we filmed but she carries the movie!”
Ruán Magan, Producer/Director