Following its recent world premiere as the opening film of the 52nd Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth in the Czech Republic in June, Fintan Connolly’s family drama Eliot & Me has been invited to a number of prestigious children’s festivals in the coming weeks.
In Europe, it has been selected for the Schlingel International Film Festival in Chemnitz, Germany; Cinekid, the largest international media festival for children, held in Amsterdam; Filem’on in Brussels and the Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival in Finland. In the US, it has been selected to screen as an Official Selection at the 2012 Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis – from a record-breaking 1,240 submissions.
The children’s adventure drama tells the story of 10 year old Lucy who struggles to come to terms with her parents’ separation. She rescues a dog, Eliot, from the local dog shelter. It is love at first sight and her life starts to improve. But tragedy strikes when Eliot goes missing and Lucy must undertake a dangerous journey to find him.
Connolly developed and co-wrote the script for Eliot & Me with producer Fiona Bergin. ‘It was a bit of a family affair’, says Connolly ‘so it’s great to see it striking a chord with audiences outside Ireland.’
Fintan Connolly (Flick) directs his daughter Ella Connolly (Wake Wood), IFTA Best Actress winner Renée Weldon (Trouble With Sex), David Wilmot (The Guard), Gerard Mannix Flynn (Trouble With Sex), Vincent McCabe (Game of Thrones) and newcomers Des FitzGerald, Joshua Brown and Lauren Stone. It was made by Fubar Films with the participation of the Irish Film Board in association with RTÉ.
The director’s talented behind-the-camera team includes cinematographer Owen McPolin (Doctor Who), editor Guy Montgomery (Parked) and composer Stephen Rennicks (What Richard Did).
Derry O’Brien of Network Ireland Television is handling sales, bringing it to MIPCOM this week.
The current issue of the European Children’s Film Association Journal features an interesting article on the making of the film here:
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