Terry McMahon’s critically acclaimed film, Patrick’s Day has won the coveted Screen Directors Guild ‘Finders Series’ Award. The award – presented to only one Irish film a year – will see the Director’s Guild of America host a screening of Patrick’s Day for an audience of industry insiders at the legendary Directors’ Guild of America (DGA) Theatre on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles on October 10th.
Writer / Director McMahon and producer Tim Palmer will fly out to the event and engage in a week of meetings with Hollywood heavyweights to secure distribution for Patrick’s Day and plan future projects.
The powerful tale of a young man with mental health issues who falls for a suicidal flight attendant Patrick’s Day had its world premiere at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival in Austin Texas in March of this year. The film has also screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Shanghai Film Festival, and went on to win ‘Best Irish Feature Film’ at The 26th Galway Film Fleadh on 13th July.
Following the announcement, writer and director Terry McMahon commented, “The Screen Directors Guild ‘Finders Series’ Award is one of the best filmmaker prizes in the world and the fact that someone like me can win something like this means there is hope for any writer stuck on their first draft. The idea that the Directors Guild of America is hosting a screening of Patrick’s Day at the DGA Theatre on Sunset Boulevard means there is hope for any director wondering what the hell to do with their unfinished movie. And the notion that one film can still have the power to alter reality means there is hope for all us outsiders.”
Rachel Lysaght, co-producer, noted the commitment of the director and the filmmaking team, saying “We are deeply honoured and so proud that Patrick’s Day has won the Screen Directors Guild Finders Series Award. Never has it been more pertinent to address the vital importance of caring for our mental health. The aim for this film has always been more than cinema – we want to encourage a wider discussion on mental health and how we care for those who have been labeled with a ‘disorder’ – and it is a testament to our amazing cast and crew that the film’s success has been recognised through this wonderful award. We cannot wait to bring the film to a wider audience.”
Patrick’s Day is an Ignition Film Productions production with Underground Films and Forefront Features in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board and RTÉ.