Winning Projects Announced for the Irish Film Board Low Budget Filmmaking Scheme – Catalyst Project

| October 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

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Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board have announced the final three successful teams of the intensely competitive Catalyst Project initiative, who have been selected from over 88 applications, to win the opportunity to produce a fully funded feature film.

Through Catalyst Project, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board will provide each filmmaking team with funding to produce a low-budget feature film. The winning teams will also have access to key industry experts who will offer mentorship and guidance along the way.

The successful projects are:

  • Kissing Candice written and to be directed by Aoife McArdle and to be produced by Andrew Freedman;
  • The Drummer and The Goalkeeper written and to be directed by Nick Kelly and to be produced by Kate McColgan;
  • Without Name written by Garret Shanley, to be directed by Lorcan Finnegan and to be produced by Brunella Cocchiglia.

Kissing Candice tells the story of a lonely, imaginative teenage girl growing up in a stifling community, who finds romance with an unhinged stranger. Aoife McArdle has written and directed a number of short films and is an award-winning commercials and music video director. Andrew Freedman’s credits include the highly successful documentary feature film ‘His and Hers’, the BAFTA winning co-production ‘Kelly and Victor’ and a number of multi-award winning short films.

The Drummer and The Goalkeeper is a story about finding true friendship in the craziest of places. Writer / Director Nick Kelly has previously directed the award winning short films ‘Delphine’, ‘Why the Irish Dance That Way’ and ‘Shoe’ which was long-listed for the Academy Awards®,. Kate McColgan is currently an Acquisition and Production Consultant for MPI Media, having previously worked across production and development for Parallel Film Productions, the Weinstein Company and Element Pictures.

Without Name follows a systematic land surveyor who loses his reason in a supernatural environment that defies all boundaries. Lorcan Finnegan and Garret Shanley have previously collaborated on the award-winning short film ‘Foxes’ which was selected for SXSW and the Tribeca Film Festival. Finnegan is also an experienced commercials director. Brunella Cocchiglia has produced the award-winning short films ‘Fear of Flying’, and ‘Foxes’ as well as a number of commercials and music videos. Garret Shanley has written a number of short films and currently has a feature film in development with the IFB.



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  1. Fiachra says:

    This Catalyst scheme seems to be cursed. What happened to the previous winners?

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