Irish Wins Abroad

Last weekend saw Irish talent recognised at two award ceremonies in the US.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival awarded Irish actor Saoirse Ronan the Santa Barbara Award on Sunday night for her “sizable contribution to film”. Cartoon Saloon’s ‘The Breadwinner’ picked up Best Animated Feature – Independent at the 45th Annie Awards on Saturday night. Brown Bag Films’ Octonauts was also awarded an Annie for – ‘Best Animated Television Production of Preschool Children’.


‘The Secret Market’ Wins @ Rhodes

A new Irish short drama starring Victoria Smurfit (Once Upon a Time) has won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. The Secret Market a contemporary mystery thriller written by Conor Ryan and directed by Martina McGlynn and Garret Daly, held its world premiere over the weekend at the festival that is ranked one of the top ten film festivals in the US.

Smurfit plays Amy McCarthy, a doctor who has risen through the medical ranks to become chief surgeon. She has a near perfect life until her past comes back to haunt her. The film also features Tadhg Murphy (Black Sails, Vikings), Mark Huberman (Frank, Noble), Camille O’Sullivan (Rebellion), Jonathan White (Love Rosie, Noble) and Eric Lalor (Fair City).

Filmed on location in Ireland throughout Dublin city and Tullamore County Offaly the film was shot by IFTA winning Director of Photography James Mather (Frank, Ripper Street).  Music was composed by Golden Globe nominated and IFTA winning composer Brian Byrne (Albert Nobbs, The Secret Scripture).

The film is the debut short from Limerick writer Conor Ryan. The Secret Market is produced by Martina McGlynn, Victoria Smurfit and Garret Daly through Mixed Bag Media.



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‘Boujeloud: Father of Skins’ Wins @ Mexico International Film Festival

Daragh McCarthy’s documentary Boujeloud: Father of Skins has won a Bronze Palm in the Short Documentary category at the 2017 Mexico International Film Festival.

It has recently shown at Asbury Park Music & Film Festival New Jersey and is next showing at San Francisco DocFest 2017

Filmed in 2008 over three days in the Rif Mountains of Morocco as the Sufi Master Musicians of Joujouka perform their Rite of Boujeloud and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the recording of the 1968 album Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka.

Daragh McCarthy explains that The Master Musicians of Joujouka Morocco are Sufi trance musicians, “or perhaps a four thousand year old rock and roll band, who were introduced to the West by Paul Bowles, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Rolling Stone Brian Jones and Free Jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman.

“They have acquired almost mythic status for their “panic music” playing for hours on end deep into the night. Music they say that can “heal crazy minds”

“This observational documentary is shot in the village of Joujouka during the Boujeloud festival, reputed to be a continuation of the ancient rites of Pan.

“The Master Musicians of Joujouka have been comprised of the Attar and other families from a village in the Rif Mountains of Morocco for several thousand years in a continuous tradition with the music passed from fathers to sons.

“I was invited to the village of Joujouka in the Rif Mountains of Morocco for the first truly public performance of the Boujeloud ritual in 2008 commemorating the 40th anniversary visit of Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones to the village in 1968 to record his album “The Pipes of Pan” with the Masters.

“I lived and ate in the house of musician Abdeslam Errtoubi shooting continually for three days capturing the intense music, milestone celebration and daily life of the village”.

“Boujeloud, corresponding perhaps to the Greek god Pan, is a half man half goat who originally gave the gift of music to a young shepherd from the village called Attar. In tandem with the gift of music came fertility for the crops. In return for these gifts Boujeloud was promised a wife.

“Each year Boujeloud returns to the village coming down from the mountain to steal a girl from the village to be his young bride. Distracted by the wild playing of the musicians and dancing boys who masquerade as girls he returns to his cave empty handed and exhausted next morning.


Daragh McCarthy produced, directed and shot the 27-minute documentary. Ronan O’Muirgheasa edited the project.

Daragh McCarthy is a previous winner at MIFF 2015 when the short doc Harvey Pekar’s Teo Macero received a Sliver Palm.



Tom Ryan Wins Best Young Director @ Irish Film Festival Australia

Tom Twice Shy


Filmmaker Tom Ryan has won the award for Best Young Director at this years Irish Film Festival Australia for his current feature film Twice Shy.


Twice Shy follows the story of young Irish couple as they embark on a road trip from Ireland to the UK as a result of an unplanned pregnancy. The film stars Shane Murray-Corcoran and Iseult Casey in the lead roles of Andy and Maggie, with support from A-List Irish actors Ardal O’Hanlon and Pat Shortt, and was produced by Fionn Greger.


Twice Shy is the 2nd feature film from the 30 year old Tipperary writer/ director following on from the success of his award winning debut movie Trampoline,  which is available to stream on Amazon.


The film screened as part of the Irish Film Festival Australia in Sydney on Sunday April 2nd. On winning the award Ryan said “It’s such a thrill to win an award like this. There was some fantastic competition at the festival so it’s a huge privilege to be this year’s recipient and it’s great to see that the film, with such an important message, is making an impact on audiences worldwide.”


The film’s producer Fionn Greger added “It’s a fantastic achievement for Tom to win this award and it’s a credit to him as the director of the film. I hope this continues to progress the film as we now prepare for our next screening, which will be at the marche in Cannes in May.”


Zoe Kavanagh Wins at Horrorhound Weekend Film Festival


Zoe Kavanagh won Best Director in the US at the Horrorhound Weekend Film Festival (17 – 19 March) one of the biggest horror conventions in America.

Demon Hunter was also nominated for Best Feature, Best Director and Best SFX at the festival.

Lurking in the shadows of society within the rich and powerful is the true essence of evil. A young girl, Taryn Barker, descends into this dark underworld to search for her sister, Annabelle. But when Annabelle is raped and murdered, Taryn vows to take revenge. She survives a demonic possession that should have killed her during a satanic ritual and is rescued by a team of demon hunters who train her to fight evil. Years later, Taryn is detained by police and questioned over the murder of a man who she believes to be a demon. As the bodies pile up, Detective Beckett is forced to seek Taryn’s aid in rescuing his daughter from a demonic cult. Running against the clock, Taryn must venture into the darkest depths of the city to save Beckett’s daughter and prevent a potential Hell on Earth.
Demon Hunter has won over 15 awards from multiple film festivals around the world including Grand Jury Prize Best Picture, Best Actor for Michael Parle, Best Actress for Aisli Moran at the Fight Night FIlm Fest, Best Martial Arts Film, Best Actress in a Martial Arts film for Niamh Hogan at the Anti Hero Genre Production Fest, and Best Director at Horrorhound Weekend.


2017 Irish Animation Awards’ Shortlist



The Irish Animation Awards’ shortlist has been published in advance of the awards which are taking place on Saturday 25th March in Dingle.

The awards, which are sponsored by RTÉjr, the Irish Film Board and Philip Lee, acknowledge the outstanding creative talent within the Irish animation, visual effects and gaming industries.

There are 12 categories to be awarded and there will also be the prestigious Murakami award on the night. Winners will receive a statuette, designed by animator, filmmaker and teacher Eimhin McNamara, which resembles a Phenakistoscope which was an early animation device used to create an illusion of motion.


IAA 2017 – Nominees

(listed alphabetically by show)


1. Best Animated Preschool Series (up to 6 years) ‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’ – Production Team
‘Little Roy’ – JAM Media Production team
‘Puffin Rock’ – Maurice Joyce: Director
2. Kid’s Choice Award For Best Animated Series ‘Danger Mouse’ – Peter Lewis
‘Roy’ – JAM Media Production team
‘Wander over Yonder’ – Peter Lewis: Producer, Gillian Comerford: Director, Pete Slattery: Animation Director
3. Best Animated Short Film ‘City of Roses’ – Andrew Kavanagh: Director
‘Geist’ – Alex Sherwood: Director, Ben Harper: Director, Sean Mullen: Director
‘Second to None’ – Vincent Gallagher
4. Best Writer for Preschool Animation (up to 6 years) ‘Doc McStuffins: Welcome to McStuffinsville’ – Chris Nee, Kent Redeker
‘Octonauts: The Great Swamp Search’ – Stephanie Simpson
‘Puffin Rock: The First Snow’ – Davey Moore, Sara Daddy
5. Best Writer for an Animated Series ‘Brain Freeze: (DNA): Is Every Human Being Unique?’ – Colm Tobin & Aidan O’Donovan
‘Roy: Karma Chameleon’ –  Dave Rice
‘Roy: ROY 2.0’ – Mark Hodkinson
6. Best VFX as part of Animated TV Series or Film ‘Brain Freeze’ – Ian Benjamin Kenny
‘Go Jetters’ – Rob Fletcher, Mario Bortas, Rodrigo Rocha
‘Wander Over Yonder’ – Peter Lewis: Producer, Gillian Comerford: Director, Deirdre Behan: FX Lead
7. Best Animation for Apps and Gaming ‘Her Majesty’s SPIFFING’ – Production Team, William Barr & Alan Martin
‘The Little Acre’ – Pewter Games Production Team
‘Little Roy’s Wonder Doodler’ – Niall Mooney: Director, Will Wivell: Animator
8. Best Design and Art Direction ‘Bernard Dunne’s Mythical Heroes’ – Ian Benjamin Kenny
‘Octonauts’ – Stephen O’Connor
‘Puffin Rock’ – Lily Bernard, Stefano Scapolan
9. Best Director of an Animated TV Series ‘Danger Mouse’ – Rob Cullen
‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’ – Tim Harper, Colin Williams
‘Little Roy’ – Alan Shannon
10. Best Animation ‘Puffin Rock’ – Animation Team
‘The Day Henry Met a Camera’ – Gilly: Director, Susan Broe: Producer, Andrew Dawson: Animation Director
‘Two by Two – Oops! The Ark Has Gone’ – Moetion Films Animation Team
11. Best Music and Sound Design ‘Brain Freeze’ – Stephen Kelly, Steve Lynch and Giles Packham
‘Danger Mouse’ – Dominic Lawrence: Supervising Sound Editor & Dubbing Mixer, Sol O’Carroll: Sound Editor, Andy Kirwan: Sound Editor
‘Go Jetters’ – Carl Cullen: Supervising Sound Editor & Dubbing Mixer, Edward Costello: Sound Editor
12. Best Irish Feature Film or Special ‘Song of the Sea’ – Tomm Moore
‘Two by Two – Oops! The Ark Has Gone’ – Moetion Films Team
‘Wander over Yonder: My Fair Hatey’ – Producer: Peter Lewis, Director: Gillian Comerford, Animation Director: Pete Slattery/Stephen McGann






Cardboard Gangsters’ Wins @ Manchester International Film Festival



Cardboard Gangsters by Mark O’Connor has won three awards at Manchester International Film Festival, Best Actor for John Connors, Best Feature Film and Film of the Festival. It also received special jury mentions for Original Screenplay, Directing and Cinematography.

Cardboard Gangsters follows a group of wannabe cardboard gangsters as they attempt to gain control of the drug trade in Darndale, Dublin, chasing the glorified lifestyle of money, power and sex. Jay Connolly is a part-time DJ and low-level drug dealer in North Dublin, an area victimised by gangs, drugs and social problems. When his welfare is cut off he decides it’s time for him and his gang to enter the big leagues. This attracts the attention of the local King Pin and sets Jay down a violent and bloody path.

Starring John Connors (King of the Travellers, Love/Hate), Fionn Walton (Out of Here, What Richard Did), and Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank, Eastenders) and directed by Mark O’Connor and produced by Richard Bolger, the screenplay was co-written by Mark O’Connor and John Connors.

Cardboard Gangsters will be released in Irish cinemas on 5th May by Wildcard Distribution.

Cardboard Gangsters was produced for Five Knight Films and Stalker Films in association with Filmbase and with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Egg Post Production and TV3.



‘Lily’ Success @ Santa Fe Film Festival


Lily has won the award for Best Narrative Short at the Santa Fe Film Festival. Directed by Graham Cantwell, Lily was made in conjunction with the students on The Filmbase Masters programme.

The film tells the story of Lily, a girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman. With her best friend, the fiercely loyal and flamboyant Simon, she navigates the treacherous waters of school life. When a misunderstanding with the beautiful and popular Violet leads to a vicious attack, Lily is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.


Lily was executive produced by Film Venture, Filmbase and Powerscourt Pictures and was shot on several locations in and around Dublin.


‘The Clockmakers Dream’ Wins @ Amarcort International Film Festival


The Clockmakers Dream has won the grand Jury Prize Best short film at the Amarcort International Film Festival Rimini (Italy).

Amarcort is part of the AFIC (Associazione dei Festival Cinematografici Italiani) and FEDIC (Federazione Italiana dei Cineclub). In attendance Jury president Lars Henrik Director of Oberhausen Shortfilm Festival, Tony Palas filmmaker, Director of The Malta International TV short film festival, praised the short for its originality, treatment and story. Also on the Jury were Gianluca Castellini, film critic and Artistic Director of Forli International Film Festival Sedicicorto, and Andrzej Roman Jasiewicz, film producer, writer, director.

This is the 6th International Award for The Clockmakers Dream in the past week having also winning multiple accolades at the 14th Monaco International Film Festival, for Best Arthouse, Best animation, Best Costume, Best Narration, Best Editing.

Commenting on the film’s recent success director/writer Cashell Horgan said, “ It’s great to see the film doing so well both at home and abroad the accolades are in recognition to the cast and crew who dedicated so much of their time and energy to the project over the last year.”

The Clockmakers Dream was funded by Behind the Scenes and Limerick City Council with executive producer Ronan Cassidy The film is a live action fantasy/art-house short, written/directed by Cashell Horgan, starring Joe Mullins (Pilgrim Hill), and narrated by Jared Harris (Fringe, Mad Man, Sherlock Holmes, Lincoln.) Produced by Linhong Yang of Made Image films

‘Demon Hunter’ Success at Fright Night Film Fest



Irish made action horror film Demon Hunter screened at the Fright Night Film Fest in the US Kentucky over the weekend where it came away with 9 awards, including Best Foreign Feature and Best Director for a budget under $250,000.

Director Zoe Kavanagh told Film Ireland that she was”blown away and in shock and awe at the reception Demon Hunter received at the festival. The film, which went through a rough ride getting from page to screen, has been recognized internationally at multiple festivals over the last few months of 2016, even selling out Screen 1 at the IFI Horrothon. However, we came away with 9 awards in US, Kentucky including Best Foreign Feature and Best Director for a budget under $250,000 amongst many other accolades. This proves if you believe in your art never give into doubt and never give up! This is only just the beginning!”


Actor Niamh Hogan & director Zoe Kavanagh at Fright Night Film Fest

Demon Hunter tells the tale of a young girl tormented by the tragedies of her past, who is brought in for questioning by the police over the death of a man, who she claims to be a demon. Detective Beckett realizes this is the same girl he made a broken promise to seven years ago that he’d find the monster that raped and murdered her 12 year old sister. The girl warns of a powerful man named Falstaff who will stop at nothing to claim her soul, Falstaff abducts Detective Beckett’s daughter and now this young girl is his only hope and ally in rescuing his daughter from this demonic cult and proving to him that Taryn Barker is the Demon Hunter.


Full List of Awards:

paranormal ZOE KAVANAGH
paranormal AISLI MORAN
paranormal AISLI MORAN
paranormal MICHAEL PARLE
Demon Hunter sound recordist and sound mixer BRIAN GRIECO
Sound recordist/ SAMUEL FLYNN

More Awards for ‘The Young Offenders’


The smash-hit comedy The Young Offenders picked up three awards at the LA Comedy Festival over the weekend.  It won prizes in the Best Feature Direction, Best Feature Screenplay and Best Feature Film categories at the American festival which is the largest comedy festival in the US featuring film, live comedy acts and a screenplay competition.

Lead actors Alex Murphy and Chris Walley were also presented with the Ros Hubbard Award for Acting at the Irish Film Festival London, with the film also picking up the Súil Eile award at the festival last week.

Written and directed by Peter Foott The Young Offenders is the highest grossing Irish-made film of 2016 and is the fastest Irish film to break the €1million mark at the Irish Box Office this year.

The film continues to be distributed in territories around the world with Carnaby International, a UK film company specialising in worldwide sales announcing this month that it has signed deals for the film in Germany (Studio Hamburg) and Former Yugoslavia (Discovery).

The comedy is screening at the Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia this weekend and will screen at the Irish Film Festival London this coming Saturday.

Inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, The Young Offenders follows two Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes in the hopes of finding an unrecovered bale of cocaine.  It’s the debut feature from Foott and introduces new acting talent Chris Walley and Alex Murphy in the lead roles with comedians Hilary Rose and PJ Gallagher also starring.

The Young Offenders continues to screen in Irish cinemas this week.




Dublin Writer Wins 2016 Feature Film Screenplay Award


Stavier Films have announced that Anthony Renwick McGill, a writer living in Dublin and co-founder, along with Savio Sequeira, of Stavier Films and The Da Vinci Theatre Company, has won the 2016 FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY AWARD in the New York Short Film and Screenplay Competition for his screenplay Amazons Inc., a comedy thriller set in 1970’s Ireland.

The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Jacob Kreuger Studio in Manhattan from 2-6PM on Saturday Dec. 3.



‘Adulting’ Wins Best Short Film Award @ Irish Film London


 Linda Bhreathnach


Irish Film London have named the short film Adulting as the winner of this year’s prestigious Best Short Film Award. Adulting premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year. The award was presented to the writer and co-director Linda Bhreathnach by Irish Film London’s founder and director Kelly O’Connor at a ceremony in the Irish Embassy London on Monday, 14th November.


Adulting will be screened during the Irish Film Festival London on Wednesday, 23rd November at 7.00 p.m. in Regent Street Cinema, London as part of the festival’s Best of Irish Short Films Programme.


Irish audiences will have the opportunity to see the film during the Cork Film Festival on Friday, 18th November as part of the ‘Irish Shorts 4: A Sense of Who We Are’ collection of short films in The Gate Cinema at 12.00 noon.


Speaking about the film writer Linda Bhreathnach says, “I wanted to do write something that was contemporary and that represented modern Irish women in a way that felt realistic and authentic to me.”


Adulting touches on the pressures of social media and modern life; the pressure to travel, have the ‘Perfect’ life and be ‘Happy’. It examines the anxiety that vast amounts of choice can sometimes create in contemporary life.

Saoirse Ronan wins British/Irish actress of the year @ London Critics’ Circle


Saoirse Ronan won the British/Irish Actress of the Year award for her performances in Brooklyn and Lost River at the London Critics’ Circle Awards. Irish director Benjamin Cleary was the winner of the British/Irish Short Film of the Year award for his short film Stutterer.

Across the Atlantic, Room stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay won the Best Actress and Best Young Actor/Actress awards respectively for their performances in Lenny Abrahamson’s Room at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, held in Los Angeles.





‘Song of the Sea’ and ‘The Lobster’ Win at European Film Awards in Berlin

Song of the Sea and The Lobster were both winners at the 2015 European Film Awards in Berlin on Saturday, December 12th.

Tomm Moore’s Song of the Sea won Best European Animated Feature while The Lobster won Best Screenplay for Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou’s script, as well as the previously announced Best European Costume Designer Award for Sarah Blenkinsop.

The European Film Awards are voted on by the more than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy which consists of filmmakers from across Europe.


Irish Success at Moët British Independent Film Awards



A good night for Irish talent at the Moët British Independent Film Awards this weekend was topped off with the award for Best International Independent Film being awarded to Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, based on Emma Donoghue’s novel. Starring Brie Larson and Jacob Trembley, Room was produced by Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe. Room is in cinemas 15th January 2016.


Stephen Fingleton won the Douglas Hickox award for best debut director for his work on the post-apocalyptic movie The Survivalist, in cinemas 12th February 2016.


Saoirse Ronan was named Best Actress for her role in John Crowley’s Brooklyn. Adapted by Nick Hornby from the book by Colm Toibín, Brooklyn was co-produced by Parallel Films’ Alan Moloney.

Brendan Gleeson was named Best Supporting Actor for his role in Suffragette.


The Lobster,  produced by Ed Guiney and Lee Magiday for Element Pictures was recognised as Olivia Colman picked up an award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Yorgos Lanthimos’ black comedy. While Ex Machina, starring Domhnall Gleeson, received the honour of Best British Independent Film, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay for Alex Garland.


Now in its 18th year, the Moët British Independent Film Awards highlight and reward the best, most innovative and creative independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the UK.


Ex Machina

Alex Garland, Ex Machina

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Tom Hardy, Legend

Stephen Fingleton, The Survivalist

Paul Katis & Andrew De Lotbiniere, Kajaki: The True Story

Alex Garland, Ex Machina

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance, Judith Dawson, Louise Osmond

Olivia Colman, The Lobster

Brendan Gleeson, Suffragette

Orion: THe Man Who Would Be King, Jeanie Finlay

Room, Ed Guiney, David Gross, Emma Donoghue, Lenny Abrahamson

Andrew Whitehurst, Visual Effects, Ex Machina

Edmond, Emilie Jouffroy, Nina Gantz


‘Daire’ Wins in Nevada

Natasha Cullen as Daria

Daria, a new Irish feature film, has been awarded a Silver Screen Jury prize at the 2015 Nevada International Film Festival. The festival is the silver state’s annual celebration of excellence in American and international independent cinema.

This success follows on from Daria‘s Bronze Palm award in the Narrative Feature competition at the 2015 Mexico International Film Festival.

The film is currently in competition at the Los Angeles CineFest, the Accolade Global Film Awards (San Diego) and the Hollywood Sky Film Festival amongst others.

Daria stars award winning Irish actors Patrick O Donnell, Trevor Downey and Rory Mullen and features Russian/Irish newcomer Natasha Cullen in the title role. The story is based on true events which took place in a rural Irish town land, thirty miles from Dublin.

Daria was written and directed by Colin Downey and produced by Ehlemvision.




‘Rip It Up & Start Again’ Wins at Cornwall


Stephen Ryan’s short film Rip It Up & Start Again wins Best Short in conjunction with the BFI Love Season at the 14th Cornwall Film Festival.

Shot in Dublin at the start of the year, the film centres around a quiet man’s pursuit to connect to his true love by pen and paper. But he soon finds out the perfect love letter is only half the battle.

Writer/director Stephen Ryan was in attendance to collect the award: “I hadn’t a clue we were going to win so it was a shock but I was honoured to accept the award on behalf of the talented cast and crew”.



‘Room’ Wins People’s Choice Award at Toronto


Lenny Abrahamson’s latest film Room won the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Abrahamson said, ‘I am so honoured that Room has been chosen by the TIFF audience to win the Grolsch People’s choice award. The program this year was full of extraordinary films, and for such a knowledgeable, film-loving audience to choose ours as their film of the festival is something of which I will always be hugely proud. It is a testament to the incredible talent and passion of all who made this film; cast and crew and those who backed us and had faith in us from the beginning.”

Room stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). Emma Donoghue adapted the screenplay from her book, the award-winning international phenomenon,  .

Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), Room is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world…. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, to Ma it’s a prison.  Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their ten-by-ten-foot space. But as Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s own desperation – she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.


Room will be released in Irish cinemas on 29th January


‘Marathon Men’ Wins in Italy

MM Ken & Gerry2

Irish documentary Marathon Men has won the  special jury’s award at the 36th Rassegna Cinematicrafica Internazionale film festival in Italy.

The documentary tells the uplifting story of two men and their boundary-defying dream to run 32 full marathons in 32 consecutive days, one each of the 32 counties of Ireland. In 2010 Gerry Duffy and Ken Whitelaw (pictured) embarked on this incredible challenge – their aim to inspire people all over the country to come out and run their first ever marathons and to raise funds (over half a million Euro) and awareness for Autism Ireland. The film follows over two years of planning and months of exhaustive training for this unprecedented test of endurance, a challenge that would become much more than just a mark of personal triumph, it would be one of the greatest amateur sporting achievements in Irish history.


The ‘Rassegna Cinematicrafica Internazionale film festival’ is the world’s oldest sports film festival and is held annually in Palermo, Sicily. Speaking at the awards co-director Marc O’Gleasain said, “It’s been such a joy to share Gerry and Ken’s inspirational story ‘Marathon Men’ with cinema goers here in Palermo. It was an honor just to be nominated with our first feature length documentary, I’m delighted to receive this award on behalf of all involved.”


Marathon Men had its world première at the Los Angeles All Sports film festival last November and Irish premiere at the IFI in December. Co-Directed by Marc O’Gleasain and Marcus Stewart, DOP Raja Nundlall, produced by Marcus Steward, edited by Marc O’Gleasain, music composed by Fergus Ryan, production manager Cillian Mcloughlin and sound mixed at Gorilla Post, Dublin.


You can read an interview with co-director Marcus Stewart here







Actor Tim Casey Wins for ‘Barty Carty’


Barty Carty actor Tim Casey picked up the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the recent Watergate Film Festival, Kent. This is the film’s second award, after winning The Directors’ Choice award at Film Devour 15 in January in Belfast. The film has been enjoying a festival run and will next be seen at The Thurrock International Film Festival, where it will compete in the International Short Film category.

Directed by John McGovern, Barty Carty tells the story of a school principal whose passion for chess is out of proportion with social norms. As he conducts trials for the school chess team, he regales the history of St. Bridget’s Chess Team, and of their prodigy, Davey McGuinness.


Dance Filmmakers Win in California

Table Manners_Stopping at Red Lights Image Credit Luca Truffarelli

Dublin-based dance filmmakers, Ingrid Nachstern and Luca Truffarelli, have won an Award of Recognition at the Accolade Global Film Competition in La Jolla, California, USA.


The award was given in the Film Short category for Table Manners/ Stopping at Red Lights, an exciting short dance film, featuring an exceptional cast of Lucia Kickham and Michael Cooney with Ingrid Nachstern, who also directed and choreographed, and Michael Gallen on sound.


Delighted to be getting the award, Nachstern stated, “This is the first film Luca Truffarelli and I have made together. It was first performed as a dance piece in Dublin’s Project Arts Centre in 2013 and we were encouraged to produce it as a film.  We are delighted to be getting the recognition for the film, both nationally and internationally, on what is a rapidly developing screendance circuit.”


‘Filmed by Truffarelli in Clonskeagh, Table Manners/Stopping at Red Lights’ is a light-hearted look at public/private behaviour. Every one wears a ‘public’ mask.  Prompted by the story of a man several years ago in the North of England who went on a killing spree through many villages, killing people on the way yet stopping at the red lights. There are also comments regarding over-consumption of food, abuse of resources and over-reliance on medication’.


Trufarelli added “We have just come back from Bari Italy where we shot our second dance film of 26 scenes in 18 hours, entitled Freedom-to go!.  It is a commentary on present day America in verse and we are very excited about it.”


The film was also selected for the AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL’S 2015 INTERNATIONAL SCREENDANCE FESTIVAL in Durham, North Carolina and was screened on June 28th at the Nasher Museum at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  Two other Irish films are due to be screened at the Festival, Jurgen Simpson and Mary Wycherly’s In the Bell’s Shadow and Luke Murphy and David Fishel’s film, Your Own Man.


The film Table Manners/Stopping at Red Lights has also been nominated for best Irish screendance short at the inaugural Light Moves Screendance Festival in Limerick last year (Curators – Simpson & Wycherly) and was accepted for Live Action Shorts Montana USA 2015 and Tocht Festival of Dance 2015 in Kerry.




‘Every Second Sunday’ Wins in California

ESS Poster

Every Second Sunday produced by Hubbard and Banks Media has won two ‘Special Mention Awards Of Merit’ from The Best Shorts Film Competition, California. The awards were given for both the short film and actress in a supporting role category, with Irish actress Jane Elizabeth Walsh winning an award for her role as Kim. The awards follow on from previous wins at the IndieFest Film competition in Los Angeles

Director Simon Hubbard said, “It feels fantastic to receive theses awards, the team have worked so hard. We set out to highlight the plight of single parents everywhere and really hope these awards will highlight this important topic. We are currently developing the script into a three part drama with a major British production company, which will follow on from the short film”

Actress Jane Elizabeth Walsh who also co-produced the film said: “I’m thrilled that Every Second Sunday has won at the prestigious Best Shorts Film Competition in California. The cast and crew were outstanding and working alongside such a great director and the likes of the brilliant Simon Delaney, Craig Conway and Vanessa Emme was amazing.”



‘Follies of Youth’ Wins in Texas



Irish short film Follies of Youth has won its first award at the 48th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival in Texas USA. The festival runs ten competitions for independent films. Within the film category short comedy original follies of youth was awarded a platinum Remi award. The Remi award being named after Fredricic Remington a western artist known for his paintings and sculptures of cowboy life in 19th century Texas.

The film recently had its first Irish screening on May 20th at this years Fastnet short film festival in Schull county cork. The film has also been selected for the Cayman Islands international film festival, where it  will screen as part of a program of short films from Europe on June 20th.

The film is directed by Melina Curi and written by Aising Corristine with Alex Whitmer. It was produced by Kevin Fisher for Dynamic Entertainment. Cainneach Mac Eoin provided cinematography, Kevin Corry and Dermot Grace edited the film.

The film’s cast includes Dorothy Cotter, Kevin Fisher, Mark Schrier with film debut performances from Aoife Hamilton, Amy Higgins and Clodagh Rolland.







‘Every Second Sunday’ Wins at IndieFEST Film Awards


Every Second Sunday produced by Hubbard and Banks Media has won two Awards of Merit from the IndieFEST Film Awards. The awards were given for both the short film and supporting actress category with Dublin actress Jane Elizabeth Walsh winning an award for her role as ‘Kim’.

Director Simon Hubbard said “Absolutely thrilled to receive these awards, it’s been such a long journey, but still feels like the beginning, we are currently developing the script into a three part drama with a major British production company, which will follow on from the short film”

The IndieFEST Film Awards recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the IndieFEST and a list of recent winners can be found at



‘Harvey Pekar’s Teo Macero’ Wins in Mexico

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Harvey Pekar’s Teo Macero has won a Golden Palm in the Short Documentary category at the 2015 Mexico International Film Festival.


Daragh McCarthy’s short documentary combines live action and filmed panels from Pekar’s American Splendor Comic. It has a jazz soundtrack consisting of pieces produced or played by Teo Macero throughout his long an illustrious career as producer, musician and avant garde composer.


Filmed in 2008 in a NYC hotel room and using the original artwork by award winning cartoonist Joe Sacco (Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde), comic book pioneer and American national treasure Harvey Pekar reads from from his comic American Splendor telling the story of unknown jazz legend Teo Macero, producer of Miles, Monk and Mingus.


Producer of the three top-selling jazz albums of all time (number one being Kind of Blue by Miles Davis) Teo worked with Miles, Mingus, Monk, Brubeck and Ellington among many others to create multimillion sellers, avant-garde oddities and avant-garde multimillion sellers. Yet he is little known outside a relatively small number of aficionados.


Daragh McCarthy produced and directed the 7-minute film which was shot in New York by Tomas X. Dias and edited by Louise Finn at Piranha Bar Dublin.


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‘The Lobster’ Wins at Cannes

The Irish co-production The Lobster was awarded The Jury Prize at the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley, The Lobster is a blackly funny love story set in a near future where finding love is a matter of life or death. The film was directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

The Lobster is set for release in Ireland on 16th October 2015..

‘Lost in the Living’ Wins in Berlin

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Lost in the Living had its world premiere at the Achtung Berlin Film Festival on the 17th of April. The feature film was  screened four times at the festival in Germany and won the Best Director award for writer/director Robert Manson. This film was made by Irish and Berlin-based filmmakers and by actors in Ireland and Germany during the summer of 2013.

Lost in the Living follows a young man, Oisín (Tadhg Murphy), a musician from Dublin, who travels to Berlin with his band. He leaves behind the weight of losing his mother and an anger towards his absent father. But things do not turn out as he plans.







‘Cutting Grass’ Wins in New York


The  short film Cutting Grass was awarded Best Narrative at BeFilm The Underground Film Festival in New York. BeFilm is a New York Based film festival that focuses on short form documentary, experimental, narrative, animation and 3D films.


Cutting Grass is written and directed by John Kennedy and Ruairí O’Brien. It  stars John Hannah and tells the story of a young inner-city boy, Donal, who is trying his hand at cutting grass for pocket money. His luck changes when he meets Gerry.