‘The Clockmakers Dream’ Wins @ Amarcort International Film Festival

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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
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‘Demon Hunter’ Success at Fright Night Film Fest

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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!”

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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:

BEST FOREIGN FEATURE
DEMON HUNTER
BEST PARANORMAL FEATURE
DEMON HUNTER
BEST PICTURE UNDER $250,000
DEMON HUNTER
BEST DIRECTOR
paranormal ZOE KAVANAGH
BEST ACTRESS
paranormal AISLI MORAN
BEST ACTRESS FOREIGN FEATURE
paranormal AISLI MORAN
BEST ACTOR FOREIGN FEATURE
paranormal MICHAEL PARLE
BEST SOUND MIXING
Demon Hunter sound recordist and sound mixer BRIAN GRIECO
Sound recordist/ SAMUEL FLYNN
BEST SOUNDTRACK
SCOTT TOBIN
BRIAN GRIECO
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More Awards for ‘The Young Offenders’

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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.

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Dublin Writer Wins 2016 Feature Film Screenplay Award

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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.

 

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

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

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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.

 

 

 

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

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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.

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Irish Success at Moët British Independent Film Awards

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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.

 
 

Winners:
 
THE BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2015
BEST FILM
Ex Machina

BEST DIRECTOR
Alex Garland, Ex Machina

BEST ACTRESS
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

BEST ACTOR
Tom Hardy, Legend

DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR
Stephen Fingleton, The Survivalist

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Paul Katis & Andrew De Lotbiniere, Kajaki: The True Story

BEST SCREENPLAY
Alex Garland, Ex Machina

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Olivia Colman, The Lobster

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Brendan Gleeson, Suffragette

THE DISCOVERY AWARD
Orion: THe Man Who Would Be King, Jeanie Finlay

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
Room, Ed Guiney, David Gross, Emma Donoghue, Lenny Abrahamson

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CRAFT
Andrew Whitehurst, Visual Effects, Ex Machina

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM
Edmond, Emilie Jouffroy, Nina Gantz

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