‘Cuckoo’ Wins Best Writing at IAWTV Awards



Cuckoo, written by Nikki Racklin and Danann Breathnach, was nominated for 3 awards at the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) Awards and won in the Best Writing category.

The Awards ceremony took place last week in Las Vegas and the writing team beat big Hollywood names such as Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, In Treatment, Big Love) and Jon Avnet (Black Swan, Fried Green Tomatoes, Risky Business).

Alongside the Best Writing award, Cuckoo was nominated for Best Directing (Drama) for Danann Breathnach, and Best Female Actress (Drama) for Pagan McGrath, who was up against Julia Stiles and Anna Paquin.

Cuckoo recently picked up awards at ATL WebFest 2013 (Atlanta) and the Lovie Awards (London), as well as being nominated at the 2013 Webbys (New York) and screened at festivals in Geneva, Rome, Marseille and Melbourne. It has also been selected at LAwebfest (Los Angeles), coming up in March.



Short Films at Filmbase in Aid of the Philippines’ Relief Efforts


Three short films screen in Filmbase this evening 22nd of November at 8pm in aid of the Philippines’ relief efforts

Karl Argue’s The Anti-Love Pill (pictured) is a short film about a man, who searches for the cure for love.

Stephen Brady’s Normal asks why is it that we focus on other peoples strengths, and only notice our own weaknesses?

Sean Murphy’s The Stand Up is a comedy following the trials and tribulations of Dublin comedian Tony Murphy. The story unfolds as his mental stability comes under increasing strain with the realisation of the insignificance of his material.

The event is free with donations welcome on the night in aid of the Philippines relief efforts.




‘Get the Picture?’ Wins at Warsaw International Film Festival


Cathy Pearson’s debut documentary Get the Picture? has won the Audience Award for documentary at the Warsaw International Film Festival.
Get the Picture?  is currently doing the international film festival circuit at the Festival do Rio, Raindance in London, the Hamptons International Film Festival in New York, the Stockholm International Film Festival and Gijón International Film Festival in Spain.

The film, which tells the story of living legend of photojournalism John G. Morris, was directed and produced by Cathy Pearson in association with Ferndale Films.

Get the Picture? was funded through Indiegogo crowd funding, BSÉ/IFB and RTÉ and was taken up by US & UK sales agent Content Media Corporation in February 2013.


25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards – All the Winners


Run & Jump, which won the Best Irish Feature Award at Galway

Feature Awards:

The Best Irish Feature Award:
Winner: Run & Jump
Director : Steph Green
Producer : Tamara Anghie and Martina Niland

Second place: Life’s A Breeze
Director: Lance Daly
Producer: Macdara Kelleher

Best International Feature:
Winner: Discoverdale
Director: George Kane
Producer: James Dean and Chris Carey

Second Place: Ernest et Celestine
Director: Benjamin Renner, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Producer: Didier Brumner and Stephan Roelants

The Best First Irish Feature in Association with Crowe Horwath:
Winner: Run & Jump
Director: Steph Green
Producer :Tamara Anghie and Martina Niland

Second Place: Out of Here
Director: Donal Foreman
Producer: Emmet Fleming

The Best International First Feature:
Winner: Boy Eating The Birds Food
Directed: Ektoras Lygizos

Second Place: Closed Season
Director: Franziska Schlotterer

Documentary Awards:

Best Irish Feature Documentary:
Winner: Coming Home
Director: Vico Nikci
Producer: David Collins

Second Place: Close To Evil
Director: Gerry Gregg
Producer: Gerry Gregg

Best International Feature Documentary:
Winner: Plot for Peace
Director: Carlos Agullo’ and Mandy Jacobson
Producer: Mandy Jacobson

Second Place: The Search for Emak Bakia
Director: Oskar Alegria
Producer: Oskar Alegria

The Best Human Rights Documentary in Association with Amnesty International:
Winner: Coming Home
Directed: Vicki Nikci
Producer: Viko Nikci & David Collins

Short Film Awards:

The Tiernan MacBride Award for Best Short Drama in Association with Network Ireland Television:
Winner: Mechanic
Director: Tom Sullivan and Feidhlim Cannon
Producer: Tom Sullivan, Suin O’Connor and Derek O’Connor

Special Mention: Rubai
Director: Louise Ni Fhiannachta
Producer: Gemma O’Shaughnessy

The Best First Short Drama in Association with Mazars
Winner: Rubai
Director: Louise Ni Fhiannachta
Producer: Gemma O’ Shaughnessy

Special Mention: Unfold
Director: Steven Daly
Producer: Oisin O’Driscoll

The Best Short Documentary Award in Association with Teach Solas:
Winner: The End of The Counter
Director: Laura McCann
Producer: Aisling Ahmed

Special Mention: Town
Director: Orla Murphy
Producer: Orla Murphy, Orla McHardy

The Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film:
Winner: D.O.P. James Mather for The Girl

Animation Awards:

The James Horgan Award for Best Animation in Association with Telegael:
Winner: The Missing Scarf
Director: Eoin Duffy
Producer: Jamie Hogan

Special Mention: Coda
Director: Alan Holly
Producer: Ciaran Deeney

Best First Animation Award in Association with Cartoon Saloon:
Winner: That’s Not Supposed to Happen
Director: Rory Kerr
Producer: IADT

Special Mention: The Ledge End of Phil (from accounting)
Director: Paul O Muiris
Producer: Pearse Cullinane

Don Quijote Prize in the Animation Short Film Category:
Winner: Coda
Directro: Alan Holly
Producer: Ciaran Deeney

Special Mention: Two Wheels Good
Director: Barry Gene Murphy
Producer: John Kelleher

Special Awards:

Galway Hooker Awards:
Saoirse Ronan
James Morris
Miriam Allen

The Bingham Ray New Talent Award in association with Magnolia Pictures:
Winner: Kelly Thornton for her portrayal of Emma in Life’s a Breeze.

30 Minute Film Festival in association with Galway Film Centre and Solid Media:
Audience Award: The Bank Holiday (Rory Walsh)
Judge’s Award: The Canon (Robert Gaynor)

The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award:
Winner: Jacinta Owens for her project, C-Me 2020.


‘Run & Jump’, ‘Coming Home’ and Saoirse Ronan triumph at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards


The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

After a week of Irish and international premieres, short films, documentaries, workshops and panels, the 25th Galway Film Fleadh came to a close with the annual awards ceremony. Taking place on Sunday 14th July before the closing film, The Sea, the awards were attended by international film stars Saoirse Ronan, Zachary Quinto, Fionnuala Flanagan and Will Forte, as well as the President of Ireland, Michael.D.Higgins.

Steph Green’s Run & Jump scooped the awards for Best Irish Feature and the Crowe Horwath Award for Best First Irish Feature. Steph Green’s feature debut after her short New Boy received an Oscar nomination, Run & Jump is an unconventional love story set in rural Ireland and stars Maxine Peake and Will Forte.

Other winners included Dead Cat Bounce’s comedy mockumentary, Discoverdale, which picked up Best International Feature. Viko Nikci’s documentary, Coming Home, which follows Angel Cordero, a man who has served 13 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, won both the Best Irish Feature Documentary Award and the Amnesty International Award for Best Human Rights Documentary.

President Higgins presented the special Galway Hooker Awards, which this year went to Miriam Allen, managing director and co-founder of the festival, James Morris, former chair of the Irish Film Board, and Irish actress Saoirse Ronan.

Click here for a list of all the winners at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh Awards.


‘Saving the Titanic’ wins at British Independent Film Festival



Saving the Titanic picked up three awards at the British Independent Film Festival (6 – 7 May, London) winning the  Best Director award for Maurice Sweeney, Best Supporting Actor for Ciaran McMenamin, and Best Feature Film for producer Stephen Rooke.

Saving the Titanic is the untold story of the self sacrifice and dignity of the ship’s engineers,stokers and firemen in the face of impending death.

Seeking to answer the question of what happened in the engine and boiler rooms after the collision, Producer Stephen Rooke’s and Director Maurice Sweeney’s film Saving the Titanic tells the story of the disaster from below deck, with the action taking place between the time the crew embark the Titanic at Southampton and the eventual sinking of the ship. Narrated by leading Irish actor Liam Cunningham and based upon eye-witness accounts, this is the remarkable story of nine central characters from the engineering crew as they work among the huge, coal-fired furnaces heating the boilers and massive dynamos whirring to satisfy the ship’s demand for electricity. These nine men – among them leading fireman Frederick Barrett, chief engineer Joseph Bell, Sligo man electrician Alfred Middleton, assistant electrician William Kelly from Dublin and 18-year-old electrical engineer Albert Ervine from Belfast – are the heroes of this epic film. Their personal stories of bravery are recounted as the men fought courageously to hold back the power of the sea and keep the power systems running, even when they learned that all was lost. Most of these men died but their actions saved many lives.


Noel Brady picks up ‘Best Director’ award at the LIT Film Festival in Limerick


This is the second award for True-D having picked up ‘Best Irish Short’ at the ‘Dublin International short film and Music Festival’ last November. ‘It’s great to pick up Best Director,’ says director Noel Brady, ‘and it’s great to see that even though a production may be of modest production values, that it can still be recognized so well on the circuit, it’s a real honour.’

“The success of my film has to be credited to the amazing performances from the cast, Michael Bates, Sinead O’Riordan, Conor Marren, Fergal Cleary, Hilary Cotter and Mark Shrier, all putting in sterling performances.  And not forgetting a brilliant crew, with Daniel Balteanu as DP, and just amazing music supplied by Elder Roche.’

Coupled with this success, Noel has just finished his TV pilot Ghostriders. Starring Pat Nolan and Dave Duffy of Fair City fame. This show follows two motorcyclists (Duffy and Nolan) as they travel around Ireland visiting haunted places. Here they meet a local expert who regales them with the history of the venue, and how it came to be haunted.

Each episode will have a near-film quality reenactment of how the respective venues came to be haunted. In the pilot Noel teams up once more with two stars of True-D Fergal Cleary, who takes on the role of the Buck Whaley and Conor Marren this time in the role of Tom Dolan. Fergal and Conor are joined by Áine DeSiún as Isabelle Dolan, and Gerry Wade appears as the ‘local expert’.  At present Ghostriders is being seen by RTÉ, and Noel will be going through the commissioning round in the near future.

‘The future is looking very bright at the moment, lets hope it keeps that way.’

Check out the trailer  for Ghostriders here





‘Tríd an Stoirm’ wins Best Animation


Fred Burdy’s Tríd an Stoirm won Best Animation in the NYLA International Film Festival in New York and  will be shown the 4th of May there.

Tríd an Stoirm is an animated seven minutes short film created in Windmill Lane Pictures in Dublin, starring Katie McGrath.

It tells the story of a young woman trying to bring her drowned husband back from the dead.

For that, she’ll face a Banshee and will go on a harrowing journey into the Otherworld.




‘What Richard Did’ wins Best Film at the 32nd Istanbul International Film Festival


What Richard Did picked up the Golden Tulip International  award for Best Film in the main competition at the 32nd Istanbul International Film Festival, which is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. The award was presented at the closing gala and awards ceremony, which took place at Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall.


What Richard Did has already screened at numerous international film festivals to outstanding critical acclaim, including The Toronto International Film festival and the BFI London Film Festival and next week will screen in the Tribeca Film festival which takes place in lower Manhattan from April 17 – April 28



What Richard Did  is now available on DVD and On-Demand.


‘Out There’ wins at LIT & prepares for Cannes

Conor Marren scared to look behind him

Dunsany Productions post apocalyptic horror film Out There has the best industry short filmaward at the LIT Film festival in Limerick. The festival took place during the weekend of the 1113 April.  Randal Plunkett , Lord Dunsany, the director and producer of the film, accepted the award with line producer Alan Byrne during the awards ceremony on Saturday the 13th. The award was for best industry short film and is the second award the film has received in the last few weeks.  The film also received four other nominations by LIT including best director, best camera, best lighting and best drama.

The film stars Conor Marren (True –D) and Irish sensation Emma Eliza Regan (Darkness on the Edge of Town, Love Eternal). The film follows Rob (Marren) who wakes up deep in the woods having receiving a head wound. Not knowing how he got there and suffering from temporary amnesia, he begins to re trace his steps trying to discover what has happened to him and his girlfriend Jane (Regan). His journey through the calm Irish countryside turns out to be far more dangerous then he could have possibly imagined.

Out There was filmed completely on the Dunsany Castle Estate in Co. Meath during the spring of 2012.

Out There whose success continues has just been accepted to play Short Film Corner as part of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, taking place from the 15 26 of May. The film is also to screen at other international film festivals which include Imagine: Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival,  Skopje Film Festival,  Macedonia, Dundee Horror Film Festival,  Scotland, Fright Night Film Fest in Kentucky USA, which is the largest genre festival in mid America . The  film will also Panic Fest in the  USA where it has been nominated for a HATCHET AWARD for best short film.

The trailer for Out There is available on the link below


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