‘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

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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

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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.”