JDIFF 2013: IFB Shorts Programme


Tess Motherway tries on a selection of IFB Shorts, which played at the 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (14-24 February 2013)

IFB Shorts

Wed, 20th February
Light House 1
125 mins
The IFB’s shorts programme this year was an interesting mix.  There were the usual themes of family, relationships and death, but many took an almost wicked take on this, some even teetering on the bizarre.  One thing, however, that was certain, was the technical quality – each short excelled in sound and vision, something that, for a variety of reasons, does not always go hand in hand with short films.


The animation offerings were particularly impressive like Fear of Flying, a delightful short animation by Conor Finnegan about a bird who decides to avoid winter migration because of his fear of flying and Learning to Fish by Teemu Auersalo, a humorous but poignant take on consumerism portrayed through the plight of the urban seagull.  Perhaps the most noteworthy, however, was the opening short, Irish Folk Furniture by Tony Donoghue, a gorgeously (and painstakingly) made animated documentary about furniture-making and restoration in a small town in Tipperary.  It is just such a beautifully simple subject and masterfully made short, well deserving of its Best Animation in last years Sundance Film Festival.


There were a also good handful of short dramas on the programme, most notably Un Peu Plus by Conor Ferguson, a bitter sweet journey of an elderly womans love of confectionary and Homemade by Luke McManus, a darkly comic love story that takes home made baking to new heights.


Documentary also made a healthy appearance in the form of Laura McGanns The End of the Counter, a lament about the end of the small Irish corner shop, and with it, the personal shopping experience and Home a lovely and cleverly constructed portrait of six individuals talking about their first homes.


The IFB shorts programmes are always well attended, wherever they go, and the line-up in JDIFF was no exception.  People are interested, they respond to them, perhaps because they are a snap shot of what is funded in Ireland today.  Whatever the reason, long may it continue.

Tess Motherway



Gerard Lough’s ‘Ninety Seconds’ Online


Gerard Lough’s independent Irish thriller is now available online.

In a city of the near future, a surveillance expert takes on an unusual assignment that may prove to be his last.

Directed by Gerard Lough.

Andrew Norry
Michael Parle
Claire J. Blennerhassett



‘The Blow-Ins’ to screen in The Windy City


Story Factory’s new short film The Blow-Ins  has been officially selected for the 2013 The Chicago Irish Film Festival from 1 – 6 March. The adventure comedy film will screen before the feature length films at the Film Board-affiliated festival in a special programme that includes Sundance winner Irish Folk Furniture.

Festival Director Jude Blackburn saw The Blow-Ins at the recent Corona Cork Film Festival and said that she is ‘really delighted that The Blow-Ins is screening in the Windy City’. She praised for the film’s cinematography and ‘entertaining storyline.’ The Blow-Ins cinematographer Ian D Murphy also shot the acclaimed feature, Pilgrim Hill, for director Gerard Barrett who won the 2013 Rising Star IFTA.

The Blow-Ins was written and directed by CJ Scuffins and stars co-producer Jill Sartini, Ellen Phelan and Dermot Ward.

Last month Scuffins’s horror short Prodigal Son screened at the prestigious Berlin British Shorts Festival, and the short is nominated for the upcoming 2013 Deadline Award at the 14th Landshut Short Film Festival in Munich.  

More information at
‘Spotlight on Shorts’ at Chicago Irish Film Festival http://www.chicagoirishfilmfestival.com/
The Blow-Ins web page: http://bit.ly/MzcG72
Story Factory website: http://storyfactoryireland.com


Watch ‘Noreen’ – a short film by Domhnall Gleeson


Two men with no idea what’s going on…


You can vote here for Noreen on the  Short of the Week website

Purchase a DVD here:

Winner – Tiernan McBride Best Short Film Award, Galway Film Fleadh
Winner- Audience Award for Best Film, Capital Irish Film Festival
Winner – Directors Choice, Boston Irish Film Festival
Winner – Best Narrative short at the Gold Coast International Film Festival
World Festival Premier at Palm Springs Shortfest
Winner Best Comedy – Victoria TX Indie Film Fest
Official Selection – Cork, Raindance, San Francisco, Tribeca, Newport Beach, Brest Film Court, Kerry, Waterford, Clones, Dingle, Atlanta, Fastnet, Gold Coast International Film Festival’s Furman Film Series, Toronto Screen Shots, Shorts That Are Not Pants, Cinegael, Toronto Irish FIlm Festival, Gimli, East Lansing, Flickerfest, Los Angeles Irish, Southside, Ozu, RXSM.

Noreen, a short film written and directed by Domhnall Gleeson and produced by El Zorrero Films.
Brendan Gleeson
Brian Gleeson
Gerry Byrne
Sean McCarthy
Funded by FilmOffaly in partnership with Filmbase.
DOP: Ruairí O’Brien
Production Designer: Nicola Moroney
Editor: Niall Campion
Producers: David Clarke, Juliette Bonass and Ciarán Deeney.




‘On Our Way’ Streams for Valentine’s Day


Happy Valentine’s Day from Henry & Sunny Films!

As a special treat for short film lovers, Henry & Sunny Films are  streaming their latest short film, On Our Way, from 12pm-12am (GMT). If you like it why not tell us on  www.facebook.com/onourwaythefilm or tweet us at @onourwaythefilm.

Click here to view the film

Written and directed by Fergal Rock (‘Henry & Sunny’, ‘Tom Waits Made Me Cry’), the film stars Dorothy Cotter (‘Henry & Sunny’, ‘The Savage Eye’) and Matthew Keenan (‘Henry & Sunny’, ‘The Tudors’, ‘The Clinic’). With cinematography by Orla Russell-Conway (‘Henry & Sunny’, ‘Full Circle’), the film was produced by Fergal Rock and Noni Stapleton and edited by Nick Callan (‘Henry & Sunny’).

Plot Synopsis:

A chance encounter between two lost souls (Thomas and Anna) leads to a night of unexpected revelations, late night coffee and bottle-smashing. Unfolding over the course of a single night, On Our Way is a hopeful tale of missed connections and second chances.

On Our Way marks Fergal Rock and Orla Russell Conway’s second collaboration as Writer/Director and Cinematographer. Their last short film Henry & Sunny (2009) was highly successful, screening at numerous film festivals in Ireland, U.K., Europe and the U.S.A. The film garnered a lot of positive attention, winning the public vote in the Rotterdam Film Festival’s ‘New Arrivals’ competition and the Best Cinematographer prize at the Underground Cinema Awards in Dublin 2010. Fergal Rock and Dorothy Cotter were nominated in the Best Director and Best Actress categories at the Feel Good Film Festival 2010 in Hollywood, L.A.

On Our Way was shot entirely on location in Dublin, Ireland.

The film was completed with the support of a Fund It campaign.

Poster designed by Paula McGloin.


‘Switch’ screening on RTÉ Two tonight

RTÉ/Galway Film Centre’s short film Switch, directed by Thomas Hefferon, will be screened on RTÉ Two tonight, 4th Feb at 23.40.

The film examines a tragic story of a man who faces his past wrong-doings. Written by TJ Hundtofte (The Pool) and Thomas Hefferon and produced by Dave Leahy (The Pool, Satellites And Meteorites), with cinematography from JJ Rolfe (Visiting Day, Satellites And Meteorites). It stars Jane McGrath (Lowland Fell, Pure Mule 2), Lesley Conroy (An Creatur, Eden) and Barry Barnes (Kings, Veronica Guerin).


‘A Bird In The Hand’ selected for Washington, DC Independent Film Festival

Former Filmbase student’s first short film makes the official selection at Washington, DC Independent Film Festival

David Brown, a filmmaker from Glasgow, Scotland has had his very first short film accepted into a prestigious film festival in Washington DC. Selected from thousands of entries from around the world, the film, A Bird In The Hand, is a joint Scottish/Irish production which brings us the kooky story about a man with an unusual affliction finding love.


David is a former student of the Filmbase in Dublin, where he completed the Digital Filmmaking Course in 2010, as well as 2 other Screenwriting courses.


David said:

‘Filmbase was vital in giving me my first real insight into the inner mechanisms of the film industry, and provides a vital service for trainee filmmakers in Ireland.’


A Bird In The Hand‘ was shortlisted in the Washington DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF), which is a competitive festival that showcases challenging, well-crafted exceptional films from around the world, and takes place from March 6th to March 10th in downtown Washington D.C.


David said:

‘I know the film festival received an overwhelming number of submissions from all over the world this year, so it’s a real honour to be one of the few films shortlisted’


The short was entirely self-funded, filmed in Dublin in 2011 and 2012 on a Lumix GH1 Panasonic DSLR camera. It was all achieved while the cast and crew were working in regular jobs at the same time. The film stars up-an-coming Irish actor, Finbarr Delaney and Canadian actress, Zoe Slusar, best known as a voice artist in several Canadian dubs of Japanese anime, Dragon Ball.


David said:

‘I will be going to Washington for the film screening in March with the lead Irish actor – Finbarr Delaney. It’s a central part of the success of the film festival that the audience gets to meet the filmmakers, so we look forward to being involved in the screening.’


David’s future plans include another self-penned short, Awake, documentaries and hopefully making the move into feature films. He has recently relocated back to his native Glasgow, so David is eager to see what the Scottish and UK film market has to offer for him next.


Official Facebook page for the film – http://www.facebook.com/ABirdInTheHandShortFilm

Check out the trailer – https://vimeo.com/davidbrowncupofgold