‘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


‘In Ribbons’ Shoots in May.

Copyright [Marie-Valerie Jeantelot]

Short film In Ribbons, directed by Marie-Valerie Jeantelot, and written by award-winning screenwriter Caroline Farrell is scheduled to begin shooting in May. A fundraising drive is currently under way, details of which can be found at http://www.inribbons.com/ along with a trailer for the film. All funds raised will be used to pay cast and crew, and to cover expenses of equipment hire, costumes, locations, catering, transport, editing and festival entries.

A stellar cast has been assembled, including IFTA longlisted actor Geraldine McAlinden (Portrait of a Zombie, The Incredible Shrinking Office) multi-award winning actor, Patrick O’Donnell (Tin Man, Derelict) and Melissa Nolan (Stalker, Remember Me)

The film is set in 1968, and centres on the journey of a little girl, Laurie. A dark fairytale, In Ribbons is an expressive fable, told in a dialogue-free narrative, capturing the zeitgeist of an era that also reflects a glimpse into the darker side of our social history.

A Facebook page has also been set up, https://www.facebook.com/#!/inribbonsmovie which regularly publishes updates on the progress of the production.


‘After You selected to screen at Cinequest Film Festival

Damien O’Connor’s IFTA nominated short animation After You has been selected from over a 1000 submissions to screen at this years prestigious Cinequest Film Festival. Listed as one of the top ten film festivals in the world, Harrison Ford and Salman Rushdie are among the top stars scheduled to attend next month’s event, which is expected to draw 100,000+ visitors.

Speaking about the selection Damien said ‘I am delighted that a small tale about Dublin is getting out to such a wide audience. American film festivals can be tricky to get into, but as I witnessed at the recent Martha’s Vineyard international Film Festival, American audiences really seem to love it. It is huge opportunity for me to be able to attend Cinequest with an Irish film’

After You, which tells the tale of sixty years in the life of a Dublin doorman, won best Animation at last years Kerry Film Festival.

The Cinequest Film Festival takes place in San Jose California from February 26th to March 10th.  



‘Tríd an Stoirm’ Wins Best Animation at the California Film Awards

Fred Burdy’s Irish animated short film Tríd an Stoirm has just won its third award for Best Animation at the California Film Awards.

It’s the film’s third win since it won Best Animation at the LA Arthouse Film Festival and at the California International Shorts Festival.

Tríd an Stoirm is an Irish Film Board funded short film released in 2012.
Website : http://www.tridanstoirm.com/
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/tridanstoirm


Irish Short Wins Best Comedy award at 2012 Vacaville International Film Festival

Irish short film Oh written and directed by Cathal Feeney has won the Best Comedy award at the 2012 Vacaville International Film Festival in California.

Shot in Birr Co. Offaly as part of the 2011 Offline film festival, where it took first prize, the film focuses on the conversation between a father and son on a local bus journey.

With a skeleton crew of three people, including Ed Griffith (camera/editing) and Eileen Culloty (sound operator) it was filmed and edited over three days using a cast derived from the local community.

‘We received a huge amount of help from the Offline organising committee,’ said Cathal. ‘In addition to assisting us in assembling a cast they were also instrumental in sourcing the bus which was central to the success of the film.’

Oh has also been screened at the 2012 Fastnet Film Festival and the 2012 Galway Film Fleadh.


Irish Folk Furniture, directed by Tony Donoghue, wins prize for Best Animation at Sundance Film Festival.


Irish Folk Furniture,  directed by Tony Donoghue, has won the prize for Best Animation at the Sundance Film Festival.

Irish Folk Furniture uses stop-motion animation to breathe life into the disregarded pieces of furniture that frequently lie rotting in Irish barns and sheds, showing the process of renovating them and returning them to the homes they once inhabited. The short is directed by Tony Donoghue and produced by Cathal Black under the IFB ‘Frameworks’ animated short film scheme.

Commenting on the win James Hickey, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board Chief  Executive said, ‘Sundance is one of the most prestigious and competitive film festivals in North America. Tony is a very talented filmmaker and we are delighted to see him receive the international recognition he deserves for his short film. We look forward to working with him in the future as he develops his career further.’

Read an exclusive interview with Tony Donoghue here plus the short in full is available here during Sundance