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).
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.
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.
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
Filmbase / RTE presents a Warrior Films production
Written and Directed by Jason Butler & Brendan Butler
What if you knew where your Teddy Bear really came from?
(Not suitable for young children)
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