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.
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, has won the prize for Best Animation at the Sundance Film Festival.
Irish Folk Furnitureuses 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.’
Shooting wrapped in the early hours of last Sunday morning on Siobhan Perry’s new documentary The Last Fare. Cast consistis of Rory Mullen (Hunger, The Hit Producer, Portrait of A Zombie) Aenne Barr (The Hit Producer) Eoin Quinn (limp, Portrait of A Zombie, Fair City, The Hit Producer) Laura Canavan (Idir Mna, Lady Mary of Birr) and Micaela Arruda (The Railway Children).
Siobhan has made two award-winning short documentaries. One of which was funded last year through Fundit for her graduate film, Off the Board.
Thomas Heffernon is producing and Sorcha Mackenna is director of photography.
Mankind now has the godlike power of time travel. Unfortunately it’s been discovered by a cocky, young student. When his college professor takes credit for the idea, both men begin using the invention for a small time rivalry.