The producer, who also wrote the script, will bring the project, Live In Colour, and join producers from all over Europe at the co-production forum.
The forum is designed to foster partnerships between European production companies, funders, broadcasters and emerging filmmakers for short film projects. It will run from February 4th – 9th, including pitching sessions, one-to-one business meetings and facilitated networking for producers and participants.
While the project, Live In Colour , won the Irish heat, it didn’t make the final European shortlist, but the writer/producer was still invited over to be Ireland’s representative and seek funding out of competition.
16 short film projects are chosen each year, with 68 films already completed in the last seven years. A further 32 co-productions have arisen as a direct result of producers networking at the event.
Julian Regnard ‘s film, produced by Jonathan Clarke, examines a man’s life, loves and losses through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car. It was produced by the Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon’s Kilkenny studio using a combination of 3D and 2D animation techniques.
The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival is the world’s leading film festival dedicated to short films. It is held annually in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and is the second largest film festival in France, after Cannes, in terms of audience and professional attendance, boasting over 100,000 attendees annually, since 1995.
Produced by Academy Award®-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon, Somewhere Down the Line was directed by Julien Regnard and examines a man’s life, loves and losses which are shown through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car. The film will be screening under the International Competition section of the festival.
The film was produced under the Frameworks short-film scheme, which is co-financed by the IFB, RTÉ and the Arts Council. At the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh the film received a special mention in the Best Animation Sequence in a Short Film category. It also screened at the Cork Film Festival in November.
Screening times for Somewhere Down the Line at the Clermont Ferrand festival are as follows:
The festival, which takes place in the city of Clermont-Ferrand, France, is regarded as the world’s leading film festival dedicated to short films. It is France’s second-largest film festival in terms of attendance, coming only after Cannes.
Written and directed by Cronin, the film tells the story of estranged brothers Michael and Peter. Once a year the brothers make a reluctant pilgrimage to the old fairground where their friend Sam went missing three decades ago. Things take a turn this year though as Michael has a secret to confess.
Ghost Train is a cleverly-crafted subtle chiller with a heart that has a team behind it – from the writing and direction through to the visual construction , design and sound – that screams “feature”. The cast is made up of Owen McDonnell and Steve Wall as the two adult brothers who come together to deal with the trauma of their past youthful deeds, which are acted out in flashback by Sean Gormley, Matthew Dillon and Matthew Broe with strong natural performances.
Lee explains how the beginning of the project was “off the back of a really weird dream I had about my best mate when I was around 8 years old. We were wandering through an abandoned cottage and in one of the rooms there was a withered old woman on the wall, like those low quality effigies you would see inside Ghost Trains in the 1980s. She wasn’t so low quality when she suddenly came to life with a slow turn of her head and guttural cackle. She scared me awake and all I could think about was this childhood friend I hadn’t seen in so so long. I wondered how he was, what his life was like? Although the film we made is very different to this slice of REM, it holds onto some of those feelings and themes, so I guess that’s were it all began. I blame late night cheese and bad TV.
“Once I had a script, I was really lucky to get the opportunity to pitch the project to a bunch of European producers and funders at an event called Euro-Connection. The pitch went well and we ended up getting a Finnish producer and funding from the Finnish Film Foundation – It’s never that straight forward but that was the outcome! With this and the awesome support we were shown by The Irish Film Board from the very beginning it put us in a position to go out and make the film. We shot at Halloween in 2012 which somehow added to its atmosphere. From there it took about 7 months in post, there are quite a few VFX shots which were done in Finland, mainly over Skype, so the process was challenging but really rewarding in the end.”
With the film set to screen at Clermont, Lee is delighted that Ghost Train is in the International Competition. “To me it means the film is been taken seriously for the human story at its centreas well as for the fantastical elements that are all part of its tapestry. Myself and the core team on the film knew from the start we didn’t just want a film with some cool visual effects and no substance and I think getting onto the programme in Clermont shows we made some decent decisions along the way.
“The thing that means most to me though is that the film will play in front of some big audiences, so it will be great to see how people respond to the film and will hopefully act as a launchpad for more festival screenings around the world.”
Oonagh Kearney, a filmmaker from Cork and currently based in London, has been nominated by IndieCork as the Irish representative in the Euro-Connection Forum taking place at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in February. IndieCork is the ‘Irish Desk’ for this European co-production forum, where one filmmaker from each of the EU countries is invited to pitch for funding and seek European partners for their short film projects.
Oonagh will be pitching on February 4th, her new project Foul Play, a short dance film, which follows her previous creative dance film The Wake.
Mick Hannigan of IndieCork said: “Clermont-Ferrand is the Cannes of short film, and Euro-Connection is a wonderful opportunity for an emerging talent to realize the possibility of making their next film. We believe that Oonagh Kearney is a rising star, making imaginative and engaging films. We admire her work greatly and wish Oonagh every success at Euro-Connection. I look forward to attending the pitching session and helping to represent Oonagh’s project at every level”.
Lorcan Finnegan’s short film FOXEShas been selected for the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival next month.
The short tells the tale of a young couple trapped in a remote estate of empty houses and shrieking foxes are beckoned from their isolation into a twilight world, a world of the paranormal or perhaps insanity. It was written by Garret Shanley and produced by Brunella Cocchiglia for Lovely Productions as part of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board’s Signatures scheme. Lorcan previously directed the Virtual Cinema short Invention of the Lightbulb and the Short Short Changes.
FOXES had its world premiere at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas last year and it also picked up an IFTA for Best Short and was officially selected for the Tribeca Film Festival.
The Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival is one of the most important short film festivals and markets in the world and is extremely hard to get into with thousands of applications each year. Last year over 3000 delegates attended the festival.
Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board will have a presence at the festival and will be involved in the Irish stand promoting Irish short films at the market.
Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival will take place 1st – 9th February.