Dublin based screenwriter Fergal Rock (On Our Way, Henry & Sunny) was named a semifinalist in this year’s Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition with his screenplay Calvin & Skye. Fergal’s script was one of 146 semifinalists selected from 7,251 entries. The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Up to five $35,000 Fellowships are awarded annually. Previous winners include Destin Cretton (Short Term 12) in 2010.
A comic drama Calvin & Skye is a character driven story that charts an unlikely friendship between a hypochondriac and a terminally ill teenager. Praised by the competition for its “rich and complex storyline” the script has subsequently attracted interest from Literary Managers and Production Companies in the US.
Calvin & Skye previously won the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 2011, as well as being named a semi-finalist in Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest (top 27 screenplays) the same year.
Fergal Rock, a Dublin-based writer/director (Henry & Sunny, Tom Waits Made Me Cry) has been named a semi-finalist in Francis Ford Coppola’s 9th annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest with his screenplay Calvin & Skye. The finalists and semi-finalists, chosen from over 2,500 screenplays, were announced this morning (01/02/12) on the Zoetrope website.
In 2011, Calvin & Skye received the BlueCat Fellini International Screenwriting Award from screenwriter and BlueCat founder Gordy Hoffman (Love Liza). (http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/past-winners-finalists/)
Calvin & Skye charts the unlikely friendship between hypochondriac Calvin and terminally-ill teenager Skye. Comic and poignant, it is a feel good tale in the vein of Harold and Maude and Lars and the Real Girl.
Dublin-based writer Fergal Rock has been named a finalist in this year’s BlueCat International Fellini Screenwriting Awards with his feature script Calvin & Skye. Rock’s screenplay was one of 42 finalists chosen from 1600 submissions with five winners will be announced on 15th May 2011.
Founded in 1998 by screenwriter Gordy Hoffman the aim of the BlueCat Screenwriting Competition is to develop and celebrate the undiscovered screenwriter. The competition provides written script analysis to every writer for every script entered. BlueCat finalists also receive online promotion and the top scripts are suggested to the best of the industry. The competition is based in Hollywood, L.A.
Calvin & Skye charts the unlikely friendship between hypochondriac Calvin and terminally ill teenager, Skye. The script marks Rock’s first foray into the world of international screenwriting contests. He is currently seeking development funding for his proposed feature script, Sanctuary.
Rock is also the writer/director of the award-winning short Henry & Sunny, which earned him a nomination for Best Director at the Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood. The film has screened at numerous festivals across Europe and the US and last month was voted Short Film of the Day by American website, Film School Rejects. Henry & Sunny is viewable at http://vimeo.com/13745998
Irish short film Henry & Sunny screens at the Boston Irish Film Festival on Saturday, March 26 in the Sommerville Theatre. The screening, part of the New Irish Shorts Program, takes place at 12pm. Voted one of the 20 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker magazine, the Boston Irish Film Festival runs from 24-27 March.
Written & directed by Fergal Rock and produced by Orla Russell-Conway, Henry & Sunny has screened at numerous festivals across Europe and America. The film received nominations in the Best Director (Fergal Rock) and Best Actress (Dorothy Cotter) categories at the Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood last summer while Director of Photography Orla Russell-Conway was awarded the prize for Best Cinematography at the Underground Cinema Awards last September.
Starring Paulo Braganca and Dorothy Cotter, Henry & Sunny is a melancholic love story about an unemployed clown and a famous soap opera actress.
More details are available on the film’s blog:
Henry & Sunny, a short film written and directed by Fergal Rock and produced by Orla Russell Conway, will be screened at two international festivals. The Irish short has been invited to participate in the Feel Good Short Film Competition, at Hollywood’s prestigious Egyptian Theatre. The festival showcases ‘films with happy endings, that make audiences laugh, and that capture the beauty of our world’ and takes place 13–15 August.
Henry & Sunny has also been officially selected for competition at Porto 7 – Festival Internacional de Curtas-metragens do Porto. This takes place in Portugal from 16–20 June and promotes the production and exhibition of short films, music videos and cultural exchanges between different nationalities participating in artistic forms of expression.
With Paulo Braganca and Dorothy Cotter starring Henry & Sunny tells the bittersweet tale of Henry, an unemployed clown, in love with the famous soap opera actress, Sunny Carmichael.
Closer to home, the film will be screened as part of the Underground Cinema
Roadshow which opens in Fermoy, Co. Cork on 4th July.
More information about Henry & Sunny check out the blog at www.henryandsunny.blogspot.com
Writer/director Fergal Rock’s short Henry & Sunny has already screened at the Flat Lake Literary & Arts Festival and Clones Film Festival and has also screened at the We the Peoples Film Festival in London, which took place on 19th November 2009 and from 23–30 November 2009. The festival, now in its fourth year, strives to raise the profile of the United Nations by promoting its aims and work in development, security and human rights to new and existing audiences by inspiring and educating them through film. http://www.wethepeoples.org.uk/
Henry & Sunny is set in a time of unprecedented economic depression, mass unemployment and civil unrest, in which one group has borne the brunt of society’s scorn – the clowns. The film tells the bittersweet tale of Henry, an unemployed clown, in love with the famous soap opera actress, Sunny Carmichael.
The film’s official blog can be visited here: http://henryandsunny.blogspot.com/