‘Five Day Shelter’ wins in Mons Film Festival

Michael Fitzgerald

The Irish feature film Five Day Shelter has won the top prize in the Compétition du Premier Film Européen, The Best First European Feature Film, at the Mons International Film Festival in Mons Belgium.

One of eleven films selected from all over Europe, Five Day Shelter was awarded the prize of €10,000 at the gala awards ceremony on Friday 25th February. The prize goes towards the creation of a French language version of the film and to help underwrite distribution costs in Belgium

Five Day Shelter follows several characters through an urban landscape over the course of five days. The ragtag band of people often collide but also pass each other by. And sometimes, unknown to themselves, they affect each other’s lives, occasionally happily – more often tragically.

Shot on location in Dundalk County Louth, this film was produced by Liam O’Neill and Villi Ragnarsson, as well as being penned and helmed by first-time director Ger Leonard. Five Day Shelter’s ensemble cast includes John Lynch, Kate Dickie, Michael Fitzgerald, Marcella Plunkett, Ger Ryan, Stella McCusker, and 10-year-old Emma Tuthill in a first performance as the young Jess.

The film was developed by Paradox Pictures with funding from the Irish Film Board and production finance provided by the IFB Regional Fund, Section 481, Irish Screen Entertainment, and Northern Ireland Screen. Culture Ireland has also assisted with international promotional costs.

The win in Mons follows selection to the Official Competition of the 2010 Rome Film Festival and screenings at the Corona Cork Film Festival and the Belfast Film Festival.

The 27th Mons International Film Festival ran from the 18–25 February 2011. The festival’s international programme included a short series of specially selected Irish films – Alicia Duffy’s All Good Children, Jordan Scott’s Cracks, Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins and Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot.

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‘FIVE DAY SHELTER’ SELECTED FOR ROME FILM FESTIVAL

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The debut feature film Five Day Shelter by Ger Leonard has been selected for the Official Competition of the Rome International Film Festival.  One of only 16 films selected for the competition, Five Day Shelter follows several characters through an urban landscape over the course of five days.

Produced by Liam O’Neill of Paradox Pictures (former chairman of Filmbase) and Northern Ireland’s RedRay Films, and penned and helmed by director Ger Leonard, Five Day Shelter’s ensemble cast includes John Lynch (Stephen), Kate Dickie (Jean), Michael Fitzgerald (Nick), Marcella Plunkett (Alison), Ger Ryan (Jackie), Stella McCusker (Margaret), and 10-year-old Emma Tuthill in a compelling first performance as the young Jess.

The film was shot by well known cinematographer Tim Fleming best known for the successful, Once. Five Day Shelter was shot on location in Dundalk County Louth.

Developed by Paradox Pictures with funding from the Irish Film Board; the production finance was provided by The Irish Film Board and the IFB Regional Fund, Section 481, Irish Screen Entertainment and Northern Ireland Screen.

The screening in Rome will be followed closely by a screening at the Corona Cork Film Festival in early November 2010. For more information on the Rome International Film Festival visit www.romacinemafest.it

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