The short documentary Forty Foot, about the swimmers in Sandycove (awarded Best Irish Short Documentary and the Audience Award at Stranger Than Fiction 2009), continues its string of competitions at international film festivals. It has been officially selected to compete in three more this month: Seattle, Busan in South Korea, and The-HIFF in Henley-on Thames, UK. Two of the filmmakers, Leticia Agudo and Paul McGrath from production company Whackala, who made the film with Aoibheann O’Sullivan, will attend the Seattle festival thanks to the support of Culture Ireland.
The film has also been selected to represent Ireland in the second edition of Doc-Europa, where one documentary from each of the 27 EU member countries will be showcased in Oporto and Lisbon in the first two weeks of May. Forty Foot was made as part of the International Documentary Challenge in 2009, winning Best Film of the competition at its premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto in May 2009. The film has featured in 12 international film festivals since then.
Leticia Agudo, Paul McGrath and Aoibheann O’Sullivan, the filmmakers behind the short documentary Forty Foot have returned from the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto with two prizes. The film, made in 5 days as part of the International Documentary Challenge, won ‘Best Film’ – the top award – and was also awarded ‘Best Use of Historical Genre’.
In March 2009, 142 filmmakers from 15 different countries entered the Hot Docs International Documentary Challenge, where participants made a short non-fiction film in only 5 days. They were assigned a theme and a choice of two genres on the morning of the 1st day. In the end, only 116 completed the challenge and 13 were chosen as finalists. Their films premiered at the prestigious Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the largest documentary festival and market in North America.
The Irish team was given support from Culture Ireland to attend the event and the group of three from Dublin was awarded the Best Film title, and will also receive a cash prize.
For more information about the film you can visit www.whackala.com
Leticia Agudo, Paul McGrath & Aoibheann O’Sullivan, under the name An Lár, have made the finalists of the International Documentary Challenge 2009 with their short film Forty Foot.
During 5-9 March, 142 filmmakers from 15 countries made 116 short non-fiction films with the assigned theme of ‘Hope and/or Fear’. 13 finalists will screen at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on 9th May, 2009 at 9 pm where the winners will be announced.
Filmed at the 40 Foot swimming spot in Sandycove, the short focuses on the people who have been swimming there for years through snow, gales or sunny mornings. The film sheds light on what happens there every morning and demonstrates that it is much more than just swimming.
To see information posted on the filmmaker’s blog during the process of the project, please click here.