Clones Film Festival 2012

PIC: Siobhan Perry, winner of the Francie Award for best short documentary Off The Boardbeing presented her award by judge Ciara Nic Chormaic and Cathy Sheerin from CFF – congratulations Siobhan…

(Photo by E.T. Hamill Photography, Clones)

The 11th Clones Film Festival (25–28 October 2012, Clones)


The eleventh Clones Film Festival was officially opened by Monaghan actress Aoibhinn Mc Ginnity on Thursday night in the Lennard Arms Hotel and provided a terrific weekend’s entertainment for natives and visitors alike. Local drumming group The Exhausted Farmers welcomed punters to a wine and nibbles reception followed by the screenings of Trouble Times Three and The Begrudgers, which won respectively third and first in the RTE Storyland competition. The films brought the house down with laughter and set the tone for an evening of good humoured fun as folks boogied the night away to music from The Shuckdodgers in the festival club.


Friday night had a sporting theme this year, and featured a screening of cycling documentary The road to Roubaix. This was followed by an extended Q&A discussion with Daily Star cycling columnist Gerard Cromwell and cyclist Philip Lavery as local cycling enthusiasts got stuck into events and controversies past and present in the sporting world, before adjourning to the Lennard Arms lounge for a drink and the chill out sounds of hobo funk from The People.


The festival featured the usual mix of foreign language and critically acclaimed Irish films, both feature and documentary, which were well received by audiences. High on the list of “must sees” was The Ballad of Honky Mc Swaine, directed by Kevin Allen and written by Pat McCabe and Kevin Allen, and featuring a large ensemble cast and a brilliantly original soundtrack . The film was shot largely on location in Scotshouse and played to a packed house on both Friday and Saturday night. The festival also included a great kids’ programme, with Ghostbusters proving a popular  classic, and The Lorax drawing a capacity crowd of excited youngsters (and some oldsters as well!)



What Richard Did was shown on Saturday night and proved very popular, playing to a full house in the Cinemobile which as usual had pitched up on the Diamond for the festival weekend. The film, which follows the story of Richard Karlsen, privileged golden boy of his south Dublin set whose life seems perfect until one evening when he does something that shatters the lives of those he loves most, was followed by a thoughtful and thought provoking Q&A with the scriptwriter Malcolm Campbell. The music on Saturday was provided by festival favourites Hacienda. who rocked the festival club and had everyone shaking their stuff til the wee small hours!

PIC: Padraig Conaty, winner of the jury prize in the 48 hour short film challenge for his short Autumn Elegy, being presented with The Francie by jury member Darragh Byrne – well done Padraig

(Photo by E.T. Hamill Photography, Clones)

Closing night of the festival featured the “Francie Awards” and again proved to be very popular. The awards, beautifully sculpted by local artist Jason Crowley were presented to Siobhán Perry for her documentary Off The Board, a mesmeric meditation on the world of diving, and to Lorcan Finnegan in the experimental / fiction category for Foxes, a very modern piece set on a ghost estate where a young couples lives begin to unravel in post boom suburbia.


The 48 hour film challenge produced five stunning shorts this year, and no one envied the judges, Darragh Byrne, Ciara Nic Chormaic and Patrick B McCabe, their job in adjudicating the competition. The winner, the beautifully shot Autumn Elegy by Whinbush productions won the jury award and scooped, albeit by a very narrow margin, the audience award to boot!


Cathy Sheerin, from the Clones Film Festival committee, thanked all the filmmakers for submitting films to the competition, the jury members for their hard work, and of course the sponsors of the festival for making it all happen! Once again the support of the Arts Council, Monaghan County Council, Leader, Clones Credit Union, and Supervalu Clones as well as the numerous small local businesses who continue to sponsor the festival through very difficult financial times has been invaluable and is very much appreciated.

And the winners of The Francies are…… Siobhán Perry for best short documentary Off The Board and Lorcan Finnegan for best short fiction / experimental Foxes. Both the Jury Award and the Audience Award for the best short made during the 48 hour film challenge went to Padraig Conaty for Autum Elegy. All 5 shorts made over the weekend of CFF were stunning and of a very high standard. Thanks to everyone for getting involved in the film challenge and to all the filmmakers who submitted their work. Thanks also to our judges Patrick B Mc Cabe, Ciara Nic Chormaic Darragh Byrne. And a big congratulations to all our winners!

See you all next year hopefully!