Leap of Faith has been selected to play at Foyle Film Festival on Friday, 24th of November as part of the festivals shorts competition.
Te film will screen alongside Jim Sheridan’s 11th hour, which stars Salma Hayek and Steven Kenny’s Time Traveller, a recipient of the ‘Focus Shorts’ funding initiative from the Irish Film Board.
Leap of Faith recently won the ‘Best Short Fiction / Experimental’ at the Clones Film Festival, ‘Best Irish Short’ at the Dublin International Short and Music Video Festival and was nominated for ‘Best Irish Short Narrative’ at the Kerry Film Festival.
The RTE/Filmbase short Leap of Faith has signed a distribution deal with Network Ireland Television. The news comes on the back of the short winning the IMRO ‘Scoring For Film’ competition, and premiering at the Galway Film Fleadh.
Leap of Faith is written by Dave Thorpe, directed by Mark Smyth and produced by Jonny Farrelly for PIO Media.
Network Ireland Television is one of the world leaders in representing and distributing the cream of worldwide shorts, with past Oscar winners and nominees on their books, such as Stutterer, Boogaloo and Graham, The Shore, The Crush and The Phone Call.
NITV’s Derry O’Brien said; ‘“My colleagues and I saw Leap of Faith when it screened at the Galway Film Fleadh in July. We thought that it was one of the best short films in competition there. We are thrilled to be working with Jonny and Mark and in helping to bring their excellent film to a wider festival and broadcast audience worldwide”.
While Leap of Faith’s producer, Jonny Farrelly, was just as excited, ‘It’s an absolute honour to be taken on by NITV. I had seen Derry do a talk in Belfast last year and taken a lot of notes about what works for distributors. Then having come through Filmbase’s Short Shots, it was always my aim to give Leap of Faith the best possible chance of getting signed with NITV. It’s funny, I can occasionally be a little short-sighted, so this is a nice surprise for myself as to what can happen with a bit of planning and patience!’
Dave Thorpe, writer of ‘Leap of Faith’
One of Filmbase’s ‘Short Shots’ funded projects, Leap of Faith, has been announced as one of the winners of the ‘RTE Scoring For Film Programme’, in association with IMRO.
Beating off tough competition from some of the country’s best shorts, the contemporary sci-fi will now have the score recorded by the RTE Concert Orchestra, this Thursday, June 8th in RTE’s Studio One.
Written by David Thorpe, directed by Mark Smyth and produced by Jonathan Farrelly for PIO Media; it’s the story of, Kelly, a young woman who’s looking for connection in a disconnected world.
As part of the competition, they will also team up with composer Darren Hendley whose previous work includes the Oscar nominated, ‘Give Up Yer Aul Sins’.
The short is currently finishing up its final stages of post-production in Screenscene Post Production House, with a host of award winning talent involved.
The other three ‘Scoring For Film Programme’ winners were Acorn, Inside I’m Racing and the documentary, A Return To War.
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