Indieflix Acquires Irish Horror Short ‘Prodigal Son’


US distribution company Indieflix has acquired Prodigal Son — the multiple award-winning horror short from Dublin writer-director CJ Scuffins — for worldwide distribution.


Indieflix enables subscribers to stream award-winning independent films online and over a range of platforms including Xbox, iTunes, Roku, and Hulu.


Scuffins said: ‘The Indieflix sales team were genuinely enthusiastic about Prodigal, which was the main consideration for us. The distribution model is exciting, too. It delivers indie film to audiences in a really convenient and cutting edge way, via consoles and multiple devices.’


He added: ‘I also like that Indieflix have just acquired Stanley Kubrick’s first colour film, The Seafarer. It’s amazing to be in the same catalogue as one of my directing heroes. I’m not sure what Stanley would make of it, though.’


Scuffins will soon be rubbing shoulders with distinguished Irish and UK filmmakers as one of the emerging directors selected for this year’s Irish Film Board’s Catalyst mentorship programme. ‘The line-up of mentors in November and December includes Jim Sheridan and Lenny Abrahamson, amongst other stellar filmmakers. I can’t wait to get started.’


It’s already shaping up to be a busy 2014 for Story Factory, the production company founded by Scuffins and actor-producer wife, Jill Sartini. The pair are preparing for the debut production of their activist comedy, ‘Altered State’, at the New Theatre in Dublin in February.


In addition, Story Factory’s latest short, the acclaimed adventure comedy The Blow-Ins, is already booked to tour at numerous film events and festivals in the UK and mainland Europe in 2014.



European Award Recognition for Irish Shorts: ‘Prodigal Son’ & ‘The Blow-Ins’

CJ Scuffins (Writer-Director, Prodigal Son) & Avril Brady (Actress, Welcome to the Majority) – PIC: Kenny Martin

Prodigal Son, the multiple award winning horror short from Dublin filmmaker CJ Scuffins, last week won Best Short Film at the 5th YFIFF International Film Festival in Belfast, UK. CJ said, ‘We really feel honoured to win here. The festival has a reputation for being welcoming and inclusive with fantastic international films. We found that to be true. I’d warmly recommend it to other filmmakers.’

Scuffins’ newest film, The Blow-Ins, was nominated for Best Short Film at the  Van d’Or Awards for Independent Film 2013. The awards are the brainchild of the iconic Cannes In a Van film tour, who screen independent movies, including BAFTA winners and Oscar nominees, at international festivals such as Cannes and Venice. The Ford-sponsored event will be held in London’s creative hub, Brick Lane, on 19th Sept. Film critic Barry Norman hosted the 2012 event.

The family adventure comedy was also selected for the Cannes in a Van: Film in Transit Tour 2014, giving the film promotion and coverage via organised screenings, festivals and other film events events.

The Blow-Ins‘ surf rock soundtrack was nominated for Best Original Film Score award at the prestigious ISFMF film music festival in Zagreb. The film score was written and performed by John B Murphy and Richard Jolly (with additional writing/vocals from actress Jill Sartini). Artistic Director Ozren K  Glaser said: ‘The Blow-Ins has great music. I’m happy it got on our list.’

The European film music festival, which honours Clint Eastwood and Ryuichi Sakamoto with lifetime achievement awards, will take place Oct 23-26 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia.

Finally, Scuffins was celebrating the release of his microshort animation ‘Referee‘ with Zubox TV, the animation house founded by former executives from Disney, BBC and ITV, and CoFilmic, the Manchester-based comedy development company. CoFilmic Founder Janet Harrison said: ‘CJ’s short made me laugh even though I’m not a footie fan which shows it has broad appeal.’

Prodigal Son and The Blow-Ins are being distributed on the festival circuit by Story Factory, Ireland.


‘Prodigal Son’ nominated for 2013 Deadline Award in Munich

Clara Kavanagh (The Girl) in Prodigal Son

Irish horror short Prodigal Son has been nominated for the prestigious Deadline Award to be presented at the 14th Landshuter KurzFilm Festival in Munich from 13th-18th March 2013. German film magazine Deadline sponsor the award for an outstanding Horror, Mystery, Fantasy or Thriller Short Film. The prize money is 1000 Euro.

Also in Germany, Prodigal Son was officially selected for Berlin’s 2013 “British Shorts” Film Festival, which this year has been expanded to include Irish entries. The film screens on Jan 12th 2013.

Further afield, the film was selected for the 9th Dam Short Film Festival in Nevada, USA. The film screens on Feb 6th 2013 as part of the International Stories programme.

Prodigal Son was written and directed by CJ Scuffins for Dublin production company, Story Factory. The film stars Ryan Andrews (Frankie, The Pool, Fair City) and Jill Sartini (The Blow-Ins). Ryan recently won a Best Actor award at New York’s Buffalo Screams Film Festival.


US Horror Festivals Welcome ‘Prodigal Son’

Clara Kavanagh (The Girl) and Sean Conroy (The Boy)

Irish director CJ Scuffins’ award-winning short film Prodigal Son has been selected to screen at three US horror festivals this coming October and November. This Halloween season will see the horror drama screen at New York’s Buffalo Screams, Boston’s Killer Film Fest, and Atlanta’s HorrorQuest.

The news follows on the heels the film’s appearance last weekend at the 7th Budapest International Short Film Festival. Prodigal Son comes home to Dublin this Saturday, 15th September with a screening at the Underground Cinema Film Festival in Dun Laoighaire

Prodigal Son was made by Scuffins’ Dublin production company Story Factory and won the best horror/sci-fi film at Cork’s Dare Media International Short Film Festival in August.

More success arrived for Scuffins and Story Factory yesterday when his newest short film, adventure comedy The Blow-Ins, was officially selected for the 57th Corona Cork Film Festival.

Writer-director Scuffins adapts his screenplays from short stories. His newest story, Chips, was shortlisted for the prestigious Irish Times/Powers literary prize in 2012 and will be published by the Times’ in their short story anthology, What Truly Matters, on 9th October. He is currently adapting a version of the story for the screen.

More details of Prodigal Son and The Blow-Ins can be found at


‘The Blow-Ins’ Wraps in West Cork

Victor Feldman (Arthur Egan)

Victor Feldman (Arthur Egan)

Dublin and Cork film collective, Story Factory, has completed principal photography on its second independent short film, The Blow-Ins.

The film was written for the screen and directed by CJ Scuffins. CJ’s first short, Prodigal Son, makes its film festival debut at the Washington DC International Horror Festival on 16th October.

The Blow-Ins’ cast was led by Dermot Ward (Pure Mule), Mark Shrier (Sex and the City) and Jill Sartini (Prodigal Son). Talented 10 year-old Ellen Phelan played Hailey and ‘Young Lorraine’.

Ellen Phelan (Hailey)

Ellen Phelan (Hailey)

DP Ian D Murphy shot the film on the RED camera. Ian trained at the National Film School in Łódź, one of Europe’s most prestigious film academies. He is Creative Director of Cork production house, AV3, the team behind RTE’s Animal Rescue and The Enforcer.

The film’s genre is supernatural adventure. The story concerns a sea-rescue volunteer who happens upon a ‘ghost boat’ on her first mayday mission. The film’s lead character, Lorraine Egan (Jill Sartini), is a rockabilly from inner-city Dublin. The look of the film meshes her love for urban ’50s/’60s Americana with the beautiful West Cork landscape.

Cork producer Raymond McSweeney raised the bulk of The Blow-Ins’ budget via private investment, and continues to work on funding opportunities for the film’s distribution to the international film festival market.

The film’s rescue scenes were shot on the sea surrounding West Cork. Land locations included the picturesque villages of Courtmacsherry and Kilbrittain. The latter is home to the ultimate West Cork blow-in – the 66ft skeleton of the fin whale that beached in 2007.

The Blow-Ins is currently in post-production and is scheduled for release at the turn of the year.

Director CJ Scuffins

Director CJ Scuffins


'Prodigal Son' Screens

Prodigal Son

The urban western short film,Prodigal Son, a Facebook-funded collaboration between director CJ Scuffins and his 16-year-old writer-actress daughter, Clara, will have its first screening this weekend. The film stars Ryan Andrews of Fair City in a breakout role.

Director CJ Scuffins and his 16-year-old daughter Clara screen their Facebook-funded short film for its virtual executive producers on Saturday, November 20 at 12.30pm in the Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin.

After the screening, Prodigal Son will be sent to festivals in Ireland and abroad.


'Prodigal Son'

Prodigal Son

Urban Western Prodigal Son has just wrapped after a four-day shoot in Dublin city. Its cast includes actor Ryan Andrews (The Pool, The Clinic, Fair City), Padraig Murray (The Guards, The Clinic) and US TV actor Mark Schrier (‘Murder’, Sex and the City). Written and directed by playwright CJ Scuffins, Prodigal Son is his debut film.

Prodigal Son tells the story of gangster’s son Joe, who is brought back from the dead by mysterious corporation Prodigal Inc after an untimely death. But Joe’s mother Eileen instantly recognizes that her son is no longer himself. Once a brutal enforcer, he’s now a lost boy, afraid of his own shadow. While Joe’s father Denny forces his son to face off against psychotic teenage assassin The Boy, Eileen plots an even more sinister solution.

Prodigal Son was shot over four days (8–11 April 2010) in Finglas, Smithfield, St Stephen’s Green and Grand Canal Dock.

The film was produced by Hotel Darklight writer Eilis Mernagh and shot by award-winning cinematographer Piers McGrail (The Silver Bow, You’re Only What I See Sometimes).

Currently in post-production, Prodigal Son will be ready for festivals, both in Ireland and elsewhere, in May 2010.