‘Solaria’ screens at International Sci-fi film festival

Solaria, an Irish sci-fi short film, is set to make its North American debut when it screens at the International Sci-fi film festival due to be held in Phoenix, Arizona. The film was shot on-location in Dundalk, Co. Louth as part of a graduate project from students studying Video & Film’ at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Directed by mature student John Hoey, Solaria centres on Alex Russell, a geneticist on-board the Solaria Research station. Alex has devoted his life to test subject Rachel, a comatose woman who is immune to the ageing process. After been contacted by Earth, he is informed that his research is coming to an end. Battling against the clock and diminishing resources, Alex has one last chance to save Rachel.

Commenting on the news, Director John Hoey said. ‘It’s terrific news that Solaria has been accepted for such a major festival. It’s important that this film continues to reach new audiences and we hope for continued success with Solaria.’ Solaria recently won the Audience award at the Film DeVour film festival in Belfast and has been screened at other major national film festivals.

The International Sci-Fi film festival takes place from the 29th March – April 5th and it enjoys staggering crowds of over 22,000 each year, ensuring that Solaria will receive a large viewership. The festival is dedicated to showing the best horror and sci-fi films from across the globe.

For more information, check out www.solariashortfilm.com

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Production News: 'Solaria'

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Principal photography has just wrapped on a new Irish short Solaria which was shot on location in Dundalk, Co. Louth in the past few weeks. The final touches are currently being put to this film from students from Dundalk Institute of technology which stars Northern Ireland actor Richard Sherwood and Polish born actress Daria Kalista.

The film is to premiere at the Fís Exhibition which will take place on the 1st -3rd of June in the newly refurbished Carroll Building in DkIT. Directed by mature student John Hoey, Solaria centres on Alex Russell, a geneticist on-board the Solaria Research station. Alex has devoted his life to test subject Rachel, a comatose woman who is immune to the ageing process. After been contacted by Earth, he is informed that his research is coming to an end.

Produced by Craig Broughton, the film was shot using the Canon 550D camera by Darren O’Connor and Rossa O’Dowd will take charge of the post-production.

The short film was part of practice-based-research project which investigated DSLR filmmaking in Ireland. The film will screen as part of the Fís Exhibition where a large number of other projects produced by students from the School of informatics and Creative media will also be on show.

For more information, check out www.solariashortfilm.com

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