‘The Missing Scarf’ Nominated for European Film Awards 2014

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Eoin Duffy ‘s animation The Missing Scarf has been nominated for the European Film Awards.

 

The film boasts the voice work of renowned actor George Takei. Director Eoin Duffy and producer Jamie Hogan first approached George with the project in early 2013 and recorded him shortly after in his hometown of Hollywood California.

 

You can watch the film here
Full list of nominations:

Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee
A TOWN CALLED PANIC: THE CHRISTMAS LOG
PANIQUE AU VILLAGE: LA BÛCHE DE NOËL
by Vincent Patar & Stéphane Aubier
Belgium/France 2014, 26’30 min, animation
Venice Short Film Nominee
DAILY BREAD
PAT-LEHEM
by Idan Hubel
Israel 2014, 18 min, fiction
Grimstad Short Film Nominee
DINOLA
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by Mariam Khatchvani
Georgia 2013, 14’38 min, fiction
Sarajevo Short Film Nominee
EMERGENCY CALLS
HÄTÄKUTSU
by Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen
Finland 2013, 15 min, documentary
Cork Short Film Nominee
LITTLE BLOCK OF CEMENT WITH DISHEVELLED HAIR CONTAINING THE SEA
PEQUEÑO BLOQUE DE CEMENTO CON PELO ALBOROTADO CONTENIENDO EL MAR
by Jorge López Navarrete
Spain 2013, 16 min, fiction
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Nominee
PRIDE
directed by Pavel Vesnakov
Bulgaria/Germany 2013, 30 min , fiction
Locarno Short Film Nominee
SHIPWRECK
by Morgan Knibbe
The Netherlands 2014, 15 min, documentary
Drama Short Film Nominee
STILL GOT LIVES_
ICH HAB NOCH AUFERSTEHUNG_
by Jan-Gerrit Seyler
Germany 2013, 23 min, fiction
Krakow Short Film Nominee
SUMMER 2014
LATO 2014
by Wojciech Sobczyk
Poland 2014, 12 min, animation
Berlin Short Film Nominee
TAPROBANA
directed by Gabriel Abrantes
Portugal/Denmark/Sao Tomé and Principe/Sri Lanka 2014, 24 min, fiction
Bristol Short Film Nominee
THE CHICKEN
by Una Gunjak
Germany/Croatia 2014, 15 min, fiction
Rotterdam Short Film Nominee
THE CHIMERA OF M.
by Sebastian Buerkner
UK 2013, 25 min, animation
Valladolid Short Film Nominee
THE MISSING SCARF
by Eoin Duffy
Ireland 2013, 6’35 min, animation
Tampere Short Film Nominee
WALL
FAL
by Simon Szabó
Hungary 2013, 11 min, fiction
Ghent Short Film Nominee
WHALE VALLEY
HVALFJORD
by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Denmark/Iceland 2013, 15 min, fiction

The nominated films will soon be submitted to the over 3,000 EFA Members to elect the winner. The European Short Film 2014 will then be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony in Riga on Saturday, 13 December – streamed live onwww.europeanfilmawards.eu.

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Watch ‘The Missing Scarf’ Online

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One of the year’s most successful short films is now available online. The animated dark-comedy, masquerading as a classic kid-friendly morality-tale, has racked up 16 international awards and landed a place on the Academy Awards shortlist. The film was then selected to participate in the Oscar theatrical release, screening in more than 300 theatres throughout N.America.

 

The film was directed by Eoin Duffy and produced by Jamie Hogan in conjunction with Belly Creative Ltd., The Irish Film Board, RTE and The Arts Council, along with narration by pop culture icon George Takei.

 

Eoin told Film Ireland that “My first short-film, On Departure, and then The Missing Scarf were created back to back. Both were centred around the same event, a recent death in my family. The first was an emotional display of the event; while the second The Missing Scarf dealt with the aftermath. Primarily the seemingly amplification of everyday fears – fear of the unknown, failure, rejection and finally death. The film’s script mirrors my internal debate on the subject, comparing the pros and cons of each, allowing the audience to draw their own conclusions.”

 

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‘The Missing Scarf’ Released Online

The multi award winning animated comedy The Missing Scarf  is set for online release on 29th September .

 

Eoin Duffy ‘s animation The Missing Scarf secured a place on the Academy Awards’ shortlist. After which the film was selected to participate in the Oscar theatrical release, screening in more than 300 theatres throughout N.America.

 

The film boasts the voice work of renowned actor, activist and Facebook megastar George Takei. Director Eoin Duffy and producer Jamie Hogan first approached George with the project in early 2013 and recorded him shortly after in his hometown of Hollywood California.

 

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‘The Missing Scarf’ Wins Grand Prix at 2014 Toronto Animation Arts Festival International

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Eoin Duffy’s short animation The Missing Scarf,  was awarded the Grand Prix at the 2014 Toronto Animation Arts Festival International. In addition, the film also picked up the Audience Choice Award.

 

The film has also been signed to Shorts International and released theatrically as part of the Oscar® Nominated Short Films program. The program opened in over 350 theatres throughout the US and Canada. The Missing Scarf was included as an Oscar® Commended short alongside the 5 nominations.

 

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‘The Missing Scarf’ Wins at Chicago Irish Film Festival

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The 15th Chicago Irish Film Festival has concluded with Eoin Duffy’s The Missing Scarf claiming the top Festival Award, Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion claiming the top Audience Award, and Jenny Keogh’s Story Bud claiming Consulate of Ireland Award.
Festival Director Jude Blackburn said,” The Missing Scarf  won the 1st Place Festival Award at this year’s festival. It was a land slide victory, with many people saying it was in the top 10 of all time (at the festival).”

The full list of Award Winners at the 15th Chicago Irish Film Festival:

2014 CONSULATE OF IRELAND AWARD

STORY BUD? Jenny Keogh

THE AUDIENCE AWARD

1ST PLACE HANNAH COHEN’S HOLY COMMUNION Shimmy Marcus

2nd PLACE VOLKSWAGEN JOE Brian Deane

3rd PLACE WASTED Kathy Brady

HONORABLE MENTION BRIDGE STATION Christopher Brennan

THE FESTIVAL AWARD

1ST PLACE THE MISSING SCARF Eoin Duffy

2ND PLACE BLEEDIN’ RAPID Etain McGuckian

3RD PLACE SCRATCH Phillip Kelly

HONORABLE MENTION DANGER OVERHEAD POWERLINES Mia Mullarkey

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Irish Animation ‘The Missing Scarf’ on Longlist for Academy Award

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Eoin Duffy’s The Missing Scarf has been named as one of ten animated shorts on the longlist for Academy Award consideration after screenings and preliminary rounds of voting held in New York and Los Angeles

Produced by Jamie Hogan of Belly Creative and featuring the voice of Star Trek star George Takei, the film became eligible for Oscar consideration after picking up the James Horgan Award for Best Animation at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh.

Further screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in December to determine the three to five nominees to be drawn from the current ten and put forward for Academy Awards consideration in 2014.

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Galway Film Fleadh: Short Film report

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Mechanic (Tom Sullivan, Feidlim Cannon)

 

Laura Gaynor picks her ten favourite shorts from this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

This year I did what (I think) is known as the shorts marathon. It is an almost self-explanatory term and involves going to all the short films at the Galway Film Fleadh.

One of the reasons I like going to shorts screenings in particular is because of the range of stories told in contrast to just one type of story during a feature. Hence, value for money. However, if you’re a full-time chancer like myself, you might be able to get a free ticket. The cool thing about film festivals is that the people who worked on the film are usually in the cinema. I always find it funny when you settle into a screening and realise afterwards how the lead actor was sitting beside you the whole time. Lastly, the main reason I prefer film festivals is that people applaud after the movies. As small as this sounds, I hate when you go to a regular cinema and no one claps. It feels unnatural to watch a performance and not applaud. Applause concretes the shared experience that is watching movies in the dark. Without further ado, here are my favourite ten shorts – in no particular order:

 

The Beauty Of Ballybrack

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Old Bríd McNamee turns her house into a homestay for Spanish students but when the young divas cannot be tamed, Bríd returns to her witchy ways.

Director: Megan Woods
Producer: Amber Miles

This film was a graduate piece from the National Film School. I really enjoyed last year’s grad films and made a point of checking out their website to see how many would get through this year. The short centres on an old woman living alone in Dublin. Young at heart, she fancies the postman and writes letters to herself in a bid to advance their relationship. Bríd turns her house into a homestay for Spanish students but has ulterior motives. The film was good fun and had a great sense of colour. It was bilingual and was in no uncertain terms: hilarious.

 

Unfold 

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Mark is struggling with an unexpected change in his life when he meets Sara, opening his eyes to a new perspective of the world around him.

Director: Steven Daly
Producer: Oisin O’Driscoll

This was another IADT graduate film, with a clever idea to it. I liked its hook at the beginning with the secretive lead actor. It had great art direction and some nice lighting. The makers of this film left free paper cranes outside the cinema to coincide with one of the main ideas of the film. Who doesn’t like freebies?

 

I Can’t See You Anymore 

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Having woken up from a coma after an accident, psychotherapist Aidan Clifford is forced to confront the consequences of his own actions.

Director: Michael Kinirons
Producer: Ailish Bracken

A very original short about a man who’s dealing with the fallout of a car accident. My favourite part was the conclusion of the film but also the tension created throughout the film with flashbacks. It also had a commendable score and cinematography.

 

The Missing Scarf

(WINNER Best Animation)

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A black comedy exploring some of life’s common fears: fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection and finally death. Narrated by George Takei.

Director: Eoin Duffy
Producer: Jamie Hogan

A brilliantly abstract animation by Vancouver-based animator Eoin Duffy. I mainly liked this one because of its style, characters and script.

 

Alia 

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Alia is an Afghan-Irish girl torn between two lives. When her secret relationship with an Irish boy comes to her sister’s attention, it forces the family to make a decision that could ultimately tear it apart.

Director: Clare Dix
Producer: Nodlag Houlihan

Since most of the films seemed to centre on adults or young children, it was refreshing to see one in there that was about teenagers. I thought this short had a nice understated feel to it. Hat’s go off to the guy who played Alia’s Dad – he was fantastic.

 

Scratch 

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Eoin’s life is turned upside down when an unexpected mix of regulars and strangers turn up during his shift at a local petrol station.

Director: Phillip Kelly
Producers: Dave Leahy, Liam Ryan

Starring a man who said he’d let his face be used as a tee box for a winning lotto ticket, this film easily garnered the loudest response of the Fleadh. During an impossibly boring night shift, a first-time mugger attempts an ill-prepared raid of the shop. Although he has a gun, both the shopkeeper and customer call his bluff to hilarious effect. The actors had a great sense of timing and worked from a well-written script.

 

Curruid 

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In the wilds of Connemara, a mischievous boy discovers a creature from Irish folklore washed up on shore. They embark on a journey that sparks an unlikely friendship.

Director: Adam Kavanagh
Producer: BCFE

A very unusual story, but I loved it. When a Connemara boy meets a Loch-Ness-type creature, they become the best of friends. A beautifully animated short from Ballyfermot College of Further Education.

 

Heart And Hand 

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From its humble roots in the fishing village of the Claddagh, the Claddagh ring has identified the Irishness of its wearer, both living and lost.

Director: Emma-Kate O’Reilly
Producer: Galway Film Centre

Of the short documentaries I saw in the Fleadh, I noticed how lots of them could work from really simple ideas. This film was about a man who sells Claddagh rings – but it explored it in a very interesting way.

 

Rubaí

(WINNER of Best First Short Film) 

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Agus an rang á ullmhú don Chéad Comaoineach, dhiúltaíonn Rúbaí é a dhéanamh, ag maíomh gur ‘atheist’ í.

While the class are preparing for their First Holy Communion Rúbaí refuses to do it, claiming she is an ‘atheist’.

Director: Louise Ní Fhiannachta
Producer: Gemma O’Shaughnessy

The only film to take home both an award and a special mention, this was by all means the best gearscannan of the week. Much of the charm of this film stems from an engaging performance by young Doireann.

 

Mechanic

(WINNER of Best Short Drama)

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A mechanic fixes up an old car and drives into the Dublin Mountains to end his life, but old age catches up with him..

Directors: Tom Sullivan, Feidlim Cannon

Producers: Tom Sullivan, Siun O’Connor, Derek O’Connor

What seemed like an impossibly dark film at first ended up as one of the best plot twists I’ve ever seen. The film itself was very simplistic and didn’t veer from the inside of a car. This was one of the last shorts I saw during the Fleadh and definitely my favourite of the week. I was not surprised to see it take The Tiernan MacBride Award for Best Short Drama.

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