Writer Louise Ní Fhiannachta has just returned from Washington where Cured was nominated in the Best Food-Themed Category in this year’s prestigious DC Shorts Film Festival – the largest audience-driven collection of shorts in the US. The festival has been named by MovieMaker Magazine as ‘one of 20 festivals worth an entry fee’ (three years in a row) and ‘one of the leading film festivals’ in the country. After attending the screenings Louise said, ‘I’m thrilled with the audience reaction to Cured, and so proud of the whole team behind the film. The feedback has been amazing. A huge thanks to Culture Ireland for facilitating my attendance.’

Louise Ní Fhiannachta at DCShorts

Louise Ní Fhiannachta (Writer) at the DC Shorts Film Festival

Funded by Filmbase/RTÉ, Cured is a quirky take on a butcher’s struggle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Maggie’s commitment to the cleaver has caused life to pass her by. She clearly fancies one of her regulars – the odd and eccentric Hopper. One evening, when Hopper unexpectedly orders one pork chop instead of his usual two, Maggie suddenly has a shot at love. But will her illness stand in her way?

Featuring Dairíne Ní Dhonnchú and Steve Blount, Cured was directed by Mary Redmond and produced by Laura Ní Cheallaigh. It has already screened at this year’s Dingle Film Festival, Boston Irish Film Festival, Arizona International Film Festival, Bodega Bay International Short Film Festival, and Corona Fastnet Film Festival where it was shortlisted in both the Best of Fest and Best Irish Short categories. After screening at the Galway Film Fleadh it received a Special Mention in the Don Quixote Féderation Internationale du Ciné Club Award. This weekend, it screens at the Williamsburg International Film Festival in New York before it heads to New Zealand in October, where it’s been selected to show at the Canterbury Short Film Festival.


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