Northern Ireland Screen funded short film, The Shore, written, directed and produced by Belfast native Terry George, is among the final 10 live action short films which will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. It will be joined by Peter McDonald’s short film Pentecost
Academy Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. One hundred and seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.
The Shore, which filmed entirely in Northern Ireland on location in Killough last year, is the story of an Irish exile (Ciaran Hinds) who fled to America 25 years ago to escape Belfast’s violence and is now bringing his grown-up daughter back to meet his childhood friends.
Speaking about his return to Northern Ireland Terry George said: ‘I felt for quite a while it was a gap in my career that I hadn’t actually filmed in my homeland, and it was the best experience I’ve ever had. Film in Northern Ireland has really ramped up. It has a strong infrastructure now, and the government and the community seem to be in favour of it. They aren’t jaded about people shooting on their streets.’