Hold On Tight

The Irish short documentary Hold On Tight will be screening at 3 major festivals inCalifornia over the coming days. First off is Frameline, the world’s largest lesbian, gay and transgender film festival inSan Francisco, where the film will be showing in the historic Castro theatre The Roxie. The film will also be screening in the acclaimed Palm Springs Shortfest and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Hold on Tight is also nominated for a Human Rights award at the ICCL Film Festival. The shortlist will be the subject of an exclusive Gala Awards screening at the Light House Cinema on the evening of 28th June 2012, where the Jury will announce the winning film.

Winner of last year’s Absolut Gaze Filmmaker Award, this film was also supported by Irish Film Board and Filmbase. Directed by Anna Rodgers, and produced by Zlata Filipovic for Crossing The Line Productions, with cinematography by Sundance award winner Kate McCullough.

The film delves into the public and private spaces of several lesbian and gay couples inIreland, and examines how the public displays of affection are not always the simplest choice for same sex couples. The film was filmed inDublin, Athy and Blessington, and features couples of differing ages.

Hold On Tight has had a big success on the Irish and international film festival circuit, screening in over 20 festivals, including Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Byron Bay International Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival and at IRIS Prize Festival where it received a Highly Commended accolade.

Offers of distribution are currently being finalized with Peccadillo Pictures forUKandIrelanddistribution, and Frameline Voices for theUSandCanadadistribution. The film was also screened on PBS in Northern California this month, and has been used as advocacy piece with a human rights organisation inBosnia and Herzegovinawhere LGBT rights are severely undermined.

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Gemma Creagh is a writer, filmmaker and journalist. In 2014 she graduated with a First from NUIG’s MA Writing programme. Gemma’s play Spoiling Sunset was staged in Galway as part of the Jerome Hynes One Act Play series in 2014. Gemma was one of eight playwrights selected for AboutFACE’s 2021 Transatlantic Tales and is presently developing a play with the Axis Theatre and with the support of the Arts Council. She has been commissioned to submit a play by Voyeur Theatre to potentially be performed in Summer 2023 as part of the local arts festival. Gemma was the writer and co-producer of the five-part comedy Rental Boys for RTÉ’s Storyland. She has gone on to write, direct and produce shorts which screened at festivals around the world. She was commissioned to direct the short film, After You, by Filmbase and TBCT. Gemma has penned articles for magazines, industry websites and national newspapers, she’s the assistant editor for Film Ireland and she contributes reviews to RTE Radio One’s Arena on occasion.

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