Director Shaun O’ Connor and writer / actor Tadhg Hickey are currently gaining lots of exposure on the American festival circuit, with six of their films screening at two festivals.
At the recent Chicago Irish Film Festival, their short films Mutt, Rint and Uisce Beatha were shown, and Uisce Beatha took home the Third Place Festival Award.
And next weekend, three of their films (Nietzsche No. 5, Rint’ and Uisce Beatha) will also screen at Maine’s biggest annual film event, the Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival, which takes place from the 4th – 7th April.
Their films (all made independently and without funding) have also received no less than three award nominations at the festival:
Uisce Beatha for Best Short Film
Shaun O’ Connor for Best Director (‘Uisce Beatha’) and
Rint for the People’s Choice Award
Shaun will be travelling to the festival to do a Q&A, following the screening of the short films.
Produced by Aideen Wylde, Uisce Beatha has proven to be an audience favourite at festivals. It won the ‘Made In Cork’ award at the Cork Film Festival 2012, and has gone on to receive various screenings, nominations and awards at:
Boston Film Festival 2012
Chicago Irish Film Festival 2013
Healdsburg International Film Festival 2012
San Francisco Irish Film Festival 2012
Kerry Film Festival 2012
Waterford Film Festival 2012
Ford ’8 Minutes’ competition 2012
Dare Media Underground Short Film Festival 2012
Underground Cinema Film Festival 2012
Shaun has just finished post-production on his new short film Rest My Bones, which was made with the financial assistance of the Cork City Council Arts Division.
Tadhg Hickey and Aideen Wylde are currently working on their new play with their theatre production company ‘Cheery Wild’. Tadhg also has a new sitcom script in development.
Shaun and Tadhg’s previous short films are available to watch at: www.shaunoconnor.com