Irish Shorts January Hymn and A Coat Made Dark Screen at Leeds International Film Festival

Posted November 10, 2015 by Suzanne Murray in News
January Hymn
January Hymn

The Irish short films January Hymn and A Coat Made Dark will screen this week at the Leeds International Film Festival.

A reflection on the intangible experience of grief, January Hymn sees Clara return home for the first anniversary of her father’s death.  Written and directed by Katherine Canty, it was produced by Tanja Harney for January Hymn Productions Ltd and stars Niamh Algar, Ally Ni Chiarain and Aisling McLaughlin.   The live action short which was produced with funding from the Irish Film Board (IFB) through the Signatures scheme, will screen as part of the Without Words:  International Short Film Competition.

A Coat Made Dark will screen as part of the World Animation Award section.  The short is a unique ‘film noir’ style animation in which two burglars strike it rich after stealing a mysterious coat with pockets containing an impossible fortune. So begins this darkly, comic tale in which Midnight, an anthropomorphized dog, and his human servant Peter struggle for power, courtesy of the mysterious coat.  It was written and directed by Jack O’Shea, produced by Damien Byrne for Still Films through the IFB’s Frameworks scheme and features the voices of Hugh O’Conor, Declan Conlon and Antonia Campbell Hughes.

As both short strands at the Leeds festival are Oscar qualifying it means the short films could end up becoming eligible to qualify for Academy Awards.

The Leeds International Film Festival takes place from 5th – 19th November.