Personal Development to Screen at 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

Posted March 9, 2015 by Conor McDevitt in News

The Irish live action short Personal Development will screen in competition at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival which takes place from the the 15th to the 26th of April. The winner of the Best Narrative Short category at the festival will qualify for consideration for the 2016 Academy Awards.

Directed by Tom Sullivan (‘Asal’, ‘Mechanic’) and written by Muirinn Lane Kelley, the film stars David Murray and Kathleen Breathnach, and follows Fintan, whose already fragile relationship with his youngest daughter is put to the test the arrival of some unexpected news. The short was produced by Alan Keane for Hot Drop Films and funded by the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann.

Speaking to IFTN, producer Alan Keane said: ‘The team involved are very honoured that the International Premiere for our film will be at an A-list Oscar accredited festival such as Tribeca. ‘Personal Development’ is a universal story that explores the relationship between a father and his children after a difficult divorce, which it does with great heart and humour. We hope that New York audiences will connect with the film, ensuring that ‘Personal Development’ will travel around the world showcasing Ireland as a place burgeoning with great filmmaking talent. The Irish cast and crew on this film were a great team to work with and we want to thank them for all the work they have put into making this film.’

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff. The mission of the festival is “to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience.” The Tribeca Film Festival was founded to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.