Short Film News: ‘The Last Days of Peter Bergmann’ wins in Melbourne while ‘Ledge End of Phil’ is officially selected for Encounters

Posted August 11, 2014 by Suzanne Murray in News
Last Days of Peter Bergmann, The (1)
Last Days of Peter Bergmann, The (1)

It’s been a great start to the week with the news that the short documentary ‘The Last Days of Peter Bergmann’ has won the Best Documentary Short Film Award at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), the largest film festival in the southern hemisphere.  This is the second time the film has attained Oscar® eligibility through winning at an accredited international film festival.

The film’s director Ciaran Cassidy, said “We are honoured with the win in Melbourne and thrilled that it is connecting with an audience so far away from home. It’s a testament to the work of the team and everyone involved in making the film.”

The film which was produced by Morgan Bushe for Fastnet Films follows a man who arrived in Sligo in the summer of 2009.  Over his final three days, he would go to great lengths to ensure no one would ever discover who he was or where he came from.  Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Film Festival it has gone on to win the Audience Award at Stranger than Fiction, the Grand Jury Prize at Nashville Film Festival and the IFTA for Best Short Film.

Meanwhile the short animation ‘The Ledge End of Phil (from Accounting)’ has been officially selected to screen at the Encounters Short Film Festival next month.  The festival has become known as the UK’s leading short film and animation festival and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Written and directed by Paul Ó Muiris and produced by Pearse Cullinane for Cartoon Saloon it tells the story of Phil, who becomes stuck outside looking in and he is forced to face the world he has been ignoring. He must take a leap of faith or be trapped forever.

Both films were funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) through the Reality Bites and Frameworks schemes with ‘The Ledge End of Phil’ also being funded by RTÉ and the Arts Council.

Watch the trailer for Bergmann here :