Short Film News: Rockmount Wins Audience Award as IFB Funded Shorts Screen at Festivals Across The Globe

Posted October 17, 2014 by Suzanne Murray in News

October has been a busy month for Irish short films with plenty of short animations, documentaries and live action films screening at film festivals throughout Ireland and across the globe.

ROCKMOUNT picked up the Audience Award at the Kerry Film Festival earlier this month.  The film written and directed by Dave Tynan and produced by Michael Donnelly for MDV tells the story of 11 year old Roy Keane as he aims to get onto the first team at his football club Rockmount AFC.

Another film to screen at the Kerry festival was the animated short DEADLY.  DEADLY tells the story of Boney, a working stiff who doesn’t care about his job until he has a run- in with a spirited old lady named Bridie.  Directed and written by Aidan McAteer and produced by Shannon George for Kavaleer Productions it features the voices of Oscar winner Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) and Peter Coonan (The Guarantee).  The film also screened at the prestigious International Fantastic Film Festival in Sitges earlier this month.

Another short animation making its mark at international festivals is Cartoon Saloon’s SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE which will screen at the LA Indie Film Festival this weekend and the SPARK CG Animation Festival in Vancouver next week.   In this moving short a man’s life, loves and losses are shown through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car.  It was written and directed by Julien Regnard and produced by Jonathan Clarke.

CEÁD GRÁ will screen at the Clones Film Festival next week.  The Irish language live action short depicts the trials and tribulations of love and friendship and sees two best friends work it out as they set off on a quest in pursuit of their first crush. Directed by Brian Deane and written by Matthew Roche, this heart-warming film was produced by Eamonn Cleary of TW Films.

Finally a number of films will screen at this weekend’s Indie Cork festival including the Reality Bites documentary short SEVENTH SON, the Framework animation CODA and the Signature shorts SOPHIE AT THE RACES and PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.

SEVENTH SON is directed by Narayan Van Maele and produced by Nodlag Houlihan for Zucca films.  The documentary delves into the mysterious powers of the seventh son, known since ancient times to possess hidden magical abilities and a special affinity with the natural world.

In SOPHIE AT THE RACES we join Sophie as she journeys to the races on a promise from her troubled mother Hariette that she will meet her father for the first time.  Written and directed by Alan Friel, this touching drama was produced by Fiona Kinsella for Jumper Productions.

Written by Muirinn Lane Kelly PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT sees Fintan’s already fragile relationship with his youngest daughter put to the test with the arrival of some unexpected news.  Directed by Tom Sullivan this touching drama was produced by Alan Keane for Hot Drop Films.

The award-winning animation CODA directed by Alan Holly tells the story of a lost soul who stumbles drunkenly through the city. In a park, death finds him and shows him many things.  This nine-minute, hand-drawn animated film is voiced by Brian Gleeson (Standby, The Stag, Love/Hate) and Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind that Shakes the Barley).

All the films were produced through the Irish Film Board funded short film schemes.