Short Films ROCKMOUNT and DEADLY Pick Up Awards at the Galway Film Fleadh

Posted July 14, 2014 by Suzanne Murray in News

Two short films funded by the Irish Film Board and promoted by Wildcard Distribution picked up awards at this weekend’s Galway Film Fleadh.

The live action short ROCKMOUNT written and directed by Dave Tynan picked up the Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama while DEADLY, the animated short directed by Aidan McAteer was awarded the Don Quijote Award for Animation in a Short Film.

In total nine new live action and animation shorts funded by the IFB had their world premiere on Saturday.  Wildcard will now promote these shorts over the coming year at film festivals across the globe and on the Wildcard website.

Here is a little more about each of the films:

ROCKMOUNT tells the story of eleven year old Roy Keane as he aims to get onto the first team at his football club Rockmount AFC. The live action short was produced by Michael Donnelly for MDV.

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, the main characters in this animation are voiced by Oscar-winner Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot, Veronica Guerin) and Peter Coonan (King of the Travellers, Get Up and Go).

CUTTING GRASS written and directed by Ruairí O’Brien and John Kennedy introduces us to a young inner-city boy, Donal, during a hot summer, as he is trying his hand at cutting lawns for pocket money. Business is not good, however when he meets Gerry his luck changes and events take a dramatic turn.  The film was produced by Laura McNicholas for 925 Productions Ltd.

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 moving 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.

CEÁD GRÁ 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.

RINCE presents a glimpse into the lives of a family of Irish dancers. While preparing a hearty family meal, the mother brings to light their competitive edge. Produced by Clodagh Ní Bhric, this foot tapping short film was written and directed by Medb Johnstone.

In SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE a man’s life, loves and losses are shown through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car.  This moving animation was written and directed by Julien Regnard and produced by Jonathan Clarke for Cartoon Saloon.
Set in the Unseen University of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, THE DUEL, directed by Alex Sherwood, Ben Harper and Sean Mullen tells the story of two wizards who “duel” in the efforts to get a book. Produced by the Animation Hub the animation is a collaboration between the Irish School of Animation at Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Irish company Giant Animation Studios.