15th Chicago Irish Film Festival
Award Winners…

2014 CONSULATE OF IRELAND AWARD

 STORY BUD? Jenny Keogh

THE AUDIENCE AWARD

1ST PLACE HANNAH COHEN’S HOLY COMMUNION Shimmy Marcus

2nd PLACE VOLKSWAGEN JOE Brian Deane

3rd PLACE WASTED  Kathy Brady

HONORABLE MENTION BRIDGE STATION Christopher Brennan

THE FESTIVAL AWARD

1ST PLACE THE MISSING SCARF Eoin Duffy

2ND PLACE BLEEDIN’ RAPID Etain McGuckian

3RD PLACE SCRATCH Phillip Kelly

HONORABLE MENTION DANGER OVERHEAD POWERLINES Mia Mullarkey

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This year’s Consulate of Ireland Award winner STORY BUD? directed by Jenny Keogh is a delightful and informative lesson in Irish slang sure to be used in classrooms for years to come. When presenting the award Aidan Cronin, The Consul General of Chicago, noted that although the slang was spot on for many living in Ireland the filmmaker should consider a new production based solely on slang words with Cork heritage for which presumably she would also win the award again as the consul general is from Cork! We see a visual dictionary in the works and there are a number of regions in the US that could use a slang primer with the Windy City kicking off with “da Bears” and “da Mare!

Beautifully directed by Shimmy Marcus  with an amazing performance by Lucy Sky Dunne HANNAH COHEN’S HOLY COMMUNION  was the run away winner for the Audience Award. The heart warming story of a young girl who wants to “have the best day ever” just like her friend and the lesson she learns about friends, family and faith.

This year’s Festival Award winners closely resembled  the popular vote with THE MISSING SCARF directed by Eoin Duffy chosen for its achievements not only in animation but a script that seamlessly melded eye popping colors and graphics with droll observations on human frailties and the fate of the universe.

There are so many reasons to applaud this year’s award recipients for their talents in cinematography, writing and editing, but most importantly for the over all quality of their films. For 15 years we have been amazed by short film in all its variations from the 30 second blink and you miss it “Short Shorts” producing quick laughs and gasps to the mini novels of 30 minute shorts that often tell powerful stories of struggle, endurance and triumph. This year’s collection of short films was all that and more proving that the desire to make films is as strong and diverse as the audiences’ passion for seeing these films. We truly wish we could give an award to all the filmmakers whose films were presented in this year’s program, they certainly deserve it. Congratulations to all and thank you.


Mere Thanks…..

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We could never fully express our gratitude to our sponsors, but THANK YOU! Your support of the festival allows us to reach for the stars and put them on the screen. Thank you to Tullamore Dew, The University of Chicago Office of Alumni Relations, Brooklyn Brewery, 3 Sheeps Beer and Under the Milky Way and to our many individual supporters that have helped in so many ways for 15 years….. Go raibh maith agat


New Irish Cinema from iTunes in the U.S. and Canada…

Looking to see more Irish films after the festival? Discover a slice of new Irish cinema through a special selection brought to you on iTunes by UNDER THE MILKY WAY  to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2014. Starting March 10th, the following four films will be presented in a dedicated St. Patrick’s section of the iTunes store.

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GOOD VIBRATIONS: Enjoy the musical spirit of this BAFTA nominated biopic and dive into the worn-torn 1970″s Belfast. “Richard Dormer’s performance is a transcendent, anarchic, amazing joy. If you love music, movies or being alive, you’ll love Good Vibrations” Bono (U2)

BLACK ICE: Set in the world of clandestine road racing in rural Donegal, this action film follows Jimmy Devlin, played by Love/Hate’s Killian Scott, who dreams of breaking into the legitimate rally driving scene. “A well -shot, thought provoking drama featuring excellent performances.” RTE Guide

THE HARDY BUCKS MOVIE: A bunch of lovable slackers leave the confines of small-town Irish life and head across Europe in support of the Irish football team. Things take an unexpected turn after an unscheduled stop-off in Amsterdam. “The Irish Hangover…laugh-out-loud funny.” The Irish Daily Mail

KING OF THE TRAVELERS: John Paul Moorehouse is on a destructive quest to uncover the truth about his father’s killer. His desire for revenge is swayed when he falls for Winnie Power, the daughter of the man he suspects killed his father. “Genuinely engrossing action…A Gaelic Godfather.” Variety

 

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