Alan Holly’s animated film CODA will screen as part if the festival’s Shorts 2 Program: Animation -Squash and Stretch!
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The film tells the story of a lost soul who stumbles drunkenly through the city. In a park, death finds him and shows him many things.CODA is the culmination of two years of painstaking work by a small team of animation artists and is voiced by Brian Gleeson (How to be Happy, Stag) and Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind that Shakes the Barley).
CODA has been screened around the world winning numerous awards including:
- Audience Choice at SICAF 2014
- Joint Best Animated Film Award Kratkofil Plus 2014
- The Anča Award at Fest Anča 2014
- Most Creative Short Award at The Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2014
- Best Animated Short at SXSW 2014
- The FICC Don Quijote Award
English director Simon Blake’s debut feature, STILL, starring Aidan Gillen, has its North American premier at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival on today at 5:30P.M. @ the AMC : River East. (additional screenings: 10/12 at 5:15 PM and 10/15at 2:30 PM).
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Tom Carver (Gillen Game of Thrones, Calvary) is a man stumbling blindly towards a crossroads in his life, thrown out of focus by the death of his teenage son a year earlier in a car accident. He is a talented photographer whose career has largely been unfulfilled. A chance and seemingly unimportant confrontation between Tom and a fifteen year old boy brings his life and responsibilities to the fore. A battle of wills between Tom and the gang of kids develops, seemingly trivial and childish altercations begin to take a considerable sinister direction. Tom retreats ever inwards as his life starts to unravel, until at last it reaches its painful and shattering climax.
In an recent interview Simon Blake noted that “of all my projects, STILL is the film I am most deeply attached to, the one that refused to go away. Written during a six-month period soon after I had lost my mother but gained a beautiful son. Experiencing first hand a deep sense of grief and yet at the same time the intense love you have for your child – realizing how vulnerable you are as a parent. The themes in STILL of parental responsibility, loss, youth crime, alcoholism and how men deal with failure all seem as pertinent now as they were then. I cannot imagine anything worse than to lose a child, nailed to a future without end. It is that element that tips STILL into the horror genre of films like Don’t Look Now. I wanted to investigate the way grief can imprison you, Tom is utterly blocked and that inertia is the trigger for events to begin to spiral out of control”.
Director Simon Blake and producer Colette Delaney-Smith will attend the screenings on October 11th and October 12th.
Winner of the Best International First Feature Award at the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh the film has been described by audiences as: Hauntingly beautiful * Dark and brilliant * Compelling * The uncomfortable truth about modern urban England * Get Carter for the Noughties
In Competiton: New Directors
The SAN FRANCISCO IRISH FILM FESTIVAL : SEPTEMBER 18th – 20th @ DELANCY STREET THEATRE.
This year’s festival is a 3 day bonanza of great contemporary Irish films that begins with GOOD VIBRATIONS and ends with GOLD stopping for a visit at the IRISH PUB in between. Click here for more info and tickets.
One of the most successful short films of the past year gears up for online release.
‘The Missing Scarf’ experienced a roller-coaster year, clocking up 16 festival wins along with a nomination for the upcoming European Film Awards and we are proud to say an award winner at the 15th Chicago Irish Film Festival.
The project’s most notable triumph came in early 2014 when it secured a place on the Academy Awards’ shortlist. After which the film was selected to participate in the Oscar theatrical release, screening in more than 300 theatres throughout N.America.
The film boasts the voice work of renowned actor, activist and Facebook megastar George Takei, the imaginative animation of director Eoin Duffy and was producer by Jamie Hogan. Eoin and Jamie first approached George with the project in early 2013, he agreed and they recorded him shortly after in his hometown of Hollywood California.
The multi award winning animated comedy is now set for online release. The film will premiere via Shortoftheweek.com on September 29th. #TheMissingScarf – Sep 29
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The Fleadh kicked off last night on a truly high note with festival board president, Kate O’Toole, welcoming Fleadh “floozies” one and all including a Fleadh floozy favorite, Fionnula Flanagan, who’s short film “Fearless” screens Friday. Next up was festival programmer, Gar O’Brien, whose enthusiasm for this year’s slate of films was palatable as he ticked off highlights and premieres, special guests and festival events.
Standing next to him was director John Carney (Once) to start the festival with a screening of his latest film Begin Again starring Kiera Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine which opened in the states a few weeks ago to a very mixed bag of reviews…the consensus of the Fleadh audience would be “go see it” if applause and after screening discussions are anything to go by. And a quick apology for a late night Tweet noting that the soundtrack was downloadable…of course it is, we meant to say it was absolutely worth downloading, the music was wonderful throughout the film.
We also briefly met Joe Caslin, the artist behind this year’s festival program cover image which is part of a project called Our Nation’s Sons, that includes large scale drawings in public places in the hope of kick starting conversations about the needs of young people around the world especially those that have been marginalized by governments and society at large. Melding social issues, politics, public discourse and film isn’t a new concept here at the Fleadh, nor at other Irish film festivals, but it brings an interesting dimension to the program.
Definitely looking forward to Day 2…