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Winners Announced for RTÉ & Galway Film Centre Short Film Commission
22 Jun 2017 : Katie McNeice
'Acorn' still
This year’s team is composed of writer Jonathan Hughes, whose script ‘Mother’ will be directed by the IFTA-nominated Natasha Waugh (Terminal) and produced by Sharon Cronin (Lily).

A budget of just under €15,000 has been awarded to the project, with Hughes’ script initially shortlisted alongside both Siobhan Donnellan and Sean Clancy last April.

Directors and producers were interviewed last May on their approach to the scripts, informing the final selection process and the announced team.

The winners were chosen from a panel which included Dearbhla Walsh (Penny Dreadful) and Paddy Breathnach, with both RTÉ and the Galway Film Centre complementing the standard of applications throughout the selection process.

David Crean, RTÉ:
“We were very impressed with the standard of applicants this year. The calibre of the directors in particular was really strong with some really talented people at the early stages of their career with already some extremely accomplished short films under their belts. What was particularly strong this year was the intellectual rigour that all the directors applied to the story and their approach to getting at the essence of the script was really impressive. We look forward to seeing the results.”

Declan Gibbons, Manager, Galway Film Centre:
“We had a great process this year. From nearly ninety script submissions we whittled it down to three very strong scripts and sent them out to directors and producers to come back and pitch for one of them. Jonathan Hughes’ Mother came through as the winner which is a really funny script. Natasha Waugh really impressed the interview panel with her pitch and interpretation of the story and then the talented Sharon Cronin came through as the producer. It’s only the second year of us selecting like this and so we’re delighted to have arrived at such a great team.”

Jonathan Hughes
A screenwriter currently based in Cork working on the new ‘The Young Offenders’ TV series for BBC Three and RTÉ. He has recently completed a full time MA course in Script Writing at Goldsmiths University Of London; where he received a scholarship to study. He completed his BA(Hons) in Film & TV Production from the National Film School of Ireland at IADT, Dun Laoghaire. He served as a production co-ordinator and script supervisor on Peter Foott’s smash hit feature “The Young Offenders”; alongside his work as a Development Officer for Vico Films. For his writing, Jonathan was awarded Best Screenplay at Waterford Film Festival in 2014 for his short project, The Wake. In 2016, Jonathan produced two films for Goldsmiths University of London, winning a best screenplay award for his work on graduation film “See You In Hell“. In July 2016 he won the Filmbase/RTE Short Shots funding award for his script ‘Acorn’, with a score recorded by the RTÉ National Concert Orchestra, the film will premiere at the upcoming Galway Film Fleadh 2017.

Natasha Waugh
She co-founded Fight Back Films in 2013, and has, to date, directed four short films (Food Fight, Running Commentary, Lag, and Terminal) and co-directed (The Betrayal) with filmmaker Kamila Dydyna. Her most recent short film, Terminal, inspired by the women affected by the 8th amendment, won Best Short Film at Indie Cork 2016, and Director’s Choice Short Film at the 2017 Irish Film Festival, Boston. It has received other nominations for Best Short Film at the Dublin Feminist Film Festival, Irish Film Festival London, and played in competition at Manchester International Film Festival 2017. Terminal picked up other prestigious nominations for Best Short film at the 37th London Film Critics’ Circle Awards, and at the 2017 Irish Film & Television Academy Awards (IFTA). Natasha has also received a nomination for Best Short Film Script by the Writer’s Guild of Ireland, at this year’s Zebbie Awards. In April 2017, Natasha collaborated with Julie Ryan, producer of The Young Offenders, on a pilot for a new series for RTÉ. Natasha directed the pilot and was involved extensively in the development of its screenplay.

Sharon Cronin
An award winning film producer and produced. Her first feature film, ‘Poison Pen’ was written by Eoin Colfer in 2014. It premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh and went on the screen at over 20 international film festivals. It has screened to an international audience on UTV and is currently available on Amazon Prime. In 2016, she produced the award winning LGBT short drama ‘Lily’ which was awarded the Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Film at the Galway Film Fleadh 2016 and Best Short Film at Dublin International Film Festival 2017 and Santa Fe Film Festival. It also received a nomination for Best Short at the 2017 Irish Film and Television Award. Sharon latest short film ‘Acorn’ was funded by the RTÉ/Filmbase Short Shots scheme will premiere at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh. Sharon also works as a production coordinator on feature films, has spent 7 years working for the Cork Film Festival and holds an MSc in Digital Feature Filmmaking.




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