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Irish horror short nominated for Munich's Deadline Award & selected for Berlin's "British Shorts" festival
03 Jan 2013 : By Gearóid Gilmore
Prodigal Son was shot over four days in ten locations across Dublin city and it also marks CJ Scuffins’ first foray into film.
Prodigal Son, the first release from Irish production company Story Factory, has been nominated for the Deadline Award to be presented at the 14th Landshuter KurzFilmFestival in Munich, which will run from the 13th until the 18th of March in 2013.

'Prodigal Son', the first release from Irish production company Story Factory, has been nominated for the Deadline Award to be presented at the 14th Landshuter KurzFilmFestival in Munich, which will run from the 13th until the 18th of March in 2013. Deadline is a German film magazine and the award is for an outstanding Horror, Mystery, Fantasy or Thriller Short Film.

In addition, 'Prodigal Son' was officially selected for Berlin's prestigious "British Shorts" Film Festival, which this year has been expanded to include Irish entries. The film screens on Jan 12th 2013. And to further add to the festival news, the film was selected for the 9th Dam Short Film Festival in Nevada, USA. The film screens on Feb 6th 2013 as part of the International Stories programme.

Written and Directed by Dublin playwright CJ Scuffins, 'Prodigal Son' tells the story of gangster's son Joe, who is brought back from the dead by mysterious corporation Prodigal Inc. after an untimely death. But Joe's mother Eileen instantly recognizes that her son is no longer himself. Once a brutal enforcer, he's now a lost boy, afraid of his own shadow. While Joe's father Denny forces his son to face off against psychotic teenage assassin The Boy, Eileen plots an even more sinister solution. The film's stylistic influences include the comic books of Alan Moore, early Coen Brothers films such as ‘Miller's Crossing’, and the dreamlike shooting style of David Lynch and Lynne Ramsey. Andrei Tarkovsky's guilt ridden spiritual questers and horse obsession (!) were also key reference points.

Prodigal Son was shot over four days in ten locations across Dublin city and it also marks CJ Scuffins’ first foray into film. Producer Eilis Mernagh funded the film by raising several thousand Euro via film loving contacts on Facebook.

Its cast includes actor Ryan Andrews ('The Pool', 'The Clinic', 'Fair City'), who recently won a Best Actor Award at the 'New York's Buffalo Screams Film Festival', Padraig Murray ('The Guards', 'The Clinic') and US TV actor Mark Schrier ('Murder', 'Sex and the City').

Award-winning cinematographer Piers McGrai ('The Silver Bow', 'You're Only What I See Sometimes') shot the film on Red Camera One and award winning soundtrack artist Louise Heaney ('Tufty', 'Prinessa') scored the film.

As well as this, due to the film’s success at festivals in America and Europe in the past year, CJ has revealed that he is now releasing a feature-length version with writing partner Chris Kinsella.

The newest short from Story Factory, 'The Blow-Ins', premiered at the Corona Film Festival in November of last year.

For more information, visit:

http://storyfactoryireland.com/, http://www.prodigalson.ie

http://www.flickr.com/photos/storyfactoryireland/collections/



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