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Focus Shorts Funding Recipients Announced by Irish Film Board
20 Dec 2016 : Katie McNeice
The IFB have revealed the successful applicants for its Focus Shorts scheme, the final of three new short film funding initiatives announced earlier this year.

Successful applications for the Real Shorts and Short Stories schemes were announced last November. These articles are available below.

The Focus Shorts scheme required filmmakers to submit applications for projects of up to ten minutes in length which featured strong and original storytelling, with visual flair and production values appropriate to the big screen.

‘Cat Calls’ will be written and directed by Kate Dolan (Little Doll) and produced by Aoife Kelly. The film paints a portrait of “…a sexual predator who gets off on intimidating young women but then becomes the victim after choosing to terrorise two women who are also on the hunt.”

Kate Dolan, Writer/Director:
"Our short, Cat Calls, is a revenge horror that was inspired by something that happened to me. Women shouldn’t be afraid to walk the streets at night, and this film is a response to that fear that every woman has. People that intimidate you are often very weak and it’s about finding the strength to say - No, I am not afraid of you. I think the film will resonate with a lot of people, and myself and my producer (Aoife Kelly) are really excited to get started.

The films that have been funded are all really diverse, which is great to see. It’s also brilliant to see the Film Board nurturing young voices that are coming up in the industry and not just seasoned filmmakers. A chance like this for me now means a lot."

‘The Tattoo’ will be be written and directed by Ian Power (The Guarantee) and produced by Eoghan Ryan. According to Ryan, the film tells the story of “…a Holocaust survivor working in a New York funeral home who discovers she is caring for the body of a Nazi SS Officer.”

‘Take Me Swimming’ to be written by Ailbhe Keogan (Run & Jump), directed by Claire Dix (We Are Moving) and produced by Roisin Geraghty.

Ailbhe Keogan, Writer:
“[Take Me Swimming] raises questions we hope we never have to answer in real life, although modern statistics suggest far too many of us will indeed be faced with unbearably difficult choices…[The project] sees a son coming to terms with his mother's dementia in a purposefully thought-provoking way.”

‘Time Traveller’ will be written and directed by Steve Kenny (Coil) and produced by Collie McCarthy. The film follows a “…Back To The Future-obsessed traveller boy as he strives to finish building his own Delorian replica from an old banger and bits of scrap before his family is evicted from their halting site.” Kenny’s film paints a picture about creativity, discrimination and the importance of family.

‘Tomato Can’ will be written and directed by Ciaran Cassidy (The Last Days of Peter Bergmann) and produced by Aoife McGonigal, wherein “…a retired journeyman boxer who has nothing to lose accepts a last-minute offer of a fight.”

IFTN Archive: Real Shorts Funding Recipients Announced by Irish Film Board
IFTN Archive: The Irish Film Board Announces Short Stories Funding Recipients

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