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29 Oct 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Cast and crew of Soulmates which won the audience award in the 48 Hour Short Film Challenge at Clones
The Clones Film Festival and Richard Harris International Film Festival both announce winners and Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Room’ wins another award at the New Orleans Film Festival.

Clones Film Festival wraps for another year and announces winners

The Clones Film Festival wrapped for another year on Sunday 25 October with the annual Francie Awards taking place on the final night.

In addition to screening many acclaimed short films such as Oscar nominated and BAFTA-winning ‘Boogaloo and Graham’, Clones also screened many highly regarded international films such as 'Force Majeure', 'Marshland', 'The Tribe' and ‘The 'Salt of the Earth'. Other films included ‘Under Milk Wood’, ‘Skeffy’ and ‘Baby(a)lone’.

Winners at the Francie Awards include ‘Noise’, a neo-noir thriller, which won the Jury award in the 48-hour Short Film Challenge. The short was directed by Conor Dowling, produced by Conor Hogan with Penny Grey serving as DoP.

Short film ‘Soulmates’ won the Audience Award in the 48 Hour Short Film Challenge. The film was directed by Dave Thorpe, written and edited by Kevin Bennett and produced by Mairead Traynor with Paddy O’Connor serving as Camera Operator.

‘A Beautiful Death’, directed by Patrick McDermott, won Best Short in the Documentary category on the night while the winner of the Best Short in the Fiction / Experimental category was ‘Love is a Sting’ by Vincent Gallagher.

Check out www.clonesfilmfestival.com for more information.

Richard Harris International Film Festival announce winners

The Richard Harris International Film Festival also wrapped on October 25th.

RHIFF strongly believe that the Irish film-making Diaspora should be encouraged to showcase their work in Ireland. They are currently the only Film Festival in Ireland which specifically encourages Irish Filmmakers abroad to return and showcase their work.

As an international film festival, they have categories open to non-Irish film-makers and welcome entries from all over the world.

This year’s festival winners include composer Patrick Cassidy (‘Calvary’) who was honoured with the RHIFF Outstanding Talent Award which was presented to him by Minister Frances Fitzgerald. Cassidy has previously been nominated for two IFTA Awards and two World Soundtrack Awards.

Monologue Competition Winner was Kristine O’Brien while the Image Competition winner was Charlotte Lee.

In the Short Film categories, the Midwest Short Film Competition Award winner was ‘The Climb’, directed by Eimear O’Grady. Vincent Gallagher’s ‘Love Is A Sting’ won the National/International Audience Award while ‘Woman of the House’ won the Newport Beach Film Competition Audience Award. The film is directed by Aidan Gibson and will now be eligible for the Newport Beach Film Festival Irish Spotlight 2016.

For more information on the Richard Harris International Film Festival, go to www.richardharrisfilmfestival.com.

‘Room’ wins New Orleans International Film Festival Audience Award

Irish film ‘Room’ has continued its’ festival season success by nabbing another award – the audience award at the New Orleans Film Festival.

The film has so far won the coveted People’s Choice Award at Toronto (long seen as a significant primer in the Oscar race) as well as awards at Mill Valley, Calgary, The Hamptons and Vancouver.

The film had a hugely successful opening weekend at the US Box-Office earlier this month where it was the top performing film in terms of per screen average (with an impressive $30,000 average per screen).

‘Room’ is produced by Element Pictures and No Trace Camping with funding from the Irish Film Board and is told through the eyes of a five year old who is held captive in a room along with his mother. The film stars Brie Larson, William H. Macy and Jacob Tremblay.

‘Room’ is directed by Lenny Abrahamson with Emma Donoghue adapting the screenplay from her own novel. The film was post-produced at Screen Scene in Dublin with Outer Limits (formerly EMC) working on Picture finishing. The creative team includes Abrahamson’s regular collaborators, editor Nathan Nugent (‘Frank’) and composer Stephen Rennicks (also ‘Frank’).

‘Room’ was released in the US on October 16 through A24 and will be released in Ireland & the UK on January 15.




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