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Ireland selected as Focus country for Torino Short Film Market
31 Oct 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Focus Scannán na hÉireann at the Torino Short Film Market
The Torino Short Film Market has announced that this year’s edition will celebrate the Irish film industry with the Focus Scannán na hÉireann in Italy.

Supported by Culture Ireland, the Embassy of Ireland to Italy and Screen Ireland, the Focus is curated by the Galway Film Fleadh and will see a large delegation including institutional representatives, film producers, distributors and filmmakers attending the market in full activity.

The Focus Scannán na hÉireann will take place on Thursday, November 21st, starting from 3:00 pm with the screening of the programme Gearrscannáin (Irish Shorts) curated by Eibh Collins and Miriam Allen for the Galway Film Fleadh.

Speaking about the Irish Focus, Galway Film Fleadh shorts programmer Eibh Collins said: 

“It is an honour that Ireland has been picked as the Guest Country for the 4th Torino Short Film Market. This market has quickly become one of the key industry events in the international short-film calendar, and for them to highlight Ireland for this event is just so exciting. The Fleadh has been working closely with Jacopo, Carla and the TSFM team for over a year on building this relationship, so we cannot wait to visit Torino and exhibit some of the amazing talent out county is producing.”

A panel entitled Green Shoots will follow at 5:30 pm, around the topic “Why Ireland?” - discussing how this small country has rooted itself in the heart of the wider European market, focusing on Irish production highlights, examining its stunning location possibilities, film funding opportunities and its rich festival circuit both at home and in the wider diaspora.

The panel will be introduced by Susanna Pellis of Irish Film Festa with contributions from the Fleadh Chief Executive Miriam Allen and Short Film Programmer Eibh Collins, Jennifer Smyth (Screen Ireland), Derry O’Brien (Network Ireland Television), Mick Hannigan (IndieCork) and Tristan Heanue (actor, filmmaker, and producer). A networking reception offered by the Embassy of Ireland to Italy at 6:30 pm, with food and drinks inspired by Irish traditions, will close the day bringing together all the invited professionals and market participants to talk business in a pleasant and informal environment.

A rerun of the market screening will take place on Friday, November the 22nd at 6:45 pm while a selection of the best Irish shorts of the year provided by Screen Ireland will remain available on the Video Library for the professional attendees until May, 2020.

Also in attendance will be: Ronan Cassidy, Paul Webster (Producer and Director of The Vasectomy Doctor), Fiona Kinsella (Producer of Something Doesn’t Feel Right by Fergal Costello), Claire Mc Cabe, Riognhnach Ní Ghrioghair (Producer and Director of Break US) and Lara Hickey, Jack Hickey (Producer and Director of Cynthia).

Gearrscannáin – Irish Shorts, 92’

This diverse programme of Animation, Documentary and Fiction/Live-Action films will give a quick taste of the best in Irish filmmaking craft, skill and humour.

  • November 21st, 1:00 pm, Sala Musica
  • November 22nd, 6:45 pm, Sala Musica

– Abe’s Story by Adam H Stewart, 2019, 12′
– Break US by Riognhnach Ní Ghrioghair, 2019, 9’
– Cynthia by Lara Hickey, 2019, 17’
– Hydebank by Ross McClean, 2019, 15′
– Silence by Tristan Heanue, 2019, 12′
– Something Doesn’t Feel Right by Fiona Kinsella, 2019, 10’
– Streets of Fury by Aidan McAteer, 2019, 4’
– The Vasectomy Doctor by Paul Webster, 2018, 11’




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