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Ship of Souls awarded 2020 Kerry Short Film Bursary
14 May 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Kerry Short Film Bursary
The Kerry Short Film Bursary 2020, worth €10,000 towards the production of a short film, has been awarded to Writer/ Director, Jean Pasley, & Producer, Greg Burrowes, for their project Ship of Souls. The announcement was made by Siobhan O'Sullivan, Kerry Film Officer with Kerry ETB, & Kerry County Council Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly, whose office funds the bursary.

This project was selected from a competitive field of sixty applications. Ship of Souls was previously shortlisted in Kerry in 2019 and benefitted from a script development award. The screenplay is a fascinating look at the interplay of different cultures when a Japanese woman arrives in Kerry to grieve her deceased husband with his family.

Jean Pasley lived for many years in Japan and the inspiration for the short film “Ship of Souls” came from her fascination with ‘Obon’ the annual Buddhist festival of the dead that she witnessed there. It is believed that each year during Obon, deceased spirits revisit this world in order to visit their relatives. Traditionally, lanterns are hung outside houses, food offerings are made at altars and graves are visited before the spirits are ceremonially guided back to their own world.

Jean is an experienced writer and has directed two short films Serial Numbers and To the Mountains. She wrote, directed and co-produced the documentary Ordinary Worries: The Bosnian Community in Ireland and co-wrote the 2019 feature film Dead Happy.

Greg Burrowes is a producer based in Co. Clare. He has worked in the film industry for the past four years as a location sound recordist & has been producing content since 2016. He has experience working in the corporate area where he has produced content for private companies and academic clients and is looking forward to branching out into the world of film production.

The Kerry Short Film Bursary, funded by Kerry County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland aims to develop the filmmaking sector in County Kerry. In awarding the bursary, Arts Officer at Kerry County Council, Kate Kennelly focused on the importance of supporting film making in the county and noted that “Kerry is an ideal filmmaking location with a wealth of interesting locations and local filmmaking services available”. CEO of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, emphasised that “supporting filmmakers who want to locate their productions in Kerry is something that Kerry County Council is keen to continue to do”.

Mayor of Kerry, Niall Kelliher, sees this bursary as “an integral part of building the film sector in the county,” while Kerry Film Development Officer, Siobhan O’Sullivan is delighted to “see investment in the film sector in Kerry, something we need to further build on to fully exploit the huge potential for filmmaking that exists in the county.”   

The Kerry Short Film Bursary is funded by Kerry County Council and The Arts Council and supported by Kerry ETB.




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