Ciné Gael Montréal Evening of Award Winning Irish Short Films – 2008


BADLY DRAWN ROY | BUSKERS
| TEETH | EVERYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY MUST
FAREWELL PACKETS OF TEN | DING DONG DENNY O'REILLY'S HISTORY OF IRELAND
PULLIN’ THE DEVIL BY THE TAIL | THE SOUND OF PEOPLE

 

1) BUSKERS (14’), Writer/Director: Ian Power

Synopsis: Buskers is the story of Packo, a young Dubliner, and Milos, a Romanian immigrant, who battle to secure a space to beg at a Dublin train station. After a comical battle of fists and of wits, of sly tricks and hard blows, the boys find a truly special friendship in their common love of music.

2) BADLY DRAWN ROY (23’), Director: Alan Shannon

  • Boston Irish Film Festival: Best Short Film - Winner
  • Galway Film Fleah: Best Animation Film – 2nd prize
  • Irish Film and Television Awards – Nomination
  • Digital Media Awards - Nomination

Synopsis: Set in a present day working class suburb of Dublin, we meet Roy, Ireland’s only living animated character, who was born in 1972 into an ordinary ‘live action’ family. This fly on the wall documentary film allows us exclusive access into Roy’s life where we learn of the prejudices he must overcome on a daily basis.

3) PULLIN’ THE DEVIL BY THE TAIL (6’ 20’’), Writer/Director: Stephen McCollum

  • Best British Animation - Edinburgh Film Festival
  • Best Director Award for Animation - Cork Film Festival

Synopsis: What happens when an Irish Folk-Punk band meet the devil after killing his goat late on a Friday night? The band must play a good song otherwise they will burn in "the eternal ditches of Hell".

4) TEETH (2’), Directors: John Kennedy and Ruairi O’Brien, Producer: Noreen Donohoe

  • Public's choice Award, Short Escape - Bruxelles
  • Grand Prix “Cocotte Minute” - Brest Film Festival
  • Sapporo Film Festival, Japan - Best Very Short Film
  • Tiernan Mcbride Award For Best Irish Short - Galway Film Fleadh
  • Very Best Of The Fest Shorts’ Selection - Britspotting Munich
  • Festival Award - Chicago Irish Film Festival

Synopsis: A short “last laugh” tale of two old friends, their teeth and a series of events that leaves them lost for words.

5) EVERYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY MUST (20’), Writer: Colum McCann, Director: Gary McKendry

Synopsis: A British soldier in Ireland becomes involved in the accidental killing of a mother and her child, then helps save a drowning horse.

6) DING DONG DENNY O'REILLY'S HISTORY OF IRELAND, Director: Cathal Gaffney, Writer: Paul Woodfull

  • Best Animation,
  • Irish Film and Television Awards 2008 – Nomination
  • Best Digital Film, Digital Media Awards 2008 - Winner
  • Grand Prix Award, Digital Media Awards 2008 – Winner

Synopsis: A tourist walks into a Dublin pub looking for directions and encounters Ding Dong Denny O'Reilly at the bar who insists on telling him the "real" history of Ireland over a number of pints. From the Normans to the Famine to 1916 and the sex shops of O'Connell Street, we hear Ding Dong's delusional take of events that shaped our nation.

7) FAREWELL PACKETS OF TEN (3’), Producer: Andrew Freedman, Director: Ken Wardrop

  • Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2008
  • Winner - Best Documentary Short - Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival 2007

Synopsis: Two ladies discuss the pros and cons of their addictions to the dreaded weed.

8) THE SOUND OF PEOPLE (7’30’’), Writer/Director: Simon Fitzmaurice, Producer: Noreen Donohoe

  • Official Selection International Dramatic Shorts, Sundance Film Festival 2008
  • Commendation - Foyle Film Festival 2007

Synopsis: The story of a moment in the life of an eighteen year old boy, standing on the brink of his life and death.



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