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My Name is Emily announced for Discovery Section

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At the Toronto International Film Festival

The distinguished Toronto International Film Festival has just announced their Discovery section and Irish film MY NAME IS EMILY is included in one of 30 features by first and second-time directors from across the globe selected as those to watch and are the future of world cinema.

“Discovery is the place where Festival audiences will find the future of filmmaking,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “You can expect to uncover thrilling new voices, inspiring storytellers and hidden gems among this fantastic showcase of work from some of the most exciting new directors from around the world.”

It is the debut feature film from Simon Fitzmaurice and stars Evanna Lynch, known worldwide for her role as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films in the title role as Emily. Evanna is joined by acclaimed Irish actor Michael Smiley (Kill List, A Field in England) who plays her father Robert and newcomer George Webster plays Arden.

MY NAME IS EMILY is love story between two teens and a road movie. On her 16th birthday, Emily escapes from her foster home and with the help of Arden, the boy who loves her, she sets out to find her father Robert, a visionary writer locked up in a psychiatric institution.

The film is written and directed by Simon Fitzmaurice, who was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (ALS) in 2008. Now totally incapacitated, Simon typed the script and communicated to his cast and crew solely through the movement of his eyes and iris recognition software. The film was shot entirely in Ireland and premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh, where it won the Best Cinematography Award along with Bingham Ray New Talent award for producer Kathryn Kennedy. The film will be making its international premiere in Toronto as part of the Discovery and is the only Irish feature in this section. Both Producers, Lesley McKimm and Kathryn Kennedy will be in attendance for Q&A after the screenings.

Director Simon Fitzmaurice said, “I’m absolutely thrilled that My Name is Emily has been selected by TIFF. It’s means a great deal to me and everyone involved in the making of our film. I’m going to try my best to go to the festival!”

MY NAME IS EMILY is produced by Irish companies Newgrange Pictures and Kennedy Films, the main financier being the Irish Film Board, with other finance from BAI, TV3 and the Irish tax incentive. The film was co-produced with Garagefilm International, Film Väst and Chimney Pot in Sweden and with support from SVT and with Paradox in Norway. The film will be released in Irish cinemas early next year.

Following its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh, New York based Visit Films acquired world rights and will be representing the film in Toronto.