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Europe Day at Filmbase 2010

Europe Day

Europe Day

Sunday 9th May 2010

On the European Screen: Irish Films that have made an impact in Europe!

In May 2010, Filmbase screened a selection of short films by Irish filmmakers that have won recognition at European level.

There were three screenings of the selected films below at 12 noon, 2pm and 3.30pm in the Basement Space at Filmbase. Each screening lasted approximately 1 hour and 15 mins.

Thank you to all of the filmmakers for their permission to screen these films and to the Irish Film Archive at the IFI and Temple Bar Cultural Trust for their help.



If I Should Fall Behind

2009 | live action drama | 15 mins
Written and directed by Morgan Bushe
Produced by Rory Dungan
Tilted Pictures / Fastnet Films

Kicking off the selection is the Filmbase/RTÉ funded short film If I Should Fall Behind. This short recently won the Best Short Drama award at this year’s Celtic Media Festival and continues to be selected for festivals on the international circuit. It has already screened at a number of festivals, including the BFI London Film Festival, and was nominated for an IFTA earlier this year in the Short Film category. The film stars Paul Roe, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Brendan Conroy and Shane Murray Corcoran. The film was funded through the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Award scheme and received print support from the Irish Film Board.

The Herd

2008 | documentary | 5 mins
Written and directed by Ken Wardrop
Produced by Andrew Freedman
Venom Film

The Irish short documentary The Herd, directed by Ken Wardrop and produced by Andrew Freedman, is yet another award-winning documentary from the filmmaking team at Venom Film. Ken and Andrew have made numerous short films which have been selected to screen at festivals throughout the world picking up numerous prizes along the way. No expection to this, The Herd picked up the Prix UIP award at the Sarajevo Film Festival and has screened at numerous international festivals including The Hamburg International Short Film Festival and the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto. The film was also nominated in the Best Short Film category for the prestigious European Film Awards 2009.

The Unusual Inventions of Henry Cavendish

2005 | live action drama | 17 mins
Directed by Andrew Legge
Written by Andrew Legge (scenario by Herbert Carlson).
Produced by Katie Lincoln

The Unusual Inventions of Henry Cavendish, the first short by Andrew Legge, is a tale of a young inventor and his time machine. The film seamlessly combines scenes of Dublin shot in 1897 with new material shot on a clockwork 16mm Russian ‘Krasnogorsk’ camera. It was funded through the Filmbase/RTÉ short film awards and has received numerous festival screenings and accolades including winning Best Short Film and Best First Time Director at the 2007 Celtic Film and Television Festival (now Celtic Media Festival). Andrew is also currently one of six filmmakers chosen from a group of 170 applicants participating in the 19th edition of the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation Residence.

The Door

2009 | Live action drama | 17 mins
Written and directed by Juanita Wilson
Produced by Louise Curran and James Flynn
Octagon Films

Writer/director Juanita Wilson filmed with a small team in Pripyat, a deserted city in Ukraine next to Chernobyl, to make the story of one family’s experience of the 1986 nuclear disaster. As well as receiving a nomination for Best Live Action Short Film at this year’s Academy Awards®, The Door has also picked up awards at Bilbao International Film Festival, the World OFF Film Awards, Poland and the Sarajevo Film Festival. It has also screened at countless others including Munich, Edinburgh, Telluride, Cork and Foyle. The Door was funded through the Irish Film Board/RTÉ Short Cuts scheme.

Please Say Something

2009 | animation | 10 mins
By David O’Reilly

Please Say Something is a 10 minute animated short concerning a troubled relationship between a Cat and Mouse set in the distant Future. The final film was completed in January 2009 and contains 23 episodes of exactly 25 seconds each. The film won the Golden Bear for best short at the 2009 Berlinale, the Cartoon D’or and several other awards. In 2010 it was given a distinction of cultural significance by the German ratings agency FBW (Prädikat Besonderes Wertvoll).