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Filmbase Funded Short Awarded at the Fleadh

The Swing

The Swing Wins Best New Short Award at Galway Film Fleadh

The Swing, the Filmbase/RTE funded short film, has won the Best First Short Drama Award at the 26th Annual Galway Film Fleadh, as well as receiving a Special Mention for the Donal Gilligan Award For Best Cinematography. The Awards were announced on Sunday 13th July at the end of a film festival that once again showcased the best of Irish and international cinema.

The Swing, the first outing by director Damien Dunne, is a coming of age story about two young brothers who find themselves in a perilous situation that kicks up memories of their past.

Produced by Nora Windeck for Highly Stimulating Productions, the film features impressive performances by two young actors Matthew Dillon (The Sea, Ghost Train) and Matthew Burke. It was shot on the Red MX by Eamon Nolan, who received a special mention in the prestigious Donal Gilligan Award For Best Cinematography category. The Jury said, ‘we would like to recognise Eamonn Nolan, whose cinematography powerfully expresses the dramatic tension in The Swing’.

The Swing was chosen from over 300 applicants in second round of the 2012 Filmbase/RTE Short Film Award Scheme.

Other Irish winners at the Fleadh were Gerard Barret’s Glassland and Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day, which were jointly awarded Best Irish Feature, and Frank Berry’s This is Where I Used to Live, which won The Best Irish First Feature Award.