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Irish Screendance Filmmakers Win Prestigious International Award

Table Manners_Stopping at Red Lights 2 Image Credit Luca Truffarelli

Short Film Awards

Ingrid Nachstern and Luca Truffarelli (Ireland) havce won a prestigious Award of Recognition at the Accolade Global Film Competition in La Jolla, California, USA for their short film ‘Table Manners/Stopping Red Lights’.

Dublin based dance film producers, Ingrid Nachstern and Luca Truffarelli, have won a prestigious Award of Recognition at the Accolade Global Film Competition in La Jolla, California, USA.

The award was given in the Film Short category for Table Manners/ Stopping at Red Lights, an exciting short dance film, featuring an exceptional cast of Lucia Kickham and Michael Cooney with Ingrid Nachstern, who also directed and choreographed, and Michael Gallen on sound.

‘Filmed in Clonskeagh, Table Manners/Stopping at Red Lights’ is a light-hearted look at public/private behaviour. Every one wears a ‘public’ mask. Prompted by the story of a man several years ago in the North of England who went on a killing spree through many villages, killing people on the way yet stopping at the red lights. There are also comments regarding over-consumption of food, abuse of resources and over-reliance on medication’.

The Accolade recognises film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. In winning an Accolade, Nachstern and Truffarelli join the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar winning production of The Lady in Number Six by Malcolm Clarke, the very talented Dave Bossert of Disney for his short documentary, The Tunes Behind The Toons, and Hollywood industry veteran Ron Howard for, When You Find Me.

Rick Prickett, who chairs The Accolade Global Film Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of The Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

The film Table Manners/Stopping at Red Lights had also been nominated for best Irish screendance short at the inaugural Light Moves Screendance Festival in Limerick last year (Curators – Simpson & Wycherly) and was accepted for Live Action Shorts Montana USA 2015 and Tocht Festival of Dance 2015 in Kerry.

Ingrid Nachstern also runs Night Star Dance Company, which produced the film, and has created 14 pieces for the company, the first one being ‘Bow-Tie like ‘Chioni’, created after the death of her father in 2003. Her most recent pieces include ‘Watch…Es’, a four male piece dealing with the stresses that 21st century men are under and ‘Who Am I?’ performed at DTW in New York in 2011 dealing with motherhood and marriage.

Luca Truffarelli is a freelance photographer and video maker based in Dublin since 2009 and has collaborated with several choreographers and dance companies realising projects published by Sky Art, Tate Britain, Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Hangartfest, Fringe Festival, Bealtaine Festival and DMJ Japan International Video Festival.

To view the film, click here.