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Irish Short Film ‘Personal Development’

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Selected for the Tribeca Film Festival

Irish Short Film ‘Personal Development’ Selected for the Tribeca Film Festival
Congratulations to the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) funded short film Personal Development, which has been selected to screen at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, founded by Robert De Niro. This joins the Irish feature film Jimmy’s Hall, which receives its North American premiere at the event.

Directed by Tom Sullivan (Asal, Mechanic), Personal Development follows Fintan, whose already fragile relationship with his youngest daughter is put to the test with the arrival of some unexpected news. This is the international premiere of the short which was written by Muirinn Lane Kelley and produced by Alan Keane for Hot Drop Films. The short stars David Murray (Amber, The Guarantee) and Kathleen Breathnach.

Producer Alan Keane said “The team involved are very honoured that the International Premiere for our film will be at an A-list Oscar accredited festival such as Tribeca. ‘Personal Development’ is a universal story that explores the relationship between a father and his children after a difficult divorce, which it does with great heart and humour. We hope that New York audiences will connect with the film, ensuring that ‘Personal Development’ will travel around the world showcasing Ireland as a place burgeoning with great filmmaking talent. The Irish cast and crew on this film were a great team to work with and we want to thank them for all the work they have put into making this film.”

The Tribeca Film Festival is seen as a gateway to the Academy Awards® and is an Academy-accredited festival. Irish short film The Crush, which screened at Tribeca in 2010, went on to be nominated for an Oscar the following year. The 2014 winner of the Best Narrative Short award – UK film The Phone Call – later won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at this year’s ceremony. Previous Irish films to screen at Tribeca include shorts Rubaí, Fear of Flying and Noreen, as well as feature films Byzantium directed by Neil Jordan, What Richard Did directed by Lenny Abrahamson and The Guard directed by John Michael McDonagh.

Directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty, Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of Jimmy Gralton, who set up a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of civil war. The film is receiving its North American premiere at the festival and previously screened at Cannes and Busan.

Personal Development and Jimmy’s Hall have both received funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board. The Tribeca film festival will be held from April 15th to 26th 2015.