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Palm Springs International Shortfest


Three IFB funded films

Three short films funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) have been officially selected to screen at the Palm Springs International Shortfest which takes place in California from June 17th – 23rd.

Included in this year’s official line up are Breakfast Wine, The Ledge End of Phil and Ghost Train which all received funding from the IFB.

“They say it takes just three alcoholics to keep a small bar running in a country town, but what if you’ve only got two?”is the order of the day in the short Breakfast Wine, directed by Ian Fitzgibbon and penned by Kevin Barry. This comedy was produced by Michael Garland for Grand Pictures through the Signatures scheme and stars Pat Shortt (Calvary, Life’s a Breeze) Dylan Moran (Calvary, Good Vibrations), Ruth Bradley (Grabbers, Love/Hate) and David Pearse (Grabbers, The Guard).

The Ledge End Of Phil written and directed by Paul Ó’Muiris sees Phil being forced to face the world he’s been ignoring and having to take a leap of faith or be trapped forever. Pearse Cullinane produced for Cartoon Saloon (Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) through the Frameworks scheme which is co-financed by IFB, RTÉ and the Arts Council.

Directed and written by Lee Cronin, Ghost Train tells the story of estranged brothers Michael and Peter who once a year make a reluctant pilgrimage to the old fairground yard where their friend Sam went missing when they were boys. This year, Michael has something to tell Peter that will cast light on the incident, something that will change the rest of their lives. This Irish/Finnish co-production was produced by John Keville for Rank Outsider productions in Ireland and Ulla Simonen for MADE in Finland.


About the Festival

Celebrating its 20th birthday this year the festival will screen over 320 films from more than 50 countries over seven days. As an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) qualifying festival it has screened 97 short films in its 19 year history that went on to secure Oscar nominations in the short film categories.

Boasting the fact that the festival hosts the only Short Film Market in North America, it provides an opportunity for filmmakers and industry guests from around the world to network, attend panels, take master classes, have round-table discussions, make deals, and browse the 3,000 submissions available in the ShortFest Market, which will be open each day during the festival.

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