Event: ShortSpace @ Filmbase, March 5th

After curating ShortSpace last month it’s now time to hand the reins over to the lovely folks at¬†FilmOffaly. They will be bringing four exceptional Irish short films to Filmbase on¬†Thursday March¬†5th.

The FilmOffaly team will be there on the night to talk to filmmakers about their new funding scheme.

Shortspace is a BYOB event, offering a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy short films and meet the filmmakers.

Places are limited so patrons are advised to¬†book in advance. Tickets are ‚Ǩ5 for Filmbase members or ‚Ǩ7 for non-members, and can be reserved via 01 679 6716 or email to¬†info@filmbase.ie¬†with ‘ShortSpace March‚Äô in the subject line.

The Line-Up:

toy-soldiers_image-1Toy Soldiers
Director: Mike Hayes
Producer: Ciara Gillan
Writer: Matt Roche
Synopsis: Toy Soldiers is a powerful coming of age drama focusing on the polar relationship between two brothers, exploring themes such as family, responsibility, teenage angst and rebellion.

Best First Short – Galway Film Fleadh 2012; Audience Award – Kerry Film Festival 2012; Best Short – Belfast Film Festival 2013


men-and-women_imageMen and Women
Director: Ruth Meehan
Producer: Tamsin Lyons
Writer: Paul O’Reilly
Synopsis: Men & Women follows a nine year old girl over the Christmas of 1979 as her loss of innocence is reflected in her realisation that neither Santa nor relations between her parents are what they seem.

Based on a short story of the same name from Claire Keegan’s collection Antarctica, a Los Angeles Times Best Book, and recipient of the prestigious Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.


the-end-of-the-reel_imageThe End of the Reel
Writer/Director: Ailish Bracken
Producers: Ailish Bracken, Niall O’Connor, and John Quinn (Blinder Films)
Synopsis: A touching comedy/drama with real warmth, The End Of The Reel depicts the emotional lengths a lonely old man will go to in order to reconnect with his dead wife.

The script won the 2010 Film Offaly Award and was awarded a grant in order to shoot and make the film. It was shot on location in Birr, Kilcormac and Blueball, Co. Offaly in January 2011.


Writer/Director: Domhnall Gleeson
Synopsis: Two guards are headed to a house where there has been a shot due to a statement of a neighbour who called the police. What can possibly happen there? The most unexpected!

The short was funded by Film Offaly in partnership with Filmbase and was shot over four days in various locations throughout Offaly.
Winner – Tiernan McBride Best Short Film Award, Galway Film Fleadh
Winner- Audience Award for Best Film, Capital Irish Film Festival
Winner – Directors Choice, Boston Irish Film Festival
Winner – Best Narrative short at the Gold Coast International Film Festival
World Festival Premier at Palm Springs Shortfest
Winner Best Comedy – Victoria TX Indie Film Fest

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