Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board has announced the successful teams for Short Stories, the first instalment of its new three-part short film scheme. Using the theme of ‘Tribes’, we invited filmmakers to create succinct, creative and entertaining films exploring the type of tribe that fascinates them the most.

Short Stories are live-action or animated films between 2 to 5 minutes in length, with a budget of €20K. Following an impressive round of high-quality applications, we are delighted to reveal that the following five projects have been selected for the scheme:

Deposits to be directed by Trevor Courtney, written by Adrienne Michel-Long and produced by Michael Algar, who states that the film “concerns the connection of all the “disappeared”, who are the remains of those murdered by the Provos and those killed centuries earlier by Redcoats. In common they are buried without trace, but are connected by hopes for discovery.”

Bellwether to be written and directed by Caroline Campbell and produced by Ailish Bracken. Speaking of the film, Campbell says Bellwether is “set in the future-present of worldwide political turmoil, Bellwether tells the story of a measured journey of protest – from the beach to the barricades.”

Nice Night for It to be written and directed by Rachel Carey and produced by Fiona Kinsella. “Nice Night For It tells the story of Jane, a young woman tormented by insomnia, who finds unexpected comfort in a chance encounter with a fellow insomniac while out walking one night”, says Carey.

Neon to be written and directed by Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair and produced by Flaminia Iacoviello. According to Ni Ghrioghair, “Neon¬†is a break-neck, cyberpunk action sci-fi set in a poisoned world of 2050. The ‘Caretakers’ are the sacrificial population tasked with carving out a clean passage with neon lights between pockets of surviving civilisation but one capable woman dares to race for her life against all the odds.”

A Different Kind of Day to be directed and written by Maria Doyle and produced by Kieran Kennedy. Doyle notes the film “features two teenagers who have special needs as the central characters and [the film] aims to challenge lazy, but frequently held perceptions, through humour and compassion.”

Short Stories are funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the selected films will premiere in 2017.

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