Following its selection to New York City Independent Film Festival, Irish short Testimony, the debut short from writer/director Kamila Dydyna, has been picked up by US Channel ShortsHD‚Ñ¢ for a 3-year license deal.
Testimony is based on true events which took place in Poland in 1991 and has been adapted for an Irish audience as European courts acted similarly. The film revolves around 9 year old Catherine O‚ÄôNeill, played by Olivia Daly (Why Guy and Clue Crew on RTEJnr), and is a courtroom based drama. The film sees the young girl called into court to testify against her father, Neil Fleming (Game Of Thrones, Fair City) after her mother, played by Clodagh Downing (Patsy Dick, Darkness At The Edge Of Town), accuses her father of domestic abuse.
The cast includes Barrington Cullen (Game Of Thrones, The Inquiry), Gillian Daly (ICE, Rumour Room), Hilary Cotter (I Am Spoon), and Ellen Corcoran (Seduction of Chaos). Alan Rodgers is Cinematographer, with James Fitzgerald (Skunky Dog) as Gaffer, Ian McIntyre (Skunky Dog) as Sound OP, Susan Gorzalczynska as 1st A.C, Gwen Jeffares-Hourie (The Raven, Sing Street) as Costume Designer, Steven Tully as Storyboard Artist and Script Editor, and Laura Horgan as Stills Photographer.
Testimony has already picked up an Award of Merit in the U.S. IndieFEST Film Awards. The film will have its Irish festival premiere on September 12th during the Underground Cinema Film Festival. It will also be screened during Australian Speak Up Film Festival on August 31st, with the NYC premiere following on 16th October.
Testimony will be available on ShortsHD‚Ñ¢ for 3 years, starting in November 2015. ShortsHD is a world-leading short movie media group, available to 40 million homes, with over 11 million subscribers in 54 countries. The channel is owned and operated by Shorts International Ltd, headquartered in London with its US head office in Los Angeles. Since 2006, Shorts International has produced the OSCAR¬Æ Nominated Short Film theatrical release, distributing it to theaters across North America and Europe with its global media partners. In 2008, Shorts International became one of the earliest iTunes movie partners, bringing hundreds of the world‚Äôs best independent shorts to the iTunes audience, years before the iTunes Movie Store launched.
Testimony is produced by Eamonn Tutty (Reckoner Productions; Anna, Mirror Image) and Cara Bamford (Foxrock Productions; Feather Light and Paper Thin, Kaleidoscope). Niall Murphy of Scannain Media acts as an Executive Producer on the film. Fellow Executive Producer Florencia Iriondo is responsible for the pushing the film in the US market, with Brandon Smith doing likewise in Australia.