Festival: Aonr√∫ wins in Kerry

We’re big fans of the short Irish documentary Aonr√∫ round these parts, and we were delighted to see that the film won Best Documentary at Kerry Film Festival 2015.

The short documentary directed by Dominic de Vere and produced by Jason Gaffney received the award at a packed closing ceremony on Sunday October 25th, at the Malton Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Aonrú has been officially selected for every major Irish film festival in 2015 and will show at Cork Film Festival in November where it has been shortlisted to compete for the prestigious ‘Grand Prix’ Irish short presented by RTÉ.

[quote title=” Jason Gaffney – Producer”] We are truly honoured to receive this award particularly in line with the competition which we believe was of an excellent standard. When we began the journey of making Aonr√∫ over three years ago ‚Äì we wanted to ensure that the voices of Cape Clear islanders were heard by a larger audience ‚Äì not just in Ireland but worldwide. We have been amazed by the positive reaction to the film and look forward to sharing their story with more people. All of the success would not have been possible without the support, honesty and integrity of the Cape Clear community. This is their award.[/quote]

[quote title=” Jason Gaffney – Lost Productions”] We We have recently agreed a UK/Irish co-production feature with Poiesis Techn√© (London based) which will shoot on St Helena Island from November 2015 ‚Äì June 2016. We are delighted to announce that the film will be directed by Dominic de Vere and Joseph Curran with sound being provided by Oliver Sanders. This is a massive project and we can‚Äôt wait to start shooting. [/quote]

Aonrú was co-funded by Cork County Council and Bord Iascaigh Mhara. Danny Crowley (Game of Thrones) & Leon O’Neill (Life’s a Breeze) provided sound while Annie Atkins (Grand Budapest Hotel) headed graphic design.

Other winners in Kerry were Conor Whelan’s Snowfall, which took Best Animation; Benjamin Cleary’s Stutterer, which won Best International Narrative and the Audience Award; Hannah Quinn’s My Bonnie, which took Best Irish Narrative; Stephen Kenny’s Coil, which took Best Student Film; Tyler Wallach’s Frog, for Best Score; and Muiris Crowley’s Change in the Weather, for Best of Kerry.

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