The Sitges Film Festival (Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya) has announced that Irish director Brian Deane will make history at this year’s festival, as the first director to have a short film in each of their premier short film competitions in the same year.

Foxglove will screen in the Premi Brigadoon section and compete for Paul Naschy Award, while Blight will screen in the Official Fantàstic in Competition section and compete for the Premi Millor Curtmetratge award. In addition both films are in contention for the Premi Méliès d’Argent award and Sitges Cine365 Film Awards.

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Foxglove is set in the wilds of Connemara, where an engineer and his daughter are targeted by an ancient and angry force from within the earth itself. The film stars John Delaney, Bob Kelly, and Doireann Ní Fhoighil.

Speaking on the news Deane said:

Obviously I’m absolutely delighted and pretty honoured to be making a bit of history at the same time.

Blight

In other news Blight will also screen at the Telluride Horror Show in Colorado, Shriekfest in Los Angeles, and Court Métrange in Rennes, while Foxglove has been accepted into Indie Cork. October is gearing up to be pretty hectic for Deane and TW Films!

Blight sees a young priest sent to a remote island off the Irish coast to help protect an estranged fishing community from dark supernatural forces but nothing is as it seems. The film stars George Blagden, Donncha Crowley, and Alicia Gerrard.

Volkswagen Joe

Deane’s debut short film, the multi-award-winning Volkswagen Joe, will have its long-awaited TV premiere on RTÉ Shortscreen on September 29th at 11.35pm.

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