To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Galway Film Fleadh and the festival’s three decades of exhibiting shorts, the Fleadh will be screening some of their award-winning short films from 1989 to 2017 for free each day from July 10th to 15th.

During this Fleadh retrospective audiences will get the chance to see of award-winning shorts from the past 30 years, playing daily throughout the festival, free-of-charge. The collection features early works from Lenny Abrahmson (3 Joes), Brown Bag Films (The Last Elk), Nora Twomey (From Darkness) and many many more, including a third Fleadh appearance for Emmet Harte’s I Am Jesus, which must be a record.

So, go, grab a drink or some nibbles and catch some films! These screenings are all free and on a first-come-first-served basis. Each programme will be a mix of genre, year, and age rating.

We have 50-60 films on for free where people can go in and watch them, particularly for all of the students to be able to go and watch hours and hours of content. That will be a few doors up from the Town Hall Theatre in a venue called The Black Gate. It has its own little screening room upstairs, which we have taken from Wednesday to Sunday, and we are just going to have 5 hours of shorts on each day. So people can go in, grab a glass of wine and watch some films. It’ll be very relaxed, you can go in and out, and it’ll be for free in a nice environment. It’s as many of our past winners from the last 30 years as I have been able to get my hands on.
Eibh Collins, Shorts Programmer – Galway Film Fleadh

The screenings are made up of 3 programmes, with Programme 1 screening on Wednesday and Friday, Programme 2 on Thursday and Saturday, and the third animated shorts programme screening on Sunday.

Programme 1:

Adeste Fideles (1991)

The Rev. Father Latimus Pius has his nightly sermon interrupted by unorthodox events.
Director Cashel Horgan

Horse (1993)
A film about the emotions, and his ways of dealing with them, of a young boy living in the West of Ireland with his dying father.
Director Kevin Liddy
Producer Fintan Connolly

Palace of Dreams (1996)
Director Donal Haughey

Guy’s Dog (1998)
Ashort claymation film by Rory Bresnihan about a dog who wishes to be a human… but one must always be careful of what they wish for.
Director Rory Bresnihan

Dream Kitchen (1999)
A young man arrives home to find his Dad repairing the car again and his Mum busy cooking, as usual. In these depressingly dreary surroundings the son imagines a luxurious dream kitchen, in which he plucks up the courage to tell his astonished parents the good news: “I’m gay”. But, all too soon, his fairy-tale comes to an end.
Director Barry Dignam
Producer Conor McKiernan, Katherina Fay, Barry Dignam

Give Up Yer Aul’ Sins (2001)
A schoolgirl, interviewed for television, tells a somewhat unconventional version of the story of John the Baptist, which we see illustrated.

Director Cathal Gaffney
Producer Darragh O’Connell

The Skeleton Woman (2004)
This haunting and beautiful Inuit folktale tells of a fisherman who unwittingly hooks a skeleton. Terrified, he races home trailing the bones in his line, but as he sleeps, the skeleton woman sings back her human form.
Director Edith Pierperhoff
Producers Mary Morrison & Edith Pieperhoff

Joyriders (2006)
As ten year old Kylie struggles to come to terms with her grief, she discovers that imagination can be more powerful than reality.
Director Rebecca Daly
Producer Rachel Lysaght

The Crumblegiant (2007)
An old woman remembers a childhood episode. The past becomes intermingled with the present. The Past becomes intermingled with the present. Past demons are recalled then banished in her imagination meanwhile the outside world goes on oblivious

Director John McCloskey
Producer Pearse Moore

Teeth (2007)
Teeth is a short “last laugh” tale of two old friends, their teeth and a series of events that leaves them lost for words
Directors Riairi O’Brien, John Kennedy
Producer Noreen Donohoe

The Year I Got Younger (2008)
A hangover tastes the same in every city” according to Aindrias. The Year I Got Younger explores the manic journey of an Irish fiddle player reflecting on his old and new found addictions and eventual road to sobriety in Melbourne, Australia.

Director Genevieve Bailey
Producer Aindrias de Staic

Danger High Voltage (2008)
Two paths cross at the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally.

Director Luke McManus
Producer Morgan Baker

Mister Heany – A Wee Portrait (2010)
Nobel Prize winner, Mister Seamus Heaney, speaks of brambles and hairdressing. Brian Cowen, Garret FitzGerald, Wayne Rooney and others all add their bit.
Director David Quinn
Producer David Quinn

Needle Exchange (2011)
Two recovering Drug addicts practice tattooing on each other and find over time they mark each other in more ways than merely the physical.

Director Colm Quinn
Producer Andrew Freedman

The Hood and the Collar (2012)
Belfast, 1971. IRA man Francie McGuigan is interned without trial by the authorities. In Guantanamo fashion, his British army captors place a hood over his head, beat him and torture him. But Francie McGuigan has other plans, he’s going to escape.

Director Paddy Hayes
Producer Ciara Ni Chormaic

Head Over Heels (2012)
Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, the couple must face their equilibrium.

Director Timothy Reckart
Producer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly

The End of the Counter (2013)
The End Of The Counter captures the moment in 1965 when grocery shopping changed forever. Matt Melia transformed the experience when he puts baskets in the hands of Irish housewives.

Director Laura McCann
Producer Aisling Ahmed

The Missing Scarf (2013)
A black comedy exploring some of life’s common fears: fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection and finally the fear of death. Narrated by George Takei.

Director Eoin Duffy
Producer Jamie Hogan

Rúbaí (2013)
As her classmates prepare for their First Holy Communion, Rúbaí announces that she is an atheist and refuses to participate.

Director Louise Ní Fhiannachta
Producer Gemma O’Shaughnessy

My Bonnie (2015)
Two people at sea, caught between a rock and a hard place, must face the distance between them.

Director Hannah Quinn
Producer Hannah Quinn

Violet (2015)
‘Violet’ is the haunting, cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her reflection

Director Maurice Joyce
Producers Nuria G Blanco, Mark Hodkinson

Today (2015)
‘Today’ is a hard hitting drama about a man who wakes up one morning in his car, disorientated, with no recollection of how he ended up parked in the middle of nowhere. The harsh reality soon comes flooding back once he gathers his thoughts.
Directors
 Tristan Heanue
Producer Paddy Slattery

Second To None (2016)
Frederick Butterfield has always been runner up to his twin brother Herman. When Herman, the older by a mere minute, becomes the world’s oldest man, Frederick finally sees an opportunity to be first place.

Director Vincent Gallagher
Producer Damian Farrell

Throwline (2017)
A group of taxi drivers in Kilkenny, Ireland, join together to form a suicide prevention group called Taxi Watch. Uniquely positioned to patrol the night, the drivers keep vigil over the city’s streets and bridges and offer help to those who feel forlorn.

Director Mia Mullarkey
Producer Mia Mullarkey

Late Afternoon (2017)
Emily exists between two states, the past and the present. She must journey through her memories in order to connect them.

Director Louise Bagnall
Producer Nuria González Blanco

Wave (2017)
A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognisable language baffling linguistic experts from around the globe.

Directors Benjamin Cleary, TJ O’Grady-Peyton
Producer Rebecca Bourke

Programme 2:

Big Swinger (1989)
Jimmy is an ex-showband drummer who runs a pirate radio station in a small midlands town. He is assisted by Sid, his young side-kick, who is an aspiring musician. The peace and quiet of the town is disrupted when Jimmy’s radio programme interferes with passing aeroplanes. The authorities send two heavies to close the station but Jimmy isn’t going to give in without a fight.
Director Declan Recks

3 Joes (1991)
On a morning in summer, three young men called Joe have a go at doing a bit of housework.
Director Lenny Abrahamson
Producer Ed Guiney

Bent Out Of Shape (1995)
Danny, a gay punk, makes friends with a young bullied boy Stephen but their friendship has consequences.
Director Orla Walsh
Producer Paul Donovan

Midnight dance (1997)
A visual interpretation of Danse Macabre by Saint Saens
Director John McCluskey
Producer Pearse Moore

Sonny Days (1997)
A personal recollection of the changing ways of shop-keeping, told through the eyes of the ‘King’ of Galway’s High street – Sonny Molloy.
Director
 Donal Haughey
Producer Celine Curtin

The Last Elk (1999)
The film re-imagines the story of the last of the wild Irish Elk. Each animal is represented by a different musical sound; the Elk experience peace, alongside harshness and strife, but always remain harmonious. When the last Irish Elk is killed at the hand of man, the music ceases, and the Elk becomes a relic of Ireland’s natural history. As each Elk dies, so too does the instrument it is attached to until all is quiet. Animated by hand with twelve drawings per second, The Last Elk was written, animated and directed by Alan Shannon, produced by Darragh O’Connell and Cathal Gaffney with music and sound design by Darren Hendley.
Director Alan Shannon
Producers Daragh O’Connell, Cathal Gaffney

Paddy (2000)
Set in the idyllic postcard landscape of Ireland, Paddy is the story of a day in the life of a comic (stereotype) Irishman, who lives in a cottage on a hill. On this particular day he receives a grant for growing shamrocks. He decides to go to town and spend it in the local pub. On his journey to and from the pub, Paddy encounters all things Irish, with hilarious results. Paddy presents a humorous insight into the many facets of Ireland (old and new).
Director
 Cashell Horgan

Travellers Tale (2001)
Director Julia Barrett
Producer Galway Film Centre GFC

Pulling the devil by the tail (2003)
A group of Irish folk musicians kill a goat which has been pestering them, only to find out the animal belonged to the devil and they now have to pacify him.
Director Stephen McCollum
Producer Pearse Moore

STARS (2005)
An experimental animated film centers on Sophie who learns she has a rare fatal neuron disease. As her condition deteriorates she experiences sensory hallucinations up until her final days when she can no longer even distinguish between life and death.
Director Eoghan Kidney
Producer Anne Tweedy

A Taxing Night (2005)
The late night taxi cab is the confessional box of modern Ireland, and on this taxing night in the mid naughties one poor taxi driver hears and sees the hilarious sins of a nation as it fumbles its way through the many wonderful cultural changes we have gone through together over the years.
Directors Paul Bushe, Brian O’ Neill
Producers Paul Bushe, Brian O’Neill, Paul Canning

Demon (2006)
In a tiny cell, somewhere in the Prison District of Heaven, there is a new inmate. A Demon, she will not look out her window because the light burns her. But outside there is a persistent visitor.
Director Eoin Ryan
Producer Seamus Byrne

The Red Ball (2007)
A short film about a purple boy, a green ball, a red ball, a green girl, a red girl and a purple boy
Director Alan Holly
Producer Barry O’Donoghue

The McDonagh Pictures (2007)
The McDonagh Pictures is a film about Michael McDonagh, an Irish traveller who has been collecting and taking pictures of his extended family, the McDonaghs, for the past thirty years. The Film looks at the changes in the lives of travellers over the generations and the years.
Director Ian Palmer
Producers Martina Durac, Laura Fryday

Martin (2008)
Martin starring Karl Argue, David Cervi, and Aoibhin Garrihy. Martin, an average man with a history of aggression has lost his family and struggles through life alone until his 15 year old daughter Laura, decides she wants to know him for herself.
Director
 Sean Branigan
Producer Adrienne Greenhalgh

The Man Inside (2009)
Lisandro finds himself locked inside his own apartment, alone and late for work. Award-winning short drama starring Marty Rea.
Director Rory Bresnihan

Bow St (2010)
An urban film-portrait that hurries and slows to the criss-crossing paces of a hundred passers-by.
Director Tadhg O’Sullivan
Producer Tadhg O’Sullivan

The Polish Language (2009)
A journey into the sensuality and subversive power of language and its flowering in post-war Polish poetry.
Directors Alice Lyons, Orla McHardy
Producer Steve Hoods

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (2008)
The plot centers on Granny O’Grimm, a seemingly sweet old lady, who loses the plotline as she tells her own version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified granddaughter.
Director
 Nicky Phelan
Producer Darragh O’Connell

Noreen (2010)
Two policemen on a house-call in rural Ireland; Frank is young and heartbroken… Con is middle-aged and weary… They’re both alone. They’re both idiots.
Director Domhnall Gleeson
Producers Juliette Bonass, David Clarke, Ciaran Deeney

ASAL (2011)
After befriending a starving donkey a young boy draws the wrath of its abusers, forcing him to surrender his life to the sea.
Director Tom Sullivan
Producers Kealan O’Rourke, Brian Willis
The Boy in the Bubble (2011)
Rupert, a 10-year-old boy, falls hopelessly in love and it goes terribly wrong. He uses a book of magic to cast a spell to shield him from emotion forever.
Director
 Kealan O’Rourke
Producer Brian Willis

The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden (2012)
A young inventor builds a mechanical wet nurse to take care of his baby daughter after his wife dies in childbirth.
Director Andrew Legge
Producers Ciara Whelan, Andrew Legge 

Mechanic (2013)
Kev, a mechanic in his 40s, drives up the Dublin mountains to end his life. He is cruelly interrupted by an old man who is lost. Kev is forced to make some hard decisions, for better or worse.
Directors Tom Sullivan, Feidhlim Cannon
Producer Wolf Island Films

CODA (2013)
A lost soul stumbles drunken through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.
Director Alan Holly
Producer Ciaran Deeney

Rockmount (2014)
Eleven-year-old Roy Keane needs to get on the starting eleven for his football club – and nothing is going to get in his way.
Director Dave Tynan
Producer Michael Donnelly V

North (2015)
Isolated on a farm and fighting against his family’s decision, Aaron struggles to be heard as he watches his mother willingly die.
Director Phil Sheerin
Producer Jacob Thomas

Queen of the Plough (2015)
Queen of the Plough follows Joanne Deery from Monaghan and Laura Grant from Offaly as they battle it out in the fields of rural Ireland to win the coveted title ‘Queen of the Plough’ at the National Ploughing Competition.
Director Cara Holmes
Producer Cara Holmes

I AM JESUS (2016)
We all want to follow be followed. One man walks the streets of Dublin asking for just that but is met with destain and mockery. He isn’t saying anything but in that he says it all. His mission is to touch people but he must touch something to really be believed.
Director Emmet Harte
Producer Kevin Cassidy

Lily (2016)
The film tells the story of Lily, a girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman.
Director Graham Cantwell
Producer Sharon Cronin

AN ISLAND (2017)
An Island is an immersive short film portraying the physical and emotional journeyundertaken by a lone explorer as he attempts to reach the summit of a remote island. Asevents unfold around him, our protagonist is confronted with the joy and agony of life, loveand loss, and the wonder of the natural world.
Director Rory Byrne
Producer Ciaran Deeney

Animation Programme:

Adeste Fideles (1991)
The Rev. Father Latimus Pius has his nightly sermon interrupted by unorthodox events.
Director Cashel Horgan

Midnight dance (1997)
A visual interpretation of Danse Macabre by Saint Saens
Director John McCluskey
Producer Pearse Moore

Guy’s Dog (1998)
A short claymation film by Rory Bresnihan about a dog who wishes to be a human… but one must always be careful of what they wish for.
Director Rory Bresnihan

The Last Elk (1999)
The film re-imagines the story of the last of the wild Irish Elk. Each animal is represented by a different musical sound; the Elk experience peace, alongside harshness and strife, but always remain harmonious. When the last Irish Elk is killed at the hand of man, the music ceases, and the Elk becomes a relic of Ireland’s natural history. As each Elk dies, so too does the instrument it is attached to until all is quiet. Animated by hand with twelve drawings per second, The Last Elk was written, animated and directed by Alan Shannon, produced by Darragh O’Connell and Cathal Gaffney with music and sound design by Darren Hendley.
Director Alan Shannon
Producers Daragh O’Connell, Cathal Gaffney

Paddy (2000)
A visual interpretation of Danse Macabre by Saint Saens
Director Cashell Horgan

Give Up Yer Aul’ Sins (2001)
A schoolgirl, interviewed for television, tells a somewhat unconventional version of the story of John the Baptist, which we see illustrated.
Director Cathal Gaffney
Producer Darragh O’Connell

From Darkness (2002)
Based on an Inuit folktale, From Darkness tells the story of a lonely fisherman who drifts into haunted waters in search of food and finds much more than he bargained for.
Director Nora Twomey
Producers Paul Young, Nora Twomey

Padrio Pio (2002)
Directors Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman
Producers Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman

STARS (2005)
An experimental animated film centers on Sophie who learns she has a rare fatal neuron disease. As her condition deteriorates she experiences sensory hallucinations up until her final days when she can no longer even distinguish between life and death.
Director Eoghan Kidney
Producer Anne Tweedy

Pulling the devil by the tail (2003)
A group of Irish folk musicians kill a goat which has been pestering them, only to find out the animal belonged to the devil and they now have to pacify him.
Director Stephen McCollum
Producers Pearse Moore

The Skeleton Woman (2004)
This haunting and beautiful Inuit folktale tells of a fisherman who unwittingly hooks a skeleton. Terrified, he races home trailing the bones in his line, but as he sleeps, the skeleton woman sings back her human form.
Directors Edith Pierperhoff
Producers Mary Morrison & Edith Pieperhoff
Demon (2006)
In a tiny cell, somewhere in the Prison District of Heaven, there is a new inmate. A Demon, she will not look out her window because the light burns her. But outside there is a persistent visitor.
Director Eoin Ryan
Producer Seamus Byrne

The Crumblegiant (2007)
An old woman remembers a childhood episode. The past becomes intermingled with the present. The Past becomes intermingled with the present. Past demons are recalled then banished in her imagination meanwhile the outside world goes on oblivious.
Director John McCloskey
Producers Pearse Moore

The Red Ball (2007)
A short film about a purple boy, a green ball, a red ball, a green girl, a red girl and a purple boy.
Directors Alan Holly
Producers Barry O’Donoghue

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (2008)
The plot centers on Granny O’Grimm, a seemingly sweet old lady, who loses the plotline as she tells her own version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified granddaughter.
Director Nicky Phelan
Producer Darragh O’Connell

The Polish Language (2009)
A journey into the sensuality and subversive power of language and its flowering in post-war Polish poetry.
Director Alice Lyons, Orla McHardy
Producers Steve Hoods

Mister Heany – A Wee Portrait (2010)
Nobel Prize winner, Mister Seamus Heaney, speaks of brambles and hairdressing. Brian Cowen, Garret FitzGerald, <>Wayne Rooney and others all add their bit.
Directors David Quinn
Producers David Quinn

The Boy in the Bubble (2011)
Rupert, a 10-year-old boy, falls hopelessly in love and it goes terribly wrong. He uses a book of magic to cast a spell to shield him from emotion forever.
Director
 Kealan O’Rourke
Producer Brian Willis

Fear Of Flying (2012)
The plot centers on Granny O’Grimm, a seemingly sweet old lady, who loses the plotline as she tells her own version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified granddaughter.
Director Conor Finnegan
Producer Brunella Cocchiglia

Head Over Heels (2012)
Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, the couple must face their equilibrium.
Director Timothy Reckart
Producers Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly

CODA (2013)
A lost soul stumbles drunken through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.
Director Alan Holly
Producer Ciaran Deeney

The Missing Scarf (2013)
A black comedy exploring some of life’s common fears: fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection and finally the fear of death. Narrated by George Takei.
Directors Eoin Duffy
Producers Jamie Hogan

Deadly (2014)
Deadly starring Peter Coonan, and Brenda Fricker. Deadly tells the story of Boney, a working stiff in a dead-end job. That is until he has a run-in with a spirited old lady named Bridie.
Director Aidan McAteer
Producer Shannon George

Violet (2015)
‘Violet’ is the haunting, cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her reflection.
Director Maurice Joyce
Producers Nuria G Blanco, Mark Hodkinson

Second To None (2016)
Frederick Butterfield has always been runner up to his twin brother Herman. When Herman, the older by a mere minute, becomes the world’s oldest man, Frederick finally sees an opportunity to be first place.
Directors Vincent Gallagher
Producers Damian Farrell

The Lost Letter (2016)
The Lost Letter tells the tale of a young boy as he prepares his neighbourhood for Christmas. That is until he confronts the one lady who doesn’t want the holiday to come at all. The determined boy does all he can to bring colour to her dreary world, only to discover the truth behind her lack of Christmas spirit.
Director Kealan O’Rourke
Producer Brian Willis

AN ISLAND (2017)
An Island is an immersive short film portraying the physical and emotional journeyundertaken by a lone explorer as he attempts to reach the summit of a remote island. Asevents unfold around him, our protagonist is confronted with the joy and agony of life, loveand loss, and the wonder of the natural world
Director Rory Byrne
Producers Ciaran Deeney

Late Afternoon (2017)
Emily exists between two states, the past and the present. She must journey through her memories in order to connect them.
Directors Louise Bagnall
Producers Nuria González Blanco

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