Irish short film Follies of Youth will have its world premiere screening at the 13th Garden State Film Festival. The festival, which is based in Atlantic City, New Jersey, takes place from March 19th to 22nd.

Follies of Youth, which is the only Irish film selected for the 2015 festival, will screen on Saturday March 21st as part of the main Saturday night shorts programme in Dante Hall. The film tells the story of an office worker, who blows off his female co-worker’s invitation to lunch, but his arrogant attitude is tested when he runs into a group of kids in the park.

The film’s cast includes Dorothy Cotter, Kevin Fisher, and Mark Schrier, with debut performances from Aoife Hamilton, Amy Higgins, and Clodagh Rolland.

The Garden State Film Festival was launched in 2002 by founders Diane Raver and the late US actor Robert Pastorelli. The festival is envisioned to be the premiere festival for independent film in New Jersey. Formerly held in Ashbury Park NJ, the prestigious event is now held in Atlantic City. Last year the festival screened 3 Irish films: How to be Happy, Un Peu Plus, and Volkswagen Joe, with How to be Happy winning the audience award for feature film.

[quote style=’1′ title=’Diane Raver’]We are delighted to screen Melina Curi’s short¬†Follies of Youth. It is a charming film, beautifully shot on location in Ireland with a great cast of young actors.¬† Films like these help make the Garden State Film Festival such a special independent international festival.[/quote]

Follies of Youth is directed by Brazilian filmmaker Melina Curi and written by Irish writer Aisling Corristine, with US writer Alex Whitmer. The film was produced by Kevin Fisher for Dynamic Entertainment. The crew includes cinematographer Cainneach Mac Eoin, with assistance from Galway based cinematographer Kamil Krawczak, and Carolina De Pasquale. Sound recordists were Niall Creaven with Mick Flanagan, with score and sound design by Niall Creaven and Eleanor Stewart. Other crew consists of 1st Assistant Director Grainne Kernan, 2nd assistant director Ciaran Lawless, production manager Conor Fleming, production coordinator Simon Connolly,¬†script supervisor Matthew Hurley, and production staff Ruairi O Toibin, James Martinez, and Shane O’Neill. Dermot Grace and Kevin Corry acted as editors, with final post production by Ian de Bri at Postman Films.

Follies of Youth was filmed with the participation of Dublin City Council and Dublin City parks and landscapes service. Find out more on the film’s Facebook Page or IMDb.

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