Irish short film January Hymn, from writer/director Katherine Canty, is set to embark on an epic world tour as it premieres at 6 film festivals in the next two months, travelling from Italy to Turkey via the US and Canada.

The film will feature at the 67th Montecatini International Film Festival in Tuscany on Friday October 7th, before heading to Canada for the 27th St. John’s International Film Festival in Newfoundland on Saturday October 22nd. It then moves to United States to play at the Citizen Jane Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri, before taking in the South Texas Underground Film Festival in Corpus Christi; both in early November. It finishes this leg of its international tour at the 17th Izmir International Short Film Festival in Turkey in early November. In the middle of this the film returns home for a screening at IndieCork. There it will play as part of the Irish Shorts Programme 3, at the Gate Cinema at 12pm on October 15th.

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A reflection on grief, January Hymn sees Clara return for the first anniversary of her father’s death. Taking the form of a fractured narrative, the film considers how Clara’s experience of grief shapes her poetic relationship to a home which has been forever altered by loss.

The film stars Niamh Algar (From the Dark), Ally Ni Chiarain (Miscalculation), Joe Mullins (Pilgrim Hill), and Aisling McLaughlin (Past Pupil). The short is produced by Tanja Harney for January Hymn Productions, and was shot on location in the director’s home county of Laois. It was made with the support of the Irish Film Board’s Signatures scheme and is an all-female led production.

January Hymn has already played at the Nevada Film Festival as an Official Selection, at the IFI as part of the Borders programme in November of last year, at the Dingle Film Festival as part of the IFB shorts showcase, and was included in the FastNet Short Film Festival submissions programme. It most recently played at the Galway Film Fleadh in July, and at the Leeds International Film Festival in August.

Katherine Canty - Director

Katherine Canty – Director

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