Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland will present the world premiere of new Irish short films at the 2018 Galway Film Fleadh, funded under the agency’s Short Stories and Frameworks schemes. Frida Think, Procession, Mary, Q4L (quest for love) and Honest comprise the Short Stories premiering at this year’s Fleadh, while The Wiremen, co-funded under RTÉ and Screen Ireland’s Frameworks scheme will also be screened alongside the five other titles.
In addition to the world premiere of Screen Ireland’s latest slate of new Irish shorts, this year’s selection will also include two special short film presentations — the world premieres of Brendan Gleeson’s directorial debut, Psychic, and Sean Mullen and Meelis Arulepp’s animated short film, The Overcoat.
We are thrilled to showcase the exciting work of these emerging and established filmmakers at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. Short film is an important proving ground in the life of any filmmaker and this year’s slate is unique and varied. For this particular iteration of our Short Stories scheme, we set filmmakers the task of creating work that centred on the theme of Idols and we can’t wait for audiences to see our filmmakers’ visions come to life on the big screen.
It is also incredibly heartening to see that over 60% of the titles from our short film schemes are led by a female director, as Screen Ireland remains committed to developing and supporting female creative filmmaking talent from the early stages.
This year’s presentation will also feature a title co-funded by RTÉ and Screen Ireland under our Frameworks animation scheme, and we are also excited to offer Galway audiences the first chance to witness Brendan Gleeson’s directorial debut with Psychic, co-funded by Screen Ireland and Sky Arts, as well as Sean Mullen and Meelis Arulepp’s beautiful animated short, The Overcoat, which features the voice talents of Cillian Murphy.
Emma Scott, Production and Distribution Manager – Screen Ireland
About the short films:
Frida Think tells the story of a woman who walks into a party dressed as Frida Kahlo, only to find that her version of unique has mass appeal. The film is written and directed by Maya Derrington and produced by Paul Rowley of Still Films.
Procession, is written and directed by Jeda de Brí and produced by Claire McCabe of 925 Productions. The film is set in a bedraggled community of misfits who gather to mourn one of their own, the only way they know — a raucous, elaborately eccentric, brass-band funeral.
Mary centres on Charlie, who, after managing to destroy the town’s beloved Virgin Mary statue, does the only thing he can do: frames his older brother. The film is directed by Shaun O’Connor, written by Jonathan Hughes and produced by Sharon Cronin of Character Films.
Q4L (quest for love), is written and directed by Antonia Campbell-Hughes and produced by Ailish Bracken of Against the Grain Films. Quest for Love sees Eve and her son Max move to Paris: but does Eve want motherhood or freedom?
Honest, features a young boy whose confrontation with the Son of God makes him question his faith and helps restore his honesty. The title is written and directed by Matthew Roche and produced by Hazel Cullen of TW Films.
Psychic, which was written by Rory Gleeson, marks the directorial debut of acclaimed Irish actor Brendan Gleeson and stars Domhnall and Brian Gleeson alongside their father. The film tells the story of a charismatic psychic (Brendan Gleeson) who is forced out of retirement by his two manipulative sons (Domhnall and Brian Gleeson) and taken on the road. The last obstacle to gaining a large cult following is a TV show host determined to bring them down. Psychic is a dark and human tale of showmanship, the other world and family.
Psychic is produced by Juliette Bonass and Brendan Gleeson and is co-funded by Screen Ireland and Sky Arts.
The Overcoat, is directed by Sean Mullen and Meelis Arulepp and was written by Hugh O’Conor. The film is a warm and unique Christmas story about an office worker who saves all his money to buy a new coat in time for Christmas, only to have fate take a ghostly hand. The Overcoat also features the voice talents of Cillian Murphy.
The film is an Ireland-Estonia co-production, supported by Screen Ireland, BocPix, The Estonian Film Institute and the Estonian Cultural Endowment Fund. The Overcoat is produced by Jonathan Clarke at Giant Animation and Kristel Tõldsepp at A Film Estonia.
The world premiere of Screen Ireland’s 2018 slate of short films will take place on Saturday, 14 July in the Town Hall Theatre at 12pm. For tickets, click here.