#IrishAbroad: Robert Cunningham’s TRANSition wins at Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival

Limerick filmmaker Robert Cunningham recently won the Anti-Stigma Award at the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival for his documentary film TRANSition.

Cunningham attended the awards ceremony, which took place in Glasgow on October 1th as part of Mental Health Week, to accept the award. The documentary was praised by organization See Me (a Scottish organization who work to end mental health stigma and discrimination, enabling people who experience mental health problems to live fulfilled lives) for its treatment of body dysphoria and transgender experiences.

TRANSition tells the story of Danny, a young transgender man as he very honestly and emotionally speaks about his experiences growing up as a girl, knowing that was not who he was. It aims to be an honest and inspiring account of someone being brave enough to be true to themselves despite the obstacles.

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TRANSition has received an Official Selection as part of the Short Film programme for the upcoming Richard Harris International Film Festival in Limerick. It will be screened on Saturday October 29th in the 12pm-1.30pm Short Film programme in the Belltable.

Robert Cunningham and Danny, who is the subject of TRANSition, recently spoke about the documentary and its festival success on Limerick City Community Radio.

TRANSition has also won the Next Generation Student Short Documentary award at Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival, Kells Co. Meath. As well as receiving Semi-Finalist selections at both the Los Angeles CineFest and Highway 61 Film Festival (Minnesota). It was previously shortlisted for the Galway Fringe Festival as part of the Film on the Edge programme in July, and has received an official selection for the New York-based CINEPLAY Film Awards 2016 finals in December.

Since graduating from LCFE (Limerick College of Further Education) in April 2016 Cunningham and Sandra Sheehan co-founded Gazette Films Limerick, an independent film production company based in Limerick. For more on Cunningham and his films visit IMDb, Facebook, or Twitter.

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