Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced the successful projects in the latest round of its Frameworks short film scheme. The successful projects are: A Cat Called Jam, Lady Isabel & the Elf Knight, Nitelink, and Hedy.
A Cat Called Jam is written, directed and animated by Lorraine Jordan and produced by Jeremy Purcell. A cat called Jam longs for the world to see him as he sees himself, but it’s hard when his outside doesn’t match.
Lady Isabel & the Elf Knight is written and directed by Cashell Horgan, animated by Graham Isherwood and produced by Andrew Moore. A lonely princess dreams of a shining knight but has to make do with an Elf Knight instead.
Nitelink is written and directed by Aidan O’Sullivan, animated by Finbar Coyle and produced by Greg Connolly. A bereaved man, grieving and drunk, idly asks for a way out. Unfortunately, in doing so, he annoys those that could give him just that.
Hedy is written, directed and animated by Andy Clarke and produced by Matt D’Arcy. A savvy young homeless girl creates a robot as a surrogate for her departed younger brother. Not everyone is happy with their partnership.
The scheme has produced global award-winning films to a consistently high standard including titles such as Alan Holly’s Coda, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Awards®, Nicky Phelan’s Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, Jack O’Shea’s A Coat Made Dark and Vincent Gallagher’s Second to None; all of which went on to become internationally award-winning films.
Funded by the IFB and RTÉ, projects selected for FRAMEWORKS funding will combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a general audience.