Katie McNeice’s In Orbit wins at inaugural Indiedance Film Festival
The inaugural Indiedance Film Festival based in Long Beach California took place this week, with the organisers taking to Zoom for a virtual Red Carpet Event. Katie McNeice’s LGBT Irish short In Orbit received five awards in total, including Best Picture Short, Best LGBT Short and Best Director.
Áine Ní Mhuirí (Blood, Broken) was also recognised for her performance as Maura with the award for Best Actress. Finally, McNeice was also awarded the stand-out title of Best Emerging Filmmaker.
If I could give this an 11/10 I would. The story, the pacing, camera work, performances and score and directing …all top-notch. Placing it in a near future was a wise and non-invasive choice that gave this a richness and a depth it may have otherwise not had in the same way. In Orbitis really remarkable and a work to be extremely proud of all around. Various lines resonate still, like ‘…each lived in me like a Russian doll’ or ‘…being wanted is something you cannot teach anyone’. I cannot wait to see what the filmmaker and the crew do next.
Juror Justin Ross, EVP of Development – Bohemia Group
Below is the virtual discussion between Festival Director Craig Bettendorf and Writer/Director Katie McNeice on the film’s inspiration, the process of self-funding and the need for LGBT visibility on screen.
In Orbit premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2019 to a Special Jury Mention, followed by the award for Best Irish Short at the GAZE International LGBT Film Festival. 50 festival selections and 35 awards later, it continues its US festival run with upcoming screenings including the first virtual Newport Beach Film Festival next month.
Upcoming projects for McNeice include the 2020 Comórtas Fisín Pitching Competition winner Focail Baile Croí (Words Home Heart) and the IMDb Script to Screen Award winner Lambing. Her feature screenwriting debut Lily, co-written with Graham Cantwell and based on the IFTA-nominated short, is currently in post-production.