#IrishFilm: RTÉ/Filmbase short Leap of Faith signs with Network Ireland Television
In what has been a great year so far for the RTE/Filmbase short Leap of Faith, it was announced recently that the distribution company, Network Ireland Television, has signed it to their catalogue. The news comes on the back of the short winning the IMRO ‘Scoring For Film’ competition and premiering at the Galway Film Fleadh.
The film tells the story of Kelly who longs for a connection in a disconnected world. Leap of Faith stars Leah Egan (Fair City, Ros na Rún) and Aron Hegarty (Game of Thrones, Vikings) in the main roles.
Directed by Mark Smyth, written by Dave Thorpe and produced by Jonathan Farrelly for PIO Media, the film has a host of award winning talent involved. With Jass Foley on board as cinematographer, Margot Cullen as production designer and Greg Burrowes as sound op. The film was edited by both Smyth & Thorpe with post-production completed in Screen Scene.
Network Ireland Television is one of the world leaders in representing and distributing the cream of worldwide shorts, with past Oscar winners and nominees on their books such as; Stutterer, Boogaloo and Graham, The Shore, The Crush, and The Phone Call.
My colleagues and I saw Leap of Faithwhen it screened at the Galway Film Fleadh in July. We thought that it was one of the best short films in competition there. We are thrilled to be working with Jonny and Mark and in helping to bring their excellent film to a wider festival and broadcast audience worldwide.
Derry O’Brien, Managing Director – NITV
It’s an absolute honour to be taken on by NITV. I had seen Derry do a talk in Belfast last year and taken a lot of notes about what works for distributors. Then having come through Filmbase’s Short Shots, it was always my aim to give Leap of Faith the best possible chance of getting signed with NITV. It’s funny, I can occasionally be a little short-sighted, so this is a nice surprise for myself as to what can happen with a bit of planning and patience!
Jonny Farrelly, Producer