#IrishAbroad: Amy-Joyce Hastings’ QED wins Best Overall Short in Santa Fe

QED, a new short drama directed by Amy-Joyce Hastings, has just won an award for Best Overall Short at the Santa Fe Film Festival in the United States.

Exploring the theme of sacrificial love, QED poses the ultimate question, ‘What won’t love do?’

The film was co-written by Hastings and lead actor Michael O’Kelly (Red Rock). It also stars Donna Anita Nikolaisen (Fair City), Norma Sheahan (Handsome Devil), and Charlene Gleeson (Penny Dreadful) in the principal roles.

QED is actress Hastings’ fourth short film as writer/director. In July 2016 she wrote and directed Body of Christ, a micro short commissioned by the Galway Film Centre (UNESCO City of Film). Body of Christ won 2nd place at the 28th Galway Film Fleadh’s ‘One Minute Film Festival’, was nominated for the Micro Cinema Award at the Blackbird Film Festival in New York in April 2017, and took home the Award for Best One Minute Film at the 7th Underground Cinema Film Festival. Previous shorts include Hear Me Now and Nocturne Passage. Film Venture’s productions The Callback Queen (feature) and Lily (short film) have
a combined three IFTA nominations since 2016.

Trisha Flood, Danielle Collins, Jannick Ohlendieck and Michael O’Lelly produced, alongside Executive Producers Alan Fitzpatrick and Graham Cantwell for Filmbase and Film Venture respectively.  Director of Photography was Jaro Waldeck, with Sonja Mohlich as Costume Designer, Marina Granville as Key Makeup and Hair Artist and Jessica Timlin and Alekson Dal’Armellina on production design. The score was created by two-time Emmy-nominated composer Joseph Conlan and post-production sound was headed up by Dean Jones at Raygun Sound.

The special setting of the Santa Fe Film Festival in the unique and historic City of Santa Fe allows filmmakers, journalists, industry leaders and audiences from around the world to gather together in celebration of film.

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