A new Irish short drama starring Victoria Smurfit (Once Upon a Time) has won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. The Secret Market a contemporary mystery thriller written by Conor Ryan and directed by Martina McGlynn and Garret Daly held its world premiere over the weekend at the festival that is ranked one of the top ten film festivals in the US.

Speaking following the win writer Conor Ryan commented “I am very grateful to the Rhode Island Film Festival jury members.  I’m deeply honoured, and absolutely delighted to have won this award.  The Secret Market screenplay was brought to life by a team of exceptionally talented artists.  I can’t thank the cast and crew enough for all their remarkable work in front of, and behind the camera.”

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Victoria Smurfit plays Amy McCarthy, a doctor who has risen through the medical ranks to become chief surgeon. She has a near perfect life until her past comes back to haunt her. The film stars an impressive ensemble of Irish actors including Tadhg Murphy (Black Sails, Vikings), Mark Huberman (Frank, Noble), Camille O’Sullivan (Rebellion), Jonathan White (Love Rosie, Noble) and Eric Lalor (Fair City).

Speaking from Rhode Island filmmakers Martina McGlynn and Garret Daly thanked everyone involved with the making of the film and expressed how they looked forward to bringing the film to more major festivals in Ireland and hopefully around the world.

It was announced at the awards ceremony held at the RISD Museum in Providence that this years festival attracted over six thousand entries with three hundred films selected. The Secret Market was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay from this years films screened at the Oscar accredited festival.

Filmed on location in Ireland throughout Dublin city and Tullamore, County Offaly, the film was shot by IFTA winning Director of Photography James Mather (Frank, Ripper Street).  Music was composed by Golden Globe nominated and IFTA winning composer Brian Byrne (Albert Nobbs, The Secret Scripture).

The film is the debut short from Limerick writer Conor Ryan. The Secret Market is produced by Martina McGlynn, Victoria Smurfit and Garret Daly through Mixed Bag Media.

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