This year OFFline Film Festival celebrates its 9th year, running October
10th – 14th in Birr, County Offaly.
The OFFline Film Festival screens a selection of International and Irish short films chosen by a panel of judges, with prizes including a distribution deal for Best Irish Short Film. For the past four years OFFline Film Festival and access>CINEMA have worked in partnership to promote the work of Irish filmmakers and offering this fantastic distribution prize.
Oscar winning director Benjamin Cleary and co-director TJ O’Grady Peyton (who also plays the lead role) combined for the short film Wave which screened and was selected by a jury as the winner of Best Irish Short last year at the OFFline Film Festival in 2017, scooping the prize of an Irish distribution deal with access>CINEMA.
Wave tells the story of a man waking from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language baffling linguistic experts from around the globe.
Benjamin Cleary also scooped an Audience Award at OFFline Film Festival in 2015 for his short film Stutterer’ which then went on to win Best Short Film at the Oscars in 2016.
From 10th of September, short film Wave will be available to watch before the main feature film at 80 access>CINEMA member clubs across Ireland, thereby exposing this new Irish filmmaker to new cultural cinema audiences with this expansive reach.
OFFline Film Festival 2018 takes place next month, with fantastic prizes for filmmakers such as the distribution deal, along with screenings, workshops and even a 57 hour filmmaking challenge hosted in and around Birr, County Offaly.
Check out www.offlinefilmfestival.com for more details and keep an eye on OFFline Film Festival on Facebook and Twitter for exciting updates and details of the programme soon to be announced. For anyone that loves watching or making films – OFFline is the place to be this October.