The Dingle International Film Festival wrapped up last night with the winner of the annual Físín pitching competition being announced.

Tristan Heanue’s script Ciúnas (Silence) was the selected project and will receive a cash prize along with equipment rental from Vast Valley Ltd.

The story revolves around a family trying to come to terms with an attempted suicide and the stigma…..

The film will be produced by IFTA winner Éamonn Ó Cualáin (Puck of the Irish, Men at Lunch) who pitched the project along with Heanue (Today, In This Place, A Break In The Clouds).

Ciúnas (Silence) will go into production this summer in Connemara and is scheduled to premiere at the 2019 Dingle International Film Festival.

Writer/Director Tristan Heanue accepting the Físín award at the Dingle International Film Festival

Writer/Director Tristan Heanue accepting the Físín award at the Dingle International Film Festival

The Físín competition is an annual competition since 2011 that targets and encourages filmmaking in the Irish language.

Although an international event, the Dingle Festival remains strongly rooted in Irish soil and has been a vital and energising force in the creation of new films in our own vernacular. The introduction in 2011 of the Físín prize, the first Irish language script competition, has encouraged many filmmakers to develop their films in our beautiful national language, ensuring that it remains a living source of inspiration for this and future generations, and fostering its ongoing relevance in an artistic environment that continuously evolves and innovates. Michael D. Higgins, Uachtarán na hÉireann, President of Ireland

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