IRISH FILM FESTA in short – Online special edition 2020
THE APPOINTMENT (Northern Ireland, 2019) – 16’27”
prod. Louise Sinclair
with Ciaran Flynn, Geraldine McAlinden
Ian splits his time between working his dead end warehouse job and taking care of his ailing mother. The stresses of everyday life, alongside Anna’s illness, have created a rift between the two that is seemingly insurmountable.
BREAK US (Ireland, 2019) – 09’13”
Rioghnach Ní Ghrioghair
prod. Claire Mc Cabe
with Gavin Drea, Danielle Galligan, Noni Stapleton, Tristan Mc Connell
Mark and Sophie plan to rob a post office but as things go awry, they each discover what they’re really made of…
CIÚNAS / SILENCE (Ireland, 2019) – 12’34”
prod. Tristan Heanue
with Gary Lydon, Ally Ní Chairáin, Hazel Doupe
A couple embark on a journey in the midst of a family crisis.
CYNTHIA (Ireland, 2019) – 17’34”
prod. Lara Hickey
with Clare Dunne, Moe Dunford, Peter Campion, Valerie O’Connor, Caoimhe O’Malley
A dinner party with old friends takes a shocking turn as wounds are exposed, revelations are made, and the past resurfaces. Over one tense evening, Cynthia learns that some things can never be unsaid.
FATHER FATHER (Northern Ireland, 2019) – 18’38”
prod. Damon Quinn
with Ian McElhinney, Martin McCann, Diona Doherty,
Father James must decide what kind of a father God wants him to be.
THE GRASS CEILING (Ireland, 2029) – 14’53” / documentary
prod. Frankie Fenton
Three successful female athletes explore how being physically courageous, unapologetically competitive and deeply passionate in team sport can unlock a freedom to really occupy your own skin.
HALO (Ireland, 2019) – 16’14”
prod. Mícheál Fleming
with Michael-David McKernan, Toni O’Rourke, India Mullen, Patrick Flannery
A lonely taxi driver takes drastic action to protect a passenger from heartbreak.
MAYA (Ireland, 2019) – 16’37”
prod. Jessie Fisk
with Pat Shortt, Hannah Mamalis
A man living in an idyllic simulated world is forced to return to a life he sought desperately to escape
PARTING GIFT (Northern Ireland, 2018) – 9’39”
prod. Jason Forde
with Stuart Graham, Hayley McQuillan
When Polly meets homeless Neil, they spark up a strange relationship.
LA PETITE MORT (UK, 2019) – 6’25”
prod. Michael Smiley
with Tania Wade, Jonny Phillips
Two lonely people meet in a park. They have more in common than they realise.
RUBY (Northern Ireland, 2019) – 19’36”
prod. Liam Creagh, Damon Quinn
with Dan Gordon, Kate O’Toole
Len and Ruby are celebrating their Ruby wedding anniversary. Len has a history of odd and outlandish gifts. Ruby hopes that this year will be different and that he’ll arrange something “nice and normal”.
THE VASECTOMY DOCTOR (Ireland, 2019) – 10’47” / documentary
prod. Ronan Cassidy
Andrew Rynne, Ireland’s first vasectomy doctor, a man who took on the government over the controversial contraceptive laws of the 1980s and in 1990 survived being shot by a former vasectomy patient.
WAS THAT A YES? (Ireland, 2029) – 4’40”
Ray Mac Donnacha
prod. Kevin Ó Flatharta
with Dara Devaney, Sorcha Ní Chéide
Date night disaster.
ABE’S STORY (Ireland, 2019) – 12’21”
Adam H Stewart
prod. Eilish Kent
with the voices of Colin O’Donoghue, David Bamber, Owen Roe, Jonathan Ryan
Abe, an overworked and underappreciated theatre manager, struggles to finish a horror novel which he believes will change his destiny.
ARCHIE’S BAT (Ireland, 2029) – 2’25”
prod. Shannon Egan
A lonely boy is given the chance at friendship when his path crosses with an injured bat.
STREETS OF FURY (Ireland, 2019) – 4’59”
prod. Aidan McAteer
Max Punchface is only interested in two things – kicking and punching. His life takes a strange twist when he opens a door to the peaceful world of Sheepland…
THEM (Germany, Ireland 2019) – 14’57”
prod. Robin Lochmann, Mathias Schwerbrook
In a forgotten village, where everyone is cut from the same cloth, a new, self-proclaimed leader arrives changing the local way of life.
THE WIREMEN (Ireland, 2018) – 9’44”
prod. Dave Minogue, Richard Gordon
with the voices of Alisha Weir, Ruth McCabe, Barry Ward
When electricity is first brought to rural Ireland, a six-year-old girl believes an actual faerie has entered her home with ‘the light’.
OUT OF COMPETITION
A CONCRETE SONG (Ireland, 2019) – 2’30”
prod. Dawn Mac Allister
A Concrete Song is the original poem by Oona Doherty which inspired her Hard to be Soft performance series.