One of the things we love here at Scannain is filmmakers who are not afraid to take risks. Filmmakers who have a desire, a passion to bring their cinematic dreams to life. And we feel we have an obligation to help in whatever small way we can to make their visions real. That’s why we have this column to help Irish filmmakers who are crowd-sourcing funding for their films gain a little more exposure. Please check out the projects below, and if one takes your fancy please help these films come to life. Give a little love to Irish films.
Killruddery Film Festival
Okay this is technically not a film, but it does host a ton of shorts and feature films and is a great annual event. The Killruddery Film Festival is an annual three-day event established in 2009. Its program consists of film screenings, workshops and discussions, all in the beautiful surroundings of Killruddery House and Gardens. This year the festival is being programmed by film maker Andrew Legge, actress Serena Brabazon and artist Fionnuala Ardee, and will screen approximately twelve features and a selection of shorts with a strong emphasis on silent cinema. All the silent films are screened with live musical accompaniment.
The festival also hosts workshops on music improvisation and composition, discussions with festival guests, a cabaret evening and dinners in the gardens of Killruddery House.
Your donation goes towards the print fees, guest travel, technical stuff and the live musical elemen, with all of the staff volunteering their time and efforts. The festival itself will run 19th – 21st September.
6 Minutes in Maribor
A documentary following the Irish Kickboxing Team as they prepare for the WAKO European Championships in Maribor, Slovenia this November.
Plot Details: The film will look at what is involved to get to the European Championships. Following seasoned athletes nearing the end of their careers as well as up and coming stars, you will see the dedication and mental attitude needed to become the best in Europe. The documentary will focus on members of the Irish Point Fighting team.
Cast and Crew: Brosna O’Donovan (Director)
Gusto is a series of shorts, each with its own theme and story. Running at around 2 minutes in length, the title of each piece describes the main catalyst/driver of each story. The first story in this series is called Ice Cream.
Plot Details: Ice Cream is a story of love, regret and second chances. We follow a young man as he frantically searches a small newsagent for a mystery item, much to the distress of the elderly shopkeeper. But as the man begins to tell the shopkeeper his story, we discover the reason behind his impromptu arrival
Cast and Crew: Aaron Goodliffe (Director), Simon Crowe (DoP)
A documentary exploring some of the questions surrounding the presence of multinational corporations in Ireland.
Plot Details: With the status, power and tax arrangements of corporations in countries around the world this films seeks to highlight them in an Irish context. There are over 1,000 overseas companies based in Ireland, including 8 out of the top 10 IT and 8 out of top 10 pharmaceutical companies. It is no secret that Ireland’s corporate tax rate evokes interest from all over the world. The film will include interviews with many people from a broad spectrum of Irish society, politicians, academics, journalists, authors and representatives of some of the corporations in question
Cast and Crew: David Gorman (Director), Eamonn Dunne (DoP)