The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014, which concluded on Sunday night, has today revealed the winner of the CineTALENT award from the 2014 festival. The winner of the CineTALENT award is Donal Foreman, director ofOut Of Here.

Donal Foreman’s Out Of Here was one of the first films in the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival to sell out. Out of Here is a contemporary coming-of-age story showing Ireland and its youth culture in a light not previously seen or explored. Timely and expertly realised, Donal Foreman’s debut feature is a pitch-perfect and resonant depiction of contemporary Ireland and its young people. Donal also won the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award from the Dublin Film Critics Circle for the film. The film was crowdsourced and received completion funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board.

The CineTALENT award is an initiative between the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Universal Pictures, Screen International and Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, which showcases and promotes Irish filmmaking talent to the international industry and on the world stage. Nominations for this year’s CineTALENT award came directly from the production companies and / or distributors of the feature titles within the Irish season. A public vote for the CineTALENT award was live since February 13th, which allowed audiences to engage and vote for the nominees.

Donal Foreman’s prize will include profile from Screen International and networking opportunities at their events at the Toronto, Cannes and Berlin film festivals. He will also receive the support and assistance of Universal Pictures and Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, with networking introductions to influential industry contacts with a view to securing the widest possible audience for their film. The prize will also crucially include mentoring opportunities from established industry professionals.

Dubliner Donal Foreman has been making films since he was 11. From his very first films, he has explored different forms of improvisatory and collaborative filmmaking methods in an effort to find a filmmaking process that is transformative, fun and not simply a means to an end.

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