Testimony Secures a Broadcast License With US ShortsHD™

Following its selection to New York City Independent Film Festival, Irish short “Testimony” was picked up by US Channel ShortsHD™ for a 3-year broadcast license deal. Testimony is a debut film from writer/ director Kamila Dydyna, produced by Eamonn Tutty of Reckoner Productions (Ireland) and Cara Bamford of Foxrock Productions (U.K.)

The film addresses the subject of domestic violence through the eyes of a child put in a witness stand. It features all-Irish cast, including 11-year-old Olivia Daly, Clodagh Downing (Patsy Dick, Darkness On The Edge Of Town), Neill Fleming (The Hit Producer, Game of Thrones) and Hilary Cotter (The Tudors). The film was shot by Alan Rogers and edited by Daragh Murphy (November Seven Films). Executive Producers team includes Florencia Iriondo (U.S.), Niall Murphy (Ireland) and Brandon Smith (Australia, Chien Noir Films).

“Testimony” already picked up an Award of Merit in the U.S. IndieFEST Film Awards. The film will have its Irish festival premiere on September 12th during the Underground Cinema Film Festival. It will also be screened during Australian Speak Up Film Festival on August 31st, with the NYC premiere following on 16th October.

“Testimony” will be available on ShortsHD™ for 3 years, starting in November 2015. ShortsHD is a world-leading short movie media group, available to 40 million homes, with over 11 million subscribers in 54 countries. The channel is owned and operated by Shorts International Ltd, headquartered in London with its US head office in Los Angeles. Since 2006, Shorts International has produced the OSCAR® Nominated Short Film theatrical release, distributing it to theaters across North America and Europe with its global media partners. In 2008, Shorts International became one of the earliest iTunes movie partners, bringing hundreds of the world’s best independent shorts to the iTunes audience, years before the iTunes Movie Store launched.

Testimony Wins in IndieFEST Film Awards

Testimony, produced by Reckoner Productions (Ireland) and Foxrock Productions (UK), has won a prestigious Award of Merit from the IndieFEST Film Awards.

The IndieFEST Film Awards recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the IndieFEST and a list of recent winners can be found at www.theindiefest.com.

In winning an IndieFEST Film Award, Kamila Dydyna joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including Liam Neeson as the narrator of Love Thy Nature, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tom Hall for Generosity of Eye, David Gero of Yamaha Entertainment,  searing expose Davids and Goliath by Leon Lee, Star Trek Fan Favorite Prelude to Axanar and European heavyweight Roland Joffee for The Lovers starring Josh Hartnett and Bollywood star Bipasha Basu.

Rick Prickett, who chairs The IndieFEST Film Awards, had this to say about the latest winners, “The IndieFEST is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The IndieFEST helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of The IndieFEST Film Awards is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

First Irish Festival for Testimony

I’m delighted to announce that my short film Testimony will have its Irish festival premiere at the 6th Underground Cinema Film Festival in September.

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The film, which is my writing and directorial debut, will also be featured in the 4th edition of the CinéWomen magazine. Honoring the influence of women in video art, independent cinema and choreography, Testimony will be featured among a selection of worldwide artists for their 2015 Edition.

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Lastly, if you’re based in Dublin, come join us in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoighre on July 30th, where Testimony will be featured as part of the Underground Cinema Short Film Screenings. Looking forward to seeing you there! Details on the lineup of the shorts can be found here.

Testimony is produced by Reckoner Productions (Ireland) and Foxrock Productions (UK).

Executive Producers: Chien Noir Films, Florencia Iriondo, Niall Murphy, Kamila Dydyna, Catherine Preston, Alan Rogers.

Associate Producers: Driftwood Doll Films.

Bristol Media Writes About Feather-Light And Paper-Thin

Bristol Media, one of the biggest creative networks in the UK, writes about Feather Light And Paper Thin, the webseries I had the pleasure of working on last year.

“Bristol is well known for its creative influences, and it’s no surprise that this drama is already beginning to cause a ripple of excitement on the independent film scene.  Written and directed by Ian Garforth, the drama is inspired by Norwegian style shows such “The Killing” – except with a Bristolian twist.”

Check out the full article here.

 

Positive Discrimination – Coming Soon!

I’m delighted to join the talented team behind the new short film, Positive Discrimination, as Executive Producer.

Written and directed by Charlo Johnson, the film is an intense drama that centres on Tanya, a college student struggling to pay her tuition fees, who receives advice from the most unlikely of sources: an elderly gentleman who has an unconventional perspective on life. Keep up to date on the latest news on our Facebook Page,

Liam Burke as Joe in "Positive Discrimination"
Liam Burke as Joe in “Positive Discrimination”

 

Testimony (Short Film) – Full Steam Ahead

A short film I wrote in June 2014 is full steam ahead in pre-production. Based on true events that took place in Poland in 1991, the film tells the story of a 9-year-old girl that is asked to testify in a domestic abuse court hearing. Her mother is the plaintiff, her father – the defendant. The girl testifies in a courtroom in front of a judge, with both parents present. While by today’s standards putting a child under such pressure is unthinkable, hearings like that took place in Poland until 2005.

We have great cast onboard, including Clodagh Downing (Patsy Dick, Darkness on The Edge Of Town), and Neill Fleming (The Hit Producer, Game of Thrones). The film will be produced by Matthew Toman from Bankhouse Productions (Family, Don’t You Recognise Me?) and Cara Bamford from Foxrock Productions. Alan Rogers (Family, Bridge to Kindness) joins us as DOP, and Alan Tully (Metanoia, Pin / Do) will edit & score the film.

More details coming soon, stay tuned!