“Mary” and “Mother” Premieres at Galway Film Fleadh

Two short films on which I worked as production manager earlier this year will premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh. If you’re in Galway 13th/ 14th July, check out the details (and tickets) here: 

“Mary” – dir Shaun O’Connor, prod. Sharon Cronin, starring Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul) Tickets.

“Mother” – dir Natasha Waugh, prod. Sharon Cronin, starring Hilary Rose (The Young Offenders): Tickets.

See you in Galway!

Catcalls Premiere at Cork Film Festival

Catcalls“, a short horror funded by the Irish Film Board, will have its world premiere during Cork Film Festival on 18th November.

I had the pleasure of working on the film as Production Manager. We filmed Catcalls over 4 days in May 2017 and it’s exciting to see the film premiere at Cork Film Festival. Written and directed by Kate Dolan, produced by Aoife Kelly, with cinematography by Piers McGrail, the film explores the themes of street harassment and women being made victims in safe spaces. In this fictional horror, the power is shifted and the predator becomes the prey.

Don’t miss the premiere screening on November 18th at 4pm. Details and tickets: click here.

The Betrayal’s Premiere at GAZE LGBT Film Festival

Delighted to announce that our newly-completed short film THE BETRAYAL will have its world premiere at the 24th GAZE International LGBT Film Festival in Dublin.

Since 1992, GAZE has become Ireland’s largest LGBT film event, and the country’s biggest LGBT gathering outside of Dublin Pride. I can’t imagine a more perfect audience for my 2nd film which focuses, among other things, on sexual identity and LGBT matters. It’s also such a privilege to be screened in a program which includes Paddy Breathnach’s VIVA and Edmund Lynch’s A DIFFERENT COUNTRY.

THE BETRAYAL is a 26-min drama which I co-directed with Natasha Waugh earlier this year. It was shot by Malgorzata “Gosia” Zur, and co-produced by Michael O’Dwyer (Driftwood Doll Films) and Eilis Abbott, with the Executive Producers team including William R. Carter (UK), Glen Shire, Charlo Johnson, Aidan Whelan (Ireland) and Florencia Iriondo (NYC).

The film features Miriam Devitt, myself and Mark McAuley in leading roles. We’re particularly proud of the soundtrack which includes tracks by Conor Walsh, Ryan Vail, OCHO and Andy Gillion, with our biggest soundtrack name to be announced shortly.

Watch out for THE BETRAYAL in the Irish Shorts programme on Sunday 31st July, at 6.30pm in The Light House Cinema! Click here for tickets.

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My Short Film Screenings At Five Festivals In October

It was a fantastic month for my debut short film Testimony which screened in 5 festivals in 3 countries. October was a Domestic Violence Awareness Month (#DVAM) so being able to share my film with so many audiences globally was an even more incredible experience. Thank you to IndieCork Film Festival, The Richard Harris International Film Festival, Dublin International Short Film And Music Festival, NYC Independent Film Festival and British & Irish Film Season in Luxembourg for screening Testimony!

NYC Indie FF Awards Night: With Florencia Iriondo, Exec Producer, NYC, and Cara Bamford, Producer, Foxrock Productions, UK. Photo by Carlos Otero
NYC Indie FF Awards Night: With Florencia Iriondo, Exec Producer, NYC, and Cara Bamford, Producer, Foxrock Productions, UK. Photo by Carlos Otero

 

Lovely audience at IndieCork Film Festival before the screening of Testimony
Lovely audience at IndieCork Film Festival before the screening of Testimony

Next week, Testimony is screened at the Waterford Film Festival (Nov 7th, 4.30pm), and the week after it will be screened in Rome at the AS Film Festival (14th November, 11.00am). AS Film Festival is the first festival in the world managed entirely by a team of people with Asperger Syndrome (AS, high functioning autistic condition). This year, the festival’s official patron is the European Parliament.

On Saturday 7th November I’ll be attending the Underground Cinema Awards in Dublin. Testimony was nominated in 4 categories, including Best Screenplay. Really looking forward to this one.

Exciting times ahead, stay tuned!

 

 

Testimony at Indie Cork Film Festival

 

Testimony is screening at the wonderful IndieCork Film Festival tomorrow! Absolutely thrilled to have my film shown in this festival. Testimony is showing at the Gate Cinema in Irish Shorts Programe #4, Saturday 10th October 16.30.

It’s impossible to mention my favourite film of the festival, but I can’t not mention Just Like A Bitch, Today, Little Bear, Dad In Mum (Papa Dans Mama), Ghost Cell, Daewit and Love is Blind. Wonderful shorts, check them out if you can. Congrats to all the filmmakers!

If you’re in Cork, make sure to check out Testimony at 16.30 in the Gate Cinema!

 

 

VIP Centre Sponsors Testimony in NYC!

Katarzyna Sudak, Tomasz Wybranowski, Kamila Dydyna & Katarzyna Ruszel

I’m delighted to announce that VIP Centre is the official sponsor of Testimony’s visit to New York City in October! Testimony is being screened on October 16th as part of the 6th NYC Independent Film Festival, and thanks to the generosity of the VIP Centre, I can attend the screening!

VIP Centre is run by CEO Katarzyna Ruszel. The company operates in 17 countries, providing services in multiple industries (medical, legal, beaty, and more) though its network of partner companies.

Check out VIP Beauty Centre and VIP Medical Centre on Facebook!

Within the partnership with VIP Centre, Testimony is also supported by Polish journalist and author Tomasz Wybranowski, who runs a brilliant Polish radio program Polish Weekly (“Polska Tygodniowka”) every Wednesday. Tomasz and the radio program has been supporting the film since January 2015, before we even started production! We’re deeply grateful for his support. Check out the program’s Facebook page here.

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More updates from NYC coming soon!

Four Nominations for Testimony at the Underground Cinema Awards!

Underground Cinema is one of the most diverse and innovative businesses in the Irish entertainment and film industry. Their annual Independent Film Awards celebrate the very best in independently funded Irish feature films.

We are thrilled to have received four nominations at yesterday’s nomination night in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.

  • Best Supporting Actress for Hilary Cotter
  • Best Costume Design for Gwen Jeffares-Hourie
  • Best Screenplay for Kamila Dydyna
  • Rising Star Award for Kamila Dydyna

Complete list of nominees can be found here.

The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday November 7th.

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.

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.

Official Selection UCFF 2015

 

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.