“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.

Irish Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Short vs. Hurricane Ophelia

There aren’t many sci-fi comedy shorts made in Ireland and so I was delighted to work as production Manager with the team behind “Rip to the Rescue“. The film was funded by Kildare County Council, written by Cian McGarrigle, directed by Paudie Baggott and produced by Sarah Barr.

LA actor Ryan Stanger as Rip

 

We shot over 5 days in October in Kildare, and had to deal with the Hurricane Ophelia, forcing us to cancel one of the shooting days. The team behind the film are currently crowdfunding to cover additional costs caused by the hurricane.

Starring Ryan Stanger (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Conan), Rose Henderson (Father Ted, Penny Dreadful), and Clare Monnelly (Moone Boy, Nowhere Fast) the film pits an all-American Hero against an all-knowing Irish Mammy. Sure he’s got a laser gun but she’s got the wooden spoon. Civilisation might have crumbled but Mammy still knows best and god help anyone who thinks otherwise.

Rose Henderson as the Mammy

 

Support the film’s post-production if you can – the crowdfunding campaign runs until 14 November 2017.

 

The Betrayal Premiere on RTÉ

I’m delighted to announce that my second short film, The Betrayal, will have its premiere on Irish national TV on Monday, 25 September 2017.

The film is a 26-min drama exploring themes of sexual identity, female friendship and domestic violence. It premiered last year at the prestigious GAZE International LGBT Film Festival in Dublin. Film Ireland wrote in its review:

Strong performances from the two female leads and solid work from the two directors shows an assured confidence from the cast and crew toward the project. Being a little on the long side of short allows time for the narrative’s more dramatic elements to be drawn out to a more satisfying degree and the pace is aided by a surprisingly robust soundtrack.

The Betrayal features music by:

  • Nick Cave & Warren Ellis (Martha’s Dream)
  • multi-award-winning Northern Irish artist Ryan Vail (from his debut album For Every Silence, which became BBC radio 1 Album of the week, Irish times Album of the week, finally nominated for the 2016 Ni Music prize (Best Northern Irish Album of 2016)
  • Irish alternative duo OCHO and British composer Andy Gillion
  • and finally, Conor Walsh, to whom the film is dedicated.

The film was shot by a predominantly female team, with yours truly wearing multiple hats as the writer, co-director (with IFTA-nominated Natasha Waugh), lead producer and actress. Tune in on Monday, September 25th, to RTÉ 2 (Shortscreen) to check it out.

Not based in Ireland? Rent or buy it on VOD! Thanks to Distrify, the film is now available globally.

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The Betrayal

Directed by Kamila Dydyna & Natasha Waugh

Written & produced by Kamila Dydyna

Produced by Eilis Abbott and Michael O’Dwyer

Cinematography: Malgorzata “Gosia” Zur

Editing: Iseult Howlett

Cast: Miriam Devitt, Kamila Dydyna, Mark McAuley

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!

 

 

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.