Galway Film Fleadh short film highlights

More than 70 shorts films in all manner if genres and languages

A scene from Charlie Endean’s directorial debut, Open Road.

A scene from Charlie Endean’s directorial debut, Open Road.

FOURTEEN SHORT film programmes, featuring drama, documentary and animation, and films from Britain, Mexico, Norway, Lebanon, and the United States, will be screened at this year's Galway Film Fleadh.

This year’s short animation programme features an abundance of styles from old school stop-motion to dark comedy. Highlights include an adaptation of the classic Irish novel An Béal Bocht by Tom Collins, and the Médecins Sans Frontières produced Sorry I Drowned, inspired by a letter found on the drowned body of a refugee fleeing from war.

The documentaries explore a variety of subjects from the therapeutic power of tattoos to Olympic dreams, from urban cowboys to vintage motorcycles, the last being the focus of Charlie Endean’s directorial debut, Open Road.

Other films to look out for include WAVE, co-directed by Oscar winner Benjamin Cleary; the Irish premiere of A Drowning Man, which was shown in Cannes; the directorial debuts of The Gate Theatre director Selina Cartmell, for her Filmbase/RTÉ funded The Date, and the renowned MTV VMA nominated music-video director Brendan Canty with For You; and Irish model Laragh McCann goes behind the camera for her debut film Day.

Among the numerous premieres being hosted by the Galway Film Fleadh are two programmes of films funded by the Irish Film Board - Short Stories and Frameworks Animations.

The fleadh will also host a short film forum, with a panel discussion dedicated to emerging and established short filmmakers in all genres, with a focus on strategies and advice from international film festivals and short film programmers.

The Galway Film Fleadh shorts programme runs from Wednesday July 12 to Sunday 16. Full details of each programme will be live on www.filmfleadh.ie from Tuesday June 27.

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