Galway filmmaker wins prize at literary award

Amy-Joyce Hastings wins third prize at the 2021 Hammond House Publishing International Literary Prize

Amy-Joyce Hastings.

Amy-Joyce Hastings.

AMY-JOYCE Hastings, the County Galway actor and filmmaker, won third prize for her script, Perspective, in the screenplay category of the 2021 Hammond House Publishing International Literary Prize, awarded by the University Centre Grimsby.

The annual writing competition, now in its sixth year, attracted entries from 27 different countries. In the screenplay competition, the judges were looking for well-written scripts with compelling stories and developed characters that explore and showcase imagination and creativity.

There will be a televised awards ceremony for winners and shortlisted entries in all three categories at the University Centre Grimsby on February 9.

Perspective is a short film book-ended with two Halloween nights, one year apart. A young girl, Hazel, loses her eye in a firework attack. Instead of giving in to despair, her natural optimism and resilience allows her to reimagine herself, in the process inspiring the adults around her.

Amy-Joyce Hastings, from Portumna, won the Best Original Content award for Sky Television's inaugural International Short Film Awards. As an actor, she has starred in Who We Love, which premiered at the 33rd Galway Film Fleadh in 2021. Hastings is hoping to bring Perspective to screens later this year.


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