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KISSES continues success with official selection for London Film Festival

18th Sep 2008

Following in the steps Lenny Abrahamson's film GARAGE, the Irish film KISSES directed by Lance Daly (The Halo Effect, Last Days in Dublin), with funding from the IFB, has been selected for the upcoming London Film Festival, along with the Irish feature HELEN and the IFB short film FRANKIE. 

Since premiering at the Galway Film Fleadh in July, where it picked up the Best Irish Feature Award, KISSES has received major international critical acclaim. In the last two months, the film has screened at the A-list international festivals Toronto, Locarno and Telluride.

KISSES created a strong industry buzz in Toronto where it screened as part of the Vanguard selection, which specially spotlights bold filmmakers that challenge the boundaries of social discourse.  The film has also gone on to secure a major international sales agent, with Focus Features picking up the international rights.

Written and directed by Lance Daly, KISSES stars 12 year old Kelly O'Neill and Shane Curry as Kylie and Dylan, two young children who decide to run away from their dysfunctional homes and spend a night on the streets of Dublin's inner city. Produced by Macdara Kelleher with Fastnet Films (The Halo Effect, Tonight is Cancelled), the film was funded from Bord Scannan na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), Film I Vast, the BCI, TV3, and Zentropa.

Darren Thornton’s 12 minute short Frankie, has scooped a host of awards this year, including the UIP Award for best Short Film in Berlin and Audience Award for Best Short Film award at the LA Film Festival, will screen as part of the Youth Shorts Programme. The tells the story of a 15 year old boy as he prepares for impending fatherhood.

Helen, directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, received funding from the IFB when it was selected for the Edinburgh Film Festival. The film received strong reviews after the Edinburgh screening and was recently picked up by distributor New Wave Films. The film is based on a 17 year old girl who becomes mixed up in her own life and a police reconstruction that she is hired for.

Currently in its 52nd year, the London Film Festival is the UK's largest public film event, screening over 300 films from 60 countries. 

KISSES is due to be released by Element Distribution in Irish cinemas later this year.

To find out more about the London Film Festival which runs from 15 - 30 October, check out the festival website.

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