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IFB Presents the World Premiere of the After ’16 Short Films - A Diverse Collection of Work to Celebrate the Centenary of 1916

19th Feb 2016

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board is pleased to announce the world premiere of After ‘16, a programme of short films which were commissioned to celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The screening, which will be introduced by Jim Sheridan, will take place this Sunday February 21st at the Light House Cinema as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. These nine short films capture filmmakers’ responses to the events of 1916 and the stories told are a mixture of live action drama, animation and documentary.

Speaking ahead of the premiere, IFB Production & Distribution Manager Emma Scott said:

“We received a huge response to the call and the applications were fascinating in their passion and detail on the vast subject of Irish identity. In the nine projects selected we believe there is a stimulating range of films on display, from the perspective of children all the way to a man of 102. These stories are told through puppets, through animation, by actors and by 'real people'. The films are set from the days leading up to the Rising, right through to the Troubles in Belfast and on to present day Ireland. We hope these nine films will resonate as the creative response of Irish filmmakers to the 1916 commemoration.”

Crime writer Alex Barclay, author of novels including Darkhouse and Blood Runs Cold, makes her screenwriting debut with Goodbye Darling directed by Maria-Elena DoyleMy Life for Ireland comes from Jump director Kieron J. Walsh and was produced by Emmaline Dowling and Damien O’Donnell, director of Inside I’m Dancing and written by Patrick McDonnell, the actor and comedian known for his roles in Father Ted and Moone Boy. Actor Conor MacNeill, who will soon be seen in the Jamie Dornan-starring Jadotville, has made his screenwriting debut with the Northern Ireland-set The Party, directed by Andrea Harkin. Dave Tynan, whose film Rockmount won the IFTA for Best Short Film in 2015, has written and directed The Cherishing which follows the children of the Rising.

Irish Times journalist and author Ann Marie Hourihane wrote and co-directed documentary Mr. Yeats & the Beastly Coins alongside Laura McNicholas. Joe Dolan’s A Father’s Letter is based on interviews with Fr Joseph Mallin, conducted with historian Sinead McCoole who authored the book ‘Easter Widows’. Baring Arms was directed by Colm Quinn and produced by David Clarke, who have collaborated on the upcoming feature documentary Going Viral.

Bowsie Workshop built a model of 1916 Dublin for the puppet-based A Terrible Hullabaloo, directed by Ben O’Connor and written by Aoife Noonan. AFP journalist Naomi O’Leary has written the animated documentary Granite and Chalk, directed by Patrick Hodgins.

Four After ‘16 filmmakers have been nominated for the ADIFF Discovery Award encouraging new and emerging talent – Dave Tynan (writer/director The Cherishing), JJ Rolfe (cinematographer The Cherishing), Laura McNicholas (producer/director Mr Yeats & the Beastly Coins) and Niamh Heery (producer/editor A Father’s Letter).

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival kicked off yesterday (February 18th) with the Irish premiere of John Carney’s Sing Street. IFB films to screen throughout the 11-day event include Rebecca Daly’s Mammal, Simon Fitzmaurice’s My Name is Emily and Paddy Breathnach’s Viva, which closes the festival on February 28th.

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