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Wardrop wins Directors Finders Series

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Ken Wardrop has won the annual Directors Finders Series 2009 for his feature documentary His and Hers. The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI), in association with the Directors Guild of America (DGA), presents the award.

The Directors Finders Series Award presents an Irish director with an opportunity to showcase their film in the Director’s Guild of America Theatre, Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles to an audience of American distributors and industry professionals with a view to securing a US distribution deal.

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Wardrop was hitherto known for the EFA and IFTA-winning short Undressing My Mother. He said, “It is an overwhelming honour for me to be presented with this incredible opportunity. I’m incredibly grateful to the panel of judges for giving my film such a stamp of approval.”

Martin Cullen, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism said, “This award is highly prestigious and brings with it a fantastic personal opportunity for Ken to have work presented and showcased in Los Angeles. I wish Ken every success in the US this summer and I also congratulate the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland – its Board and Staff – led by Chairman Ciaran Donnelly, on their direct involvement in this exciting key initiative for rising Irish filmmakers.”

SDGI will launch His and Hers on July 16 in Dublin at a special awards ceremony hosted by acclaimed directors Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan. Tomm Moore won the 2008 award for his feature The Secret of Kells [+see also:
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