Two IFB titles win Galway
Co-funded by the UK Film Commission’s (FC) New Cinema Fund to the tune of €876.214, and by the Irish Film Board (IFB) , Intermission by John Crowley won the audience award for best film at the 15th Galway Film Fleadh (8-13 July).
Another IFB-funded title, Headrush, the directorial feature debut of Shimmy Marcus, came second.
Intermission was produced by Stephen Woolley and Neil Jordan’s Company of Wolves , with Alan Moloney’s Parallel Films, and stars Colin Farrell (Minority Report), Colm Meaney (How Harry Became a Tree), Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later), Kelly MacDonald (Gosford Park, Trainspotting) and Shirley Henderson (24 Hour Party People [+see also:
film profile]). Buena Vista will release the film in the UK.
The low-budget DV feature, Headrush, was produced by Zanzibar Films, Ipso Facto and Ijswater Films and received IFB money. Headrush is scheduled for release in Benelux in the autumn, followed by Ireland and the UK.
“These two films perfectly demonstrate different scales of Irish film currently being made with Intermission, a bigger budget enterprise featuring Colin Farrell, to the lower budget digital feature, Headrush,” said Ron Stone, CEO of the IFB while Paul Trijbits, head of the New Cinema Fund said, "We are thrilled to be supporting a project as witty, smart and energetic as Intermission ... and we're delighted it has won the respect of such a decerning audience."
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