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Occi, Race begin shoots

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Writer/director Conor McDermottroe’s debut feature Occi vs. the World, based on his acclaimed play Swansong, has commenced principal photography in Sligo. The film follows a young man as he searches for his father.

The film is a German/ Irish co production between German company Florin Film and Irish companies Zanzibar Films and Borderline Productions.

Florin’s Hermann Florin said, “Finding my Irish co-producers was very easy, in Edwina Forkin and Tom Maguire I simply found the best. Together with the German DoP Alex du Prel and a fabulous Irish-German team I am expecting a unique and intense film.”

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The Irish Film Board (IFB), Section 481, RTE, Eurimages, Kinowelt and ZDF/Arte are financing the film with assistance from the MEDIA Programme.

IFB CEO Simon Perry said, “Occi vs. the World is one of many Irish films which have chosen to shoot in a rural location in Ireland, ensuring that the four corners of Ireland are presented to the rest of the world through the medium of film. This production will bring local jobs and local spend to Sligo and will ultimately promote the region to international audiences.”

LA based The Little Film Company is handling international sales.

Meanwhile, German director Andre Nebe (Tricky Fingers) has begun shooting The Race in Belfast and Monaghan. The film stars Colm Meaney (Intermission, Kings), Susan Lynch (Waking Ned) and newcomer Niamh McGirr. The film follows a young girl’s attempts to become a racecar driver.

The film is a co-production between Irish company Grand Pictures and German outfit Zero West. The IFB and Northern Ireland Screen are backing the film, with High Point handling international sales.

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