11 April 2017
The top award of Best Film at the IFTA (Irish Film and TV Academy) Awards 2017 went to Darren Thornton’s debut feature A Date With Mad Mary, last Saturday, 8th April. Charleigh Bailey also took home the award for Best Supporting Actress in Film, for her portrayal of bride Charlene in A Date with Mad Mary. The film was written by Colin Thornton and Darren Thornton, and produced by Juliette Bonass and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures who receieved Creative Europe MEDIA Slate Funding for development of the project. (Read an interview here with Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures about the impact of development funding on their company and projects).
El Zorrero Films won Best Documentary for Mattress Men which was supported in its initial development by Single Project Content Development. Mattress Men was directed and shot by Colm Quinn, produced by Dave Clarke and Ciarán Deeney, edited by John Murphy, and features music composed by Michael Fleming. Last year we spoke to Colm Quinn and Ciarán Deeney about the inspiration behind the film and how it was developed.
The Secret Scripture won two awards - Production Design for Derek Wallace and Best Original Score for Brian Byrne. The Secret Scripture was produced by Ferndale Films who received MEDIA development support for this project in 2012 under the Slate Funding Scheme. Based on Sebastian Barry’s acclaimed novel, this is Jim Sheridan’s first Irish-set film since The Boxer (1997).
You can check out other current Creative Europe funded projects here.