MEDIA Funded Irish Films in Tribeca, New York and Hot Docs, Toronto as well as Cannes Film Festival
20 April 2017

MEDIA Funded Irish Films in Tribeca, New York and Hot Docs, Toronto as well as Cannes Film Festival


The Farthest documentary premieres at the Tribeca Film festival today, 20 April, in New York. Written and directed by Emer Reynolds and produced by Crossing The Line Productions who included the project in their successful 2014 Slate Project Development Funding application. The Farthest will screen In Tribeca's Viewpoint category which showcases documentaries, narratives, and hybrid work, American and international films, first time filmmakers and Oscar nominees. 'Viewpoints is Tribeca's home for bold directorial visions, underrepresented perspectives, and innovative style.' 

More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space - the first human-made object ever to do so. Slowly dying within its heart is a nuclear generator that will beat for perhaps another decade before the lights on Voyager finally go out. The Voyager will travel on for millions of years, carrying a Golden Record bearing recordings and images of life on Earth. In all likelihood, Voyager will outlive humanity. This documentary celebrates the men and women who built the spaceship and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped. 

The MEDIA funded feature film, Pilgrimage, directed by Brendan Muldowney for Savage Productions is also showing in Tribeca's Viewpoint category. Directed by Brendan Muldowney, Pilgrimage is a medieval drama set in Ireland in 1209. A group of monks set out on a pilgrimage across an Ireland that is in grip of tribal warfare and suffering the expansion of Norman invaders. Escorting a holy relic to Rome, the group's progress is seen through the eyes of a young novice and a mute lay-brother with a violent past.

The cast features Tom Holland (Spider Man) as a novice monk and Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) as a knight. Irish actors include John Lynch, Hugh O’Conor and Ruaidhri Conroy. Pilgrimage received Single Project Development Funding for Savage Productions


The MEDIA supported documentary, In Loco Parentis has changed its name to School Life and is proving to be a huge hit at international festivals. School Life won a special Jury Prize at the San Francisco Film Festival this April. The jury noted: 'The jury would like to give a special jury prize to a movie that take us into an eccentric and idyllic world with intuitive grace and a richly empathetic vision.'

Up next, School Life will screen at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Special Presentations Program. Hot Docs Festival runs from 27 - 30 April, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

cannes film festival

Great news for Element Pictures - their MEDIA supported film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer has been selected to show in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos who was also at the helm of another Element and MEDIA supported film, The Lobster. Both films feature Colin Farrell in a lead role.