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Sunday 12.45 pm  - Courthouse

Our internationally popular short film competition has a fabulous Sunday afternoon of treats for you. We kick off with the Documentaries. THIS IS A FREE EVENT, we ask that you enter only in between the shorts. 

1. Sit Down and Shut Up

It’s 1980, Ireland is in the midst of recession, the world is locked in the Cold War and football royalty Real Madrid travel to play local football club Limerick City FC in world football’s premier competition, the European Cup. This is the David Vs Goliath tale about the opera of football, the city of Limerick, and a game that no one remembers that three men will never forget. This is Sit Down and Shut Up.

Project Type:Documentary, Short
Runtime: 13 minutes 7 seconds
Completion Date: June 1, 2021

Director Biography - Eamonn Murphy

Cian O Connor is a filmmaker from the West of Ireland. The Kerryman newspaper has described Cian's work as "stories from the West of Ireland, with echoes of the past and lessons for the present". He has won awards from The Royal Television Society of Ireland, Garden State Film Festival, Indie Cork Festival, and Kerry Film Festival. Cian's films have also screened at Galway Film Fleadh, Cambridge Film Festival and the prestigious DOC NYC. Cian strives to tell unique stories and rural tales, with a distinctive visual flair.

2. A Man in Chain

Issa is a 29 year old man held by chains. In the past 14 years, through winter and summer, rainy seasons and drought, he has been tethered around a thick, solid tree root within the sight of the family hut. He cannot move beyond the earthen circle allowed by his two-meter-thick metal chain.

Project Type: Documentary, Short

Runtime: 22 minutes 23 seconds
Completion Date: June 1, 2021

Director Biography - Alireza Mirasadollah

Alireza Mirasadollah is an award-winning director/producer with 12 years experience at the BBC and Iran International TV as a journalist and documentary maker with a total of 24 years in media having begun as an animator in New Zealand 1997.

3. Nothing to Declare

Keith Byrne (10) and Noel Murray (13) from Darndale had run away before, but evading the authorities in three countries was a first – even for them ! In August 1985 they began an incredible adventure that would see the young duo leaving home and eventually ending up in New York having arrived there on an Air India flight from London. Their journey baffled security in three countries, caused a major terrorism alert and left their parents in the dark about their whereabouts for days. Now thirty six years later and for the first time on screen together, Keith and Noel recount their adventure.
Their story had the Irish nation talking as they created international headlines, however they reveal the life that followed after the headlines faded. A nostalgic trip of adventure with two men who ran away from home and captured the heart of the nation.

Project Type: Documentary, Short
Runtime: 29:55
Completion Date: July 25, 2021

Director Biography - Garret Daly


Director/Producer Mixed Bag Media  2001 – Present and is Responsible for all things creative. He was also Producer of various national radio shows on RTE 1, 2FM and RTE Lyric FM


4. Best Foot Forward

A day in the life of Mary Duffy, a painter born without arms. Mary goes about her day, showing her studio, paintings and demonstrating how she makes them. She ventures outdoors to paint in the tranquil countryside, then retreats to her home where she shows her love and artistic relationship with cooking.

Project Type: Documentary, Short
Runtime: 6:23
Completion Date: May 28, 2021

Director Biography - Seán Hart


Seán Hart is a writer-director based in Bray, Co.Wicklow. Seán has a strong passion for visual storytelling which is evident through his work. He has a QQI Level 5 and HND Level 6 in TV & Film Production from Bray Institute of Further Education. Now he has finished his study at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CDCFE and is working towards creating more short films and documentaries. 



5. One of The Most Important Feelings

Jan (60), is a bachelor who lives with his mother (89) in a small house in Kraków. Jan is retired and spends most of his time taking care of his mother, who is waiting for a peaceful death. He divides his love between his mother and his beloved subaru impreza 2001, which is one of his biggest accomplishments. This film is a portrait of the daily lives of two people who, despite their hard past, try to define what love is to them.

Project Type: Documentary, Short
Runtime: 14:09
Completion Date: June 15, 2020

Director Biography - Bartek CebulaBartek Cebula is a Polish Canadian film director and writer. Born in 1997, in Montréal, Canada, his journey with film began in high school, when he started making short films with his friends. After high school, he went on to study film directing at the Warsaw Film School, where he is currently on his third and final year. Bartek has many short films under his belt, ranging from two to twenty minutes in length, which are currently making their way around the short film circuit.

6. Chernobyl Prayer

Based on Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich's 'Chernobyl Prayer'

Project Type: Documentary, Short
Runtime: 4 minutes 40 seconds
Completion Date: October 12, 2020

Director Biography - Christian Craughwell


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