Irish Shorts 1: In Competition
A programme of Irish and world premieres. There’s been many a short film programme bearing the promise of an eclectic mix, but do they combine absurdist humour, psycho-sexual horror and small town ennui, while also taking you around the world, from London to Nepal to Kenya, and back down to earth to a take-away in Scariff, Co. Clare? It’s quite a journey, and that last stop is perhaps the most transcendent leg of it!
It’s best not to say too much, suffice to say it’s a delight to present these exciting voices, telling a variety of stories - many of whom we have presented work from before.
DEATH OF THE SALARY MAN
Daniel Kehelly | 2022 | 8 mins | United Kingdon
A young man with a big suit and a small briefcase searches for his identity in the city. An experimental comedy-drama shot in London with an 8mm tape camcorder.
Dominic Curran | 2022 | 17 mins | United Kingdon
Elliott feels guilt over his struggles to truly empathise with those around him going through grief, imagining himself passing backwards to a simpler time.
WITH LOVE, FROM AIDAN
Reuben Harvey | 2023 | 12 mins | Ireland
In a dark satire family drama, experimental AI Aidan attends sister Sarah's birthday, realising he never truly belonged in her family. He thanks Sarah for teaching humanity, and unveils a surprise gift.
Ian Fallon | 2023 | 16 mins | Ireland
After surviving a traumatic ordeal, Levi’s old school crush Roan invites him over for the weekend. Waking from an intoxicated night of reconnecting, Levi becomes convinced Roan kissed him. As Levi seeks the truth, his grip on reality loosens.
Luke Morgan | 2023 | 16 mins | Ireland, Nepal | Subtitled
When Dhuckia grows up, she wants to be a boat-maker like her Dad. But when he finds out that she is showing the early symptoms of Leprosy, he must make a terrible choice. Based on a true story.
Lia Campbell | 2023 | 10 mins | Nairobi, United Kingdon
We follow couple Shee and Magnus as they deal with the aftermath of an unexpected pregnancy negotiating the questions and rifts this brings into their relationship. With same-sex adoption illegal in their home Kenya they must make a difficult decision.
Cillian Ó Gairbhí | 2023 | 14 mins | Ireland
Christmas time in a small-town chipper finds a couple at a turning point. Some choices must be made. Curry chips or eternal love?
All films are eligible for the Grand Prix Irish Short Award.