Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) & RTE have announced that the World Premiere of five new animated films from the multi-award-winning Frameworks short film scheme, will take place at the 29th Galway Film Fleadh next month. It is hoped the films will begin their festival life at the Fleadh, with an eye on securing major international festival selections and awards, with potential Oscar qualification over the coming 18 months.
Orla McHardy’s Where is Eva Hipsey?; Rory Byrne’s An Island; Aoífe Doyle’s Departure; Alan Short and Seamus Malone’s Macarooned , and Louise Bagnall’s Late Afternoon are the latest short films to be produced.
Reflective of the IFB’s commitment to supporting and nurturing female creative filmmaking talent; 60% (3/5) of this year’s FRAMEWORKS shorts are directed by female directors with 80% (4/5) of the shorts having a female producer attached.
- Seamus Malone’s Alan Short’s Macarooned features Mac who is ‘macarooned’, hungry and pines for the lush tropical island across the water—if only he can get past Feargal the Shark who happens to be hungry too. Written by Short and Malone, Macrooned is produced by Samantha Plaisted at Whirligig. Malone previously worked with Ardman as an animator on credits including Chicken Run and The Curse of the Ware Rabbit among others.
- Late Afternoon, written and directed by Louise Bagnall, sees an elderly woman as she drifts back through her memories; existing between two states—the past and the present. Starring Fionnula Flanagan, Late Afternoon is produced by Nuria González Blanco for Cartoon Saloon. Louise’s credits as an animator include Song of the Sea and the Amazing World of Gumball.
- Directed by Orla McHardy and starring acclaimed Irish actress Olwen Fouéré, Where is Eva Hipsey? is a film about transformation; the ordinary into the extraordinary, images into sound, presence into memory and an elderly woman into an intrepid adventurer. The short is written by Justin Cooper and produced by Nicky Gogan at Still Films. McHardy previously directedThe Polish Language.
- An Island tells the story of a solitary man who sets out to conquer an isolated island. The film is written and directed by Rory Byrne with Ciarán Deeney of And Maps and Plans producing the short. Byrne previously wrote the script for Coda which picked up a host of international awards.
- Centring on an Irish grandmother who takes an unexpected departure from her lonely life, Aoífe Doyle’s Departure is produced by Niamh Herrity at Pink Kong Studios with Doyle also writing the script for the film. Aoife’s credits as an animator include Rock-a-Bye Island and The Travels of the Young Marco Polo.
Frameworks short films have gone from strength to strength, winning major international acclaim and highlighting the careers of up-and-coming Irish animation directors. The continued investment in emerging Irish talent allows Irish writers and directors the opportunity to create original content and to tell their own stories, which is fundamental to the continued success of the Irish animation industry. I’m particularly pleased to see to see a strong presence of Irish female directors and writers in this year’s line-up.
James Hickey, Chief Executive – Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board
Co-funded by the IFB and RTÉ, Frameworks is a short film scheme dedicated to the production of animated films and has proven to be continually successful in stimulating ground-breaking new work from Irish animators. Where is Eva Hipsey? is also funded by The Arts Council.
Frameworks will have their World Premiere as part of the IFB Shorts Screening in the Town Hall on 15 July at 12pm.
The Frameworks scheme has proved to be a hugely successful launch-pad for filmmakers down through the years, with Irish short filmmaking talent garnering a host of major international awards. Alan Holly’s Coda, which tells the story of a lost soul who stumbles drunkenly through the city was shortlisted for an Academy Award® for the 2015 ceremony, as well as scooping Best Animated Short Film at SXSW, Most Creative Short at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival and the Don Quijote Prize at the Galway Film Fleadh. Coda was also voted the top animation video of 2015 by Vimeo staff.
Another Frameworks success story is Nicky Phelan’s Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty which sees a grandmother telling her version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified granddaughter. The short won Audience Awards at the Omaha Film Festival, US and Cinegal Festival in Montreal as well a Best Animation IFTA, a Best Animation Gold Heart Award in Australia and an Outstanding Achievement in Short Animation Filmmaking at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California. The short film was also nominated for an Academy Award in 2011.
The animated series Roy, which originated from the Frameworks short film Badly Drawn Roy also went on to achieve critical acclaim, receiving a Children’s BAFTA Award in 2012. The series is set in modern-day Dublin but tells the story of Ireland’s only living animated character born into a live-action family. Roy also scooped Best Children’s Drama at Royal Television Society awards in London. Jack O’Shea’s A Coat Made Dark and Vincent Gallagher’s Second to None are other success stories to have emerged from Frameworks which have both travelled the international festival circuit from Sundance to Clermont Ferrand, Tribeca and the Toronto International film festivals.