Short Film Festival 2017

The Bleeding Pig Film Festival is back for its third edition from Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th September in its usual venue Keelings Pub of Donabate and there are some exciting new changes afoot this year.

The film festival is facilitated and supported by Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival, and managed and programmed by Emma Fagan who runs “Fillum” a company which promotes Irish independent film-makers.  Emma has commented that her aim for the film festival is “to bring independent cinema to the local community of Donabate and surrounding areas and to facilitate open discussion between film-makers and audiences”.

This year’s film schedule will feature two nights of short films, many of which are award winning and for the first time the festival will present a feature film which will screen on Wednesday night.

As in previous years there is a diverse range of themes, mostly from Ireland but with a taste of The Netherlands, Spain and the USA. The narratives touch on some serious issues and dark drama while balancing this with edge of the seat thrills, animation and comedy.

The festival has teamed up with Bath Film in the UK and have awarded 60% of the films on the programme the F-Rating. This rating applies to any film which is written and/or directed by a woman. Tuesday night’s screening will be solely dedicated to F-rated films.

The festival will launch with an Opening Night reception (invite only) at 6.45pm on Monday 10th September. Doors open each night at 7.20pm with screenings kicking off at 7.30pm sharp. Each screening will be followed by an informal Q&A with the film-makers.

All screenings are free.

The Bleeding Pig Film Festival would like to thank Keelings Pub for the kind support in providing their venue for the screening and Wiley Design for the  logo.

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This years schedule;


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Coláiste Dhulaigh – Student Film Selection
This year the Bleeding Pig Film Festival will screen a selection of student films from the BA Video and Film Degree course of Wolverhampton which is facilitated by Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education in Kilbarrick. The students had the opportunity to be mentored by film-maker Leticia Agundo and director Frank Berry (Michael Inside)


Recovery  (directed by Síofra Quinn Gates and written and produced by Síofra Quinn Gates and Renate Canga)
A documentary with dramatised scenes, this short film takes the form of a number of voice overs from women who have suffered the trauma of sexual abuse and rape.  Although it doesn’t shy away from the pain and psychological torture that these women face, what resonates most by the end of the film is a feeling of hope as each of them describe how they have begun their journey of recovery.The change of tone in Recovery is achieved through subtle and sensitive cinematography and visual cues representing a new life for the women who are never depicted as “victims” in the film. An important film that will hopefully get reach a wide audience.


The Beach ( written and directed by Darren Kelly) Winner of The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland Award for Best Director.
In this short film, Kelly has demonstrated a clear film-making talent especially in the art-house genre. The subject of the film is Rose, an old woman living alone with dementia who is plagued by “scratches in her brain” which she can’t decide are dreams or real memories. The film’s first shot is stunning, a painterly image of Rose, lying in bed in a dark room. The film progresses in the form of a poem in which Rose repeatedly muses about a trip to the beach. The scenes on the beach, populated in turn by a young child and then a woman, are bright and lucid and in clear contrast to the murky brown palette of the shots with Rose alone in her bedroom. Clíona Ruiséil( Writer’s Guild of Ireland) commented that it was a “beautifully written script with an intensely seductive sense of emotion and atmosphere”.


Shed Men ( directed by Kirsty Conway and produced by Louise Dolan) was joint winner of the Screen Producers Ireland Overall Production Award in which the film-makers are offered a placement on a professional production.
The Mens Sheds (based on a concept which began in Australia) took off in Ireland around 2009 and encourages men to come together and socialise while taking part in productive activities like gardening and woodwork. This short documentary follows the story of a number of men who frequent the the East Wall Men’s Sheds as they discuss earnestly and bravely the circumstances which lead to their joining the Men’s shed and the positive influence it has had on their lives. Some had partners who were ill or were recovering from a serious illness themselves and others simply sought an outlet to get away from life pressures or loneliness. It’s a testament to the professional and sensitive film-making that each of the men featured spoke so openly and all seemed comfortable on camera. The Men’s Sheds have been documented on film before. However by giving a closer and more meaningful insight into how the men value their time at the sheds, the film-makers are shining a light on men’s mental health.


Growing Strong (directed by Peter Melrose and produced by Adam Stanley) was joint winner of the Screen Producers Ireland Overall Production Award in which the film-makers are offered a placement on a professional production. A striking documentary about Oakgrove Integrated Primary school in Derry, where students from both nationalist and unionist backgrounds are exposed to various faiths and are taught to embrace all cultures. It will screen at this years Guth Gafa documentary film festival  20-22nd July

Women In Film Screening and the F-Rating
“Fillum” and The Bleeding Pig Film Festival have teamed up with Film Bath in the UK and introduced the F-Rating to their programme. This rating was  developed  by Holly Tarquini director of  FilmBath  (previously  Bath  Film  Festival) and it is now  expanding  across  the  UK and Ireland  It is a  new  film  rating system which  highlights films made by and featuring women. Any film that is written and/ or directed  by a woman  is  awarded  the  F-Rating  stamp  of  approval. If  a  film  answers  yes  to  BOTH  these  questions  AND  features  significant  female  characters  on  screen  in  their  own  right, then  it  is  awarded  a “Triple F Rating” . The  aims  of  the  F-Rating  are to  champion  women  in  film for the outstanding work they do, encourage  conversation  around  who  tells  the  stories  we  see  on  screen  and to  act  like  a  fairtrade stamp, giving  the  audience  an  opportunity to “vote with their seat“ as such and support  women  in  film.

“Women in Film” which runs on Tuesday 11th September is a fully F-Rated programme, all films screening have been written and/or directed by women, with some of them having the Triple F rating too. In total over the course of the three nights, almost 70% of the films have been awarded the F-Rating.

In Ireland currently the other festivals and exhibitors using the F-rating are the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork, the Irish Film Institute and  Into Film Festival and  Queens Film Theatre in Belfast.

 Late Afternoon” and “Closing Act” two animations by female film-makers will be featured; the multi award-winning “Late Afternoon” by Louise Bagnell of reputed animation studio Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny (The Breadwinner“and “The Secret Book of Kells” ) and “Closing Act” , a student film by Ellen Grant graduate of Ballyfermot College. Both films are touching, yet uplifting depictions of old age and memory loss.

“Throwline”  Mia Mullarkey’s multi-award winning short documentary  follows a group of taxi drivers in Kilkenny, Ireland, who join together to form a suicide prevention group called Taxi Watch. Uniquely positioned to patrol the night, drivers keep vigil over the city’s streets and bridges and offer help to those who feel forlorn. This an important film, not to be missed.

“Native”  A stunning visual piece called  written and directed by Linda Bhreathnach and shot by Sean T O’Meallaigh stars veteren Irish actor Patrick Bergin ( “Sleeping with the Enemy”) and depicts stunning landscape of Connemara.

“Forty Foot” Spanish filmmaker and head tutor at Colaiste Dhulaigh, Leticia Agundo presents a poignant depiction of a group of swimmers at Sandycove in her documentary film . The film tells the history of the place through the personal stories and characteristics of the featured swimmers. More than a film about them braving the elements everyday, this is a film about having a great and surprising spirit in the face of aging, death and economic hardship

“Peel” is a short drama which sensitively portrays the effect that alcoholism can have on a family. It Written and directed by Annika Cassidy and starring   and .. “Peel” also qualifies as Triple F-Rated – the gold standard!

“Reach”, “I am Jesus”, and “Love at First Light”. Three films by writer Caroline Grace-Cassidy and produced by Park Pictures will screen thoughout the three nights. “Reach” and “I am Jesus” stars actress Sarah Flood ( Fair City). Sarah also co-wrote “I am Jesus” and starred in another Park Pictures film from last years festival “Love at First Light”

 “Gridlock”  is a multi award-winning thriller short which is bound to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. It is written by Daragh McGarrigle and directed by Ian Hunt Duffy, a Swords resident. The film stars Moe Dunford who has starred in a number of successul Irish features ( “Black 47″, “Michael Inside” , “Patrick’s Day”).

“Time Traveller”  is a heart warning short film about a ‘Back To The Future’-obsessed traveller boy strives to finish building his own DeLorean replica before his family are evicted from their halting site. The film is written and directed by Steve Kenny and stars Barry Ward an actor from Blanchardstown who has acted a number of theatre productions and recently starred in the feature film “Maze”. Editor Colin Campbell is also from Blanchardstown


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