Wed 10 July | 12:00 | 72’ Town Hall Theatre  

We celebrate the 2024 short film programmes by kicking off with this exciting showcase of work from creatives in the West of Ireland. These six narrative and documentary Irish-language films all celebrate the wealth of shorts being produced as Gaeilge in the last 12 months.
*Please note, this programme touches lightly on adult topics and is not recommended for very young audiences.

Scríofa sna Réaltaí (Written in the Stars)
An uplifting tale about defying the odds. Seán, a nine-year-old neurodivergent boy, dreams of acting, despite the challenges he faces. With unwavering determination and the support of his family, Seán decides to audition for the community play.
Director: Vincent Gallagher
Producer: Sinead Ní Loideáin
Writer: Sean Keely

Normáilte (Normal)
Created as part of an Irish Queer Archive’s 2024 exhibition  Normáilte explores the experience of growing up queer, and links it to the growth of the LGBTQ+ movement in Ireland over the last 50 years.
Director: Lukasz Simon
Producers: Pól Penrose, Caoimhghín Ó hEoghusa, Tonie Walsh
Writer: Caoimhghín Ó hEoghusa

Beocht (Life)
An Spidéal is a village steeped in the arts but recently has been quietly suffering, and visibly gloomy. Local creatives, young and old, explore the past to navigate an uncertain yet optimistic future.
Director/Producer/Writer: Diarmuid Micheal Ó Donnacha

Céard atá i d’Intinn (What’s On Your Mind?)
Troubled by a recent tragedy, Sean is visited by an old friend, PJ. PJ tries to cheer his friend up, but his own thoughts are occupied by a donkey he saw earlier that day.
Director/Producer/Writer: Samuel Acheson

The Island
After suffering a recent loss, a young mother brings her daughter on a trip to Inis Oírr. Set over three days in spring, this film explores the rebuilding of a fractured mother-daughter relationship.
Director/Producer/Writer: Fionnuala Gygax
Director/Producer: Kate Gilmore

West of the Horizon
On the remote coast of Connemara, a runaway trans-teenager has a chance encounter with a bereaved, suicidal fisherman that sees the two form an unlikely bond.
Director/Writer: Barra Convery

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