‘Maximus’ is a story of heartache, imagination and magic! Written and directed by Richard Prendergast, the film follows young India as she tells the story of her brave brother, Maximus to a seemingly uninterested listener, Mike. What follows is a story only a child could concoct. A story of loss and triumph. Of wizards and beasts. Of Angels and Warriors. This isn’t some random fantastical story, this is a carefully curated plan by a young girl desperate to tell the tale of her brother. This is Maximus. We hope you enjoyed this special film please help us to support the wizards of today by donating here www.justgiving.com/maximusfilm
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AwardsWinner Grand Prix, HCA Award, Odense International Film Festival Winner of the 'Don Quixote' Award, Krakow Film Festival Winner of the 'Young Director' Award, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2018 Winner of the 'Young Jury' Award, Best of International Short Films Festival 2019 Winner of the 'Emerging Director' Award, Emerging Directors Awards 2020
New Boy is a 2007 Irish short film based on the short story by Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter, Roddy Doyle. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. The film is about a young boy's experience as he moves from a rural town in Africa to Ireland: a new country, a different school system and a whole new set of customs.
Academy Awards, USA 2009 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action
Amiens International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film
Belfast Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Highly Commended Award
Berlin International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Crystal Bear - Special Mention for best Short Film
Cork International Film Festival 2007 Winner Audience Award for Best International Short Film
Foyle Film Festival 2007 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Irish Short
Irish Film and Television Awards 2008 Winner of the IFTA Award for Best Short Film
Kerry Film Festival 2007 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Irish Short
Manhattan Short Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Grand Prize for Best Short Film
Melbourne International Film Festival 2008 Winner of Outstanding Short Film Promoting Human Values
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the First Prize for Best Short Film
Seattle International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Short Film Competition Special Jury Award for Best Short Film
Tirana International Film Festival, AL 2007 Winner of the Audience Award
Tribeca Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Narrative Short
Vail Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Best Short Film
The film marks the 2nd instalment of Birdbox.Film’s monthly ‘Film Club’. At 7.30pm on Wednesday the 3rd March, users will be able to tune into a discussion with producer Rachel Prendergast, and exec producer Benjamin Hartley. Director and Writer Richard Prendergast and hosted by The Big Picture Film Club.
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SCAD Film Festival 2019 – Best Editing
The American Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival 2019 – Best Short Film
Cordillera International Film Festival 2019 – Jury Award Best of Fest
Pittsburgh Short Film Festival 2019 – Best Narrative Audience award
New Renaissance Film Festival 2019 – Best Actress
Chelmsford Film Festival 2019 – Best Actress
Top Shorts 2019 – Annual Awards – Best Actress
Top Shorts 2019 – Annual Awards – Runner Up Best Short Film
Elba Film Festival 2019 – Silver Best Actress
Elba Film Festival 2019 – Bronze Best Screenplay
Show Low Film Festival 2019 – Best of Fest
Aguilar Film Festival 2019 – Young Jury Award – Best Film
Sydney Indy Film Festival 2018 – Best Film
Norwich Film Festival 2018 – Best East Anglian Film *BIFA & BAFTA Qualifying
Tri-Force Film Festival 2018 – William Bryne Award for Promising Director
Overcome Film Festival 2018 – Best Director
London Independent Film Awards 2018 – Best Short Film
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2018 – Best Short Film
London Lift-Off Film Festival 2018 – Special Mention for Best Short Film
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Aspen Shortsfest 2014 Winner of the Audience Award - Special Recognition
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Dublin International Film Festival 2018 Winner Fantastic Flix Best Short Film
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Newport Beach Film Festival 2018 Winner of the Short Film Award for Best Family Film
The Crush is an Irish live action short film, written and directed by first-timer Michael Creagh, and produced by Damon Quinn. The film was shot during Easter 2009 in Skerries, north Dublin. Creagh cast his nine-year-old son Oran in the lead role of the story. The story sees an eight-year-old schoolboy (played by Oran Creagh) fall in love with his teacher, Miss Purdy. One day he gives her a toy ring to show his affection. But heartbreak abounds when he bumps into Miss Purdy and her boyfriend having just bought a very real engagement ring.
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The film marks the launch of Birdbox.Film first monthly ‘Film Club’. At 7.30pm on Wednesday the 3rd February, users will be able to tune into a discussion with the Producer Sadie Frost, Director Chris Turner and Raff Law, hosted by The Big Picture Film Club.
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Speaking about the film, Sadie Frost remarked “I wanted to make a film about the 90’s rave scene...I wanted it to be authentic and dark. With Johnny Cookes brilliant script and Chris Turner’s spot on direction, along with a stellar cast and a unique rave soundtrack, we have achieved something very exciting! It has been brilliant that so many festivals have reacted so well to it, and ultimately that people are drawn to it and find it an exciting and fun watch”.
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