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DkIT Annual John Moore Film Award Showcase 2023

19 June 2023

DkIT hosted its end of year annual Showcase recently in the IMC Cinema in Dundalk to a packed auditorium with almost 250 people in attendance. The audience on the day included cast members, students, DkIT lecturers, family, friends and invited guests. 

The event began as usual with the presentation of the John Moore Film Award for 2022.  The John Moore Film Award is awarded annually to the best short film produced by a third-year group on the BA (Hons) in Film and Television Production of John's choosing.  John Moore is a film director based in Hollywood and known for his work on movies such as Flight of the Phoenix, Behind Enemy Lines, The Omen and A Good Day to Die Hard. Given John’s roots in Dundalk, it is a great honour for Dundalk Institute of Technology to present the award on his behalf and the Institute are delighted with the continued support from John in the development of their BA (Hons) in Film and Television Production degree.

John's recorded video announcing the winner was full of praise for the students' creative endeavours, as he raved about the quality of the films:

'This year, hats off, the technical levels were superb.  Honestly, whether it was the photography, the sound editing, guys are using ariels, drones, your camera movement are absolutely superb.  I really was blown away and very touched this year that you guys are really getting into the tools and really understanding that the mastery of the tools means that they don't get in the way of the storytelling'.

The winner of the John Moore Award 2022 was the short film Reflection and the winning crew of Megan Hughes, Stephen Finlay, Jessica Doherty, Wiktoria Rabiega and Conor Leddy were delighted to collect the trophy of behalf of all who helped out in the production of the film.

The award presentation was followed by the screening of this year's 3rd year short films; Mousetrap, One Moment, Who's Next and The Forgotten Griever, and then the 4th year TV dramas and documentaries; Walking the Labyrinth, Broken Silence, Pull Back the Curtain and The Ace of Spades.

Speaking at the event, Programme Director of the Film & TV programme, Sarah McCann, was delighted at how successful the screening had been,

'The effort and dedication the students put into making these short films, TV dramas and documentaries a reality increases year by year.  We are so proud of the work the students have produced and the technical and creative expertise we have seen on the big screen this afternoon is testament to all of their hard work for the last year'. 

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