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DkIT Students Selected for Dublin International Film Festival

21 February 2023

A selection of DkIT Film & TV student’s short films has been once again nominated for competition at the Dublin International Film Festival. This award-winning course in the Institute produces yearly prize winners both nationally and internationally and there is no doubt the winning streak will continue for all selected.

Programme Director of the BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production, Sarah McCann added;

'We are immensely proud that our students continue to garner great success with their short films on a national and international stage.  The judging panel for this event advised that they were inundated with entries this year from Film & TV courses all across Ireland and had some very tough decisions to make, so for these films to be part of the shortlist demonstrates that the quality of the work produced in Dundalk IT is of a very high standard.  Last year our short film 'Martians from the Planet Jupiter' won the Best Live Action category at this event, so here's hoping for another win for our students this year!'

These short films made by students last year on Year 2 and Year 3 of the BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production have been chosen for competition at the Dublin International Film Festival's First Frame event taking place in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield on Thurs 23rd Feb. The short fiction films selected were made as part of the year-long Film Project module in Year 3 are:


Ciara Harrington - Writer/Director, Dillon Donohue – DoP, Emmet McArdle - Sound

Laura Byrne – Producer, Connor Cunningham - Editor


Sarah Olatunbosun – Producer, Shona Kelly - Writer/Director, Rhys Jones – DoP, Adam Pringle – Sound, Bill O'Keeffe - Editor

Undying Heart 

Kim Stewart – Producer, Cian Gibson - Writer/Director, Rian Fullam – DoP, Ciaran Boyle – Sound, Joseph Kelly - Editor

No Evil

Alex Mahon – Producer, Oisin Martin - Writer/Director, Conor Farrelly – DoP, Harry Cleary – Editor, Hugh O'Neill - Sound

The short documentary films selected were made as part of the Documentary Production and Creative Documentary modules in Year 2 and 3 and are:

Dancing in Depth, which explores the reality of the dance world within Ireland and shares experiences from an ex- dancer and two renowned dance professionals.

Director - Sarah Connolly, Producer/ Camera Op - Roisin Cullen, Editor/Sound - Yasmin Reynolds

Take Control, a documentary which explores young women’s shared experiences on different types of birth control and how every woman’s body may react different to specific treatments. Many of these women discover what options they have after asking questions which gives them a much more positive outlook on finding an appropriate form.

Director and Producer - Jessica Thompson, DOP - Jasmine Badrick, Sound Op - Lurcan Farrelly

Standing Bear, is the story of Native American Wayne William Snell grove’s (Standing Bear) journey to Ireland to take part in a meeting of religions, where he stayed at Michael Morrisons farm in Marahill in county Cavan. During his stay he gathered people and some friends of Michael from the local community to join him in a ceremony held in Michael’s Yurt. They shared a powerful and profound experience leaving a small community forever changed by the presence of Standing Bear.

Director/Cinematographer - Dillon Donohoe

Producer/Editor - Ciara Harrington, Camera Assistants - Rian Fullam, Liam Donohoe.



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