The first 13th Parish Festival Award winners 2019
The ‘Pomme D’Or’ Award for Best International Short Film’
Jury members: Martin Greene, Martha MacDonald and Ros Byrne-Shore
Anthony, The Invisible One (Maya Kosa)
Maya Kosa’s multi-dimensional short film inverts, transforms and challenges ways of seeing. With a patience which gradually allowed us in to an intimate partnership where senses are the last thing you need to experience something deeply. Subtle but intensely moving, this slow-burn film ambitiously uses a visual form to interrogate visuality itself to such an extent that when we are finally shown the triptych at its heart – merely looking at it feels insufficient. Managing to take us on this journey to excavate these complex layers of beauty, artfulness and sensation within such a short space of time is an incredible
accomplishment well-deserving of this inaugural award.
Inhale – part of the ‘Irish Ways’ documentary collection curated by Mick Hannigan from IndieCork
Sean Mullan’s film brings its subject’s tragic experiences into sharp focus with an
unexpected delicacy difficult to achieve when documenting the devastation of grief. It was this soft touch paralleled with the subject’s raw resilience and the brutality of the landscape he isolated himself in that brought us heartbreakingly close to his vulnerability after losing his wife and daughter.
Between the Shadows (Mónica Santos, Alice Guimarães)
This wry film-noir with its pacy tale of romance, intrigue and mystery leaves quite an impression. Lured in by the rhythm of the expert stop-motion animation and exuberant soundtrack, we felt its imaginative style and self-aware sense of humour well worthy of our commendation.
Jenny Lecoat Screenwriting Award
Presided over by Jenny Lecoat
Jenny Lecoat Screenwriting Award – Winner
‘Kid’ by Claire Mockett (aka Moxie)
This screenplay catapults you into an environmental dystopia of frightening
conviction and imaginative detail, and manages to convey an epic yet
character-led story within a very short time. In the year that Greta Thunberg
has shown us the power and potential of female youth, the film’s child
protagonist, beginning as victim then arcing into a courageous warrior, is
particularly apposite. A worthy winner.
Boots to Die For by Linda Duncan McLaughlin combines a punchy story
with strong visual images, combining themes of mysticism with modern social
commentary, while leaving the reader space for their own interpretation.
Patrick Swan’s ‘Sensational’ is a charming, funny tale of female friendship
and adventure that effectively exploits the format with a confident sense of
‘Opening Shots’ mobile phone filmmaking competition
Julia Horsfall of Jersey College for Girls