Festival Short Films

This year’s Festival will showcase more Irish short films than ever before, including 10 competing for the O’Kalem Award for Audience Favorite Short Film on Friday at Wee Irish Film Night.  A full list of shorts and their screening times is below.  You can also download a PDF version of the short film synopses or see the full Festival schedule.

Jump to:    Friday, July 29th  |  Sunday, July 31st  |  Monday, August 1st


Friday, July 29th at the Manship Theatre
Third Street at North Boulevard, Baton Rouge




for synopsisVIOLET

‘Violet’ is the dark, cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her reflection.

Run Time: 8 minutes
Genre: Animated | Drama
Director-Animator: Maurice Joyce
Writer-Producer: Mark Hodkinson
Key Cast: Aidan Gillen (narrator)
Company: Tidy Toys Pictures, Festival Formula
Awards: 2015 Galway Film Fleadh – Best Short Irish Animation, 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival – Jury Award, 2016 Pheonix Film Festival – Best Short Film
for synopsisTHE WAY BACK

Faye, a scientist blaming herself for the disappearance of her young sister 25 years before, builds a time machine to discover what happened. She is unready for the horrible truth.

Run Time: 14 minutes
Genre: Thriller | Sci-Fi
Director: John Carlin
Writers: Aaron Gray, Paul Skillen
Key Cast: Daisy Haggard, Lacy Moore, Liam McMahon
Company: causeAscene Films
for synopsisMULLINS FAIR

Donna and David Mullins have been touring the West of Ireland with Mullins Fair for the last 25 years. They speak about surviving as a small business in the harsh economic climate in Ireland and give us an insight into how townships have been affected in rural Ireland.

Run Time: 4 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director-Producer: Louise Morton Murray
Producer: Michelle Tofi

Sinead, underage, pregnant and a virgin who lives with her grandparents. Her grandmother, the matriarch of this dysfunctional family and a pious Catholic, will stop at nothing to get this birth proclaimed immaculate.

Run Time: 25 minutes
Genre: Family | Comedy | Drama
CoWriter-Director: Michael Geoghegan
CoWriter: Simon Riley
Producer: Russell Curtis
Key Cast: Orliath Feenan, Niall Cusack, Helena Bereen
Company: Partizan Films
for synopsisTHE GURU

An intrepid documentary team film a revealing portrait of a spiritual superstar.

Run Time: 6 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Writer-Director-Producer: Carl Murphy
Producers: Jack Norton, Tom Lynch
Key Cast: A.J. Kennedy, Ciara Smyth
for synopsisUNHINGED

The squeaky hinge gets the oil, but if the squeak escapes the oils, it's sure to get you!

Run Time: 3 minutes
Genre: Animated | Comedy
Writer-Director: Tom Caulfield
Producer: Barry O’Donoghue
Company: Studio Okinami
for synopsisCITY OF ROSES

One Halloween night a smoldering suitcase was pulled off a bonfire in Dublin and thus was saved a true story of love, loss and hope.

Run Time: 9 minutes
Genre: Animated | Drama
Writer-Director: Andrew Kavanagh
Writers: Paddy Fitzpatrick, Rosalie Friedel Fitzpatrick
Key Cast: Peter Coonan, Seán Doyle, Aoibhin Garrihy
for synopsisBLIGHT

A young priest is sent to a remote island off the Irish coast to help protect an estranged fishing community from dark supernatural forces, but nothing is as it seems.

Run Time: 15 minutes
Genre: Horror
Director: Brian Deane
Writer: Matthew Roche
Key Cast: George Blagden, Donncha Crowley, Alicia Gerrard
Awards: 2016 Fantasporto – Best Short Film, 2016 Filmquest – Best Actor (George Blagden)

Twelve year-old Jane has always been good with guns. When she gets a chance to prove it, her life is changed forever.

Run Time: 9 minutes
Genre: Drama
Writer-Director: Mark Noonan
Producer: John Keville
Key Cast: Harry Behan, Lauren Kinsella, Killian Scott
Company: Savage Productions
for synopsisMORE THAN GOD

A religious doctor attempts to uncover his wife's suspected affair, but instead is confronted by the rigidity of his religion, the boundaries of his love for his daughter, and his obligation to resuscitate her lover's husband.

Run Time: 9 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Writer-Director: Kev Cahill
Producers: Ali Coffey, Sorcha O’Beirne
Key Cast: Donncha Crowley, Brian Fortune, Lorna Larkin, Ally Ni Chiarain, Marie Ruane
Awards: 2015 Rhode Island Int’l Film Fest – Grand Prize for Best Director, 2015 Bahamas Int’l Film Fest – Best Short Film, 2016 Boston Irish Film Fest – Best Short Fiction/Animation

10:30pm – With the feature film TRADERS

for synopsisANY LAST WORDS

A short film about kidnap, revenge and redemption in modern Ireland. We follow Driver, a man who has lost everything he cares about, as he seeks vengeance against the man responsible.

Run Time: 11 minutes
Genre: Drama
Writer-Director-Producer: Craig Moore
Producer: Angel Croitor
Key Cast: George Bracebridge, Graham Earley
Company: MooreForLess Productions

Sunday, July 31st at the Celtic Media Centre
10000 Celtic Drive, Baton Rouge

5:30pm – With the feature film ATLANTIC

for synopsisLIMINAL

A short documentary that explores the relationship between folklore and conservation by looking at the folklore of selkies and seals, and how it affects conservation of seals in Ireland.

Run Time: 12 minutes
Genre: Documentary | Nature | Folklore
Director-Producer: Liz Wilk
Producers: Caroline Baginksi, Florence Wilk, Mary Pat Holtschlag, Camille Pitts, Kathleen Wilk

Monday, August 1st at Phil Brady’s
4848 Government Street, Baton Rouge

7:30pm – With the feature film ON THE NOSE

big bird copyBIG BIRD

Big Bird is the story about two underdogs in love finding each other.

Run Time: 10 minutes
Genre: Comedy | Romance
Director: Jan Boon
Writer: Derek O’Connor
Key Cast: Johnny Vivash, Liesa Naert
Awards: 2015 Making Waves Film Festival – Best Int’l Short, 2015 Diamond in the Rough Festival – Best Short
Animation, 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival – Jury Award, 2016 Pheonix Film Festival – Best Short Film
for synopsisTEACHER’S PET

A short quirky comedy about Billy, a young boy with a crush on his teacher.

Run Time: 4 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Writer-Director: Megan Devaney
Producer: Niamh MacNamara
Key Cast: Alex Mahon