Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Success for Venom Films

For a lot of 2008 I had the good fortune to cut my screenwriting teeth with the kickass filmmaking team that are Venom films, headed up by Director Ken Wardrop and Producer Andrew Freedman.


I've just heard that Ken's new film will be showcased in the States as part of the Directors Finders Series 2009.

Couldn't have happened to two sounder lads. Congrats and best of luck to them in the US.

Here's more info from Filmbase Ireland.

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Photo: Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen TD joins in congratulating the winner of the prestigious award.

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, in association with the Directors Guild of America, announce that the winner of the 5th US Distribution Showcase, the Directors Finders Series 2009 is Ken Wardrop with his feature documentary His and Hers.

The acclaimed Irish filmmaker will get the opportunity to showcase his feature at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in LA in August. The showcase will take place in front of an invited audience of American distributors, filmmakers, and key industry personnel, with the aim of securing a US distribution deal for the film.

Selected by an international panel of experts, His and Hers is a beautifully observed and innovative documentary that combines observation and imagination to illustrate a universal love story. The film explores woman’s relationship with man by visiting moments from the lives of 70 female characters. Shot in the hallways, living rooms and kitchens of the Irish Midlands, the story moves sequentially from young to old to deliver a unique and touching insight into sharing life’s journey.

The initiative, conceived by the Directors Guild of America and facilitated by the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, presents an Irish director with an opportunity to showcase their film and to have direct access to decision makers in the film distribution process in the US. The award spotlights works of fiction, documentary or drama feature submissions from Irish directors who have not secured US distribution for their films.

This year, SDGI will launch Ken Wardrop and his film His and Hers at a special Industry Awards Ceremony on 16th July in Dublin in The Morrison Hotel, to precede the LA Screening Event in August. This event will be will be officially opened by the Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism, Martin Cullen TD and will be co-hosted by internationally acclaimed directors Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan.

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