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Belief

And

Belonging

Pat Divilly is a renowned Irish speaker on topics such as health, wellness and leadership with a highly engaged audience.

His journey has been far from easy with many twists and turns along the way. In this film Pat reflects on his story from down and out to internationally renowned health and fitness expert to his most recent incarnation as an in-demand motivational speaker.

We also travel around Ireland and to London to document his talks and speak with those who look to Pat for inspiration culminating in Pat's largest event to date speaking to 600 people in Dublin.

DIRECTED BY

DARREN DOYLE

On in 15

A knockout show ... with a knocked out frontman

A band are about to perform at the biggest gig of their lives, except a monumental problem hits them 15 minutes before they go on stage, can they fix it time?

The comedy short film, set in the 1990s 'Cool Britannia' era, is filmed in one 15-minute continuous shot.

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DIRECTED BY

JOSEPH ARCHER & JACK ARCHER

WRITTEN BY

JACK ARCHER

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CIRCLE

OF

STONE

When rural cops respond to a call for help from one of their own, their search through the woods reveals what happened to a young girl stolen away sixty years before.

 

They find themselves stuck in a supernatural world with their only escape to fight their way out.

DIRECTED BY

MARK ANDREWS

THE
BUTTERFLY
CAGE

A little boy is dead. His parents were trying to grieve until they found out about a cloning laboratory that could give them their son back.

DIRECTED BY

Hélèna Serra & Maxime Sabisik

WRITTEN BY

Hélèna Serra & Maxime Sabisik

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THE

CANCER
MONSTER

A girl in a cancer ward is forced to confront her deepest fears - real or imaginary. At stake is life itself.

DIRECTED BY

MICHAEL COSTELLO

WRITTEN BY

MICHAEL COSTELLO

INNOCENT
BOY

This film tells the story of Jack a young Irish Traveller boy. Who also has hearing difficulties, his only escape from an overbearing world of emotional deafness is bareback on his beloved painted Mare.

Jack seeks to escape a world of noise devoid of understanding, a father absent emotionally and a community that fears his difference. The perpetual outsider, he inhabits a world that sees him as an "Innocent Boy", a lad residing on the fringes of society, not even fully accepted in his own community.

A community ostracized in Irish society an ethnic group still coming to terms with its own pain and embracing its own identity. What chance does Jack have when everyone is too ashamed to listen?

DIRECTED BY

JOHN CONNORS

WRITTEN BY

JOHN CONNORS, TIERNAN WILLIAMS & WILLAM CASEY

LOVE
HER

BONES

Frank bumps into his old friend Tom by chance in an Irish pub, and is horrified to learn that Tom has just made a very odd life choice.

Starring Irish stage and screen icon Jon Kenny, Love Her Bones is an Irish tale of love, friendship, dogs, and absurd revelations.

DIRECTED BY

ROSS CAREY

 

WRITTEN BY

ROSS CAREY

EVERYTHING
LOOKS BETTER IN THE

SUNSHINE

Patsy (50) is an anomaly, a friendly and well-liked traffic warden! He meets his friend Wanda (28) and they chat about dating and his lack of it!

 

He goes on with his work and while crossing the road (and simultaneously on Tinder!) he’s hit by a lady on a bike, with a basket full of flowers. She nervously gets up and flees the scene, leaving one flower behind. Wanda picks Patsy up and realizes he now has an incredible sense of smell.

 

Patsy begins to insult people (unintentionally!) on the things he can smell on them! As people begin to avoid him, his nose gets blocked and he’s now helpless to find his love. Wanda, who has been following him, finds him alone on the road. An air freshener in her car clears Patsy's nose and they set off to find the ‘Bike Lady’ and Patsy tracks her through the flower she left behind. He reaches her house and there is an instant chemistry between them. Olga (40) falls for Patsy aswell and they share a moment; delighted the magic of life has brought them together.

DIRECTED BY

Jonathan Farrelly & Mark Smyth

WRITTEN BY

Jonathan Farrelly & Mark Smyth

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STREETS

OF

FURY

Max Punchface is only interested in two things - punching and kicking. His life takes a strange twist when he opens a portal to the peaceful world of Sheepland...

DIRECTED BY

Aidan McAteer

THE RING

THAT TIES THE ROom

TOGETHER

The Tivoli Theatre has become thee holy ground for Irish wrestling the past four years, and this is all thanks to Over The Top Wrestling.

 

A wrestling promotion originally created as an over 18’s experience, has given birth to new generation of pro wrestling in Ireland.

 

Bringing to our isles the greatest international talents in the world as well as nurturing home grown l superstars such as WWE’s Jordan Devlin & Session Moth Martina, Joe Cabray has created something extremely unique.

 

With the planned demolition of the Tivoli and OTT having outgrown the place they called home anyway, we take a look behind the scenes, and document this special night.

DIRECTED BY

Shane O'Keeffe & Louis Buggy

WRITTEN BY

Shane O'Keeffe

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DAY

IN THE

SUN

Fermanagh along with Wicklow, are one of only two counties in Ireland to have never won a Senior provincial GAA title. Despite over 130 years of waiting, fans like Brian Connolly have never stopped dreaming.

When Peter notices his friend Brian is experiencing the telltale symptoms of advancing Dementia, he enlists the help of a few special people to pull-off the impossible. County allegiances are put to one side as the rural Monaghan community become Fermanagh fans for one very special day in the sun.

DIRECTED BY

Ciaran Crudden

WRITTEN BY

Ciaran Crudden

The

BronzE

FLY

A painter gives three magic pills to his visually impaired girlfriend, then intentionally loses her in the crowd. Thanks to a painting and to the three pills that transform the view into a painting style, she will search for the painter and his secret, without suspecting that, in the shadows, he will observe her during his passionate quest.

DIRECTED BY

Karleener

WRITTEN BY

Karleener & Britta Potthoff

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PURE
GOLD

In the grip of a famine, a farmer must provide for his starving family, however his desperation is exploited by a mischievous being, that tempts him with something precious.

DIRECTED BY

Rik Gordon

WRITTEN BY

Rik Gordon

YET

ANOTHER

Cooped up inside and overcome with boredom, a young boy ventures out of the house to find a little excitement--but it's not the first time.

DIRECTED BY

Tim Disbrow

WRITTEN BY

Tim Disbrow

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THE

GREEN
MAN

A delivery man with a deadline wants to cross a road. He's in for a surprise.

DIRECTED BY

Nicolas Motte

THE
STRAGGLER

When a group of friends discover that at the end of World War 2 many Japanese soldiers refused to believe it was over, they travel across the world to investigate and discover a lead that takes them on an unpredictable adventure through the sea, the sky, abandoned battle sites and deep into the jungles of the Philippines.

 

What they don’t know is that someone is searching for them and that person will lead them on a dangerous wild adventure with unexpected discoveries that create humorous twists, turns and threatening experiences.

DIRECTED BY

James Rose

WRITTEN BY

James Rose

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I

BET

Fintan, a young gambling addict, fights his inner demons in, for him, very bizarre surroundings of St. Marie's Hope House, a general addiction rehab centre.

DIRECTED BY

Rasko Miljkovic

WRITTEN BY

Nemanja Veselinovic

GROUNDING

Sarah, a shy 15-year-old girl, finds the courage to open up about the abuse she and her brother have faced at the hands of their mother and the psychological consequences of it while attending an appointment at a children's mental health facility.

DIRECTED BY

Oisín-Tomás Ó Raghallaigh

WRITTEN BY

Oisín-Tomás Ó Raghallaigh

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SAVING

GRACE

After Grace's husband dies, their once thriving music venue becomes silent and now only frequented by her best friend Jess and her loyal customer Jim. They are forced out of this rut when they face losing one of the trio.

DIRECTED BY

Siobhán Kavanagh

WRITTEN BY

Siobhán Kavanagh

STARRY
NIGHT

With her future hanging in the balance, Cara has a choice to make – abandon her sisters, and pursue her dream in London? Or sacrifice herself, so that one day they too might stand a chance?

'Starry Night' was led by a crack team of women both on screen and off, with almost all of the roles – in all departments – filled by incredible young women at the start of their careers.

DIRECTED BY

Emma Smith

WRITTEN BY

Rachel Moloney

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UPS

AND

DOWNS

A young man with Down's Syndrome tricks his sister into a road trip to go to a concert, while being pursued by their mum. With no phones, no money and no plan, can they make it?

DIRECTED BY

EOIN CLELAND

WRITTEN BY

EOIN CLELAND

LOVING

LENNA

A poetic narrative following Lenna's discovery to self-love.

DIRECTED BY

Kirstie Muñoz

WRITTEN BY

Kirstie Muñoz

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FINAL

CURTAIN

Everything in aspiring actor Finn O’Connor’s life seems to be going nowhere. A grotty flat on the wrong side of town carpeted with brown envelopes and final demands coupled with a constant stream of failed auditions and romantic rejections have stifled his belief that his big acting break is just around the corner.

As much as he despises it, Finn’s job waiting tables at the upmarket Luna restaurant was the only thing keeping his head above water but maybe his luck is about to change as his shift coincides with the attendance of famous director Brendan Bloom.

Convinced that this could be his big break, Finn attempts to persuade the obnoxious film maker to let him audition for his latest project. Things don’t go according to Finn’s plan and a furious Bloom demands the intrusive waiter be dealt with by the restaurant’s infamous Maitre d.

Only too happy for an excuse to fire Finn, the Maitre d shows him the door but not before instructing him to order a taxi for the raging Brendan Bloom. Out in the dark, Dublin night a rain soaked Finn O’Connor has hit rock bottom, his phone illuminates with a receipt from the taxi firm. Finn stares at the destination address, knowing this is where the architect of his misery has been dropped off; he sets off towards the house.

A partied out Brendan Bloom is woken from his drug induced sleep by the now empowered Finn. Bloom has been bound to a chair and despite his initial protestations it seems that Finn has no intention of releasing him until he’s delivered the audition he feels he’s entitled to.

Bloom’s anger soon turns to fear as Finn’s demeanour becomes more and more menacing. As the evening moves towards its tragic conclusion, Finn O’Connor delivers the performance of a lifetime.

DIRECTED BY

Dan Gifford

WRITTEN BY

Chris Harris

© 2016 by WEXFORD FILM FESTVIAL.