IADT National Film School Talent Recognised by Sundance
Sundance, which takes place in Park City, Utah, January 21-31, was founded by Robert Redford, and is one of the leading events in the world to début independent movies. More than 8,000 films were submitted to the 2016 short film programme, from which only 72 were selected, including just 12 animated shorts.
All creative input for A COAT MADE DARKcame from graduates or staff members from The National Film School at IADT in Dún Laoghaire, including Animation graduatesJack O’Shea (writer/director), animatorsPaul Rutledge, Joe Loftus, and Thomas Young. Original music was composed by Film graduate, Neil O’Connor, the sound was mixed by another film graduate, Rob Flynn, and the film was produced by Animation lecturer, Damien Byrne.
Producer, Damien Byrne, said. “All of us involved with the film are extremely excited to be screening as part of Sundance 2016. It is such an honour and we look forward to the response of US audiences to our film”.
Creative Director of The National Film School, Donald Taylor Black said, “We’re absolutely delighted that Sundance, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, has recognised the talent of our graduates and staff. Congratulations from IADT to Jack, Damien and the rest of the team”.
A COAT MADE DARK is an offbeat and arresting short film. The story follows two burglars, who strike it rich, when they steal a mysterious coat that contains an impossible fortune. Events descend into tangled disorder as their obsession with the coat renders both characters morally bankrupt.
Voices are provided by Hugh O’Conor (Chocolat, Northanger Abbey); IFTA nominee, Antonia Campbell-Hughes (The Other Side of Sleep, Albert Nobbs); and Declan Conlon (The Tudors, Amber).
A COAT MADE DARK was funded by the Irish Film Board’s Framework’s short animation scheme. Frameworks is co-financed by the IFB, RTÉ, and the Arts Council. Executive Producer for Still Films was Caroline Campbell.
Premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in July, the film has since been screened at more than a dozen festivals. As well as Sundance, screenings in 2016, it will be shown at Clermont-Ferrand in France, the world’s best-known short film festival.