Producers too broke to collect US awards
Published 27/09/2010 | 05:00
TWO men who made an award-winning movie for the promotion of Irish tourism can't afford US flights to pick up the gongs.
'Twas a Morning in July' is a hit in the States and has clinched two prizes in the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
But Tipperary men John Cash and Brendan Kerins -- who made the movie to do something positive for their county's economy -- are losing hope of making it to the ball on time.
Tourism Ireland turned down a request to sponsor the film-makers' trip to the awards ceremony next month.
"This is a huge opportunity for Tourism Ireland and any Irish company," Mr Kerins said.
Both men maintain it would look "really bad" for Ireland if they failed to attend. "We'd be letting the whole country down if we don't go. It would be a shame," Mr Kerins added.
'Twas a morning in July' won the award for Best Directorial Debut in the feature documentary category and Best International Geographical Documentary in New York. It came second in the Feature Documentary 'Audience Choice'.