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Thursday 17 April 2014

Peter's Pace Setter film battles the demon drink

A KANTURK film-maker has been shortlisted for a national competition with his entry, 'The Pace Setter,' which is being hosted by Drink Aware.

Peter O'Callaghan, a student at IT Tralee, submitted his short film for the Dare2bdrinkaware.ie competition, organised by the alcohol social responsibility organisation, drinkaware.ie. The aim is to encourage young film makers to produce short films that communicate with their peers.

Peter was joined by fellow team member Nicky O'Donnell who attended a special media event at the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in Dublin city centre where their film was formally announced last week.

Throughout Ireland 10 films have now been shortlisted, including the one by Peter and his classmates.

Their film examines a play on words and behaviour of the main character, aptly named the Pace Setter.

"Each of the shortlisted entries highlights our 'pacing' theme and promotes more responsible attitudes to alcohol - but they don't do so in a preachy way. Instead, they pursue formats and themes that resonate with young people," said Fionnula Sheehan, CEO of Drink Aware.

Peter along with his classmates were delighted to shortlisted and are now eyeing the prize fund of €5,000. One prize will be awarded for a special 'public vote', and all films are available to view online. Members of the public can vote for their favourite film until 5pm on Tuesday next, April 23.

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