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Sunday 30 April 2017

Ella's Dale Sessions make national final

Our Lady's College Greenhills filmmaker Ella Murphy has been shortlisted for the title of Ireland's Young Filmmaker 2017.

The 17-year-old qualified for the national finals in Limerick on March 30th after making it through the hotly contested Leinster regional finals last week in Temple Bar.

The Fresh Film Festival highlights national and international filmmakers spanning the primary and secondary age groups.

Previous films screened at the finals have been selected to be screened in the US, Canada, Korea, Italy, UK, Germany, Croatia, Australia and elsewhere.

The winner will receive the title of Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year, along with a cheque for €1,000.

'It was incredible to get out of Leinster and make it to the national final,' Ella stated. 'The competition was very tough and with the rest of Ireland now involved, I'm sure the standard will be even higher.'

Ella's film is part of her celebration of one of the oldest parts of Drogheda, The Dale, and she has billed it 'The Dale Sessions'.

She speaks to young, local people about their view of Drogheda, their music and likes.

Her entry for the national film awards centres on the story of Sonja Belec, a fellow Greenhills student, who moved to Drogheda from Croatia and how she has adjusted to everything - from the local fascination with 'spuds' to a meeting with the head of St Oliver Plunkett!

Drogheda Independent

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