Cromane woman close to Oscar glory



SHE'S pitched against the likes of The Simpsons and Disney Animation Studios, yet a Cromane film maker is certainly holding her own in prestigious company and could ultimately be in line for an Oscar nomination.

Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (26) is producer of Head Over Heels, a film-short made in The National Film and Television School and which formed the basis of Fodhla's postgrad study at the London college.

Earlier this year The Kerryman reported how the work was selected to debut at The Cannes Film Festival and it has since picked up a host of awards at film festivals worldwide, including Hiroshima, Austin, Dinard and even Galway where it won 'debut animation' award

A 10-minute stop animation piece, recently the film was nominated for the European Cartoon D'Or but now it seems there's even bigger fish to fry, as Fodhla explains.

"I got news on Friday night that it had been shortlisted for Oscar nomination which is absolutely amazing and a huge thrill," she explains.

"We were one of 56 films longlisted and each of those had to have won festivals to get that far, so we were delighted at that, but to make a shortlist of the final 10 is overwhelming," she adds.

It now means that Fodhla's work, which is directed by Timothy Reckart, could be one of up to five films selected from the final ten to make it to Oscar night.

The final group will be announced on January 10 but competing against Fodhla's film are some rather big-budget productions. These include a film-short entitled Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare, directed by Simpsons' animator David Silverman and Paperman directed by John Kahrs of Disney Animation Studios.

The Cromane woman who's now working for Parallel Films in London, is under no illusions, though, but feels that she's in in with fighting chance.

"I know that the likes of Disney have used cutting edge techniques and so they won't compare at all in that respect.

"Our budget also doesn't compare but I know the final decision is about quality and how the money is used, so let's say I'm optimistic," she reveals.

"Everyone at home is really excited and my dad jokes that it's one step closer to Pamela Anderson," she adds with a smile.

Whatever happens, Fodhla will be keeping Oscar night, February 24, free in any case and so it will be fingers crossed on nomination night, January 10.

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