Friday 24 May 2019

Irish all-female filmmaking team win €22,500 in Female Film Force competition to make short film set in Dingle

Jo Halpin and Emma Wall
Jo Halpin and Emma Wall
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

An Irish writer and her team have won £20,000 (€22,500) in Bumble's Female Film Force competition.

Emma Wall's script for a short film set in Dingle blew away the judges and Emma, along with her director Claire Byrne and producer Jo Halpin, have secured one of just five £20,000 grants.

Emma's script was initially chosen from 1100 other projects to make the final ten and the panel of judges including broadcaster Edith Bowman and actresses Ophelia Lovibond and Georgina Campbell felt the film deserved to make it to the final five.

The trio from Dublin will now film PAT and showcase it alongside the other four finalists at an industry event in January.

Edith Bowman
Edith Bowman

The competition was launched by dating app Bumble with the aim of promoting female talent in the film industry and highlighting the 'shocking gender imbalance' that currently exists.

Speaking about their win, Emma said, "We are so excited to have been chosen. This whole process has been so incredible and we are so honoured to be part of the final five. We can't believe it's happening, but we are so ready to go for it and to get our film made!

"Bumble and WDW Entertainment have been so supportive and we're really looking forward to working with them!"

Emma, who is originally from Wicklow, but lives in Dublin set up Alfonso films with Dubliners Claire and Jo to support each other in making projects.  They already have one short film, Spent, under their belt.

Pat is set in 1975, and tells the story of a mother who stays connected to her son in New York through the only phone in the village. When the local phone box rings as it does every Wednesday at 3pm, it's Pat's son Conn calling from New York.

Although this call happens each week without fail, it's always up to a local to fetch Pat. The job is usually left to 9 year old Rossa who spends most of his Wednesdays chasing Pat around the village trying to get her to the phone on time. The phone box is their saviour but as life goes on there will have to come a day when one of them won't be around to answer the call.

 Read more: ‘We’re just so chuffed’ – Irish filmmaking trio on making shortlist of Female Film Force competition 

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Dating app Bumble to fight ‘shocking’ gender imbalance with female film fund for UK and Ireland 

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