Monday 19 February 2018

'Unfold' picks up top award in NY

On the set of ‘Unfold’ last year, (left) Michael Gilbert, cinematographer and Steven Daly, writer/director, right.
On the set of ‘Unfold’ last year, (left) Michael Gilbert, cinematographer and Steven Daly, writer/director, right.

Fintan Lambe

A SHORT film made by two film students from Co. Wexford has picked up a top award for cinematography at a Film Festival in New York.

'Unfold', written and directed by Steven Daly from Enniscorthy, with cinematography by Michael Gilbert from Gorey, was nominated for two awards at the Queens World Film Festival in New York.

The fourteen minute film, completed as their graduation piece from IADT Dun Laoghaire, was nominated in the Best International Narrative Short category, and won the 'Best Cinematography' award.

Steven travelled to New York for the Festival, thanks to the kind support of Culture Ireland and Aer Lingus, and was absolutely over the moon with the win, and to collect the award on Michael's behalf.

He explained that 'Unfold' tells the story of Mark, who is struggling with an unexpected change in his life. While trying to maintain a routine in his daily life, he meets Sara who opens his eyes to a new perspective of the world around him. It stars Tony Murphy and Janice Byrne.

Steven said that the film was spotted in Galway last year by Annette Insdorf, a Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University in Manhattan. 'She has been campaigning for our film ever since and has been trying to get it viewed at different festivals,' said Steven. 'She has given us fantastic support, and it's great to have someone of her caliber campaigning for us.'

'Unfold' received a Special Mention for Best First Short Drama at the Galway Film Fleadh, and was also shown at the Wee Craic Fest in New York; the San Francisco Irish Film Festival; Cork Film Festival; and the Denouement Film Festival in New York.

During his 10-day trip to the States, Steven also attended the Chicago Irish Film Festival where 'Unfold' was shown, before he went to New York for the festival in Queens.

It was also screened at the Irish Film Festival in Boston last weekend, and will feature in the Belfast Film Festival on April 5, and will be part of an online competition in April in the First Glance Film Fest.

Steven previously worked in the field of Architecture before going back to college to study Film and Television Production.

He's now studying for his Masters in Screenwriting, and is currently writing a feature length script.

Michael, from Knockbrandon, Craanford, attended Gorey Community School, and Gorey School of Art, before going on to IADT. Both he and Steven have talked about collaborating on future films together.

Gorey Guardian

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