Louise's short film to be screened at festival

VENTRY woman Louise Ní Fhiannachta, is heading for the bright lights of New York where an Irish language short film she directed is to be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival next month.

Her film, Rúbaí, will premiere alongside two other Irish feature films at the prestigious film festival which was founded by Hollywood star Robert De Niro.

The Irish-language short, which was funded under Bórd Scannán na hÉireann Gearrscannáin short-film scheme, will have its international premiere alongside The Canal, which was directed by Ivan Kavanagh and John Butler's film The Stag.

Written by Antoin Beag Ó Colla, Rúbaí tells the story of a young girl who, in the run-up to her First Holy Communion, declares she's an atheist and bamboozles her teacher, her mother and the parish priest. Produced by Gemma O'Shaughnessy for Magamedia Teo, Rúbaí premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh last year where it was honoured with the prize for Best First Short Drama. It is also up for an Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) this year for Best Short Film.

This is turning into something of a whirlwind year for Louise who many locally will know as the daughter of Phil and Muiris Ó Fiannachta. Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste, her film about the life of the late, great Páidí Ó Sé - which first aired on TG4 on Christmas Day - has also been nominated for two IFTAs in the category of sports and the Irish Language Award.

Louise was present at a special screening of the film, which was presented by Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, in St James Church last Monday as part of the Dingle Film Festival.