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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Jim Sheridan at Wexford Film Festival

Elizabeth Whyte, Brian Molloy, Jim Sheridan, Dave McGlone, Eoin Colfer and Karl McGlone at the film festival
Elizabeth Whyte, Brian Molloy, Jim Sheridan, Dave McGlone, Eoin Colfer and Karl McGlone at the film festival

Maria Pepper

The Oscar-nominated film director Jim Sheridan was a special guest at the third Wexford Film Festival, taking part in a Q&A session with the author Eoin Colfer in front of an audience at Wexford Arts Centre.

Sheridan produced the documentary Shelter Me, about the homelessness crisis in Ireland, which was screened at festival organised by filmmakers Dave and Karl McGlone.

The hour-long film documents the occasion in December 2016 when activists took over an empty NAMA building, Apollo House, in Dublin.

Sheridan joined Eoin Colfer on stage to talk about the documentary and the film industry in general while Colfer spoke about the movie based on his Artemis Fowl series, directed by Kenneth Brannagh, which is due to be released next year.

A total of 30 films, mostly shorts were screened during the weekend, with entries from Ireland (including three from Wexford), the US, Australia, Germany, France, Belgium and the UK.

The Best Director award was won by Vincent Lambe for 'Detainment'; Best Film, Bride of Frankie, directed by Devi Snively from Ohio, USA; Best Actor was 11-year old Ely Solan for his role in Detainment; Best Actress was nine-year old Isobel Connolly from Kildare, for her role in 'A Timely Gift' and the Best Screenplay award was won by Damien Aylesbury for Memoirs Of A Docket.

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