BREAKING NEWS: Derry will be attending Palm Springs Film Festival 19th-24 June. To arrange an appointment please contact

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NITV wish to congratulate director/writer Shane McCabe on his recent win for
his screenplay ‘KopKiller’ at the Screenplay Competition 2012 in New York. force=1
Shane has also strangely just seen his short Lucky Escape somewhat come to
real life, when a man in Boston, who was dumped by his girlfriend, suddenly
found out that he had won millions in the lottery.

Lucky Escape (3 minutes)
When a high powered career woman is asked on a romantic date by her
boyfriend, she rashly decides to end their relationship in the restaurant.

Not content to let her man down gently, she not only catalogues his personal
shortcomings but also castigates his family members. 

The hitherto lucklessboyfriend’s comeback epitomizes the expression “living well is the best revenge”.
To view Lucky Escape please e-mail
Sadhbh Murphy will be taking part in the below panel discussion on Friday
November 16th.

Triskel Arts Centre 16:00 – 17:30
Panellists discuss the vital role of the Producer in the film making process
and the elusive area of Distribution. Participants include Edwina Forkin
(Zanzibar Films) and Sadhbh Murphy (Network Ireland Television)
For further information contact or visit
Admission €25 to include all 3 panel discussions

Congratulations to Ruán Magan on winning Emerging Cinematographer Award
awarded by the International Cinematographer's Guild. The Award was
presented by Werner Hertzog in a theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night to
an audience of 700 who gave their film Angel and Brian O Carroll, DP, a
standing ovation.

The wonderful Downpour produced by Nodlag Houlihan and written/directed by Claire Dix continues to bring in the Awards, see below for just some of their recent successes. This short film is a celebration of Irish rain. A bride-to-be recalls pivotal moments in her relationship that all took place in a shower a drizzle or a downpour.
Best Irish Short – Foyle Film Festival 2011
Directors Choice Award – Best Short – Boston Irish Film Festival 2012
Writing for Short Award – ZeBBies 2012 (Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild)
Best Irish Short – Fasnet Film Festival 2012
Best Cinematography - Fasnet Film Festival 2012
Independent Cinema Award – Festival du Film Court de Villeurbanne 2011
Prix Coup de Coeur 2012 – CLAP 89 International Short Film Festival, France
The Love Prize – European Film Festival of Lille
IFTA Nominee 2012 – Best Short

Derry was mentioned in Fridays New York Times. Please take a moment to read the article:

We are very pleased to announce that ‘Remember Me My Ghost’ has been officially selected to screen in competition at Brief Encounters as part of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2012.

We are delighted to announce that The Boy in the Bubble has won Audience Favorite Animation Short at the Palm Springs International ShortFest. Congratulations to Kealan, Brian and everyone involved!,0,526024.story

 The Boy in the Bubble – 8 Mins

Rupert, a ten year old boy, falls hopelessly in love for the first time. When it all goes terribly wrong, he wishes never to experience heartache again. Turning to a book of magic, he invokes a spell to shield him from emotion forever.

For further information contact Sylvia Lynch

We are delighted to see Two Hearts picking up various awards including Best International Film at the Rome Film Festival and Best Short Film at the Fingal Film Festival.

Two Hearts - 16 mins 42 secs

Lorna has worked hard to stay on the right track. But when a man from her past is released from prison, her emotions spiral out of control, and she finds herself inextricably drawn back to a life, and a love, that’s forbidden.

For further information please contact Sylvia Lynch,

Huge congratulations to Richard Kelly and Sean William Ryan who won the
'Best Screenplay Award' for Paperman at the San Francisco Short Film

SYNOPSIS: A lone man's quest to find his true love in a busy paper
metropolis.  Will he find the Papergirl he hopes for?

To request a screener or protected link of Paperman, please contact

More Good News!! Origin, has won Best Horror Short at this year's London
Independent Film Festival.

SYNOPSIS: Origin's a supernatural thriller about a woman who tries to keep
her family together when her son falls ill after he's bitten by a mysterious
creature in the woods. A kind of cross between Don't Look Now and Let The
Right One In. It stars Katy Carmichael & Lee Ross, and was shot on

You can view the trailer here

To request a screener or protected link of Origin, please contact

We are delighted to announce that Even Gods  has just picked up the Jury
Special Recognition Award at the Aspen Shortsfest. They have also been
shortlisted for the 2012 Irish Screenwriters' Guild Award for short script.

SYNOPSIS: Wisecracking, large-hearted, Hughie has been living in a long-term
homeless shelter in Belfast for 6 years. He is well-liked in the hostel, the life and soul. But when his daughter contacts him out of the blue and wants to see him for the first time in thirteen years the boundaries of Hughie's solid life begin to blur and the wounds of the past come back into sharp, painful focus.

And when Hughie meets his granddaughter, who he never knew existed, he finds himself circling the contours of a life he thought lost, buried forever.

To request a screener or protected link of Even Gods, please contact

After garnering success at its Dublin Film Festival premier Sé Merry Doyle's
documentary Jimmy Murakami - Non Alien has been screening at festivals
around the world, picking up "Directors Choice" award at Scaramento Film
Festival along the way.

We wish them every luck at their next stop the Disorient Film Festival in Oregon!

SYNOPSIS: A Documentary about acclaimed filmmaker Jimmy T.Murakami and his emotional return to Tule Lake concentration camp in America. 
To request a screener or protected link of Jimmy Murakami - Non Alien,
please contact

The Shore Wins!!

After four years, representing 8 Oscar nominated short films Network Ireland
Television is delighted to advise you that The Shore has won Best Live
Action Short at the 84th Academy Awards.

This is the first Oscar for two time nominee (Hotel Rwanda, In The Name of
The Father), Terry George who picked up the coveted award along with his
Producer daughter Oorlagh George.

M.D. Derry O'Brien was in LA cheering for both NITV Oscar nominated shorts,
The Shore and the wonderful Pentecost.
We would like to extend our Congratulations to everyone involved.

NITV celebrates another Oscar short nomination

For the fourth year running NITV are delighted to announce, that the Academy for Motion Pictures and Sciences have just confirmed that one of the short films in our catalogue has just been selected for an official Oscar nomination for next month’s Academy Awards ® presentation.. 

Versatile Irish Actor/Director Peter McDonald’s debut short film, Pentecost is selected in the last 5 titles in contention for Best Live Action Short. It is another success for the Irish Film Board funded Signatures Short Film scheme.

Peter McDonald is also a busy actor and is currently shooting the new Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) drama series, Moone Boy in Ireland for SkyTV.

Pentecost has been very well received on the international film festival circuit, having been selected for the prestigious Tribeca, Edinburgh, IndieLisboa (Portugal) and Foyle festivals among others.

Commenting on the successful nomination of Pentecost, Derry O’Brien, M.D. of NITV said:

“In the football parlance of this short film, this is, indeed a great result. The international market place sees up to 6,000 short films each year embark on that glorious but highly elusive road to the Oscars. Producer Eimear O’Kane & Director Peter McDonald are to be congratulated on their great success, purely in getting Pentecost selected as one of the 5 short films nominated in this highly competitive category. We are already experiencing a very positive response from our international buyers to the press release which we issued to them immediately as the news was confirmed. We are confident that strong sales will result for their film in the coming months.

This is the fourth year in a row that we have represented short films in competition for an Oscar, and while we are both thrilled and humbled, we also believe that this consistency really consolidates NITV’s position as one of the major players in the international short film business. We are hopefully becoming the one-stop-shop for our overseas buyers, in terms of quality short films from filmmakers worldwide”

Watch Eimear O'Kane, Peter McDonald and Scott Graham chat with Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show about their exciting nomination this week.