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12/05/2006

Irish film industry at Cannes Film Festival

With Irish Civil War story 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' directed by Ken Loach in Official Competition and thirteen Irish films selling in the Cannes Market, the Irish film industry is very well represented at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, May 17 - 28.
Irish actors Cillian Murphy, 'Batman Begins' and 'Red Eye' and Liam Cunningham, 'Breakfast On Pluto', 'A Love Divided', 'Showbands', and rising stars Padraic Delaney, 'Pure Mule', 'The Clinic', and Orla Fitzgerald, 'Love is the Drug', 'The Last Furlong' will walk down the red carpet with director Ken Loach at the World Premiere of 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' in Cannes.
Ireland’s leading film producers will also be travelling to the Cannes Film Market, which is one of the largest and most important film market in the world, to source finance for their upcoming feature films. The market provides an opportunity for Irish producers to meet with international film financiers, sales agents and film distributors. The Irish Pavilion in Cannes is the central point for the Irish presence at the festival, promoting Irish film and Ireland as a film location. It also provides an opportunity to endorse Irish production services and competitive tax incentives, whilst acting as a high profile, well-resourced base for the Irish film industry and its guests attending the Cannes Film Market and Festival. The Irish Pavilion is a joint marketing initiative between Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and The Northern Ireland Film & Television Commission.
This year there are thirteen Irish films selling in the Cannes Film Market including Marion Comer’s debut film '48 Angels', Paul Mercier’s 'STUDS' starring Brendan Gleeson.
Julian Hill’s short film 'Death’s Mailing' which picked up the prize for Best Short Film in Rome and Cyprus is also screening in the Short Film Corner.
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