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‘Ellie the Ace’ Flies High
26 Sep 2014 | Cartoon Saloon, best-known as the studio behind Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated and IFTA award-winning feature ‘The Secret of Kells,’ is currently developing animated series ‘Ellie the Ace.’ The €4.5 million series project was pitched this week at Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, France. 
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Dark Sky Acquires ‘Let Us Prey’
26 Sep 2014 | MPI Media Group’s Dark Sky Films banner has acquired the U.S. rights to ‘Let Us Prey’, an Irish horror feature from Brian O’Malley. The film has already been screened at, among others, the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, at which it won Best European Fantastic Film, and the18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, where it received its Asian premiere. It sold-out its North American premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival at which it received positive reviews. 
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‘The Missing Scarf’ to be released online
19 Sep 2014 | The Irish Film Board’s animated short ‘The Missing Scarf’ has so far had a very impressive year. Altogether, the film received 16 international awards including wins at the San Francisco Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival, Valladolid Film Festival, and many others. The film also landed a nomination for the upcoming European Film Awards. 
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A ‘Noble’ Cause
17 Sep 2014 | True life stories have gripped Irish filmmakers and audiences time and time again, so Stephen Bradley’s hard work on ‘Noble’ - about the Dublin woman who would start a world-famous orphanage foundation for street children - might just pay off. 
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Element Pictures Distribution adds Films to iTunes UK & Ireland
12 Sep 2014 | From today (Friday 12th September), Lenny Abrahamson’s critically acclaimed latest feature ‘Frank’, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson is available to rent or purchase on iTunes. Other films from Abrahamson also now available to iTunes customers include the award winning ‘What Richard Did’, ‘Garage’ and black comedy ‘Adam & Paul’
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An Bronntanas Begins Theatrical Run in Clifden
10 Sep 2014 | Locally shot film An Bronntanas / The Gift will be screened in the Station House Theatre in Clifden, Co.Galway from 10th to 16th September. The film is directed by Tom Collins (Kings) and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh and Tom Collins for ROSG and De Facto Films. Members of the cast and crew will attend the screening of the film on Saturday 13th to present the film and have a chat with the audience. 
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‘An Bronntanas’ Release in Irish Cinemas on 10th September
08 Sep 2014 | ‘An Bronntanas’ is a contemporary thriller starring Dara Devaney (‘Na Cloigne’), Owen McDonnell (‘Single Handed’) alongside veteran American Irish TV and theatre actor John Finn (‘Cold Case’). 
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Line-up of Irish Films out in cinemas this Autumn
05 Sep 2014 | Following the success of Irish releases such as ‘Calvary’, ‘The Stag’, ‘Frank’, ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ and Universal’s ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie’ this year, Irish audiences can also look forward to a wide choice of Irish stories on film hitting cinemas over the coming months. 
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First Screening of Gary Shore’s ‘Dracula Untold’ in aid of St. Francis Hospice
05 Sep 2014 | Universal Pictures Ireland and Jameson Dublin International Film Festival are delighted to present a Charity Screening of the epic new action-adventure, ‘Dracula Untold’, in aid of St. Francis Hospice. 
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‘A Nightingale Falling’ to get IMC Nationwide Release
03 Sep 2014 | Irish drama 'A Nightingale Falling', set during the War of Independence will be released to cinemas nationwide on September 12th. The film, directed by Garret Daly and Martina McGlynn which stars Tara Breathnach and Gerard McCarthy will also receive a homecoming premiere at the IMC Tullamore on September 4th with cast & crew present. 
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Irish feature Trampoline available to rent through online streaming site
03 Sep 2014 | Award-winning Irish feature Trampoline is now available to rent through online movie streaming site SeedandSpark.com. 
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‘Patrick’s Day’ Wins Finders Series Award
26 Aug 2014 | Terry McMahon’s film ‘Patrick’s Day’ has won the coveted Screen Directors Guild ‘Finders Series’ Award. The award – presented to only one Irish film a year – will see the Director’s Guild of America host a screening of ‘Patrick’s Day’ for an audience of industry insiders at the legendary Directors’ Guild of America (DGA) Theatre on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles on October 10th. It will be screened to key distributors and film industry representatives in an effort to gain a US distribution deal. 
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‘An Irish Exorcism’ Picked Up By Virgil Films
26 Aug 2014 | New York-based Virgil Films and Entertainment has recently picked up Irish film "An Irish Exorcism" for distribution. The expected release date for availability on VOD and more is early 2015. 
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Irish DVD & On-Demand Release of ‘Frank’
19 Aug 2014 | Fresh from its opening weekend in the United States, Element Pictures Distribution is pleased to announce that 'Frank' will be available to rent and buy in Ireland on DVD, Blu-ray and On-Demand from September 12th. 
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'Life's a Breeze' secures US Release for Autumn
19 Aug 2014 | Lance Daly’s film Life’s a Breeze, starring Fionnula Flanagan (‘The Others’, ‘The Guard’) and Pat Shortt (‘Garage’, ‘Calvary’), will be released in the United States on September 19th. The film will be released in Los Angeles and New York as well as VOD, followed by a national rollout. The feature is a Fasnet Films production which Daly directed, wrote and produced, and Macdara Kelleher also produced. 
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‘What If’ Out in Irish Cinemas this Wednesday
18 Aug 2014 | Romantic comedy ‘What If’ is out on general release in Irish cinemas this Wednesday 20th August. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, who was in Dublin last week for the film’s Irish premiere. Elia Kazan (‘Ruby Sparks’), Rafe Spall (‘Prometheus’), Adam Driver (‘Girls’) and Megan Park (‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’) also have starring roles. 
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‘Frank’ released in US Today
15 Aug 2014 | After meeting rave reviews at its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (Kyle Smith of the New York Post described it as a “whimsical delight”), Lenny Abrahamson’s fourth feature ‘Frank’ will receive its highly anticipated release in the US this weekend. The film is a comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself both in peril and in awe when he joins an electric rock band with a mysterious papier mache head wearing leader. 
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Shorts Round-Up
12 Aug 2014 | Irish short films continue to be selected for film festivals, win awards and secure distribution deals around the world… 
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Irish Film 'Calvary' Makes Strong Debut at the US Box Office
06 Aug 2014 | The critically acclaimed film from John Michael McDonagh has taken an average of $18,000 per screen – the highest screen average for any independently released film this weekend in the United States according to indiewire.com. 
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Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s Early Films Released on DVD
31 Jul 2014 | Five early rarely-seen films by Thaddeus O’Sullivan have been released on DVD by the Irish Film Institute and St Mary’s University, London as part of the IFI’s ongoing series of archive-based DVD releases. 
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