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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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‘Spider's Trap’ to launch in Lighthouse Cinema
25 Jul 2014 | Blackhorse Film Productions and Bootstrap Films Ltd have announced the launch of their new feature film ‘Spider’s Trap’ on 9th August 2014 in the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin. The crime drama is set on the streets of Dublin. 
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RTÉ Global’s Award-Winning ‘Somebody to Love’ Sells in Europe
22 Jul 2014 | RTÉ GLOBAL has licensed ‘Somebody to Love’, Wildfire Films’ candid documentary about the romantic lives of the disabled, to YLE Finland, TV4 Sweden, Channel 8 Israel and Indigenius for RTVE Spain. The announcement was made by Edel Edwards, head of programme sales for the Irish public broadcaster’s newly rebranded television sales arm. 
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‘GOLD’ to Hit Irish Cinemas This Autumn
17 Jul 2014 | IFTA winning Niall Heery’s latest film GOLD which stars Screen International’s ‘Star of Tomorrow’ Maisie Williams (‘Game of Thrones’), David Wilmot (‘Calvary’), Kerry Condon (‘The Runway’) and James Nesbitt (‘The Hobbit’) will be released in Irish cinemas this autumn. Wildcard Distribution who is distributing the film in Ireland have also released the official trailer (see below). 
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GFD Film Library Website Launch
17 Jul 2014 | On 1st August 2014, GFD Film Library, the official Irish film licensing distributor for public viewing will be launching their new website www.filmlibrary.ie
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SDGI Announces 9th Annual Directors Finders Series 2014
14 Jul 2014 | The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland is delighted to announce the ninth annual Directors Finders Series run in association with the Directors Guild of America. 
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Wildcard Picks Up Number of Titles
11 Jul 2014 | Irish firm Wildcard Distribution has picked up a bundle of titles including Galway Film Fleadh features ‘Gold’ and ‘Get Up and Go’ (as previously reported on IFTN). Deals have also been confirmed for rom-com ‘Standby’ starring Brian Gleeson and and most recently, Ian Power’s ‘The Guarantee’. 
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IFTN talks to 'Begin Again' writer-director John Carney
09 Jul 2014 | ‘Once’ writer-director John Carney has yet again combined music, a seemingly unusual coupling, comedy & bucketfuls of charm to create one of the summer’s best films with his new release, 'Begin Again'. 
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Interview with Brendan Muldowney, Director-Writer of 'Love Eternal'
04 Jul 2014 | ‘Love Eternal’, the second feature from Irish filmmaker Brendan Muldowney following his haunting ‘Savage’, will be released in cinemas in Ireland today. Based on the Japanese novel ‘In Love with the Dead’ by Kei Oshi, the feature follows a lonely young man who becomes obsessed with death and tries to understand life by coming closer to death. 
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‘Love Eternal’ to have Irish Release Today
04 Jul 2014 | Award-winning Irish film ‘Love Eternal’ will be released in cinemas in Ireland today. Directed by Brendan Muldowney (‘Savage’), the film was acquired by Wildcard for distribution in Ireland (read the full story here). 
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Element Pictures Distribution announce partnership with Arts Alliance Limited
03 Jul 2014 | Element Pictures Distribution, in conjunction with Arts Alliance Limited, is delighted to announce an exclusive partnership to distribute Royal Opera House operas and ballets to Irish cinemas. 
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Wildcard Acquires ‘Get Up and Go’
30 Jun 2014 | Wildcard has acquired Brendan Grant’s new feature film ‘Get Up and Go’, which will have its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh next month on July 10th. The film stars Peter Connan (‘Love/Hate’, ‘Between the Canals’) and Killian Scott (‘Love/Hate’, ‘Calvary’) in the lead roles. 
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‘Song of the Sea’ Secures Further Deals
16 Jun 2014 | The highly-anticipated animation ‘Song of the Sea’, which is Cartoon Saloon’s first feature since the Oscar-nominated and IFTA award-winning film ‘The Secret of Kells’, has secured more international distribution deals after competing at the Annecy International Film Festival, which was on June 9-14. 
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‘The Food Guide to Love’ out in Irish cinemas tomorrow
12 Jun 2014 | ‘The Food Guide to Love’ is a romantic comedy directed by Dominic Harari and Teresa de Pelegri, who were also the team behind Spanish rom coms ‘Only Human’ and ‘Unconscious’. Set and filmed in Dublin, the feature follows the relationship that develops between an Irish food writer and Spanish woman. It will receive its highly anticipated release in Irish cinemas tomorrow, June 13th. 
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‘Sing Street’ Secures Further Deals
30 May 2014 | As IFTN previously reported, ‘Sing Street’, the latest from ‘Once’ director-writer John Carney, was acquired for distribution in the US via a deal between sales company WME and Weinstein. It has since been confirmed that FilmNation, the firm responsible for international sales of the feature, has come close to selling out the feature after a very successful market at Cannes. 
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‘Dracula Untold’ to be Released Globally through Imax
28 May 2014 | The giant screen exhibitor Imax has signed a deal with production companies Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures to digitally re-master ‘Dracula Untold’, the latest origins film on the world’s most famous vampire. Universal and Legendary Pictures have scheduled the film to be released in giant screen theatres from October 2nd 2014. Imax will screen the film on North American screens from October 17th. 
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NITV To Distribute Rankin Film Productions Shorts Internationally
20 May 2014 | NITV have announced that they have agreed on a deal with the London-based production company Rankin Film Productions (RFP) that started in 2011 as the Collabor8te scheme. Initially eight projects from writers, and writer/directors in both the UK and Ireland were selected and given production finance. These titles have now reached the end of their run on the international festival circuit, some of them, like the animated short ‘The Hungry Corpse’, with considerable success. NITV will now be handling these films for international distribution to TV and VOD platforms worldwide. 
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Irish Titles Sell, Sell, Sell at Cannes
19 May 2014 | Having begun last Wednesday on the 14th of May and continuing until this Sunday the 25th of May, this year’s Cannes Film Festival has already seen several international distribution deals for film titles from around the globe. The annual Marché du film is one of the most important markets for the film industry, allowing for the establishment of such deals and significant contacts. Irish film has always had a presence in the market and the number of international deals established in the past week has made the industry felt more than ever in the field of global film distribution. 
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FilmNation Boards Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Room’
12 May 2014 | Ahead of competition from the Cannes Film Festival, FilmNation Entertainment has acquired international rights for ‘Room’, Lenny Abrahamson’s next feature. The film is based on the Emma Donoghue novel of the same name, which was a finalist for the Man Booker and Orange prizes and has sold more than two million copies worldwide. Donoghue wrote the novel and will also write the adapted screenplay. 
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