WATCH: IFB Focus and Real Shorts Trailers Ahead of World Premiere at Cork Film Festival


WATCH: IFB Focus and Real Shorts Trailers Ahead of World Premiere at Cork Film Festival

Posted: 17th November 2017

Ahead of their world premieres at the Cork Film Festival, read the synopses and watch the trailers to these new Irish short films, funded under Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board's Focus Shorts and Real Shorts schemes. 

Focus Shorts


A man cruises around late at night looking for something. He pulls in to ask two young girls for directions - only to flash them to get a cheap thrill. Unfortunately, he has picked the wrong girls. They are also out hunting tonight and they will stop at nothing to get their kill. 

Director / Script Kate Dolan Producer Aoife Kelly Executive Producer Fiona Kinsella Photography Piers McGrail Editor John Cutler Production Designer Emma Lowney Music Steve Lynch Main Cast Martin O’Sullivan, Edel Murphy, Francesca Saunders Running Time 9 minutes

Take Me Swimming

A son must overcome his own conflicted feelings and honour his father's intentions to keep his mother alive, despite her expressed wish to the contrary.

Director Claire Dix Producer Roisín Geraghty Script Ailbhe Keogan Photography Michael Kelly Editor Tony Cranstoun Production Designer Dáithí Magner Music Hugh Drumm Main Cast Barry Ward, Olwen Fouéré, BJ Hogg Running Time 15 minutes

The Tattoo

A holocaust survivor working in a New York funeral home makes a distressing discovery.

Director/Script Ian Power Producer Eoghan Ryan Photography Miguel Angel Vinas Editors Joe McElwaine, Ian Power Production Designer Joe Fallover Music Stefan French Main Cast Natalie Radmall-Quirke, Grainne Keenan, Jer O’Leary, Natalia Kostrzewa, Andy Kellegher Running Time 15 minutes

Tomato Can            

Danny ‘Danger’ Kelly is a retired journeyman boxer who accepts a last-minute fight.But there’s one problem, it’s his weekend to look after his teenage daughter, Leah. Danny sees this fight as an opportunity and having no choice, he brings a very reluctant Leah along with him. He thinks he has nothing to lose, while Leah just think he’s a bit of a loser.

Director/Script Ciaran Cassidy Producer Aoife McGonigal Photography Kate McCullough Editor John Murphy Production Designer Michael Moynihan Music Paddy Mulchay Main Cast Michael Power, Liam Carney, Amy Macken, Tommy McCarthy Running Time 14 minutes

Real Shorts

Bordalo II: A Life of Waste

An intimate portrait of Portuguese street artist Artur Bordalo as he aims to highlight the extent of our wastefulness and the impact this has on our environment through his 'Trash Animals' sculptures.

Directors/Photography Trevor Whelan, Rua Meegan Producer Glen Collins Editor Tony Kearns Music Steady State, Eric Whelan Main Cast Artur Bordalo, Patrick O’Connor, Real Bordalo, Joao Sobral Running Time 10 minutes

Hey Ronnie Reagan

In 1984 a tiny anonymous Tipperary village was thrust in to the world’s spotlight when US President Ronald Reagan arrived to visit his ancestral home. It was said that Ballyporeen would never be the same again....

Director Maurice O’Brien Producer Daniel Hegarty Photography John McMahon Editor Cara Holmes Music Michael John McCarthy Main Cast Mary O’Farrell, Pat Russell, Seamus Hennessey Running Time 11mins

Mother & Baby

Discarded in death as they were in life, Mother & Baby bears witness to children of the fallen women of Ireland.

Director/Script Mia Mullarkey Producer Alice McDowell Photography Aidan Maguire Editor Mirjam Strugalla Music Anna Mullarkey Main Cast Catherine Corless, Peter Mulryan, Pat Duffy, Carmel Larkin Running Time 18 minutes

Smithy & Dickie

Smithy & Dickie celebrates old love letters, while questioning how the current digital age is potentially obliterating any record of our most precious moments.

Director/Script Hannah Quinn Producers Michela Orlandi, Hannah Quinn Photography Tim Fleming Editor Robert O’Connor Main Cast Killian Coyle, Toni O’Rourke Running Time 10 Minutes

The Swimmer

Stephen Redmond from West Cork was the first person ever to complete the world-famous Ocean’s Seven Challenge.  It looks at the beauty and the poetry of Stephen’s passion and touches on the lives of the people he loves and those he has lost. It delves into the peculiar, solitary psyche of an open-water swimmer who spends much of his time immersed in a world underwater.  

Director/Editor Thomas Beug Producer Jessica Bermingham Photography Eoin McLoughlin Music Jackson Mico Main Cast Stephen Redmond, Derek Mahon Running Time 10 minutes