In Ribbons: Screenings, Nominations and Awards

Indie Cork Film Festival, 2016

World of Film International Film Festival, Glasgow, 2016

Semi-Finalist in the Swedish International Film Festival, 2016

MERIT AWARD for Best Short – Indiefest Film Awards, 2016

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MERIT AWARD for Women Filmmakers – Indiefest Film Awards, 2016

Jehlum, India Short & Long Film Festival, 2016

Castellaneta Film Festival, 2016 16th July – Puglia, Italy

WINNER of Best Experimental Film – Los Angeles Cinefest (Feb) 2016

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NOMINATED for Best Experimental Film – London Film Festival, 2016

NOMINATED for Best Experimental Film – Lisbon International Film Festival, 2016

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WINNER of Best Sound – Wolves Independent Film Festival (winter) 2016

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WINNER of Best Director – Wolves Independent Film Festival (winter) 2016

 

Seattle Irish Reels Film Festival, March 2016 – Seattle, USA

Arts & Cinema Corner, Women Deliver 4th Global Conference, 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

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The Royal Film Festival, 2016 – Benton, USA

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WINNER of Best Experimental Film – Seadance Film Festival (Jan) 2016

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MMP Belgium Online Short Film Festival, 2016 – Belgium

Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival, 2016 – USA

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Women’s Director International Film Festival, 2016 New Dehli, India

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Roma Cinema DOC, 2016 – Rome, Italy

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Dingle International Film Festival, 2016 – Kerry, Ireland

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Shortfest International Film Festival, 2016 Malta

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OFFICIAL FINALIST – London Film Awards, 2015

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MERIT AWARD for Best Drama – International New York Film Festival, 2015

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Los Angeles Independant Film Festival Awards, 2015

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Waterford Film Festival, 2015

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WINNER of the Grand Jury Prize – Worcestershire Film Festival 2015

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Braunschweig International Film Festival, 2015 Germany. NOMINATED for Best Connection of Sound & Image

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Richard Harris International Film Festival, 2015. Limerick

LAURELS 2015

Sky Road TV & Film Festival, 2015 Galway

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Clare Island Film Festival, 2015. Ireland

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Underground Cinema Film Festival, 2015 Dun Laoghaire. NOMINATED for Best Cinematography

Official Selection UCFF 2015

Galway Film Fleadh, 2015 – Short Film Slam

Corti Da Sogni International Film Festival, 2015 Ravenna, Italy. NOMINATED for the European Fiction Award and Most Creative Short Film***

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Fastnet Short Film Festival, Schull, 2015

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Maynooth Film For All, Maynooth University, 2015

Belfast Film Festival, 2015

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IN RIBBONS to Screen at Women Deliver World Conference 2016

Delighted in me bones that IN RIBBONS will screen at the prestigious Women Deliver World Conference 2016, which takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark from May 16th – 19th. This global conference unites thousands of world influencers, policymakers, activists, journalists, and young people from over 150 countries to spotlight solutions and focus on how to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) matter most for girls and women. Founder Jill Sheffield and CEO Katja Iverson articulate concisely the aim of the conference, “Our message is simple and powerful: Sustainable development is possible only when girls and women are healthy and thriving. Women deliver so much more than babies. They deliver for themselves, their families, their communities, and their societies. When you invest in girls and women, there is a ripple effect and everybody wins.”

Screening at the Arts and Cinema Corner, an initiative which aims to transform a section of the conference into a creative space for showcasing international artists and creative work, I can’t articulate enough what an absolute honour it is for all involved to be part of a conference that advocates for women’s rights, health and well-being in such a prestigious and meaningful process. And it is such a credit to the conference organisers through their recognition and showcasing of how the medium of film can have a place in expressing the profound and the important through the universal language of visceral image and action. The only Irish film to screen amongst an amazing selection from all over the world, it will be shown on Wednesday,18th May. In addition to lunchtime workshops with world-renowned directors, producers, and poets, partial film screenings will run consecutively throughout the three days.

An Independent production, part personal money, part crowdfunded and also part funded through a bursary award from Kildare County Council Arts Service, IN RIBBONS is beautifully directed/edited by Marie Valerie Jeantelot. Starring Patrick O’Donnell, Geraldine McAlinden, Melissa Nolan and Rebecca Waldron, line produced and set design by Tom Dowling, sound and music by Neil Horner and cinematography by Basil Al-Rawi, the theme of the film is resilience and through a highly visual and sensory narrative, tells the story of a little girl’s journey to an orphanage in 1960’s Ireland. The film continues to screen at festivals worldwide and has won coveted awards including the Jury Prize at the Worcestershire Film Festival 2015, Best Experimental Film at both the Los Angeles Cinefest, February 2016 and The Seadance Film Festival, Spain 2016, and was also awarded Best Director [Marie Valerie Jeantelot] and Best Sound [Neil Horner] at the Wolves Independent IFF in Lithuania, 2016.

More information on the conference can be found on their website

 

Women in Film : Cinewoman Cahiers Interview

Delighted to be featured alongside IN RIBBONS director Marie Valerie Jeantelot in this lovely interview for Cinewoman Cahiers

So what is IN RIBBONS about?

Oft asked question. And not one that can ever be summed up in one clinical logline. When you see our short film, and I hope there will be many, many opportunities to do so, you’ll know more about what it is through the visual experience of it, and that’s why I wrote it sans dialogue.

I’m a fan of the less-is-more in most areas of life, but especially so in writing, and believe that scripts should be sparse enough to let a story unfold with unhindered visualisation. I get exhausted by endless dialogue, whether on the page or off it, and after all, actions speak louder than words; it is between the gaps that life is lived.

We experience each transient moment though all of our senses; how we feel is what stays with us. In my creation of it, IN RIBBONS is a feeling. A little girl’s feeling her way through a journey that she has no control over; a journey that will change her life forever. For the viewer, it is about seeing that journey through her very young and inexperienced eyes and perhaps, through our own emotions, we feel HER.

It is not a judgemental journey. It does not sensationalize that which is very personal and profound – not just for ‘Laurie’ – but for thousands of ‘forever’ children like her, taken on that same journey, some unwittingly tricked, some kicking and screaming, some so damaged, so desensitized that it didn’t really matter what the destination.

All need to be acknowledged. I hope IN RIBBONS does that, and in a respectful, honourable way. Telling it as it was; un-uttered explanations; unapologetic abandonment; unyielding walls. But also, and more importantly, it is an ode to the warriors. It is a eulogy to the human condition of unbreakable spirit.

Locked doors keep the darkness of that ‘otherworld’ inside, where the victim of the victim remains. In the stifle, in the grey deafening. And when they are gone, and we can’t remember who they were, but what they did, dear heart, the tears go wandering also.  So what is IN RIBBONS about? It is how a warrior earned her shield.

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The Memory Wandering…

I don’t claim to know that much in regard to all things poetic, and would never describe myself as such, but occasionally, in moments of emotive thought or reflection, I jot down what comes to the page and let it be.

The Memory Wandering was written some time ago and is themed around forgiveness and letting go. Common enough themes for humanity, but often the most difficult to get a handle on and more than often, unresolved.

Director of IN RIBBONS, Marie-Valerie Jeantelot, read the poem and decided to include it at the closing of our film, and in a wonderful gesture, her father, Charles Jeantelot, has translated it into French, that most beautiful language of the romantics.

La Mémoire Divaguant
La mémoire divaguant de la conscience
Et victime de victime demeure
Dans la suffocation
Dans le gris assourdissant
Et quand ils sont partis
Et quand on ne se souvient plus de ce qu’ils furent
Mais de ce qu’ils avaient fait
Cher cœur 
Les larmes s’en vont divaguant a leur tour
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 Not many of us can walk through life without heartache, or the lingering weight of it, so, I’m putting The Memory Wandering out there, as a gift to anyone, whom in any way, might find it helpful. PEACE X

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In Ribbons: Part Two of an update for our Investors and Supporters

So how did you spend your May Bank Holiday Weekend?

Rebecca Waldron

Rebecca Waldron

Patrick O'Donnell

Patrick O’Donnell

Geraldine McAlinden

Geraldine McAlinden

Melissa Nolan

Melissa Nolan

Marie-Valerie Jeantelot, Basil Al-Rawi, Stewart Lambert and Adrian Moylan

Marie-Valerie Jeantelot, Basil Al-Rawi, Stewart Lambert and Adrian Moylan

Tom Dowling

Tom Dowling

IN RIBBONS has wrapped! THANKYOU zaps to the brilliant cast and crew that assembled and worked so diligently to visualise my script into something that we all believe will be quite wonderful…and very beautiful. Thanks also to our extras, to building managers for the sanction of our locations, and to everyone who invested in our project. Donations have ensured that we have been able to pay up-front, or to pledge fees for work done, all of which will be honoured by the producers. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more updates: https://www.facebook.com/inribbonsmovie

Featured photographs: Errol Farrell. 2013

IN RIBBONS…Part one of an update for our investors and supporters

The project has been quietly and steadily gathering momentum, attracting support, investment and mind-blowingly talented people, either willing to give their hard-earned cash, or time and talent to realising my dream, and that of director, Marie-Valerie Jeantelot; to get IN RIBBONS onto the big screen.

First off, the production team is now a force of nature, and frankly, I’m humbled to be working with the likes of them!

Tom Dowling has come on board as Production Line Manager. Tom has over 21 years experience working in the Irish film industry, with responsibility for scheduling, budgeting and health & safety procedures in the art departments of many major feature films, such as, Michael Collins, In America, Becoming Jane, Laws of Attraction, The Old Curiosity Shop, Adam and Paul, Omagh, as well as a number of TV series, such as Ballykissangel and Bachelor’s Walk. Over the years Tom has worked alongside Academy Award winners, Josie MaCavin, Gianni Quaranta and Brian Auckland-Snow, as well as Oscar nominated Production Designers, Anthony Pratt, Nathan Crowley and Eve Stewart. Tom has been working diligently of late, scouting for locations for the IN RIBBONS shoot, and we are getting very close to pinning down those locations.

Marie-Valerie Jeantelot, our Director, is quite simply, a visionary of extraordinary talent. Having written and directed her own short films, Nail Chain, Yinyang, and a documentary, Brown Gold, since completing her HND in Film & TV production in 2011, Marie-Valerie has worked on several productions such as, Derelict, and Barry’s Bespoke Bakery. Also, a talented artist, Marie-Valerie’s storyboards keep on attracting us into the world she is creating for IN RIBBONS, and are proving to be very collectible keepsakes for our investors!

Basil Al-Rawi, our cinematographer, is a graduate of the National Film School at IADT.  He has worked on a variety of projects including artist films, commissions, shorts, music videos and a feature film, with many being selected for the Galway Film Fleadh, Cork Film Festival, Darklight Festival and IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival amongst others. Basil co-produced and shot ‘Opus K’, an independent Irish feature film which premiered in Galway in 2011 and showed as part of the IFI’s Ireland on Sunday season. His photographic work is not confined to the moving image; he exhibited a photographic series during the PhotoIreland Festival in 2011, and at the Ambika P3 in London in September 2012. Basil has recently graduated with an MA in photographic studies from the University of Westminster. He has also been keeping busy, currently working with Marie-Valerie on test shoots for IN RIBBONS.

Neil Horner, on music and sound design, is a classically trained guitarist. He attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music and New Park School of Music. He has worked on a number of award-winning shorts, features and documentaries, and his music and sound design draws heavily on the subtle but unnoticed sounds and rhythms of the natural world. I have heard snippets of the soundtrack that Neil is working on for IN RIBBONS, and quite simply, it is captivating.

Amy O’Neill, our make-up artist, is based at Make Up For Ever, working with many clients from the fashion, theatre, music and celebrity world. She has worked on shoots for Expose, Fred Perry, TV Now, Stellar, Kiss, RTE Guide. She also worked on ADAM, the short film. She also specializes in body art and theatrical make-up and Amy has just returned from Paris, where she studied with Parisian artist, sculptor and theatre make-up specialist, Dany Sanz.

Caitríona Costello, the third co-producer to come on board the IN RIBBONS team, is an independent film producer. She set up Red Splash Productions in 2011, and has produced short films, a feature documentary and currently a feature film. Caitríona has a background in business and accounting. She holds a BA (hons) Degree in Production Management, and has produced short films, Bayonet, Something Unexpected, and the documentaries, Gloves and Glory and Bee no More. Caitríona is currently working on funding opportunities for IN RIBBONS.

And then, there is me…writer and also co-producing,  you can read more here:https://carolinefarrell.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/about-caroline/?preview=true&preview_id=1298&preview_nonce=c525b5d3f9

The IN RIBBONS fundraising campaign at http://www.inribbons.com/. If you would like to see more on the project, or get connected by becoming an investor, please check it out.

Featured Photo is the copyright of Tom Dowling. 2013. On a recent recce with the IN RIBBONS crew…next time, I’ll be updating you on the cast and the latest news on the production.