Hot Water Bottle and Baby Love, two short films by local production company Mycrofilms have been selected to premiere at film festivals both nationally and internationally.
Hot Water Bottle has been selected as one of the Irish Short Film selection at the 57th annual Corona Cork Film Festival where it will compete against the best new Irish short films this November. This will also mark the Irish premiere of the film.
Set over the course of a year in Kilkenny, Hot Water Bottle is described as an unromantic comedy about comfort zones. It tells the story of Frank and Alice, a couple who broke up but struggle to get away from each other. It stars Suzanne O’Brien, David Thompson, Simone Kelly and Peter McGann. It is written and directed by John Morton and produced by Alan Slattery and Paddy Dunne of Mycrofilms.
Baby Love has been selected for two festivals that showcase Irish filmmaking abroad. The film will be screened as part of San Francisco Irish Film Festival later this month, and in the Irish Film Festa in Rome in early December.
The film stars Ciara Cahill as a young woman with Down Syndrome who takes an unattended baby in a busy shopping centre. It was written by playwright Sylvia Cullen, directed by Terence White and produced by Alan Slattery. The cast also features Anne Cody, Amy Dunne, Derek Dooley, Angela Barrett, Nuala Roche and Annette O’Shea.
Terence White commented: “I’m delighted that Baby Love has been selected for these two festivals. It’s great to see the film reaching audiences at home and abroad. Mycrofilms really pulled out all the stops to make this project happen and huge credit is due to the local cast and crew.”
Both projects were supported by local authority arts funding with Hot Water Bottle receiving a Kilkenny Arts Office Arts Act Grant and Baby Love receiving an Artlinks Bursary in 2010.
Mycrofilms was formed in 2006 by Alan Slattery and John Morton to produce short films, music videos, TV commercials and media geared towards internet distribution. They are also the company behind the popular webcom Vultures, which is currently in its second series.