Announcing the Still Voices Short Film Festival Official Programme 2019
The Still Voices Short Film Festival will take place in Ballymahon Co. Longford from the 15-18 August. The 2019 edition of the Festival will showcase over 100 short films across the weekend, in addition to Irish and international feature films, documentaries, panel discussions, family-friendly and social events.
Ronan O’ Toole, Festival Director said “We can’t wait to share our programme with you this year. In total, we received 515 films from 52 countries and once again the quality of cinema is superb. Across the weekend, Ballymahon will host some of the best films and talent from across the world.” In addition to the outstanding selection of short films on display, the festival will also screen some amazing feature films with “The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid” opening the festival in St Catherine’s Church on Thursday 15 Aug, a gripping David and Goliath story masterfully told by director Feargal Ward. Other highlights throughout the weekend include Carmel Winters’ powerful “Float like a Butterfly”, Adrian Duncan and Feargal Ward’s “Floating Structures” and the must-see documentary “A mother brings her son to be shot” by Sinéad O Shea. Not to be missed is the Still Voices “Spotlight” segment on Saturday afternoon, which will focus on the criminally overlooked American director Abraham Polonsky.
The Saturday of the festival will see industry experts take part in panel discussions on two crucial elements of the filmmaking process. “On the Importance of Sound” will see three leading sound designers discuss the role of effective sound design in immersive storytelling. The second panel will deep-dive into the essential role screenwriting plays to the success of a film. These panels are free to attend and are a must for any emerging or established filmmaker.
The ever popular “Made in the Midlands” returns this year and will see short films from Longford, Westmeath and Offaly screen over the weekend. There will also be plenty of family-friendly events including Still Voices first children’s animation workshop on Thursday morning, a selection of family-friendly short films on Saturday morning and on Sunday morning, festival attendees will have the opportunity to see Ireland’s first stop-motion feature animation “Captain Morten & the Spider Queen”.
The short film selection, panels and discussions are all free over the weekend, feature films are the only ticketed events. Tickets go on sale from August 1st and are available from the box office at Skelly’s Bar, Ballymahon, or can be purchased via the website.
You can download the Official Programme for 2019 here.