The Presence of Absence

The Presence of Absence

Bridget longs to know her father who died before she was born. A chance encounter with her estranged aunt at a family wake leads her on a surreal journey into the afterlife to search for her father.

Director Bio

Laura Conlon is a fine art photographer and film maker living and working in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Laura has completed her BA Honours Degree in Fine Art and is currently studying for her Masters in Film at Queens University. Her photography and film work are centred on concepts of time, memory and the past. She produces dreamlike emotive imagery with a magical beauty, creating worlds where the unreal seems real.


  • Directed by:Laura Conlon
  • Written by:Laura Conlon
  • Produced by:Laura Conlon
  • Runtime:3 mins
  • Completion Date:February 14, 2020
  • Country of Origin:Ireland
  • Country of Filming:Ireland
  • Category:Irish Live-Action
  • Selection:TBD
  • Screening Time / Venue:TBD
  • Links: Instagram

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Official Selection 2020

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 26 June, 2020

Official Selection for Still Voices Short Film Festival 2020 Online Announced.

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Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 03 June, 2020

Online Events for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020.

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2020 Submissions Closed

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 01 June, 2020

Submission deadline for 2020 has now passed.


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