Hoi Polloi’s 24 year old Arron Dunleavy won two Gold awards at this year’s Shark Awards Kinsale, for Best New Director and Best Documentary Short, with his film ‘Alfie: The Odd-Job Boy of Clitheroe’. Also awarded was Great Guns’ Peter Harton, with ‘Help a Small Dane’, winning Silver for International Charities & Trusts.
GOLD Best New Director / GOLD Best Documentary Short
ARRON DUNLEAVY ‘Alfie: The Odd-Job Boy of Clitheroe‘
Often blending working with real people and actors, with unscripted and improvised performances, street casting and many a time non-professional young actors, Dunleavy’s first student short, ‘Throw Me to the Dogs‘, won 10 awards on the festival circuit, and was distributed worldwide via MUBI, as well as being awarded a ‘Best of the Month‘ Staff Pick on Vimeo. ‘Alfie, The Odd Job Boy of Clitheroe’ is Aaron’s most recent short film, originally titled ’T.W.A.T.’ (Tandem With A Trailer), and showcased by the BBC for their strand ‘Give Me A Voice’, having lunched on BBC3 Facebook page with over 18 million views.
View more of Arron Dunleavy’s work here.
SILVER International Charities & Trusts
PETER HARTON Danish Cancer Society & TrygFonden ‘Help a Small Dane’
Following the 2017 Cannes Lions award-winning campaign, ‘Help a Dane’, which addressed Danes in general, this year’s ‘Help a Small Dane’ shifts its focus to tackling sun safety for Danish children. Created by &Co NoA for the Danish Cancer Society & TrygFonden, the new campaign seeks children from around the world taking action to protect Danish kids from skin cancer.
View more of Peter Harton’s work here.
nternational GGI/Visual Effects FX
Warframe ‘Cinematic Intro – TennoCon 2019’
Produced by Great Guns and directed by Dan Trachtenberg (‘10 Cloverfield Lane’, ‘Black Mirror’), the cinematic trailer for the free-to-play cooperative action video game, Warframe, was recently unveiled at the game’s own convention, TennoCon, acting as both the trailer and the opening cinematic in the highly-anticipated updated expansion of the game. Trachtenberg was also attached to Amazon’s superhero drama, ‘The Boys’, having directed the first episode of the series.
View more of Dan Trachtenberg’s work here.
International Best Music Video
The video for British rock group Foals, ‘Exists’, was Albert Moya’s first collaboration with CANADA London. The video features French actress Christa Théret and Game of Thrones star Isaac H Wright, with the surreal and retro-futuristic video being made in close collaboration with the artists themselves. Known for creating influential independent films, as well as lending his poetic voice to brands like Dries Van Noten and Gucci, and creating films such as ‘HollywoodMen‘ and ‘Ricardo Bofill‘ for NOWNESS, Moya recently directed a film for Louis Vuitton’s FW19 collection.
View more of Albert Moya’s work here.
Best Acting Performance
A Family Affair
Shortlisted for this year’s Shark Awards, Florence Keith-Roach’s short film was also selected for the BFI London Film Festival, having won Best Comedy at the Discover Short Film Festival, and having been included in Loco London Comedy Film Festival, where Keith-Roach was nominated for Best Actor. The film also got into Palm Springs, and Inside Out, Canada’s largest LGBTQ film festival in partnership with Netflix.
Learn more about Florence Keith-Roach’s work here.