Louth Filmmaker wins Prestigous Award

15 February 2008

Drogheda director Darren Thornton has won the UIP Prix Award for Best Short Film at this year’s Berlin Film Festival for the Short Film ‘Frankie’. It is now automatically entered for the European Short Film Award.Darren also directed RTE’s ‘Love is the Drug’ in Drogheda a number of year’s ago.

The jury consisted of Marc Barbé (France), Ada Soloman (Romania) and Laura Tonke (Germany).

The film was shot on location in Dundalk and Drogheda and received substantial aid in sourcing locations, permissions, road and traffic control and office space sourcing from the Louth, Newry & Mourne Film Commission. Louth County Council, Dundalk Town Council and Drogheda Borough Council all aided the filmmaking process. The Film Commission is part funded by the European Union through the Interreg IIIA Programme which is managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the East Border Region Interreg IIIA Partnership.

Mairtín de Barra of the Commission said:

“This is a hugely important award and it shows what a talented filmmaker Darren is, as well as the bright future for filmmaking in the north-east.”

It was produced by Collette Farrell of the Calipo Picture Company in Drogheda and funded by the Irish Film Board’s Short Cuts scheme. It has previously won the Best First Irish Short at the Galway Film Fleadh and Best Irish Short at the Corona Cork Film Festival last year.

In giving the award, the jury said the following:

“ A simple and powerful approach. The straightforward point of view of a teenager on love, responsibility and fatherhood. We also want to re-encourage the director in developing his project of short films for young filmmakers.”

The film can be seen as part of this year’s Drogheda Arts Festival on the 5th May. Please see for booking information.

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