Kara wins at Dare Media Awards

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Last week the Dare Media Underground Short Film Festival was held down in cork. A week long showcase of some of the best emerging talent in the country, its fast becoming a go-to event in the Irish Film Calender. Screening among the wide selection of shorts was Traolach O’Murchu’s Kara and I’m delighted to say it ended up picking up the festivals top prize, the coveted Best Drama award at a ceremony last weekend. This is the film’s third major award after picking up gongs in Hamilton, Canada and in Edinburgh Bootleg Festival. I’m delighted to have been a part of the film and I wish it more success in the future. Not satisified with picking up the Best Drama award, Traolach’s other short, which he made in his new Canadian base went onto win Best Documentary short. A proud Corkonian, he is as you would imagine delighted with the hometown double victory. Well deserved Traolach buddy.
Also thrilled to see Stauma amongst the winners, as its produced by another good buddy Eamon de Staic. Well done Eamon!

Lead actress Laura Erangey collects award for Kara
Lead actress Laura Erangey collects award for Kara

Here is the list of the winners from the festival

Kara – Traolach O’Murchu


Pure View – Lisa Bolton, Vuur – Daniel Butler & Luke Sweetman

Potasio – Marina Seresesky


Mi Ojo Derecho – Josecho De Linares, No Respires – Ricky Merino

Gordie – Traolach O’Murchu


Jeff Linares – Kamil Krolak, Afraid of What I Would Write – James O’Leary

Handsome Shadows – Mark Cogan / Barzakh – Donogh McCarthy Morrogh


The Last Round – Conor Dwane, Calling – Shane Twomey, Searching For 10 – Sean Breathnach

The Gloaming – Sean Smith


Romantic Hideaway – Andrew T Wright, The Umbrella Factory – Lexie & Nick Trivunda

El Rastrillo Se Quiere Comprometer – Santi Veiga


The Legend of Johnny King – Jonathan Courtney, Ngutu – Felipe Del Olmo & Daniel Valler

Ready For War – Mook Vignes


Shakier – Oisin McCoille , Dog Gone Crazy – Ruan Grant

Stuama – Paul Webster


Isolation – Patrick Thompson, Where The Ships Came In – Samuel Steele

Shane Casey for The Handsome Shadows


Mick Fitzgerald for Where The Ships Came In, Alex Pratt for Mi Ojo Derecho

George Hanover for the Beauty of Ballybrack


Elisa lledo for Potasio, Pagan McGrath for Romantic Hideaway

Kara to screen at Galway Film Fleadh

The Galway Film Fleadh is just around the corner and I’m pleased to say that a film I cut is screening as part of the new Irish Shorts Programme on the morning of Thursday 11th July. “Kara” is a dark drama that sees a young woman follow a nightmarish creature to an isolated rural farmhouse where uncovered memories lead to deadly consequences. The film was produced and directed by Traolach O’Murchu and it has already won several awards on the festival circuit, picking up the Jury Prise for Best Short Film at the Hamilton Short FIlm Festival in Canada as well as the Best Actress award for star Laura Erangey at the Bootleg Film Festival in Edinburgh earlier this year. I was very pleased with how the film worked out and indeed working with Traolach was as always a great pleasure.

Kara Vimeo Image

Traolach also has a short documentary screening on Sunday morning as part of the New Irish Short Documentary strand. “Gordie” is an intimate self-authored documentary that tells the story of a man living with the trauma of a horrific childhood event. The film was made as part of a 48-hour make a film festival in the Yukon, where Traolach is currently living. The film went onto not only win the 48 hour challenge but also the festivals overall prise and has since won top prise at another festival in Canada. I had only a tangental input into this film so I have no problem being quite effusive in my praise of it. The film is superb and its astonishing that the film was made in such a short timeframe. I think the film will do very well and it’s a great showcase of just what a talent Traolach is.

I also have to give a shout out to my buddy Eamon Staic who produced Stauma which is screening alongside Kara on Thursday morning