Kerry Film Bursary Previous Winners

2019 Winner – “Harmless”

Writer/Director Tristan Heaune & Producer Ronan Cassify of Carbonated Comet Productions were the winners of the second Kerry Short Film Bursary. Tristan’s script follows the interaction between an isolated elderly farmer and a group of young joy-riders. It focuses on the older man’s experience and how the situation between them evolves. The film is shooting on the Dingle Peninsula in March 2020.

Tristan Heanue is an up & coming Writer/Director who has started making waves in the filmmaking world. His script for an Irish language short, “Ciunas’, won the Fisín competition at the Dingle Film Festival in 2018. This short film went on to win the Grand Prix at the Cork Film Festival in 2019. This year Tristan has been nominated for the Discovery Award at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2020. Truly one to watch!

Ronan Cassidy has developed a number of successful short film projects. “The Hill” was awarded the inaugural 2018 Limerick Short Film Bursary. Ronan since produced the “Screen Ireland funded documentary “The Vasectomy Doctor”. This received the Audience Choice Award for Best Short at the Dingle International Film Festival 2019 and was nominated for Best Irish Short at the Fastnet Film Festival 2019.

“Harmless” will screen at the Kerry International Film Festival Oct 14th-18th 2020.

2018 Winner – “Cailín Álainn”

Kerry County Council’s inaugural Short Film Bursary was awarded to producer Hazel Cullen & writer/director Megan K. Fox’s short film “CailÍn Álainn”. The film follows a teenager’s personal story of discovery and strength in the face of adversity. It features a summer stay at Irish College and the drama that ensures. “Cailín Álainn” was shot in Cloghane at the foot of Mount Brandon.

Megan K.Fox is a talented emerging Writer/Director whose short film work is earning her accolades and high profile nominations, including Best Director Under 25 at the BAFTA qualifying Underwire Festival, winning the WFTV Lifetime Shorts Competition, Shooting People’s Film of the Month and nominations for the Young Directors Awards Ireland and Kinsale Sharks. “The Shift” directed bu Megan won Best Cork Short at the Cork Film Festival in 2018. She is currently developing her debut feature film script.

Hazel Cullen is a freelance producer from Co. Wicklow, working in Ireland and the UK. Her previous projects include Screen Ireland (SI) funded “Time Traveller” with Forty Foot Pictures, SI funded “Honest” with TW Films, and “Smother” for Revolution Films and RTE. Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer with Kerry County Council, Kate Kennelly went on to say that “Both Hazel and Megan have created a very original script and concept which we are delighted to offer support to and hope that their short film will receive good acclaim in the future”.

“Cailin Álainn” premiered at the Kerry International Film Festival in Oct 2019.

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