YES WE CANNES!
April 11, 2013Our West Cork located adventure comedy, THE BLOW-INS, is
swapping one small fishing village for another from May 15-26 after
being selected for the 66th Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner
(Cannes Court Metrage).
Story Factory's Jill, CJ, Richard, and PR lady
Clare are heading to a beautiful HQ on the beach side Boulevard de la
Croisette for a week of the festival. Be assured that we will do our
level best to promote the film, while simultaneously soaking up the sun,
atmos, and €20 beers.
For more information on Cannes and the film, visit our online press page: http://bit.ly/MzcG72. To get our festival updates, you can
LIKE our page on FB (http://www.facebook.com/StoryFactoryIreland) or FOLLOW us at Twitter (http://twitter.com/storyfactoryirl).
The news follows an extremely busy Jan-March for Story Factory, in
which The Blow-Ins received coverage from 10+ news outlets in US and
Ireland following its US debut, and Prodigal Son was nominated for the
Deadline Award in Munich and won a best film award in England.
Many thanks to the folks of Courtmac, Kilbrittain and surrounding areas
for their hospitality and help in making The Blow-Ins in West Cork.
Ditto Cork County Council and Cork Screen Commission.
Link to The Blow-Ins page in the Cannes Court Mertage Brouchure
* LOVE HURTS FOR PRODIGAL SON IN MUNICH
March 16, 2013
Fresh from its latest award win in England last week, Prodigal Son goes back to business with a screening in the 'Love Hurts' programme at the 14th Landshuter Film festival in Munich this Paddy's weekend. We're delighted that the film is nominated for the Deadline Award for Best Genre Film.
Check out the brilliant website:http://www.landshuter-kurzfilmfestival.de/deadline-award/shock-block-6/prodigal-son.html
PRODIGAL SON WINS BEST 18+ FILM AT ENGLAND'S ST ALBANS FILM FESTIVAL!
March 10, 2013
Our pact with the devil continues to pay dividends as PRODIGAL SON won Best
18s Film in a very strong field at the St Albans Film Festival at the weekend. Thanks to Festival Director Leoni Kibbey for the initial selection and for everybody who made the event such a great success.
As indie filmmakers know, it's hard to get films selected for festivals, never mind to win awards at them, so we are absolutely delighted to have picked up our third in three different countries in the past year. Congrats and thanks to all who worked on and supported the film.
Richard Jolly (Soundtrack) & David Kennedy (Concept Art) scrubbed up really well at the Closing CeremonyNews Article With List of Winners Festival Website
BLOW-INS MEDIA MENTION MADNESS!
MARCH 7, 2013
Below are is a selection of the fantastic media coverage that The Blow-Ins has been lucky enough to receive since its Chicago screening announcement.
Outlets include The Chicago Tribune(!), Irish-American News, Film Ireland, Cork News, Southern Star, and the West Cork News.THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 'SHORT, NON-DEPRESSING IRISH FILM...
FOR ROCKABILLY MOMS WITH FAST CARS AND DAD ISSUES'!
Read online at Chicago Tribune
.FILM IRELAND - 'PRAISE FOR THE CINEMATOGRAPHY & ENTERTAINING STORYLINE'
Steven Galvin at Film Ireland broke the story of The Blow-Ins selection for the Chicago Irish Film Festival 2013.
Read online at Film Ireland.
THE SOUTHERN STAR - 'WONDERFULLY ABSURD ADVENTURE COMEDY'
Read online at The Southern Star
.THE CORK NEWS - 'STRONG, WITTY FEMALE CHARACTER'
Read online at Cork News
.IRISH AMERICAN NEWS - 'THE EGANS HAVE LANDED!'
Read online at Irish American News
. CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAL - 'HIGH ADVENTURE...TOTALLY IRISH!'
http://www.chicagoirishfilmfestival.com/spotlight-on-shortsWEST CORK TIMES - 'CHARMING'
Read online at West Cork News.AFLOAT.IE - 'ACCLAIMED AT THE CORONA CORK FILM FESTIVAL'
Read online at Afloat.ie
THE BLOW-INS SELECTED FOR CIFFMarch 1-6, 2013
We're delighted to announce that The Blow-Ins has been officially selected for the 2013 Chicago Irish Film Festival in a special programme that includes Sundance animation winner 'Irish Folk Furniture'.
Our new adventure comedy short has been given pride of place, screening before the superb line-up of feature length films at the Film Board-affiliated festival from March 1-6.
Festival Director Jude Blackburn saw The Blow-Ins at the recent Corona Cork Film Festival and said that she is "really delighted that The Blow-Ins is screening in the Windy City". She praised the film's cinematography and "entertaining storyline."
It's lovely to see a prominent photo of Jill and Ellen, fighting about fish, at the top of their coverage. Well done to all who worked on the film.
More information at
'Spotlight on Shorts' at Chicago Irish Film Festival http://www.chicagoirishfilmfestival.com
The Blow-Ins web page: http://bit.ly/MzcG72
PRODIGAL SON SCREAMING DATE ANNOUNCED IN LONDONFeb 11 2013
St Albans Film Festival have announced that our horror short Prodigal Son will screen at The Maltings Arts Theatre in the "Over 18s Shortlisted Short Films" section from 9-11pm on Sat 9 March. Their programme is beautifully designed:http://www.stalbansfilmfestival.com/docs/Festival_Programme_Final_AWlowres.pdf
The summary for Prodigal is "A gangster's son returns from the dead in this award-winning Walking Dead/Tarkovsky-inspired short film."
It's true that the film was written after devouring hoards of Walking Dead comics in a frenzied swarm, and I hope after his mention that my film directing hero Andrei Tarkovsky isn't clawing away at his casket in an attempt to make it spin. The atmosphere around the film is macabre enough. -cj*
PRODIGAL SON SCREENS IN NEVADA Feb 6th 2013
Excited to officially announce that our award-winning zombie noir Prodigal Son screens this coming Wed 6th Feb in Nevada at the 2013 Dam Short Film Festival in the Int'l Stories programme.
Why not pop in if you're in the neighbourhood? Sure beats hallucinating
on peyote in the desert, or gambling your kids' college fund in Vegas. OK, nothing beats those. But rest assured it'll be damn close.
*HOBBIT'S MARTIN FREEMAN SHARES BILL WITH PRODIGAL SON IN BERLIN
Jan 12 2013
At the prestigious "British Shorts" Festival in Berlin tonight, our horror short Prodigal Son screens alongside a Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock, The Office UK) short called The Voolman Problem, plus some other highly rated shorts. We've been told that tickets are selling rapidly. Hmm, wonder why?
More information in the festival programme: http://www.britishshorts.de/_pdf/BRITISH_SHORTS_2013.pdf
EVENING HERALD - FAIR CITY'S RYAN STARS IN ACCLAIMED ZOMBIE FLICK
Jan 7 2013"A cross between Love/Hate and a zombie
movie." The Evening Herald, Ireland's most popular evening paper, published a great article by Claire Murphy on TV star Ryan Andrews' role in our "acclaimed" Prodigal Son.Article online here: http://www.herald.ie/entertainment/fair-citys-ryan-stars-in-acclaimed-zombie-flick-3344756.html
PRODIGAL SON ARTICLE on IFTN
Jan 3, 2013
Gearóid Gilmore writes an in-depth piece on Prodigal Son, following its Deadline Award nomination in Munich and selections in Berlin and Boulder City.
Read the article on IFTN
*PRODIGAL SON ARTICLE on FILM IRELAND
Jan 2 2013
Steven Galvin at Film Ireland breaks the news of Prodigal's latest award nominations and festival selections in Munich, Berlin, and Boulder City, Nevada.
Read the article on Film Ireland
DER VERLORENE SOHN: ICH BIN EIN BERLINER!
Jan 2 2013
Prodigal Son has been officially selected for Berlin's British Shorts film festival (who have stretched their remit to Ireland this year!). Our 'zombie noir' short screens at midnight on Sat 12th Jan. The festival is a great showcase for innovative short films and we are honoured that Prodigal has been chosen.
Concept Art by David Kennedy.
See more of David's beautiful concept art on Flickr.
PRODIGAL SON SELECTED FOR CHRISTMAS SCREENING AT UNDERGROUND CINEMA
Dec 6, 2012
Deck the halls with blood and zombies. We're delighted to announce that PRODIGAL SON was chosen for the Underground
Cinema Christmas Screening in Dun Laoighaire's Kingston Hotel this
Thursday evening 6th Dec.
Prodigal screened earlier in the year at the Underground Cinema's
superbly run film festival. Many thanks to Dave, Denise and all the team
who organize indie cinema events every month.http://www.underground-cinema.com/december-screening
THE BLOW-INS SELECTED FOR CHILDREN'S SCREENING SERIES
IN BEAUTIFUL BLACKROCK CASTLE OBSERVATORY
Mon Nov 12 - Fri Nov 16
We are honoured to announce that our new adventure comedy THE BLOW-INS is selected for a week-long series of screenings at the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. Katherine O Riordan, the Education and Youth Officer for the Corona Cork Film Festival, chose the film to screen as part of an eight-film programme for post primary school children from all across Co. Cork. The screenings will take place during the festival from Mon Nov 12 to Fri Nov 16, three times daily (10am, 12pm and 2pm).
BCO Film Website:
Special Screening Schedule: http://www.bco.ie/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/POST-PRIMARY-SHORTS-PROGRAMME.pdf
THE BLOW-INS OFFICIALLY SELECTED FOR 57th CORONA CORK FILM FESTIVAL
Nov 11-18, 2012
We are delighted to announce that our adventure comedy THE BLOW-INS will screen at this historic festival, the oldest in the world, which also gave Prodigal Son its debut last year.
UPCOMING SCREENING: PRODIGAL SON SELECTED FOR BOSTON HORROR FESTIVAL
Nov 1 - 3, 2012
SON chosen for another major US genre festival, the Killer Film Fest,
in Boston, Massachusetts. Our award winning horror drama will play with
some brilliant independent horror films from the USA and worldwide.
'PRODIGAL SON' RYAN ANDREWS WINS BEST ACTOR IN NEW YORK!
October 22 2012
STORY FACTORY is absolutely delighted to announce that RYAN ANDREWS won Best Actor at New York's Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival last night in the short film category.
Ryan won for lead role in our horror drama, PRODIGAL SON, which was also nominated for Best International Short Film and Best Short Film Screenplay.
Director CJ Scuffins on Ryan's award win: "Thanks to the judges at the Buffalo Screams Horror Festival for recognizing Ryan's incredibly mature performance as gangster's son Joe, the hunter who becomes the hunted after being brought back from the dead.
This role of two-characters-in-one was a complex, demanding part for any actor, not least one who was still in his teens. Yet Ryan conveyed with consummate skill the very different shades of Joe: the deadpan dark humour, the psychopathy, the existential anguish, and his two(!) physically and mentally demanding death scenes.
Behind the scenes, Ryan was a model of commitment and creativity, arriving on location every morning with his script covered in ideas about how to communicate Joe's extreme emotions in a compelling and entertaining way. As director, I had only to choose the ideas that I thought would work best with those of the other actors.
Prodigal's ensemble deserve a special mention. Without strong performances to bounce off, a strong lead performance falls flat, especially in genre films, which require good acting across the board to make outlandish concepts and unnatural events seem believable to an audience. Congratulations, then, to Ryan's scene partners: Jill Sartini (ruthless mother Eileen), Raymond S Kinsella (gangster father Denny), Padraig Murray, Sean Conroy (killer The Boy), Clara Kavanagh (ghostly addict The Girl), and the hilarious henchmen Ron (Craig Connelly) & Aido (Colin Middleton).
The standards were kept absurdly high in the remaining scenes by the always brilliant Mark Shrier (who also stars in The Blow-Ins!) and excellent newcomers James Killeen and Baz Hickey.
On behalf of the cast and crew, well done to Ryan's much deserved international recognition."
PRODIGAL SON CHOSEN TO SCREEN IN ATLANTA, USA
OCT 19-21, 2012
Prodigal has been chosen to play HorrorQuest Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia in October. We feel privileged to have made the cut -- the festival organizer explained at the deadline that they had received "tons of submissions from all over the world and it is going to be extremely hard to choose which ones screen at the festival". http://www.thehorrorquest.com/NEWS.html
PRODIGAL NOMINATED IN NEW YORK!
Oct 11, 2012
Delighted to announce that our
horror drama Prodigal Son was nominated for three 'Screamer' awards at
the 3rd Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival in New York in the Short
- Best International Horror Short Film
- Best Actor Ryan Andrews)
- Best Screenplay (CJ Scuffins)
More details in the Awards' press release
.#PRODIGAL SON IS AN OFFICIAL SELECTION FOR NEW YORK FESTIVAL!
OCT 19, 2012
Prodigal Son has been selected for New York's 3rd Buffalo Screams Horror Festival. The film screens at the festival before the award-winning feature "The Case of Eddie Brewer" on Fri 19 Oct at 6pm. We love when shorts screen before features!http://www.buffaloscreams.com/schedule
'CHIPS' PUBLISHED IN PRESTIGIOUS ANTHOLOGYOct 9, 2012
Jill and CJ with novelist Sheila O'Flanagan
(Pic: Brian Cox)
The Irish Times/Powers Whiskey Anthology, CELEBRATING WHAT TRULY MATTERS, is out now featuring CJ's shortlisted story, CHIPS
The book is priced €9.99 from leading Irish booksellers, Eason's
or from site of The Irish Hospice Foundation
. CJ's story placed in the top 10, from 4,200 entries, for the competition, which had a 10,000 euro prize.
#COLCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL 2012 OFFICIAL SELECTION!Oct 6 2012We're delighted to announce that the cultured Colchester Film Festival have officially selected our award-winning horror drama, Prodigal Son, from 400 entries worldwide!
This marks the film's first appearance in England.
The film's acceptance means it's in the running for the following awards: Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Cinematography. http://colchesterfilmfestival.com/whatson/
FILM IRELAND ARTICLE ABOUT STORY FACTORY SUCCESSSept 15
Steven Galvin, Film Ireland's Online Editor, published an article about Prodigal Son's festival success, The Blow-Ins being selected for the 57th Corona Cork Film Festival and CJ's new story Chips getting published in a short story anthology.http://filmireland.net/2012/09/14/us-horror-festivals-welcome-prodigal-son/
PRODIGAL SON'S DUBLIN PREMIERE! SEPT 13-16, 2012
PRODIGAL SON is coming home! Our zombie noir has been selected to screen at the 3rd Underground Cinema in Dun Laoghaire on Sat Sept 15. This is Prodigal's first festival appearance in Dublin, where the film was shot.
View the horror short film line-up
PRODIGAL SON SCREENS IN BUDAPEST SEPT 4-9, 2012
PRODIGAL SON selected for Budapest International Short Film Festival from 1,844 entries all over the world - a process of elimination that took 2 months!View the line-up at the festival site
PRODIGAL SON WINS BEST FILM AWARD!
AUG 18, 2012
Story Factory soundtrack artist Richard Jolly celebrates with lovely gong in front of random water feature, an SF tradition!
PRODIGAL SON won the best film in the horror/sci-fi category of the Dare Media Underground Film Festival. This was a terrific festival. The films played to packed audiences throughout the Cork city for 9 days. There was a diverse selection of brilliant films from all over the world chosen by passionate movie lovers. We would recommend filmmakers to enter next year!View the winners list here
PRODIGAL SON SCREENS AT DARE MEDIA UNDERGROUND FESTIVAL
AUG 14 2012
PRODIGAL SON selected for the very cool Dare Media Underground Short Film Festival in Cork City.
View Festival Line-up
#THE BLOW-INS PREVIEWS IN DUBLIN
AUG 11 2012
THE BLOW-INS Dublin Preview Screening in Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield at 11.30am on Sat Aug 11, 2012. All welcome.
PRODIGAL SON SCREENS AT MUSIC FESTIVAL IN CO. WICKLOWJULY 27-29 2012
PRODIGAL SON selected to play the cinema tent at music and arts festival by the beautiful Blessington Lakes in Co. Wicklow to a crowd of up to 5,000 people.Visit the site for the Knockanstockan Art and Music Festival in Co. Wicklow
THE BLOW-INS PREVIEWS IN CORK
25 JULY 2012
THE BLOW-INS Cork Preview Screening in Courtmacsherry Hotel, Courtmacsherry at 8pm on Wed July 25, 2012. All welcome.
IN THE MEDIA: CORK SCREEN COMMISSION WEBSITE ARTICLE ABOUT THE BLOW-INS
22 JULY 2012
The Cork Screen Commission have an article about The Blow-Ins preview screening in West Cork.
Read the article here
.#THE BLOW-INS TRAILER RELEASE
JULY 16 2012
THE BLOW-INS main trailer released, a 4-min excerpt from the movie.
View main trailer in YouTube.
THE BLOW-INS TEASER TRAILER RELEASE
JULY 11 2012
THE BLOW-INS teaser trailer released, featuring surf pop theme "Our Time".
View teaser in YouTube.
CJ SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
CHIPS, a short story by our writer CJ SCUFFINS, is in shortlist of 10 for the Powers Short Story Competition. The award attracted 4,200 entries and has a €10,000 prize.
Read "Chips" online at the Irish Times
FRAMEWORKS PROJECT PITCH
DEMON'S DANCE - CJ and Jill completed story and production work on "Demon's Dance", an animated movie pitch for Frameworks, with animation producer Sue Arnold and poet/screenwriter Fintan O'Higgins.Disney-trained animator Jo Hayden's beautiful art work
THE BLOW-INS THEME TUNE WRITTEN & RECORDED
THE BLOW-INS' lead actor Jill Sartini records theme song, Our Time, for John B Murphy and Richard Jolly's soundtrack for upcoming short The Blow-Ins.
Pix of recording session in beautiful Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork
PRODIGAL SON GETS SMASH REVIEW! FEB 2012
Stunningly insightful and in-depth review of PRODIGAL SON from Boston horror critic.
View Chris Hallock's review over at All Things Horror
SHOOTING THE DIRECTOR RELEASED:
Release of 12-min mockumentary Web film, SHOOTING THE DIRECTOR.
View Full Version on YouTubeView the Trailer on YouTube
THE BLOW-INS MEDIA ARTICLES:
10 More Media Articles and a Radio Interview about THE BLOW-INS!View Newspaper Screengrabs in Flickr
National Newspaper Article on THE BLOW-INS in Irish Examiner (press and online)
Locals Row In Behind Making of Film
Cork News Article on THE BLOW-INS (press and online)
West Cork Fires Film Crew's Inspiration
Cork Independent Article on THE BLOW-IN (press and online)That's A Wrap
Cork Screen Commission Website article on THE BLOW-INSStory Factory Wraps On Blow-Ins, Producer Credits Local Crew
Film Ireland Article on THE BLOW-INSThe Blow-Ins Receives Funding From Cork County Council
IFTN Article on THE BLOW-INSCork Screen Commission Supports The Blow-Ins
PRODIGAL SON SCREENS AT CORONA CORK FILM FESTIVAL
PRODIGAL SON screens at 56th Corona Cork Film Festival.
View festival line-up
PRODIGAL SON SCREENS IN SCOTLAND
PRODIGAL SON screens at Village of the Damned, Scotland.
View Festival Line-up
PRODIGAL SON SCREENS IN WASHINGTON D.C
PRODIGAL SON screens at Washington D.C Int'l Horror Fest.
View Festival Line-up
THE BLOW-INS MEDIA ARTICLES
Film Ireland Article on THE BLOW-INS
The Blow-Ins Wraps in West Cork
Film Threat Mention about CJ
CJ Scuffins Q&A
PRODIGAL SON MEDIA ARTICLES
HorrorTalk Article on PRODIGAL SONProdigal Son To Spook Washington Residents
Film Ireland Article
on PRODIGAL SON
Prodigal Son Preview Screening
PRODIGAL SON MEDIA ARTICLES
IFTN Article on PRODIGAL SONShort Film Round Up: Prodigal Son
Film Ireland Article on PRODIGAL SON
Production News: Prodigal Son