Programme of new comedy shorts with highlights that include the short ‘Psychic’ created by the world famous Gleeson family: brothers Domnhall (The Revenant, Star Wars, Brooklyn), and Brian (Assassin’s Creed, Hellboy, Peaky Blinders) appear with their legendary father Brendan (In Bruges, The Guard, Paddington, Harry Potter), in a script written by brother Rory, the only Gleeson to remain behind the camera. ‘Father, Father’ stars Martin McCann, who was a guest of the festival in 2018 (playing Bono in ‘Killing Bono’) – one of the best and funniest shorts of the Galway Film Fleadh 2019.
Attention: shorts contain Irish humour, so we strongly recommend attending the screening with friends to ensure bursts of synchronised laughter.
A community of bedraggled misfits gather to mourn one of their own the only way they know how – an eccentric folk music funeral.
Actor Olwen Fouréré most recently starred in MANDY, alongside Nicholas Cage and CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD.
Writer and director: Jeda de Brí
Stars: Olwen Fouréré and Finbarr Doyle.
A Quack Too Far
A fox must deal with a very noisy duck before he can get his precious sleep.
Melissa Culhane (formerly Doran) is an Irish illustrator and animator. Best known for illustrating the best selling wildlife books Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal. A Quack Too Far is her debut animation short.
Director: Melissa Culhane (debut)
Producers: Melissa Culhane, Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education
Father James must decide what kind of a father God wants him to be.
The Hole in the Wall Gang is the name of a comedy group from Northern Ireland, who came to prominence in the mid-1990s with the extremely popular satirical comedy Give My Head Peace.The line up consists of Tim McGarry, Damon Quinn, Marty Reid and Michael McDowell, all of whom were born in 1964. They were originally known as the “Hole in the Wall Theatre Company”, before adopting the name Hole in the Wall Gang when they moved to television.
Director: Michael McDowell
Producers: Tim McGarry, Damon Quinn
A charismatic psychic and his two manipulative sons are gaining a cult following. Only a determined TV show host, and their own dark history, stand in the way. Brendan Gleeson’s (Harry Potter, The Guard, In Bruges) directorial debut is a quirky tale of a father whose faculties are failing, much to the concern of his two sons, played by Brendan’s real-life sons, Domhnall and Brian.
Director: Brendan Gleeson
Writer: Rory Gleeson
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson
When he manages to destroy the town’s beloved Virgin Mary statue, CHARLIE O’CONNOR does the only thing he can do; he frames his older brother.
Director: Shaun O’Connor
Script: Jonathan Hughes
Producer: Sharon Cronin of Character Films.
The ghostly occupants of an old house are forced to make serious adjustments when a couple of modern-age slackers move in as tenants. Smoking, drinking, music, and loud parties ensue, and the spectral parents can only look on as their spirit daughters join in the fun in this otherworldy comedy.
Director: Conor McMahon
Producer: The Lir : National academy of dramatic art
A shy young man, dressed to impress on a first date is subject to a series of mortifying events after he mistakenly locks himself in the Ladies toilet at a restaurant. His desperate efforts to rise above the occasion bear fruit in the most unexpected ways.
Writer and Director: Jake McKone
Producer: Liam Beatty
Jake is an average 12-year-old living in a small village who, for a long time, has been the brunt of the local barber’s jokes. The barber invites Jake in on a daily basis to make fun of him in front of his customers. Little does he know that Jake is not as dumb as he seems. It is Jake who is the major beneficiary of the barber’s cruel intentions and ultimately has the last laugh!
Writer and Director: Shane McCabe
Producer: Jordan-Lee McGrath
Special thanks to Eibh Collins for her advice on the programmes of short films 2020.