Irish film wins Sundance award

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An animated Irish short which last night won a prize at the Sundance Film Festival was made as “pure propaganda” for people to look differently at Irish rural dressers, its director has said.

“I wanted people to look at it in a new way so had to find a new way to do it,”maker of the eight minute documentary Tony Donoghue told The Irish Times. “Furniture is boring” so the film lets the audience walk into the subject, he said.

Mr Donoghue was “shocked” when his film Irish Folk Furniture received the award for best animated short at the prestigious festival in Utah last night.

“We found this film full of life and told with simplicity” Mike Farah of said as he presented the award on behalf of the Sundance jury.

Irish Folk Furniture uses clever stop-motion to argue for the beauty and texture of traditional chairs, dressers, tables and assorted furniture. Shot on an elderly stills camera, the picture, which features music by David Kitt, was made under the Irish Film Board’s Frameworks short film scheme.

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