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Festivals, Screenings and Awards

Festivals, Screenings and Awards

In June, 2010, we began to shoot “…for peace comes dropping slow…” and since the release the film has received an extremely warm reception on three continents! We were invited to present the first sneak preview to a special audience in Omagh, Northern Ireland on 9/11/2010, to honour the many participants from Omagh who took part in the filming. (See the speech from this event below.) Our Irish Premiere at the Gaiety Cinema in Sligo was followed by a second screening due to popular demand.

We were honoured to receive an Official Selection, In Competition, and nominated Best Irish Short at the Oscar-affiliated 23rd Foyle International Film Festival in Derry, Northern Ireland. (If you haven’t visited Derry, your missing a gem. The historic walls with breathtaking views, the warmth of the welcome and the incredible array of cultural activities make this a very deserving winner of the 2013 City of Culture).

We also had a very warm and moving welcome at the Strule Arts Centre Cinema on 9/11 2010,  (only a short distance from the site of the Omagh bombing), for a sneak preview in Omagh, NI, honouring the participation of Peace III in the making of this film. A sneak preview at Culture Night 2010,  honoured local participants and funders. As demand continued, we were happy to answer the invitation for a screening at IFI Shorts @ The Model Gallery, Sligo in May 2011.

The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival in Schull, Cork, an international festival with a list of organisers and patrons representing the best of Irish and British cinema, awarded us Honourable Mention Best Experimental Film. In addition to the film’s screening, “…for peace…” and many of the other high definition films, were uploaded to the festival’s innovative “Distributed Cinema” and available within the town, to view on all screens and hand held devices as well as on walls, in restaurants – everywhere, for the duration of the fest. (and during each festival since 2011) It was a great success!

We toppped the Audience Buzz polls

On July 16th, 2011 we made our U.S. Premiere at the New Hope International Film Festival, (Stephen J. Buck Memorial Theatre), where we  received an Official Selection and a Nomination for Best Short. We topped the Festival Genius “audience buzz” and on-line ratings, and were 2nd in a field of 89 films for audience choice at the festival. Well done everyone! Thank you to the New Hope Jury and festival organisers for a great experience.  See this interview about the festival with Thom Michael Mulligan

Our Asian Premiere is set for August 30, 2012 at The International Film Festival For Peace, Inspiration an Equality where we have recieved the Honorable Mention International Short Film. The screening and awards ceremony will take place at the Blitzmegaplex Cinema, Grand Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

The trailer for “…for peace…” was nominated for best 1 minute film, at Galway Film Fleadh in 2013

On the Red Carpet with NHFF Director of Submissions, Thom Michael Mulligan, actor and producer.

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Opening remarks by Lisa Vandegrift Davala at the first screening of “…for peace comes dropping slow…” in Omagh, Northern Ireland, 9/11/2010 (just meters from the scene of the 1998 Omagh bombing

“It is impossible not to be extremely respectful that I am standing here, in this place, on this date, to show a film called “…for peace comes dropping slow…” I thank you for the invitation to be here today, but also for the part that many of you have played: participating in, and helping to make this film possible. WB. Yeats wrote the poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree, which contains the words “…for peace comes dropping slow…”, about his memories as a child in County Sligo. Sligo is also my home, and the idea for this film began when I wondered if that landscape could become a natural page on which we could inscribe, in light, something that connected us to that place. I live a short distance from Lough Gill (which is the location of the tiny Island of Innisfree), and I was re-reading Yeats’ poem about this place, and imagined those words unfolding across his, and our, landscape… bringing people together in a meaningful place, and inscribing that place with the line and mark of Yeats’ poetic light.

It also mattered to me that these words inferred something about our more recent history. The participation in this film, by people from around the country, but particularly the scores of people involved from Peace III, (Omagh), Sligo Peace and Reconciliation and others – established an even newer link to Yeats’ words and to these places, which, “on those two fine Summer days in June”, we consecrated, and by our efforts, inscribed them with his and our light, in this film.

In this “chosen peace” or suaimhneas* – the people of Omagh have lead by example.

Thank you,”

 

Lisa Vandegrift Davala

Director, Producer, Writer

Sept. 11, 2010

At Strule Arts Centre Cinema

Omagh, Co. Tyrone, NI

*Sung in the film’s soundtrack by Seamie O’Dowd

 

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