Big Screen Storytelling at the John Moore DkIT Film Awards

It was big screen exposure for DkIT film students when the 2021 John Moore Film Award was presented at IMC Dundalk last week.

he annual film presentation of the work of 3rd and 4th year BA (Hons) students in Film and Television Production was organized by DkIT with over 200 people in attendance including students, DkIT lecturers, families, friends and guests.

The event began with the presentation of the John Moore Film Award for 2021, which is awarded annually to the best short film produced by a third-year group on the BA (Hons) in Film and Television Production of John’s choice.

John Moore, originally from Dundalk, is a Hollywood-based director known for his work on films such as Flight of the Phoenix, Behind Enemy Lines, The Omen and A Good Day to Die Hard.

Given John’s local roots, it was fitting that the Dundalk Institute of Technology would award the prize in his name. The director continues to support the development of the BA (Hons) in Film and Television Production at DkIT.

They were thrilled when the 2021 John Moore Award winner was announced, the short film ‘When You Need Me’. This award was presented by esteemed filmmaker Frankie Fenton to the winning team which included Jaroslav Jankovskij, Claire Smyth, Michael Coady, Jack Healy, James Clegg and Raymond Sherry.

Frankie Fenton: is director of Kennedy Films, alongside producer Kathryn Kennedy. His recent directing credits include the award-winning, theatrically released film ‘It’s Not Yet Dark’ narrated by Colin Farrell which won ‘Best Documentary Feature’ and ‘Best Cinematography’ at the 2016 Galway Film Festival. competed in global competition at the Sundance Film Festival and enjoyed a theatrical release in the US and Europe before resting on all major VOD platforms, including Netflix. The film has since screened in over 50 countries. His current feature documentary titled “Atomic Hope – Inside the Pro-Nuclear Movement” follows activists who believe nuclear power is the key to solving both our energy and environmental problems and just had its world premiere at the prestigious Hot Docs in Canada

Also present at the Dundalk event was Larry Bass, Founder and Managing Director of Shinawil Productions, which is the production powerhouse behind Ireland’s biggest hit TV shows including Dancing with The Stars, The Voice of Ireland, The Apprentice, Dragons Den and Masterchef Ireland among others.

Larry Bass, MD of Shinawil, said, “This was my first time seeing DkIT grad movies, I’ve been to many other colleges over the years, and I have to say the level of storytelling was high, if I may say epic in some cases. for these DkIT student films.”