Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) are absolutely thrilled to report that the phenomenally successful 'High Society', a short film created by 3rd year Film & Television Production students which was created last year on their year-long Film Project module, is continuing to win awards and selection in international and national festival circuits.
Earlier in the year this film was nominated for a Royal Television Society Student Award, it saw a win for the Best Cinematography Award at the Best Istanbul Film Festival, along with being nominated for Best Director and Best Music at the Screen Power Film Festival in the UK. In addition, it was selected as a Monthly Pick at the Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards and was part of the official selection at the Dublin University Film Festival in April. The film was also nominated for Short Film of the Year at the SMEDIA Awards and also featured heavily in the Across The Globe Film Festival based in New York where they were shortlisted for Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Director, Best Music/Composer, Best Supporting Actor for Paddy Seery, Best Screenplay, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ana Nerovcic and Best Actress in a supporting Role for Cat Coyle and won overall in the latter three categories.
The Institute is delighted to report that over the summer this film has won Best Female Director at the Direct Monthly Online Film Festiva, Winner of Best Student Film at Los Angeles Cinematography Awards and was part of the official selection at GAZE International LGBT Film Festival 2022, the Boyne Valley International Film Festival 2022, the Meath Film Festival 2022, the Disappear Here Film Festival 2022 and the Ranelagh Arts Festival and the 13th Underground Cinema Film Festival.
Shot over 6 days in multiple locations across county Louth in Spring 2021 and under strict Covid 19 filming protocols, the students overcame huge challenges through the film's production, as all development and pre-production was carried out remotely whilst post-production was completed with a mix of on- campus and remote activity.
DkIT would like to extend a massive congratulations to all cast and crew for their continued triumphs with this short film. These outstanding achievements are a testament to our students and staff's continued ingenuity and resilience during such unprecedented times. The core team behind the film were Niamh Magee - Writer/Director, Liam Delahunt – Producer, Celine McInerney – DoP, James Hickey – Sound, Conor Lewis - Editor, Andrius Rutavicius - Production Design