IIF Video Finalists

Short Video Competition 2023 Finalists

We are happy to present the finalists of the Short Video Competition 2023.  The winner will be announced during the event and will be awarded with a plaque and a small cash price. You can vote your favourite video at the end of the post for the Audience Award.

Served by Renee Walker

A calculating woman cooks her estranged husband a meal to die for and serves him with divorce papers. He arrogantly obliges believing that he has the upper hand. But she has other plans. Renee Walker returned to college at 48 to study TV and Media Production. She has immersed herself in many creative projects through the years ranging from choreographing, design painting to being a singer and musician in a wide range of bands. She feels that all of these creative parts of her contribute to the bigger picture. “Art” in all its many forms intertwine and push forward each new stage of her development. Renee continues her persuit of bringing life to thoughts and ideas within the film-making community.

The Return by Chiara Viale

Chiara Viale is an Italian born writer, director and producer based in Ireland. After a degree in English as a Foreign Language and Literature in Milan, she went on studying screenwriting in Dublin and began making independent films. Since then she has written, directed and produced numerous short films. Her first Independent Feature Film ‘The New Music’, was released in 2021. She is co-founder of the Dublin based production company Built To Fail Productions.

A Drinking Pub With A Music Problem by Claire Issartel

Claire is a French writer, director and editor living in Dublin. She studied Theatre and Film at the University in France and moved to Dublin 6 years ago to study film. Since she has made several short-films as writer, director and editor. She shot ‘’ A Drinking Pub With A Music Problem’’ during Kino D event (48 hours Filmmaking challenge) in Dublin with Marco Griffini as a DOP and support in editing and Martin Brady in sound recording. A Drinking Pub with A Music Problem is a short-documentary about the pub The Cobblestone in Dublin.

Renvyle by The Sea by Jan Sisley and Silvana Benedetto

Jan Sisley was born in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She graduated with an M.A. from the Auckland University Film School. She has worked on documentaries, music videos, films and television while continuing to make short films of her own. Jan’s festival screenings include CON-TEMPORARY Art Observatorium in Venice, Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Torino film festival, and as part of The One Minutes screening across Asia and Europe.

Silvana Benedetto was born in Albenga (Italy), but she moved to Ireland in 2008. Fascinated by everything about visual Arts, acting and music since she was a child, she started to be involved in film projects in Ireland in 2013, juggling between long hours in the office and sleepless nights learning lines, writing scripts, producing short films. Can’t wait to retire and focus on acting and documentary film making. Jan and Silvana shot together “Renvyle by the Sea” over two very stormy days in Connemara. It’s an experimental poetic short documentary where we gave voice to local people of one of most remote areas in the West of Ireland. This short documentary won an award as “Spirit of the Festival” at “Shot by the Sea Film Festival” in Galway.

The Circle of Infinity by Stefano Rolando

Stefano Rolando is originally from a small village near Domodossola (VB) and he has been living in Ireland since 2006.He studied at DAMS (Bo) and attended a 2 years filmmaking course at BCFE college in Dublin. He currently works as a digital compositor for EGG vfx. In his VFX career he had the chance to work for international projects as Game of Thrones, The Favourite, The Woman King, Good Omens.  Circle of infinity is the short film he made in 2011 as his personal graduation project at BCFE. It is a personal interpretation of Nietzsche’s eternal return idea. The short film was a no-budget project and it was entirely filmed, edited and directed by Stefano.

Style by Beta O’Dwyer

Geraldine, writing under the name of Beta, is new to filmmaking having made her first short in January of 2023. She is a qualified Accountant by profession. Style was filmed at the Kino Kabaret Dublin filmmaking festival in August in collaboration with Maria Etienne (DOP). Maria graduated from the University of Bologna in 2022 with a masters in cinema and moved to Dublin to pursue a career in the Arts.

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