Irish short film picks up Best Animation prize at Sundance Film Festival

23 Jan 2013

An Irish Film Board-funded short film, Irish Folk Furniture, directed by Tony Donoghue, has won the prize for Best Animation at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

Irish Folk Furniture is an animated tale that brings to life the cultural and social history of Irish farmhouse furniture and was selected from more than 8,000 short film applications.

The film has also been available to view on You Tube for the duration of the festival only and has received more than 130,000 views.

“Sundance is one of the most prestigious and competitive film festivals in North America,” said James Hickey, CEO of the Irish Film Board.

“Tony is a very talented filmmaker and we are delighted to see him receive the international recognition he deserves for his short film. We look forward to working with him in the future as he develops his career further.”

Pinnacle of achievement

It has been a week of achievement for Irish filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Earlier this week, Nick Ryan’s The Summit, a documentary about one of the deadliest days in modern mountain history, was selected for US TV distribution by Sundance Selects, a subsidiary of American media giant AMC, and is about to be broadcast to potentially 40m US homes.

The Summit is also nominated for a documentary award at Sundance, the winner of which will be announced on 26 January.

Watch Irish Folk Furniture here:


John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years