Award winning film Gridlock selected for Oscar qualifying film festival Short Shorts Film Festival
Director Ian Hunt Duffy and producer Simon Doyle’s unnerving thriller Gridlockhas been selected to screen at the prestigious Short Shorts Film Festival in Japan on the 7th of June and stars Moe Dunford (Vikings), Peter Coonan (Love/Hate), Steve Wall (Dominion Creek) and Amy de Bhrun (Jason Bourne). The Short Shorts FilmFestival is the biggest short film festival in Asia.
Gridlock is an Irish spin on an American style thriller, set during a traffic jam on a narrow country road. When Eoin’s young daughter Emma goes missing from their car, he forms a desperate search party to find her. But as panic takes hold among the other drivers, the search for a missing girl quickly descends into a frenzied witch-hunt, where no one is above suspicion.
Director Ian Hunt Duffy graduated from the National Film School in Ireland with a BA in Film and Television Production and upong graduating set up his own production company in Dublin called Fail Safe Films, alongside Simon Doyle. Ian has produced and directed numerous award-winning short films, including the IFTA Nominated and Academy Award® long listed Love is a Sting and the Filmbase/RTÉ time-travel comedy Small Time. Producer Simon Doyle has also produced numerous award-winning short films, screening all over the world. His first feature film In View was written and directed with long-time collaborator Ciaran Creagh. Simon has a slate of three additional features that he is developing with some of Ireland’s most exciting talent.
In the role of Emma’a father Eoin is Moe Dunford, known from his work in the hit TV series Vikings for which he was awarded an IFTA for Best Supporting Actor. Steve Wall, playing Liam, is known for his work on Sam Steele, in two seasons of An Klondike for TG4 and now on Netflix as Dominion Creek.
Peter Coonan and Amy de Bhrun are starring as Rory and Catherine. Peter stared in the feature Get Up and Go alongside Killian Scott, and is best known for his regular and extremely popular role on the critically acclaimed RTÉ drama Love/Hate. Whereas Amy is well known for her work on The Crown and the Dragon and can be seen in Paul Greengrass’ latest movie Jason Bourne.
Gridlock has already won a number of high profile awards, including Academy Qualifying Awards Best Irish Short at the Foyle Film Festival and the Grand Prix Irish Short at Cork FilmFestival. This exciting film has also won five more prestigious awards and has been selected for almost 20 film festivals.
Gridlock will be screening at the Japan Short Shorts Film Festival on June 7th