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Birr Hosts FilmOffaly Awarded Film ‘The Debt’

Published: 29th August 2014

It was all cameras and action around Birr last week as one of the winners of the 2014 FilmOffaly Award went on location. Helen Flanagan won this year’s award for her script ‘The Debt’ which came through a rigorous short listing and interview process following 121 scripts submitted for the award.

‘The Debt’ is a heart warming story about childhood friendship. When 10 year old Daithí (Leo Donohue) falls for his beautiful and unattainable classmate Jessica, the task falls to his best friend Penny (Susie Power), a rough and tumble tomboy to help him win her heart. The Production Company responsible for “The Debt” is Fail Safe Films an award winning Dublin based production company with Helen Flanagan (Writer/Director), Simon Doyle (Producer) Deirdre O Toole (Director of Photography) and David Byrne (Editor).


The team extended their gratitude this week to residents of Woodlawn Park and Oxmantown Mall, the staff at Oxmantown School and at Birr Castle where locations were used, in particular to those who allowed use of their home interiors.


This is the fifth film funded through the FilmOffaly Award which now boasts a lineage of successfully funded short films since 2008.


Chairperson of FilmOffaly, Peter Ormond said, “We are delighted with the response and the outcome again of the FilmOffaly award which we operate in partnership with Filmbase. All shortlisted scripts were of a very high standard this year and we look forward to seeing it all on screen”.

For more information on FilmOffaly see www.filmoffaly.ie

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