Amy-Joyce Hastings’ film QED has won Best Overall Short film at the prestigious Santa Fe Film Festival2018.Amy-Joyce was in attendance at the festival for this was QED‘s International Premiere Screening.
This was her third trip to Santa Fe, where Lily previously won Best Narrative Short and a Courage in Cinema Award for its director Graham Cantwell.
Her first trip to Santa Fe was to promote the US Premiere of her feature film The Callback Queen at George R. R. Martin’s Jean Cocteau Cinema a couple of years ago.
Here she is pictured receiving the award from festival programmer Aaron Leventman, and with George R. R. Martin, Graham Cantwell and Ali McGirr.
Amy-Joyce is currently in Los Angeles with her company Film Venture, for development of their forthcoming Lily feature film project. The short film version has screened at over 60 festivals worldwide, including top tier festivals such as Rhode Island International Film Festival, Festival International du Film d’Aubagne and the Savannah Film Festival.
It has won a plethora of awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Underground Cinema Awards) for Amy-Joyce, the Iris Prize Youth Award, the Tiernan McBride Award (Galway Film Fleadh), the Audi Dublin Film International Festival Best Short, as well as securing an IFTA Nomination for Graham Cantwell for Best Film and a Writer’s Guild of Ireland ‘Zebbie’ Best Screenplay Nomination.
The feature film production of this highly successful short is expected to be filmed in late 2018.
Sanctuary has been named Best Irish Feature Film of 2017 by the Dublin Film Critics Circle. It was also voted Best Irish Film by Irish Times readers in The Irish Times Ticket Awards. It goes on release in UK Cinemas this January and has received universally positive reviews from British Film Critics.
The film was directed by Len Collin for Zanzibar Films, and is distributed by Eclipse Pictures in Ireland and Guerilla Films in the UK.