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Closing/Awards Press Release 14/03/2017
Renowned film director ​Béla Tarr​ among international guests invited to the 5TH SILK ROAD
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017, 8th-12th March, Dublin #SRFF2017

The Silk Road International Film Festival returned to Dublin, Ireland for its fifth edition between 8th and 12th
of March screening over 65 films including an exclusive array of Asian, Arab, Persian, Middle Eastern,
African, Mediterranean and European cinema and showcasing a rich diversity of features, documentaries,
animations, short, student films and masterclasses. International special guest filmmakers and festival
directors attended from Iran, Lebanon, United States of America, Japan, China, United Kingdom and Hungary.
The festival, founded by filmmakers Carla Mooney, Steinar Oli Jonsson & Delwyn Mooney, focuses on
productions from regions once part of the historical network of the ancient trade routes of the great Silk
Road spanning from Europe across to China and its mission is to incite fruitful collaborations at the
intersection of cinema, arts and business.This years special guest was Hungarian director BélaTarr who received the 5th Silk Road International Film Festival “Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Opening Ceremony in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin. The award was made of bog oak sculpted by Celtic Roots Studio. Other recipients of this award have been three time Oscar winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The LastEmperor) and Iranian cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari (A Separation).
Considered to be one of the most important film directors of the past thirty years, Béla Tarr’s body of work
has been praised by Jim Jarmusch, Gus Van Sant and Martin Scorsese. Tarr presented the Director’s
Masterclass “FilmTARRorisme” in Trinity College Dublin moderated by Katherine Waugh (director, curator)
on Friday 10th March in association with Screen Training Ireland & Cardel Entertainment.A Masterclass in Editing was held on Thursday 9th March presented by renowned editor Tony Kearns whose repertoire includes music videos for The Prodigy, Blur and The Chemical Brothers, TV commercials for Lynx, Peugeot and Diesel plus film work such as Let Us Pray, Citadel and Kelly and Victor.
A Masterclass in Music Scoring was held with Singaporean Alex Oh, one of Singapore’s most prolific and
versatile film composers. Alex Oh has scored for more than 16 feature films in Singapore, Australia, China
and the United States, with genres ranging from comedy, family-oriented drama, action films, horror.
All masterclasses were held in Trinity College Dublin.There was a great opportunity to see an eclectic mix of international and Irish student short films from far flung universities such as China Central Academy of Fine Arts, the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia, Lebanon, Singapore, California, France and the Netherlands and our own National Film School of Ireland.This gives student filmmakers a platform to showcase their work internationally as part of the student filmmaking competition in association with Film Festivals Cinergy, a union of film festivals around the world, aiming to promote talents in filmmaking and to foster cross-cultural collaboration. Irish film students have an opportunity to win a trip to Notre Dame University International Film Festival, Lebanon to screen their films in competition where flights & accommodation are part of the winning prize! This year’s winner is an animation ”Are We Them Yet?’ by Director Keith Kavanagh of IADT-The National Film School.The following are the Award Winners of the 5th Silk Road International Film Festival 2017 and their
respective categories presented by Croatian Actor Michael Reed.

Best Live Action Student Film – ‘Clan’ Directed by Stefanie Kolk. http://silkroadfilmfestival.com/clan/
Best Short Documentary Student: ‘Beni’ Directed by Sasaki Maiko. http://silkroadfilmfestival.com/beni/
Best Student Animation & Film Festivals Cinergy Award: ”Are We Them Yet?’ Directed by Keith Kavanagh
http://silkroadfilmfestival.com/are-we-them-yet/.
Best Documentary: ‘Half-Life in Fukushima’ Directed by Mark Olexa & Francesca Scalisi.
http://silkroadfilmfestival.com/half-life-fukushima/
Best Feature Film: ‘Sofichka’ Directed by Kira Kovalenko. http://silkroadfilmfestival.com/sofichka/
Best Short Film: ‘The Waltz’ Directed by Trevor Zhou. http://silkroadfilmfestival.com/?s=the+waltz
Best Actor: Yannis Stankoglou for his ‘Invisible’. http://silkroadfilmfestival.com/invisible/
Best Actress: Lana Basaria for her role in ‘Sofichka’. http://silkroadfilmfestival.com/sofichka/
Best Director: Kira Kovalenko, director of ‘Sofichka’. http://silkroadfilmfestival.com/sofichka/
Jury Special Recognition: ‘Invisible’. http://silkroadfilmfestival.com/invisible/Main sponsors of Silk Road Film Festival 2017 are Turkish Airlines, RTE Supporting the Arts, Trinity
College Dublin, Trinity City Hotel, Dublin City Council Arts Office, Dublin City Council Office For Integration,
Silk Road ON DEMAND, Cardel, Screen Training Ireland.Sponsors
Food sponsors include Silk Road Cafe, Dada, Shakshuka.
Festival Friends include: AV Specialists, Egg Post Production, Panavision Ireland, Teach Solais
European Women Audiovisual Network, The Coohe Brothers
Main Venue Partners: The Sugar Club, the Irish Film Institute, Chester Beatty Library, The New Theatre,
Oolong Flower House & Trinity College DublinFor further information and tickets visit www.silkroadfilmfestival.com
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Press Release 06/03/2017


Renowned film director Béla Tarr among international guests invited to the 5TH SILK ROAD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017, 8th-12th March, Dublin #SRFF2017
The Silk Road International Film Festival returns to Dublin, Ireland for its fifth edition between 8th and 12th of March screening over 65 films including ­an exclusive array of Asian, Arab, Persian, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean and European cinema and showcasing a rich diversity of features, documentaries, animations, short ,student films and masterclasses. International special guest filmmakers and festival directors will attend from Iran, Lebanon, United States of America, Japan, China, United Kingdom and Hungary.
The festival, founded by filmmakers Carla Mooney, Steinar Oli Jonsson & Delwyn Mooney, focuses on productions from regions once part of the historical network of the ancient trade routes of the great Silk Road spanning from Europe ­across to China and its mission is to incite fruitful collaborations at the intersection of cinema, arts and business.
This years special guest is Hungarian director Béla Tarr who will be honored at the Opening Ceremony with the 5th Silk Road International Film Festival “Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award”. Other recipients of this award have been three time Oscar winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and Iranian cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari (A Separation).
Considered to be one of the most important film directors of the past thirty years, Béla Tarr’s body of work has been praised by Jim Jarmusch, Gus Van Sant and Martin Scorsese. Tarr will present the Director’s Masterclass “Filmtarrorisme” in Trinity on Friday 10th March in association with Screen Training Ireland & Cardel Entertainment. The Directors Masterclass will be moderated by Katherine Waugh (director, filmmaker, curator).
A Masterclass in Editing on Thursday 9th March will be presented by renowned editor Tony KEARNS whose repertoire includes music videos for The Prodigy, Blur and The Chemical Brothers, TV commercials for Lynx, Peugeot and Diesel plus film work such as Let Us Pray, Citadel and Kelly and Victor. A Masterclass in Music Scoring with Singaporean Alex Oh, one of Singapore’s most prolific and versatile film composers will present the Music Scoring Masterclass. Alex Oh has scored for more than 16 feature films in Singapore, Australia, China and the United States, with genres ranging from comedy, family-oriented drama, action films, horror.
All masterclasses will be held in Trinity College- more info and tickets can be accessed here http://silkroadfilmfestival.com/category/masterclass-2017/
Feature film highlights include Russian feature film “Sofichka” by Director Kira Kovalenko which will screen in The Sugar Club Sunday Sunday 12th March and the Irish Premiere of Greek film “Invisible” by Dimitri Athanitis which will screen in The New Theatre Sunday 12th March. Documentaries include Irish Premieres of “Valentina” (Macedonia), “The Landscape Within” (Iran), “Overruled” (Iran), “Nanny Culture” (UAE) and “Half Life In Fukushima” (Japan).
Free screenings of short films include chilling Irish animation “A Coat Made Dark” directed by Jack O’Shea with voice overs including Antonia Campbell-Hughes. Also on the programme are shorts from Armenia, United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, China and Kosovo.
There is a great opportunity to see an eclectic mix of international and Irish student short films from far flung universities such as China Central Academy of Fine Arts, the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia, Lebanon, Singapore, California, France and the Netherlands and our own National Film School at IADT, Ireland.
This gives student filmmakers a platform to showcase their work internationally as part of the student filmmaking competition in association with Film Festivals Cinergy, a union of film festivals around the world, aiming to promote talents in filmmaking and to foster cross­-cultural collaboration. Irish film students have an opportunity to win a trip to Notre Dame University International Film Festival, Lebanon to screen their films in competition where flights & accommodation are part of the winning prize!
Sponsors
Official Hotel Partner: Trinity City Hotel Dublin
For further information and tickets visit www.silkroadfilmfestival.com
Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/SilkRdFilmFest
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