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David O'Reilly's Ingenuity
The animation films of David O' Reilly don't have much in common with the flashy slapstick-ridden works many of his colleagues have resigned to. Instead they are acute and subtle, containing dark humour and psychological suspense.
The External World included in Future Shorts Festival Winter Season has been celebrated by our audiences around the world. As the season is heading to its last month of screenings, we would like to thank the Irish director for entrusting his film to us for a thrilling global ride.
A boy learns to play the piano in this rather dark but occasionally humorous mediation on the anxieties and fears of a modern civilized society. Created as a lo-fi animation, “The External World” is a surreal collection of vignettes which borrows themes from pop culture, cinema and videogames – classic and contemporary. Some have heralded this short as “a unique reconstruction of the universe” while O’Reilly recently noted in an interview, “I like creating experimental films that have an emotional function.”
Golden Zagreb Award – Zagreb Animafest (2010)
Best Art Direction – Animage Festival (2010)
Best Animated Film – RiverRun FFestival (2010)
Best Short Film – Barcelona Intl Short FF (2010)
Best Animated Film – Ann Arbor FF (2010)
Golden Bear for Best Short film – Berlinale (2009)
The Cartoon D!or (2009)
German Film Award (2009)
Best Narrative Film – Ottawa Animation F (2009)
Grand Prize – Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (2009)
First Prize for Best Short Film – Animadrid (2009)
Best German Film – Oberhausen (2009)
Special Distinction – Annecy (2009)
Silver Dove – DOK Leipzig (2009)
David O'Reilly accepting the IFTA for Animation for The External World at the 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards.
We look forward to working again with such a talented young artist who has changed the way we view animated films.
Thank you David!
The Future Shorts Festival Team