SMALL CHANGE,written and directed by Cathy Brady and produced by Tommy Fitzpatrick, of the Insitute of Art and design (IADT), will compete in the International Narrative Shorts Category. The film tells the story of a young single mother, bored of her daily routine who develops a secret yet dangerous addiction to slot machines. With christmas fast approaching, a desperate need for a big win sees her life spiral out of control.
The nomination was not the first time that the graduates were credited for their work and the film recently featured at the Galway Film Fleadh and at the Cork Film Festival, where Cathy Brady won the Claire Lynch Award for the Best First-Time Irish Director.
The 2011 Sundance Film Festival, described as the premier international showcase for Independent cinema, will run from 20th - 30th January, at Park City, Utah.
Hosted by actor Robert Redford, the annual festival is attended by thousands of tourists, film lovers, celebrities, filmmakers and press. It is anticipated that this year will be no different. Whether a critic, cinema lover or there purely to gauge the atmosphere, the festival promises a feast of movies that will have any film lovers mouth watering. From 8.30am to midnight each day movies will be aired nonstop at venues across Park City.
It is not the first time that the Irish film school has been linked with the prestigous festival as another graduate film, UNDRESSING MY MOTHER, by Ken Wardrop, was screened at Sundance in 2006, were it received an Honourable Mention.
Donald Taylor Black, Creative Director of the National Film School at IADT, congratulated the crew and production team behind SMALL CHANGE, describing it as "yet another significant achievement - not only for our graduates but for our staff as well".