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Ian Hunt Duffy's GRIDLOCK Wins Best International Short at DC Shorts Festival


Director Ian Hunt Duffy and producer Simon Doyle's unnerving thriller Gridlock has been selected to screen at the prestigious Edmonton International Film Festival in Canada on the 6th of October and stars Moe Dunford (Vikings), Peter Coonan (Love/Hate), Steve Wall (Dominion Creek) and Amy de Bhrun (Jason Bourne).

Gridlock is an Irish spin on an American style thriller, set during a traffic jam on a narrow country road. When Eoin's young daughter Emma goes missing from their car, he forms a desperate search party to find her, and soon everyone is a suspect.

Director Ian Hunt Duffy graduated from the National Film School in Ireland and set up the Dublin based production company Fail Safe Films with Simon Doyle. Ian has directed and produced numerous award-winning short films, including the IFTA Nominated and Academy Award® long listed Love is a Sting and the Filmbase/RTÉ time-travel comedy Small Time. Producer Simon Doyle has also produced numerous award-winning short films, along with the feature film In View released theatrically in 2017. Simon has a slate of three additional feature films that he is currently developing with some of Ireland's most exciting talent.

In the role of Emma'a father Eoin is Moe Dunford, known from his work in the hit TV series VIKINGS for which he was awarded an IFTA for Best Supporting Actor. Steve Wall, playing Liam, is known for his work on Sam Steele, in two seasons of An KLONDIKE for TG4 and now on Netflix as DOMINION Creek.

Peter Coonan and Amy de Bhrun are starring as Rory and Catherine. Peter stared in the feature Get Up and Go alongside Killian Scott, and is best known for his regular and extremely popular role on the critically acclaimed RTÉ drama Love/Hate. Whereas Amy is well known for her work on The Crown and the Dragon and can be seen in Paul Greengrass' last movie Jason Bourne.

Gridlock has already won many high profile awards, including Academy Qualifying Awards Best Irish Short at the Foyle Film Festival; Grand Prix Irish Short at the Cork Film Festival; and now the Best International Short at the DC Shorts Festival. This exciting film has also won seven more prestigious awards, including a Young Director Award (YDA) in Cannes for Ian Hunt Duffy, and has been selected for over 30 film festivals to date. Some upcoming film festivals include the San Diego International Film Festival; Heartland Film Festival; Savannah Film Festival; and Tallgrass Film Festival.


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