Oscar-qualifying award for Limerick film director 

Laura O’Shea from Janesboro who won the Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama at the Galway Film Fleadh.

A YOUNG Limerick director has won an Oscar-qualifying award after winning a top prize at the annual Galway Film Fleadh for her powerful short film entry.

Director Laura O’Shea from Janesboro won the coveted Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama with her entry, ‘Wednesday’s Child’.

It tells the story of Marie, who faces her first day on the job as a social care worker. Despite her optimism, a house call to a family in crisis quickly brings her down to reality.

The film, which cost a modest €6,000 to make, was self-funded by Caroline Harvey, who co-produced and acted in the movie alongside IFTA-winner Charleigh Bailey.

Laura has previously won awards for her short film work at BAFTA Qualifying Festivals such as Belfast Film Festival. She also recently worked as a shadow director alongside Paddy Breathnach on the upcoming RTE series ‘The Dry’.

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An award-winning actor, writer and director, the talented Limerick woman trained at Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting and has been making her own short films and music videos.

She has also been building a reputation for herself over the last few years on the Irish Indie film circuit as a filmmaker to watch.

She said that she is delighted with this milestone achievement and award.

“I am so overwhelmed and grateful to receive this incredible award from the Galway Fleadh. Having attended some of the short film screenings during the festival, I was blown away by the talent on screen and felt lucky just to be in the mix with such talented filmmakers.

“This is really an honour that I won’t take lightly. I am so proud and appreciative of the wonderful cast and crew that made this film what it is. They are all stars. A massive thank you to the festival for giving us this push, it’s a huge confidence booster to see the underdog take home the award,” Laura said.