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“Two Suitcases” Wins Best Film at Two Festivals

We are delighted to announce that Two Suitcases has recently won Best Film at two film festivals. Two Suitcases is a short film based on Ben Murnane’s experiences of living with Fanconi Anaemia, a rare genetic disease in which the bone marrow stops working properly. The film was made by teenagers, many of whom are living with health conditions, with the support of professional artists and DIT film students. This was the first film we made as part of the Two Suitcases Project in which teenagers living with chronic illnesses collaborate with filmmakers and artists on developing and making their own short films and animations. The next film week will take place over the October mid-term break.

In August, Two Suitcases won Best Film in the Under 18s category at the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival in Waterville, Co. Kerry.

This October, Two Suitcases won Best Film at First Cut! Youth Film Festival in Cobh. Stephen O’Driscoll, who plays Ben in the film, accepted the award from Chris Hurley, Director of Cork Film Centre. The film was selected by a jury of professional filmmakers who said: ‘It treats its sensitive subject with great humour and visual imagination, resulting in a film that is genuinely life affirming without ever being sentimental.’

The second phase of the Two Suitcases Project is being produced by Helium Children’s Arts and Health in partnership with the Digital Hub Development Agency and in association with the SWICN Computer Clubhouse. Two Suitcases has been funded by the Arts Council’s Young Ensembles Scheme with in-kind sponsorship from the Vodafone Ireland Foundation. Helium gratefully acknowledges the support of Create – the national development agency for collaborative arts, Children in Hospital Ireland and patient support groups.

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