Tipperary student shortlisted in drinking awareness film competiton

Pictured at the shortlist announcement of the 2013 DARE2BDRINKAWARE student film competition at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios were LIT students: Stephen OMalley, from Shannon, Co. Clare; Patrick OShea, from Hospital, Co. Limerick; and Niall OHagan, from Ballina, Co. Tipperary.
A Co. Tipperary student has been shortlisted in a prestigious national student film competition.

A Co. Tipperary student has been shortlisted in a prestigious national student film competition.

Niall O’Hagan, from Ballina, Co. Tipperary, has been shortlisted for prizes in the DARE2BDRINKAWARE.ie film competition, which is organised by the alcohol social responsibility organisation drinkaware.ie.

DARE2BDRINKAWARE.ie – now in its sixth year –challenges third-level students to creatively explore Irish people’s relationship to drinking through producing short films. The theme for the 2013 competition is ‘pacing our drinking’.

Ten films – produced by students from throughout Ireland – have been shortlisted for the 2013 competition, including ‘What’s The Rush’ produced by the team, Mind F.

Niall O’Hagan, along with fellow team-members, attended a special media event at the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in Dublin city centre earlier this week when the shortlist was officially announced. Their film film poses the question, ‘if you wouldn’t let people rush you in everyday situations, why would you let people rush you when you are drinking in the pub?’. Niall is currently a student at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT).

Speaking at the shortlisting event, Fionnuala Sheehan, Chief Executive of drinkaware.ie, congratulated Niall on his success, and spoke about how the shortlisted DARE2BDRINKAWARE.ie entries were required to promote the message of ‘pacing our drinking’.

“The aim of DARE2BDRINKAWARE.ie is to encourage young film-makers to produce short films that communicate effectively with their peers,” she said. “Each of the shortlisted entries highlights our ‘pacing’ theme and promotes more responsible attitudes to alcohol. But they don’t do so in a preachy way; instead, they use formats and themes that resonate with young people.

“We are delighted with the quality and creativity of the shortlisted films from Tipperary and around the country.”

The shortlisted entries will now go forward for judging by a panel of prestigious film and media industry insiders, including Duan Stokes, Publishing Editor of Hot Press; blogger and Community Manager of WorldIrish.com Darragh Doyle; and V-Reporter on RTÉ’s ‘The Voice of Ireland’, Stephen Byrne.

A prize fund of €5,000 will be awarded to winning entries. One prize will be awarded for a special ‘public vote’: all shortlisted entries are now available to view online, and members of the public can vote for their favourite until 5pm on Tuesday, 23rd April.

An awards ceremony will take place later this month to announce the winners of DARE2BDRINKAWARE.ie 2013. Well-known broadcaster Paddy McKenna will chair a special panel discussion at the ceremony, featuring two high-profile film and television personalities, who will share their experiences of the industry with the students in attendance. The special guests will be film producer and director Nicky Gogan, who produced the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Pyjama Girls’ in 2010, set up the Darklight Film Festival in 1999, and founded Still Films Production Company; and actor and writer Emmet Kirwan, who shot to fame when he penned the RTÉ series ‘Sarah and Steve’, in which he also played a lead role and, more recently, played the central character in the YouTube hit, ‘Just Sayin’.

For further information – and to cast your vote for your favourite shortlisted entry – log on to: www.DARE2BDRINKAWARE.ie.