Ennis’ Cian Hughes has won the Best Male Performance award at the sixth Femme Filmmakers Festival for his performance as Patrick in the short film PADDY.

Filmed in locations around Ennis and Shannon, this short film written by Sinéad Collopy follows Patrick played by newcomer, Cian Hughes, a first generation Irish teenager as he questions his identity in 1970’s London. The casting call for the role of Patrick brought many young actors from the Mid-West to the fore and after much deliberation, the lead role was cast.

Producer of the short film, Keith Bogue stated, “This is a wonderful performance from Cian Hughes in his first screen role. He has stepped in front of the camera and delivered an award winning interpretation of young Patrick in 1970’s London. We knew that Cian had something special and now everyone can see that”.

Directed by Roisín Kearney and produced by Bogue and Maeve McGrath, the short film brought young film makers from Clare and the Midwest on set shadowing industry heads of department. PADDY has screened at festivals all over the world since premiering in 2020 and will screen next at the 2021 Disappear Here Film Festival, it has just been selected for the Disappear Here Now Film Festival in Donegal and then it’s off to San Francisco for a screening.

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