Northern Ireland feature film Jump has been awarded the Bridging the Borders Award at the prestigious Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The Award, presented by Cinema Without Borders and Hewlett Packard, honours the film that is most successful in exemplifying art that promotes bringing the people of our world closer together. In the film, a fateful New Year’s Eve throws half a dozen characters into cross-purposes in this complex, wildly inventive and occasionally giddy mix of crime caper, romance and moral tale from Northern Ireland.
Directed by Kieron J. Walsh and produced by Brendan Byrne of Hotshot Films and executive produced by Katie Holly of Blinder Films, Jump beat nine other nominees to win the award.
When announcing the award at a special luncheon in LA, Cinema Without Borders Editor-in-Chief Bijan Tehrani said; “The film that shone the brightest and earned HP’s 2013 Bridging the Borders Award—presented by Cinema Without Borders —takes the audience on an adventurous journey on New Year's Eve to witness people from all walks of life—regardless of differences and conflicts—coming together to face tragedies, endure the present, and look for a better future. Jump, the brilliant work directed by Kieron J. Walsh, demonstrates the power of a film to eliminate social barriers and unite people behind a powerful idea."
Kieron J. Walsh said “I am absolutely delighted to receive the Bridging the Borders award for my film Jump. It's really fitting that my film receives this particular award as the film is set in Derry City, Northern Ireland – a city with a troubled past. Less than ten miles from the city is the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – a much disputed border due to religion and politics. My film is one of the first films to emerge from Northern Ireland which does not dwell on this border and purposely ignores the religious and political dimension of the region. It's not that I am in denial about the situation - there have been many terrific films about the conflict in Northern Ireland but for most people who live there life goes on as normal, like any small western city and my film attempts to show that. In this way I hope it bridges the divide between the people of Derry and exposes them and their lives to the world.
Thank you to Cinema Without Borders, Hewlett-Packard and the Palm Springs International Film Festiva”. Along with the award, Kieron received a HP Elitebook 8770W mobile workstation with a built-in HP DreamColour display.
The film’s producer Brendan Byrne added; “Jump depicts a Northern Ireland never before seen on screen. We’re delighted that the film’s freshness with its subtle echoes of Northern Ireland’s troubled past has captivated the jury and garnered us this prestigious award.”
Jump follows four twenty-somethings whose lives collide one fateful New-Year's-Eve amidst the ancient walls of Derry, Northern Ireland in a night of fast-talk, coincidence and intrigue. As the clock ticks down to midnight, Jump weaves an existential portrait of its characters’ lives as their hopes, fears and secrets are revealed. It played to sold out crowds at Palm Springs International Film Festival and will be released in Ireland in April 2013.
Jump received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund
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