A young Kildare girl has won a award at a film festival in the USA.
Isabel Connolly (9) from Clane has won Best Actor at the First Glance Film Festival in Los Angeles for her role in a short twenty two minute film, A Timely Gift.
Isabel went up against some very tough competition including an eighteen year old girl who starred in The Hulk.
Maria Barry of Barry Talent Agency, where Isabel attends, said “We are all very proud of this fantastic achievement for a girl just turned nine years old. Onwards and upwards for the career of this talented actor.”
Vicky Barry, who has had Isabel and her sister, Ruby, in her Clane classes for a few years now said she was “thrilled and proud” at the news.
“Isabel has been walking the red carpet and doing interview. She took it in her stride...a true little pro,” said Vicki.
Isabel was nominated for best young actor at the Los Angeles film festival earlier this year.
At first it did not look as if she would make it to the ceremony but it then emerged that Isabel and her mother Mandy would attend and they flew out last Wednesday for the festival which ran from March 8-11. “It was too good an opportunity to miss,” said Vicki.
Last Friday, Mandy told us us that First Glance films released Isabel’s red carpet interview to YouTube.
The short film, A Timely Gift, is directed by Paireac Keane, Isabel (9), daughter of Mandy and Peter.
The lead actor, Degnan Geraghty, was nominated as best actor.
This film tells the story of a woman suffering from amnesia who receives a gift left for her by her grandfather before he died.
The film was also selected for the Canada Short Film Festival in December where it received an award of excellence.
Isabel had a lead role in the Expressway television commercial in 2016 directed by Hollywood’s John Moore.
Her sister, Ruby, has also been involved in film.
Both Ruby (4) and Isabel feature on the new billboards in the departure lounge at Dublin Airport.
Both attend drama, singing and dance lessons with Vicky Barry Performing Arts in Clane.
Ruby has appeared RTE Junior programme, Pop Goes the Weekend.
Since its inception in 1996, the First Glance Film Festival one of the fastest growing truly independent film fests in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. This year’s festival ran from March 8-11.
The organisers say they work to get filmmakers the attention they deserve. They say over 97% of feature films acquire distribution after screening at First Glance Film Festivals.