Cannes Film Festival invite for New York based Kildare film director

Stage and dance in blood of former Newbridge student

By Henry Bauress


By Henry Bauress


Cannes Film Festival invite for New York based Kildare film director

Imelda O'Reilly

 A New York based Kildare filmmaker is one of fifteen directors from fifteen countries who has been invited to a special Cannes Film Festival event for promising directors.

Imelda O’Reilly, originally from Maddenstown, has been invited to the Cannes Film Festival Cinefondation Atelier event which accepts projects considered “particularly promising.”

The L’Atelier provides its participants access to international co-productions, thus accelerating the film’s completion. It will take place between May 10-16. The Irish film maker will have the opportunity to meet film professionals.

The much travelled Imelda, who went to school at the Girls National School at the Curragh and the Holy Family Convent in Newbridge, has been invited for her film, We’re the Kids in America. It was already selected for the Moving Picture Institute Screenwriting fellowship.

It is the story of three generations of Irish fathers and sons - depicting Ireland in the 1950’s and 1980’s and New York in 2016.

It explores themes of identity, exile and violence in relation to colonization. It’s based on her short film Eggs and Soldiers that has won awards and played at 45 festivals to date and has been screened on RTÉ.

Imelda, an Assistant Professor of film at James Madison University in Virginia,  is also a published poet and playwright. She is currently developing several other promising film projects. She now lives between New York and Virginia. She moved to New York many years ago and began to focus on film.

Bricks, Beds and Sheep’s Heads, her thesis film while she studied film at Columbia University, was a Regional Finalist for the Student Academy Awards. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to shoot in Morocco.

It had its first screening at the International Women’s Festival in Creteil.

Imelda has many Kildare connections and her parents live at Maddenstown North, near the Japanese Gardens.

Her aunt, Olive Keogh, has a dance school and her cousin, Leah Moran Kinahan, also has the Leah Moran stage school.