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‘Brief Lives’ directed by Anna Downes to screen at Waterford Film Festival

Congratulations to Anna Downes whose  short documentary ‘Brief Lives’ is to screen at the Waterford Film Festival on Friday 6th November.

Brief Lives is the first short documentary that Anna has directed and was made during the Galway Film Centre’s Documentary Course in February 2015. It deals with the issue of the practice of burying stillborn or miscarried babies in communal unmarked graves:

“In the corner of an urban graveyard a large communal plot marks the burial place for hundreds of miscarried and stillborn babies – a poignant reminder of their brief lives.”

The GFC Documentary Course was facilitated by talented Jill Beardsworth along with Keith Walsh. Anna has worked in film and visual arts organisations for over fifteen years before co-founding XPOSURE, a photography and video production company www.xposure.ie.

The Waterford Film Festival was established in 2007 by local filmmaker Stephen Byrne. His objective was to bring something new Waterford’s arts and cultural scene, promoting local, national filmmakers and writers, but in particular independent film.

For the past eight years the festival has screened hundreds of films from filmmakers around the world as well promoting writers with the short screenplay competition. Filmmakers from across Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Holland and as far as Canada and USA have attended the festival.

The festival is now in its 9th year and Garter Lane Arts Centre will be hosting the event from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th November. For the second year in a row filmmakers and festival goers will see the films  screened on a full sized cinema screen, with Dolby Surround Sound.

For full details of the 2015 programme at Waterford Film Festival see here.

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