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>Raidió Teilifís Éireann, The Arts Council, Mayfly Films
  • Raidió Teilifís Éireann, The Arts Council.
    In Association With: Mayfly Films
  • Awards: Short Film Jury Award: Animation, Sundance Film Festival, 2013.
  • Originally Released in 2013.
  • Running Time: 8:29 minutes.
  • Color
  • Ireland  Ireland


Production Notes:

In the making of this film, 16 pieces of abandoned folk furniture were restored and returned back into daily use. This film was shot in a green and environmentally friendly way using local craftspeople, local narrators and inexpensive second-hand equipment. Only natural light was used to shoot this film.

Director Tony Donoghue worked for seven years at the Trust for Urban Ecology and the Natural History Museum in London. He used his background in both biology and film to explore rural traditions and rituals.

Funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board. Donoghue focused on people in his local community in Tipperary during 10 years of research and interviews in preparation for its production.

The film was shot using a 150-euro camera bought on eBay. It was "totally a community-based project," Donoghue said.

"In the course of this film, we take 16 items, restore them and give them back to the farmers. Older farmers tend to not want to put them into the house. But younger farmers do tend to be more interested," he said.

Produced under the IFB "Frameworks" animated short film scheme.

Irish Folk Furniture was chosen from over 8,000 short film applications to be shown at Sundance.

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