23 Jun Irish director and GEC Client Ian Hunt Duffy of Fail Safe Films wins Young Director Award in Cannes

GEC resident Ian Hunt Duffy from Fail Safe Films has won Gold in the Short Film category at this year’s Young Director Awards in Cannes for his short film ‘Gridlock‘. The prestigious Young Director Awards has been seeking out and supporting international creative talent in commercial film production since 1998, and are the only awards dedicated to rising young directors. The YDA is recognised as the most important fringe event of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, attracting over 400 participants from around the world and over 1000 spectators every year.

As a director Ian’s first love is genre cinema and he strives to make movies that will grip an audience and keep them guessing. After graduating from The National Film School in Ireland, Ian established the production company Fail Safe Films alongside producing partner Simon Doyle. Over the last 6 years, Fail Safe has established itself as one of the leading producers of online video content in Ireland, while also gaining a strong reputation for award-winning short films and drama at an international level, winning multiple awards at both home and abroad.

Fail Safe’s latest short film ‘Gridlock’ is a thriller set during a traffic jam on a country road. When a little girl goes missing from one of the cars, her father forms a desperate search party to find her, and soon everyone is a suspect. The film stars some of Ireland’s best young talent, including Moe Dunford from TV’s ‘Vikings’ and Peter Coonan from ‘Love/Hate’, and was recently nominated for an IFTA Award for Best Short Film. It also currently on the long-list for next year’s Academy Awards, having won Best Irish Short at both the Cork Film Festival and Foyle Film Festival respectively. You can view a trailer for Gridlock here.

Feel free to contact Ian directly via email to find out more 🙂

Social Media Links for Fail Safe Films: Facebook & Twitter and for Gridlock: Facebook & Twitter



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