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This week’s FNI Wrapchat features Director Carmel Winters.
Carmel was born in Cork and studied Drama and English at Trinity College Dublin. She is an award-winning storyteller, the maker of bold and innovative drama for stage and screen.
“Snap”, her debut feature as writer/director, was critically acclaimed as ‘engrossing… nervy, audacious filmmaking’ (Variety) and ‘a masterclass in storytelling’, (HotPress) picking up a host of awards at international A-list festivals, including Critic’s Choice, (Karlovy-Vary), Best Film (Montevideo), Best Film and Best Director (Dublin Critic’s Circle at the JDIFF) and nominated in the Tribeca Film Festival and the Warsaw International Film Festival in the Best Narrative Feature category.
Her most recent Film work “Float like a Butterfly” is a ten year labour of love, selected to screen at The Toronto International Film Festival last year. Young Hazel Doupe is a revelation and stars as a Traveller who, during the early 1970s, becomes a dedicated boxer. The Film subsequently and won the Fipresci Discovery Prize. A fantastic achievement.
Float like a Butterfly is currently in Irish Cinemas.
A seasoned playwright, Her most recent play, The Remains of Maisie Duggan, premiered in the Peacock Theatre as part of the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival.
Carmel was appointed Film Artist in Residence (Screenwriter) 2014-15 at University College Cork by UCC and the Arts Council.