60 euro budget film makes top festival in Paris

Keith Mannion was the only Irish nominee at a European Festival for independent filmmakers.

Keith Mannion was the only Irish nominee at a European Festival for independent filmmakers.

Keith from Five Oaks Ranch, the Knather, Ballyshannon, teamed up with director Jules Hackett on a limited budget of 60 euro. Together, they rented a camera, and the resulting video ‘There go the lights again’, was chosen from hundreds of entries.

Keith’s video was pitted against four artists from Finland, Austria, Denmark and Russia in the music video category.

Although it didn’t win, he said it was an honour to be nominated.

“The video was filmed from the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, all the way to Dollymount Strand. It follows the Julian Opie digital figurine, Suzanne and her multiplying clones, strolling around the streets of Dublin city, on their journey to the Irish sea, where they flow into the waves.

“We had a nothing budget and rented a camera. We had absolutely no PR and no distribution, so this video has succeeded in coming to the attention of the festival judges without any hype whatsoever.”

From a well known Sligo family now living at Five Oaks Ranch, at the Knather, Keith’s parents Jackie and Gerry run an American quarter horse ranch which is widely known across the north west.