KISSING CANDICE selected for Berlin International Film Festival 2018

Posted January 17, 2018

Irish feature KISSING CANDICE has been officially selected for the world-renowned Berlin International Film Festival next month where the film will screen in the Generation strand of the festival. A visceral and thrilling coming of age drama, KISSING CANDICE is Aoife McArdle’s debut
feature film.

Both written and directed by McArdle, the film stars the IFTA-nominated Ann Skelly as Candice, a 17-year-old who longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, only finding solace in her vivid imagination. When a boy she dreams about (played by Ryan Lincoln, Cardboard Gangsters) turns up in real life, she becomes increasingly entangled with a dangerous local gang.

Speaking about the festival selection, McArdle said: “Berlinale is such a bold, beautiful festival. It’s a huge honour to have our European premiere there”.

The Generation strand of the festival integrates youth into the festival’s film-aesthetic discourse. Previous Irish films to have been selected for this strand in the past include Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too and Tom Moore’s The Secret of Kells.

KISSING CANDICE shot on location in Dublin, Louth and Wicklow and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. It’s the feature film debut from award-winning music video director Aoife McArdle and was produced by Andrew Freedman of Venom Films (His & Hers, Kelly & Victor, Mom & Me) and Sally Campbell of Somesuch with funding through the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst Scheme.

Wildcard Distribution has acquired the Irish and UK Rights for the film with a theatrical release due in the coming months.



Posted January 10, 2018

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our latest film, Making the Grade, by Ken Wardrop will be hitting cinemas on April 13th. We are delighted to be working with Element Pictures Distribution who have secured the Irish and UK rights to the film.

Making the Grade invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. These exams can be pleasing for some but daunting for others. Each student has their own particular goal but reaching Grade Eight is considered a pinnacle. This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades. This is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers. It may inspire us all to keep making the grade.