Lough Shore Investments-backed film THE SHORE receives Oscar nomination

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THE SHORE, written, directed and produced by Belfast native and double Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Terry George, has received an Academy Award nomination in the prestigious Live Action Short Film category.

THE SHORE is among five nominees in the category with the Oscar winner set to be announced at February’s 84th Annual Academy Awards® ceremony.

The film, part-funded by Lough Shore Investments, was named among 10 short films that would advance for judging by Academy Branch members in December. One hundred and seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.

THE SHORE, also produced in association with Northern Ireland Screen & Tourism Ireland, was shot entirely on location in Coney Island, Co. Down, and tells the story of ‘Jim Mahon’ on his return to Belfast with his daughter, ‘Patricia,’ after 25 years in exile having fled Belfast’s Troubles decades earlier.

Speaking following this afternoon’s announcement, Danny Moore, Lough Shore Investments founder and executive producer of THE SHORE, said: “Our model is to invest in world class management teams with big aspirations and a passion to succeed. We jumped at the opportunity to support Terry and his team. It is not every day you get the chance to work with a twice Oscar nominated director!

“Terry had a powerful vision of Northern Ireland he wanted to communicate to the world and we had no hesitation in getting involved. For us, The Shore afforded a very unique means through which we could showcase Northern Ireland abroad, both as a place to do business, film or otherwise, and as a rapidly expanding tourist destination.

“Terry has produced a beautifully crafted film that captures all that is great about this part of the world and we’re delighted to see this film recognised as such. We want to congratulate Terry, his team and the film’s cast and crew on this fantastic achievement.”

Speaking from L.A., Terry George commented: “A crucial element in getting The Shore off the ground was the financial investment made by Lough Shore Investments.

“It was a brave and innovative move for a private entity to take a chance with a short film but Lough Shore was willing to take that risk. The company’s commitment allowed us to reach the budget we knew we needed to make The Shore a professional, world class film that would showcase the beauty of Northern Ireland and the warmth of its people.”

Here's an interview with Terry George following yesterday's announcement:

Playwright Terry George talks to us about his short film "The Shore" which has been nominated for an Oscar (mp3)

Here's The Shore's trailer:

The Shore [Official Trailer] from Frankideaworks on Vimeo.

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