Belfast Telegraph

Deaf teenagers nominated for best comedy film award

By Michael Bashford

A comedy film written and directed by 13 deaf teenagers from Northern Ireland, including one from Holywood, has been nominated in the Best Comedy category at the First Light Awards 2010, a competition which recognises the UK’s young filmmakers.

Holywood teenager, Kevin English, 19, was among those behind the film, titled Flukey Finn, that will be reviewed by a panel of celebrity judges, including Alan Parker, Joseph Fiennes and Sam Mendes. On Tuesday, March 2, winners in each category will be announced at a star-studded awards gala which will be hosted by BBC’s Dick and Dom at London’s Odeon, Leicester Square.

Flukey Finn also received an award at last year’s Deaffest, the UK’s only deaf-led film festival, coming third in the Young Deaffest Award category. The film was made through the NDCS Summer Film Project which has been running for five years, bringing together deaf teenagers from across Northern Ireland to develop their filmmaking skills and enhance their confidence.

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