Ardán / RTÉ short The Radio to receive first TV Broadcast



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  • Galway Film Fleadh
  • Interview
  • RTÉ Shorts
  • Short Film
  • The Radio


First TV Broadcast of The Radio

Ardán are delighted to announce that the short film The Radio will have its first television broadcast on Monday 31st July, 11:35pm on Shortscreen, RTÉ 2.

The film was made as a part of the Ardán / RTÉ Short Film Commission in 2021 and was written by Thomas Conway, directed by Laura Kavanagh and produced by Evan Horan of Keeper Pictures.

Lalor Roddy starts in the film, portraying an elderly widower who depends on his radio to keep a foothold in his routine and when it breaks, his daughter played by Angela Teefey, who knows how important it is to him, is forced to pay more attention to her isolated father.

Galway Film Fleadh Premiere

The film premiered at the 2022 Galway Film Fleadh and has gone on from there to have a hugely successful festival run both nationally and internationally, picking up Best Short Film in Rome at the Irish Film Festa 2023, Best Narrative Short in Sarasota, Florida at the Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival 2023, an Honourable Mention at the Louth International Film Festival 2023 and Official Selections at Underwire Festival, Toronto Shorts International Film Festival, Fastnet Film Festival, Chicago Irish Film Festval and Belfast Film Festival to name but a few.

Pride at first broadcast 

Director Laura Kavanagh – “After a year on the festival circuit, I’m thrilled to be screening The Radio on Shortscreen, RTÉ 2. A massive thank you and congratulations to producer Evan Horan, writer Thomas Conway, director of photography Evan Barry, our committed crew and talented cast Lalor Roddy and Angela Teefey, as well as supporter Jane Doolan. Shorts take commitment, passion and endurance from all involved and delighted so many people have seen it in the numerous festivals where we screened. Grateful to Ardán and RTÉ for the opportunity and the hard work from everyone involved.”

About the Ardán / RTÉ Short Film Commission 

The Ardán / RTÉ Short Film Commission is the longest shorts running funding scheme in Ireland and gives opportunities to emerging writers, directors and producers to make a funded 10-minute short film with a budget of €15,000.

A host of talent have graduated from the Scheme and gone on to have successful careers in the Irish and international Film and TV industry including David Freyne (Dating Amber), Virginia Gilbert (Silent Witness), Eimhear McMahon (You Were Never Really Here, I, Daniel Blake) and Diarmuid Goggins (Kin, Red Rock, Silent Witness).

The films made in the Scheme also featured many current household names such as Nora-Jane Noone, Peter Coonan, Gerard McSorley, Ned Dennehy and Liam Cunningham.

For information on future Ardán / RTÉ Short Film Commission Schemes, follow Ardán’s social media and subscribe to our newsletter (sign up at bottom of this page) to stay up to date on call outs.